The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Tippi Hedren, iconic blonde bombshell of Hitchcock's most famous film, will be at Bodega Bay in Sonoma County this weekend, where a celebration of the film will be held. The original schoolhouse where scenes were filmed is now owned by Leah Taylor, a Hitchcock fan and resident of the quaint village that hugs the Sonoma coast. Her home will be open to the public for special tours.
The 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Making of "The Birds" features a daytime autograph session with "Birds" star Tippi Hedren, followed by an evening movie screening and dinner with Hedren at the Inn at the Tides in Bodega Bay.
The salute continues Sunday and Monday with B50: A Celebration of "The Birds" & Bodega, when Taylor will open her home for docent-led tours, alongside tours of the historic St. Teresa of Avila Church next door and the cemetery nearby. Then the Casino Bar & Grill in front of the church will serve an elaborate supper from Chef Mark Malicki, co-hosted by "Birds" co-star Veronica Cartwright.
Ms. Hedren dropped a bomb of her own last year, revealing that Hitchcock's obsession with her nearly ruined her career. The aging star, still stunning at 83 years of age, was the subject of a new film, The Girl, released last October, that showcased her dilemma.
This weekend, hop in the car and channel the ghost of Hitchcock as you tour the windswept Bodega coastline, where a sand spit arcs out into the bay. It's just a short drive north of San Francisco, and offers a unique perspective on this famous film that is attracting so much attention lately.
You can still find the schoolhouse and the cottage where scenes of the movie were made. Hitchcock chose Bodega Bay, with its bleak treeless hills, quiet fishing harbor and fog, to launch the suspense thriller, based on a story by novelist Daphne DuMaurier.
Take Highway 101 north to Petaluma, then follow the Bodega Bay turnoff west until it connects to Highway 1. There are numerous dining options and a beautiful sand dune beach area just north of town. Find other ideas for day trips here.