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this seemingly endless stretch of oceanfront as they whirl to the
rhythm of its thunderous breaking surf.
Overnighters in Olema, south of Pt. Reyes and Inverness, can
post up for the night at the Lodge at Point Reyes (thelodgeat
ptreyes.com), with loft bedrooms overlooking the lush green gardens.
Local foodies are buzzing about the revamp of the restaurant
at the Olema Inn, now called Sir and Star (sirandstar.com), on the
corner of Highway 1 and Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Dinner is
on the menu, but many guests opt for small plates, wine and supper
served by the crackling fire, a must on the damp coastal nights.
Across the road, the Olema Farm House (olemafarmhouse.com)
first opened its doors to wagoners and travelers in
1865, and like good wine, it is aging well.
At Point Reyes Station, a few miles north, visitors
will find more gift shops, art galleries and a quirky
multicultural mix of cuisine, from casual to rustically
refined. Osteria Stellina (osteriastellina.com) is
a standout that serves seasonal specialties from local
farmers and fishermen. If the sun burns off the fog,
stop by the Tomales Bay Food Company (tomalesbayfoods.
com) at the north end of Point Reyes Station
for picnic supplies including locally produced
cheeses and homemade ice cream from the Cowgirl
Creamery along with gourmet goodies to go. If
you’re craving bivalves at their freshest, stop by one
of the local oyster farms such as Hog Island (hogislandoysters.
com) in tiny Marshall, and head out to
one of many barbecue areas. The scenic road down
the east side of Tomales Bay reveals modest marinas,
rickety boat docks, the stately Marconi State Park
Conference Center, the tiny town of Tomales and a
detour to dog-friendly Dillon Beach beyond.
All this—unspoiled nature, cooler temperatures,
spraying surf, mountain vistas and exquisite edibles—
make escaping to coastal Marin a tempting
prospect, so only one question remains: Why resist? n
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