Explore the Area

Olema is known as the gateway to the Point Reyes National Seashore. It is the perfect kick-off point for discovering the rugged coastline, sandy beaches and over 140 miles of maintained trails.

The National Park and Golden Gate National Recreation Area surround us and give us more things to do and see than you can imagine. The towns of Olema, Pt. Reyes Station and Inverness offer many dining choices as well as shopping and gallery browsing:

Exploring Nature

The visitor center for the Point Reyes National Seashore is about 1/2 mile away from Olema Cottages. Maps, guidebooks and ranger advice are available Monday thru Friday, 9am to 5pm, weekends and holidays, 8am to 5pm. Many of the areas best hiking trails originate from the visitor center. (415) 464-5100

The Seashore offers diverse beach types. The rugged Pacific beaches to the west amaze us with their natural beauty. The vast expanse of Limantour just eight miles from Olema is a perfect place to see the sunset. For those taking the road to Abbott’s Lagoon or the long dramatic beach at Kehoe there may be tule elk at the side of the road. The road to the Lighthouse winds past more magnificent beaches.

Walk the 300 steps down to the Point Reyes Lighthouse, which has a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean, a good lookout for gray whales during certain months. They are open (weather permitting) Thursday- Monday 10am to 5pm. (415) 669-1534

The Bay beaches are gentler with sunnier weather. At Tomales Bay State Park, Heart’s Desire Beach is perfect for swimming. The beaches along the Bay have easy access for kayakers.

Point Reyes Field Seminars provides a wide range of adventure learning seminars in natural history, birding, art and photography for adults and families with children. (415) 663-1200

The Point Reyes Bird Observatory at Palomarin offers a chance to see birds ringed and fed. The PRBO’s Palomarin Field Station and nature trails are open to the public dawn to dusk seven days a week. It is located at the southern end of the Park. (415) 868-0655

Alamere Falls is a dramatic waterfall dropping onto the rocky beach. It is reached from the Palomarin Trail on the southern part of the Park. Surf crashes up to meet the falls on this exposed western facing coast. The trail is a fire road for most of the walk and the terrain is gently hilly.

Samuel P. Taylor State Park is 7 miles east on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. The park features hillside trails for hikers, equestrians and bicyclists as well as charming picnic areas. There are also creeks, open grassland, and redwood canyons in the park. (415) 488-9897

Outdoor Adventuring

exploring the area pics_outdoor adventureRent a bicycle in downtown Point Reyes Station. (415) 663-9164

For sea kayaking tours and guided nature hikes contact Point Reyes Outdoors. (415) 663-8192

Explore Tomales Bay by kayak with Blue Waters Kayaking. (415) 663-1743

For horseback riding contact Five Brooks Ranch or Point Reyes Arabian Adventures for guided trail rides throughout the national park. Five Brooks: (415) 663-1570. Pt Reyes Arabians: (707) 477-7181

Dining Out

Sir and Star at The Olema offers a memorable upscale-rustic dining experience and is just a two minute walk away from Olema Cottages. Menu changes nightly. Local and seasonal items prepared in unique and delicious ways. (415) 663-1034

Olema Farmhouse Restaurant is just a two minute walk away from Olema Cottages. Full service bar with outdoor dining on beautiful deck. (415) 663-1264

Fog’s Kitchen in Inverness, right on the Tomales Bay, is a wonderful new addition that is getting great reviews. Fresh and delicious offerings.  (415) 669-9696

The Station House Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in the heart of Point Reyes Station and features a varied menu made with fresh local ingredients; wine & spirits, garden dining and live music on weekends. (415) 663-1515

Cafe Reyes in Pt Reyes Station offers wood fired pizza and salads and has an outdoor patio. (415) 663-9493

Osteria Stellina in Point Reyes Station offers creative dishes using local ingredients. Selected as one of top 100 in Bay Area by S.F. Chronicle 2009. (415) 663-9988

Saltwater Oyster Depot in Inverness offers fresh local seafood, prepared simply. Also serving regional wines, all in a relaxed atmosphere. (415) 669-1244

Nick’s Cove in Marshall is a restored historic roadhouse overlooking the Tomales Bay serving local seafood, oysters and cocktails. (415) 663-1033

Tony’s Seafood in Marshall offers family style dining over Tomales Bay. Featuring BBQ oysters and fresh locally caught seafood. (415) 663-1107

The Marshall Store in Marshall is very casual and fun, serving great fresh oysters, chowder and sandwiches on their enclosed deck overlooking the bay. (415) 663-1339

Other Eats and Drinks

Cowgirl Creamery and Cheese Shop, located in the Tomales Bay Foods Building in Point Reyes Station, offers a large variety of artisan and farmstead cheeses. Also home of The Cowgirl Cantina, a take-away deli offering local breads, wines, sandwiches and salads. Enjoy the shaded picnic area too. (415) 663-9335

Bovine Bakery is a popular stop for fresh bread, pastries, coffee and tea in Pt. Reyes Station. (415) 663-9420

Marin Sun Farms is a family farm nestled in the rolling grassland of Point Reyes National Seashore. They are committed to producing local, humanely-raised, healthy, food products (meat & eggs). Retail Store in Downtown Point Reyes Station.
(415) 663-8997

Point Reyes Farmer’s Market (June-November), fresh local fruits and vegetables, baked goods, preserves and crafts. Downtown, Saturday 9 AM – 1 PM.

Heidrun Meadery is a mile north of downtown Point Reyes Station. Tour the production facility and find out how sparkling mead is made, observe honey bees in action and learn about their bee forage cultivation operation, all while enjoying a sampling of wonderfully refreshing sparkling mead varietals. Delicious mead and lovely folks! Best to call first.
(415) 663-9122

Point Reyes Vineyard is family owned and operated. Visit their wine-tasting room on Hwy. 1 just a few minutes north of downtown Point Reyes Station. (415) 663-1011

Tomales Bay Oyster Company in Marshall is a great place to grab oysters to go for your own picnic or BBQ! (415) 663-1242

Hog Island Oysters in Marshall is a working farm with waterfront picnic tables & BBQ areas provided for a fee. Bring drinks and side dishes and shuck (and BBQ) your own oysters, freshly plucked from their nearby beds. Don’t want to shuck or pack a picnic? A small on-site outdoor oyster bar offers shucked and BBQ oysters, local breads, cheeses, beer and wine. (415) 663-9218

Entertainment and Local Events

The Dance Palace Community Center. 4th and B Street Point Reyes Station. Various performances on weekends and classes during the week.
(415) 663-1075

The Station House Cafe, in Point Reyes Station has free live music most Fridays at 7PM and every Sunday at 5PM.
(415) 663-1515

Point Reyes Books. Book signings, author events, lectures and art shows. (415) 663-1542

Rancho Nicasio, in the town of Nicasio, live music on weekends and holidays. (415) 662-2219

Local Artistry

exploring the area pics_artGallery Route One Contemporary art exhibitions. (415) 663-1347

Marty Knapp Photo Gallery Fine Art Black & White Landscape Photographs. (415) 663-8670

Toby’s Feed Barn Art Gallery Bright, spacious and complete with a grand piano, the gallery features a different artist every month. (415) 663-1223

Susan Hayes Handwovens Hand-loomed wovens and knits. Locally based designers of artisan clothing. (415) 663-8057

Point Reyes Jeweler David Clarkson is a master with a silversmith’s hammer. (415) 663-1936

Black Mountain Artisans/Weavers Fiber Artists Cooperative. Handmade sweaters and other creations. (415) 663-9130

Epicenter Dana Davidson designs and sews her own line of beautiful clothing for every body type. (415) 663-1239

Health and Fitness

Therapeutic Massage and Shiatsu with Lisa Bleier. Book a nurturing massage in the comfort of your own room. (510) 326-0893

Dance Palace Drop-in: Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Ecstatic Dance, Collaborative Dance. (415) 663-1075

West Marin Fitness Full gym, Zumba. (415) 663-1762

Yoga Toes Yoga classes, all levels, drop in.
(415) 663-1993