Planning Your Visit
Helpful Planning Tips
(with details about the house, local restaurants and things to do)
Overview: For decades, our home has been a gathering place for friends and visitors from around the world (long before West Marin got ‘discovered’), providing inspiration and sanctuary. In June 2014, we opened our doors to a larger community and have tried to anticipate all the details, so that you can simply show up and immediately begin enjoying this truly magnificent slice of paradise. Please read these important details, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.
Overnight Capacity: We have four bedrooms, each with a queen bed. The pull-out queen sofa in the downstairs den can make available with advance notice and for an extra fee. We provide all linens & towels.
Pets: We don’t allow pets. Sorry.
Phones: There is no cell phone reception here on the farm. However, the house is equipped with a land-line (unlimited domestic calling), as well as wireless Internet, so you can make calls with Skype, FaceTime, etc.
Grocery Shopping: Go grocery shopping before your arrive. The city of Petaluma offers the widest array of options, including Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Safeway. In nearby Pt. Reyes Station, options include the Palace Market, Toby’s Feedbarn, Tomales Bay Foods and the Bovine Bakery. There’s also a small convenience store in the nearby town of Tomales.
Kitchen Pantry: We stock a variety of items, including tea, sugar, flour, rice, spices and condiments. Guests have also been known to discover a welcome basket (including a selection of delicious organic dairy products) upon arrival. 🙂
Kitchen Kiosk: We have a small, self-serve kiosk in the kitchen, with an assortment of locally-crafted artisan, organic foods and items, including ice cream, whole coffee beans, chocolate, apple juice, apple sauce and a DVD documentary about the history of environmental conservation in Marin County. For these items, we have posted suggested donation amounts to help us cover costs.
Entertainment: Our TV is Internet-ready, with access to our AmazonPrime account (pay per view movies billed at-cost), a Blu-ray/DVD player with a growing selection of DVDs, and a cable/adapter for connecting to your laptop video; however, no local broadcast or cable TV available. We have a small, eclectic library of books, board games, puzzles, crayons (not just for kids!), outdoor games (including horse shoes, paddle ball, badminton), and a couple of yoga mats. We also have an iPad (with some games and e-books) and a portable music player (blue-tooth).
Gas Stations: The nearest gas station is 13 miles away in Pt. Reyes Station, but the gas is about $0.50 / gallon more expensive than in in Petaluma or other larger cities. There is also a quick charge station for electric cars in Pt. Reyes, in the Tomales Bay Food / Cowgirl Creamery parking lot.
Drought: As you know, California is in a severe, long-term drought. Water conservation is critically important, so please, help conserve water by doing what we did growing up here on the farm: short showers (3-5 minutes, and turning off the water while lathering) and turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth or scrubbing dishes.
Shoeless House: We like to keep the farm outside the house, which keeps the inside cleaner. We request that all guests take off their shoes before entering. Bring warm, comfortable socks or slippers for walking around in the house.
Access to Pastures: We allow access to the fields only with a guide (i.e. one of the Straus siblings). But don’t panic – there’s tons of beautiful places in our neighborhood for taking walks and hikes!
The Beach: There’s a small stretch of beach directly across the street, perfect for launching kayaks and canoes. We have beach towels and an Igloo cooler available. Bonfires are not allowed anywhere on the ranch or beach.
Restaurants: Download the .pdf (link at top of page)
Things to Do: Download the .pdf (link at top of page)