Nick’s Cove on Tomales Bay is one of my favorite places for a total reset. Everything from the location to the coastal cottages makes for the perfect weekend away in NorCal. Best of all, Nick’s Cove recently underwent a massive renovation to uplift the property.
Though the property still maintains its timeless, coastal charm, the renovation made the atmosphere more modern and up-to-date. This little update is the first big change that Nick’s Cove has undergone since 2007 which is very exciting to see. I personally loved how subtle the changes were. The cottages are still quaint and coastal, but small decor accents like new throw rugs and refinished hardwood floors are exactly what the cottages needed.
If you’re looking for an escape along the Northern Coast of California, I truly cannot recommend Nick’s Cove enough. That said, I’m giving my full review of the property so that you can know exactly what to expect before booking a stay.
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Nick’s Cove on Tomales Bay Review
Frequently Asked Questions About Nick’s Cove
When did the hotel open?
The restaurant and waterfront cottages were built in the early 1930s, but it has changed ownership several times and actually shut down for a while. However, it reopened in 2007 and has been going strong since.
Is the hotel children-friendly? Pet-friendly?
Yes, it is family-friendly. We took our toddler recently and had a great time. I found the whole team to be so accommodating and helpful during our stay. The cottages on the water do have patios so supervision is required. The property is also pet-friendly, so bring your pup too!
Who owns Nick’s Cove?
As stated above, ownership has changed several times over the years. The original owners were Nick Kojich and his family. However, the current owner is Dena Grunt.
The Hotel Amenities
The Restaurant at Nick’s Cove
Nick’s Cove Restaurant and Oyster Bar is one of my favorite restaurants in the Point Reyes area. In fact, I come here any chance I get, even if I’m not staying at the hotel.
The seafood is beyond fresh, and the coastal setting is stunning with a pier that jets out on Tomales Bay. The menu places a huge focus on seasonality and sustainability, and almost everything is sourced locally. They even have their own small garden on the property called The Croft where they source ingredients for the menu. Some of my favorite dishes are always fish & chips, and then oysters on the half-shell are a must.
The restaurant also received some updates during the reservation. Everything from the restored mahogany bar to the reclaimed redwood tables makes for a cozy and rustic atmosphere that is met with panoramic ocean views. It’s quite casual, with ordering at the counter and then you pick up your food.
Private Beach + Activities
Though there is no spa at Nick’s Cove, there are plenty of outdoor activities to help you unwind and immerse yourself in nature. Guests can partake in activities nearby like paddle boarding and kayaking at the private beach.
In the evening, guests can also request that the staff light a bonfire on the beach. From s’mores-making to stargazing, I highly recommend taking advantage of the private beach at night at low tide. It’s a private beach, but quite small so really intended for guests.
There are also bocce ball courts and corn hole boards for those looking to kick back and play some games with a beer in hand. That said, the oyster shucking demo with the executive chef is the perfect activity for foodies. It’s $50 per person a requires at least six participants. See the list of all activities on the property here.
The coolest part of staying at Nick’s Cove is definitely being able to have your own, unique cottage right on the water. There are 12 different cottages to choose from, and while they are definitely rustic, the recent renovation through some subtle luxury into the mix. Some are on the water and the rest are set back across the street so be sure to check which you’d prefer. My favorite cottages are Bandit’s for two or more people, and then Al’s for a couple.
The new plush-down comforters invite you to enjoy a solid night of sleep before taking on the day in Tomales Bay. The wood-burning stoves in each room ensure that the cozy vibes reign all year long, and most of the cottages have deep soaking tubs that are perfect for evening bubble baths. The heated ceramic tile floors are also ideal on cold mornings.
One of the best perks of staying in one of the cottages is the way they incorporate food into the stay. When you check in, they bring a few oysters per person to the room to enjoy (you can also enjoy them at the bar). Then each morning, a basket of goodies arrives for breakfast like hot coffee, pastries, and seasonal fruits. It’s these little perks that for me make the stay so memorable.
Many of the cottages are right on the waterfront, but every single cottage has bay views. If you’re looking for an exclusive and private lodging experience, the cottages at Nick’s Cove are seriously ideal (and spacious)!
I have always loved staying at Nick’s Cove. However, since the renovation, I find the cottages that more lovely. I think that the small yet meaningful updates have opened up this hotel to an entirely new feeling. It still holds its rustic charm yet brings in modern touches.
If you’re seeking something quaint and cozy but still has all the bells and whistles, Nick’s Cove checks all the boxes. It really doesn’t get better than waking up to views of Tomales Bay with a hot cup of coffee in a cottage setting.
Plus, the restaurant only adds to the overall experience. Being able to walk right up the way to one of the best restaurants in the area is beyond ideal. I really can’t recommend this property enough, and I 100% plan on returning to it as soon as possible.