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:
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.
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
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
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
Tony’s Seafood in Marshall offers family style dining over Tomales Bay. Featuring BBQ oysters and fresh locally caught seafood. (415) 663-1107
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
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.
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.
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
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
Therapeutic Massage and Shiatsu with Lisa Bleier. Book a nurturing massage in the comfort of your own room. (510) 326-0893