Updated August 2023
Whether you’re headed for the day or a weekend away, this guide to Point Reyes Station will give you an idea of how much there is to do here. Located in Marin County along Tomales Bay, this small town is home to so much. From Point Reyes National Seashore to local farms, it has always been one of my favorite weekend escapes.
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Last month I shared a three-night road trip that started in Point Reyes Station. I wanted to share a more in-depth guide if you’re looking to stay in the area longer or just head for a day trip.
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A Weekend Guide to Point Reyes Station, California
Frequently Asked: Is Point Reyes Worth Visiting?
The short answer is yes! Point Reyes is definitely worth visiting for either a day or a short weekend trip. If you enjoy spending time outdoors, you will not be disappointed here. It is a short trip from San Francisco or an easy stop on a coastal road trip.
The Point Reyes peninsula is home to a wide range of landscapes from ocean cliffs to bays to a valley. As home to the national seashore, the park service offers a wide range of ways to experience the area.
Personally, I love coming to Point Reyes for a weekend trip to slow down and disconnect. There are some seriously cool accommodations here like boutique hotels and intimate cabins. It’s the perfect spot to unplug north of San Francisco near Tomales Bay State Park.
Where to Stay in Point Reyes
Olema House (Point Reyes)
Rated one of the top hotels this year by Conde Nasté Traveler, Olema House is a quintessential lodge. Reimagine and given a modern touch, the rooms are incredibly cozy. You’ll find just next door the tavern which is perfect for all meals, so you don’t have to travel far. I personally stayed here just this fall and loved the stay. Book the best rates here.
Nick’s Cove (Marshall)
If there’s one thing you should book, it’s a seaside cottage at Nick’s Cove. Located just outside town (around 20 minutes) and on the edge of Tomales Bay, it’s a stay to remember. I loved how each cottage is uniquely outfitted and has that rustic yet refined feeling. With breakfast included (delivered in the room), there’s a certain slow tempo to a stay here. Crackling fires at night as the sun sets over the glassy waters is something I’ll never forget. Book the best rates here.
Private Home Rentals
Though there are some incredible Airbnbs, I’ve noticed more and more Booking.com has some great home rentals. I personally like to be close to Inverness for a home. My top three choices are the Quails Nest Cottage, this serene Bungalow, and this Hillside Home.
Where to Eat in Point Reyes
If there’s one meal not to miss, it’s lunch or dinner at Nick’s Cove located in Marshall. Come here for a fresh take on local seafood and garden-picked ingredients. I really love their fish and chips as well as their fresh oysters on the half-shell. They do not take reservations and it is good to note that weekends can be busy.
Address: 23240 CA-1, Marshall, CA 94940
I always stop for a coffee and baked good here. Bovine Bakery is located right in the heart of downtown Point Reyes Station.
Address: 11315 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Come here for good food, a newly remodeled location, and great cocktails. Their menu is really cozy food. This restaurant is offering to-go food, so you could pick up a meal and bring it back to your vacation rental.
Address: 11285 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
This cozy spot is like a diner-style restaurant with locally sourced ingredients. I loved sitting at the bar here. Their pate is also a favorite of mine.
Address: 60 4th St, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Located in Inverness across the bay, I’d stop here for lunch if you’re headed to the national seashore. Their airy space is stunning and I love their brunch menu. They’ve done a great job of introducing a modern restaurant in this area.
Address: 12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA 94937
Due West Tavern at Olema House
This last trip I had a chance to eat at the Due West Tavern located at the Olema House and it was absolutely delicious. Their craft cocktails were a hit and you cannot miss the Dungeness Crab pasta.
Address: 10021 Coastal Highway 1, Olema, CA 94950
Our latest favorite find in Tomales Bay has been the Marshall Store. We pop in for fresh oysters, their smoked salmon plate, and one heck of a view. This is such a lovely find and don’t miss the soft serve!
Address: 19225 CA-1, Marshall, CA 94940
What to Do in Point Reyes
There is so much to discover in Point Reyes National Seashore. I’d spend most of a day here, heading between the different attractions and hiking. Head to this link to find all of the hiking trails — my favorite is Chimney Rock.
One must thing to do is see the Tule Elk that lives near the ocean on the preserve. You can drive through this area and as you dip into the valley, keep your eye out for elk. In the opposite direction is the Point Reyes Lighthouse. It does have seasonal closures, so check directly with the park service for opening hours.
For those looking to spend time at the beach, Drakes Beach is one of the better choices along the Pacific Ocean with picnic tables.
Another area to note that is really popular for day hikes is Bear Valley. There is a large area to park with a few options for day hikes. Typically park service is here at the Bear Valley Visitor Center to help you plan your time as well.
Recently, we took a small group tour that was led by a local expert. We visited several places like Cowgirl, The Marshall Store, Heidrun Meadery, and a small female-run farm. Along the way, we ate food and learned all about the local businesses that are shaping this area. It was super interesting and I’d highly recommend, and be sure to book in advance. Book the tour here.
One of the most picturesque sights in the seashore is the Cypress Tree Tunnel. It’s a long row of cypress trees, where you can walk underneath them. You will need to park on the side of the road as you cannot drive the road itself.
If you’re into wildlife, then at the end of the national seashore is a beach home to elephant seals. There’s a viewing deck and you can always hear them from far away!
If you’re wanting to get out on the water, a kayak is a great way to explore the bay. Blue Waters is the company to go with for a rental. The bay is normally very calm in the morning, making it a family-friendly activity to do.
Shop Local in Point Reyes Station
Right in town is a few local boutiques to explore and can find a few goodies to bring home. It is just one main street that cuts through town, so just park at one end and work your way down.
If you’re looking to taste local cheese and tour a local farm, the Fork at Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese offers tours and events. Check their site for upcoming events. Tours & tastings do need to be booked in advance here.
Tomales Farmer’s Market
On Saturdays during the summer months, head to the small town of Tomales just north of Point Reyes Station and shop local.
Heaidrun is one of the only meaderies in the area, this space is beautiful for a weekend tasting. I’d bring your own lunch and sit out on the patio while enjoying a tasting.
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