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Suggested Itineraries

Suggested Itineraries

Want more ideas? Just ask our Concierge*

Friday night:

Cocktails at Nick’s Cove boathouse

Staying close to home (perhaps after a long drive and/or traffic on 101!), just drive 30 seconds (or walk 5 minutes) to Nick’s Cove restaurant, which borders our ranch about ½ mile to the north. Order at the bar or, if you’ve brought your own beverages, and walk down the pier to the boat house at the end of the dock. The boathouse is actually an open-to-the-public space that’s maintained by Nick’s, but not part of their restaurant (so you can enjoy your own drinks). On cool evenings, there’s a wood stove in the boathouse which the staff at Nick’s will light / tend. Very cozy! And if you’re hungry, Nick’s is a fabulous place to have dinner!

Dinner at Tony’s Seafood in Marshall

On the ‘south’ end of Marshall is Tony’s, a local ‘old school’ restaurant. Fridays is ‘local’s night’, with live music and dinner / drink specials. Lively, often loud, low key and good eats. 5-10 minute drive, about 4 miles south — about one mile after the village of Marshall, you’ll see Tony’s on the right – low, long building with many cars parked in front.

 

Saturday:

Explore Freestone:  

Just 20 minutes drive to the north, the tiny hamlet of Freestone is home to the incredible Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, the delectable Wild Flour Bread Bakery, and the Freestone Artisan Cheese shop.

Paddle and picnic on Tomales Bay:

Head down to the Marshall Store to pick up sandwiches and drinks, before renting kayaks at the adjoining Blue Waters Kayaking.

Shuck oysters on the Ranch:

Bring home a sack of fresh oysters (purchase at Hog Island Oyster Company, the Marshall Store, or Tomales Bay Oyster Company), and bring home to shuck, eat raw or BBQ.

Explore Pt. Reyes Station:

Highlights include:  Cowgirl Creamery at the Tomales Bay Foods barn, the Bovine Bakery, Toby’s Feed Barn and the Coyuchi organic cotton bedding outlet.

Beach, Hiking and scenic driving:

Just a few of many options include: Limantour Beach (long stretch of beach on the Pacific Ocean), the Point Reyes Lighthouse, and hiking either from the Bear Valley Visitor Center trailhead, or at Pierce Point Ranch — a 10-mile hike, starting directly across the bay from our ranch, taking you to the point where Tomales Bay and the Pacific Ocean meet.

Sunday:

Tomales Bakery:

Head up to the town of Tomales and pick up some fabulous pastries from the Tomales Bakery.

Other Ideas:

Friday

 

Point Reyes Farmstead
Plan ahead and show up for 1:30pm farm tour (cows) and get a cheese tasting at the Giacomini farm overlooking Tomales Bay, halfway between Marshall and Tomales.  Tours are seasonal (April-October).

Heidrun Meadery

After a look at the dairy, stop by the Meadery, just a couple of miles back towards Point Reyes and taste mead, a sparkling wine made from honey. See the honey bees while you’re there.  No appointment necessary.

Osteria Stellina

Have a casual dinner at the Zagat-rated restaurant in downtown Point Reyes.  All items are made with ingredients from local farmers.

Saturday


Plan ahead and sign up for a Cheese Tasting:  

Just 20 minutes drive to the north, the tiny hamlet of Freestone is home to the incredible Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, the delectable Wild Flour Bread Bakery, and the Freestone Artisan Cheese shop.

Paddle and picnic on Tomales Bay:

Head down to the Marshall Store to pick up sandwiches and drinks, before renting kayaks at the adjoining Blue Waters Kayaking.

Shuck oysters on the Ranch:

Bring home a sack of fresh oysters (purchase at Hog Island Oyster Company, the Marshall Store, or Tomales Bay Oyster Company), and bring home to shuck, eat raw or BBQ.

Explore Pt. Reyes Station:

Highlights include:  Cowgirl Creamery at the Tomales Bay Foods barn, the Bovine Bakery, Toby’s Feed Barn and the Coyuchi organic cotton bedding outlet.

Beach, Hiking and scenic driving:

Just a few of many options include: Limantour Beach (long stretch of beach on the Pacific Ocean), the Point Reyes Lighthouse, and hiking either from the Bear Valley Visitor Center trailhead, or at Pierce Point Ranch — a 10-mile hike, starting directly across the bay from our ranch, taking you to the point where Tomales Bay and the Pacific Ocean meet.

Sunday

Tomales Bakery:

Head up to the town of Tomales and pick up some fabulous pastries from the Tomales Bakery.

* Concierge = Michael and Vivien Straus 😉