Explore the area

You’ve picked the ideal home base for your Point Reyes getaway.

The historic village of Olema is known as the gateway to the Point Reyes National Seashore.

It’s the perfect kick-off point for discovering the rugged coastline, sandy beaches and over 140 miles of hiking 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. But before we get to that…let’s explore the neighborhood.

Here are some of the places you can walk to from your cottage…

And by that we mean a Lazy Walk, just a couple of minutes. Because relaxing often results in a noticeable Loss of Ambition. Don’t worry…it’s temporary!

Table with food and beer.


Get away from it all and have your goodies too, just steps away!

We’re far enough away from it all to hear owls in the trees under a sky full of stars. Yet — just a short walk from your cottage and you’re smelling the mint in your Mojito (or the olive in your Martini)!

Due West Tavern dining room.


Local and seasonal ingredients prepared in unique and delicious ways. Full service bar with a beautiful deck for outdoor dining.

On Thursday nights there’s live acoustic music out on the patio under the redwood trees — in the winter the music moves inside where it’s cozy.

The best of everything: it’s close enough to walk the few minutes to music and cocktails, but you won’t be able to hear any of it from the Cottage. 

(415) 663-1264

Picnic basket on the lawn.


Our local bodega with provisions for packing a picnic and heading for the beach! Right next door to Due West restaurant. You’ll find wine, cheese, snacks and sandwiches.

In the mornings you can roll out of bed and amble down here from your cottage for a breakfast sandwich, espresso and fresh juice. 

A short driving distance from your cottage

The nearby villages of Point Reyes Station and Inverness, and a little further up to Marshall, offer many dining choices, live music, shopping and gallery browsing.

We have an excellent local calendar of events where you can find some choice happenings while here. Be sure to check back as your trip nears because there are updates daily.

Dining Out

Station House Cafe dining room.
Station House Cafe in downtown Point Reyes Station.

The Station House Cafe serves lunch, dinner and weekend brunch in the heart of Point Reyes Station and features a varied menu made with fresh local ingredients. They have a full bar with a solid wine list, beers on tap and creative cocktails. Enjoy live music on Sunday nights.
(415) 663-1515

Inside of Side Street Kitchen dining room.
Bright retro feel at Side Street Kitchen.

Side Street Kitchen Causal little place in Point Reyes Station serving slow cooked meats, organic veggies, comfort food and weekday breakfast. Wine, beer and delicious desserts. Covered patio dining.
(415) 663-0303

Restaurant dining room.
Cafe Reyes is a cozy spot for woodfired pizza — or eat out on their sunny patio.

Cafe Reyes in Pt Reyes Station offers wood fired pizza, oysters and salads. Their outdoor patio is a great spot to eat on sunny days.
(415) 663-9493

Boat and pier on Tomales Bay.
Oysters, beer and an incredible view at Marshall Store.

The Marshall Store an oyster shack serving amazing fresh oysters, chowder and sandwiches on their enclosed deck overlooking the bay.
(415) 663-1339

Indian food at Arti Cafe.
Fresh flavors at Arti Cafe in Lagunitas.

Arti Indian Cafe You probably passed this on your way to the Cottages! It’s a cozy Indian restaurant with indoor and patio seating in Lagunitas. Authentic flavors, made with a commitment to clean, quality ingredients.
(415) 488-4700

Dining room with chairs and tables.
Go to the Roadhouse for a hearty breakfast.

Point Reyes Roadhouse The bright red building just before your enter downtown Point Reyes Station — the Roadhouse is a great spot for breakfast and lunch. They also do dinner Friday – Tuesday. Their menu ranges from burgers, salads and steaks to seafood and pastas.

Saltwater Oyster Depot in Inverness

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

Tap Room exterior with patio tables.
Indoor & patio dining at the Tap Room.

Tap Room next to Inverness Park Market is a great stop after the beach. Very casual local gathering spot serving gastro pub food made with fresh local ingredients. They rotate 6 craft beers on tap weekly.
(415) 663-1491

Patio table on the deck over Tomales Bay.
Indoor and waterfront dining at Nick’s Cove.

Nick’s Cove in Marshall is a restored historic roadhouse overlooking Tomales Bay serving local seafood, oysters and cocktails. They have their own mini-farm just across the street from the restaurant.
(415) 663-1033

View of sunset from Tony's Seafood Restaurant.
Bayside indoor and patio dining at Tony’s Seafood Restaurant.

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

Other Eats & Drinks

Palace Market Full service grocery and deli. Local, organic, artisan and conventional products. For a small town grocery store, you’ll be amazed by the wide selection.

Chalkboard sign for gelato.
Grocery, deli and gelato at Palace Market.

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

People at the farmers market.
Saturday Farmers Market June-November.

Point Reyes Farmer’s Market (June-November), fresh local fruits and vegetables, baked goods, preserves and crafts. They also feature food stalls with delicious prepared meals and live music. Downtown in front of Toby’s Feed Barn, Saturdays 9 AM – 1 PM.

Heidrun Meadery tasting room in Point Reyes Station.
Heidrun Meadery tasting room.

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

West Marin Culture Shop Come here for a range of healthy ferments, local cheeses and picnic supplies. Canteen Meats has a shopette and you can pick up the most amazing sandwiches and melts of all time from The Farmer’s Wife — much loved in Sanoma and Sebastopol, and now available in Point Reyes Station.

Charcuterie board.
Canteen Meats, local cheeses, amazing sandwiches at West Marin Culture Shop

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

Picnic style outdoor oyster cafe in Marshall.
Outdoor cafe at Hog Island Oysters.

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. We recommend reservations!
(415) 663-9218

Entertainment and Local Events

Point Reyes Insider has a calendar of local events where you can find some choice happenings while here. Be sure to check back as your trip nears because there are updates daily.

Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station.
Classes and performances at Dance Palace.

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

Musician playing at Station House Cafe.
Great lineup of live music @ Station House Cafe in Point Reyes Station.

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

Every Blue Moon Concerts experience an unforgettable night of music up on the Inverness Ridge. Internationally acclaimed musicians from a wide range of musical genres perform in an intimate setting. Buy tickets in advance. 

Tony’s Seafood Restaurant has live music in the warm months.

Nick’s Cove up in Marshall has a live music calendar.

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

A music event on the lawn.
Live music, BBQs on the lawn in Nicasio.

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

The Old Western Saloon, our dive bar in downtown Point Reyes Station. Check it out after dinner. There might be a very loud band and if not there is always whiskey!

If you’re up late and feel like some live music in a dive bar, The Papermill Creek Saloon in Lagunitas is billed as the best historic dive bar in Marin. 

Local Artistry

Gallery Route One Contemporary art exhibitions.
(415) 663-1347

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

Toby's Feedbarn art exhibit gallery in Point Reyes.
Gallery at Toby’s Feed Barn.

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

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

Point Reyes Open Studios Twice each year, our well known community of artists open their studios to the public. If you’re here Memorial Day Weekend or Thanksgiving Weekend, don’t miss it!

Food Tastings & Tours

Cheese with knife.

Nicasio Valley Cheese Taste their delicious cheeses, take a tour of the farm and learn about their cheese making process.

Point Reyes Farmstead has cheese tastings and farm dinners at The Fork.

Food & Farm Tours offers various kinds of excursions: The Cheese Lover’s Tour, Oyster Lover’s Tour and Flavors of Point Reyes.

Cutting cheese with a knife.
Cheese making tour at Toluma Farms with Food & Farm Tour.

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

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 area’s best hiking trails originate from the visitor center.
(415) 464-5100

Famous Point Reyes Tule elk @ Tomales Point

The Point Reyes 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, Hearts Desire Beach is perfect for swimming. The beaches along the Bay have easy access for kayakers.

Road to Hearts Desire Beach.
Serene beaches and shady picnic tables at Hearts Desire.

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

Trail markers.
Get the local scoop on West Marin hiking at Point Reyes Nature.

For detailed trail information, a monthly featured hike calendar, seasonal hiking tips and insight into local flora and fauna, check out Point Reyes Nature before you hit the trails. 

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

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

Call Brett at (415) 787-4886 to enjoy a beautiful day of sailing on the bay in a catamaran with Tomales Bay Sailing.

For horseback riding contact Five Brooks Ranch for guided trail rides throughout the national park.
(415) 663-1570

Sailing tours of Tomales Bay

Time to pick your cottage! Here’s a handy cheat sheet…

Berry Vine Cottage

Large covered screened porch  High charm and character quotient!  Parking right in front & full kitchen

“Your covered screened porch is like having a second living room, complete with dining area for serving brunch and a futon for afternoon naps.”

Berry Vine Cottage

Cypress Cottage

Wide open floorplan  Split level  Oil paintings galore!  Full Kitchen

“Open and light filled space for dancing and doing yoga while your frittata bakes in the oven. Bring an art project and a best friend."

Cypress Cottage

Sunflower Cottage

Large private fenced yard  Our coziest, quietest bedroom for sleeping late  Full kitchen

“You’ll feel like you’re the only one on the property. Get up late (who will know?!) and drink your coffee outside in your PJ's in your very own sunny yard.”

Sunflower Cottage

Farmer's Parlor

Gorgeous views Glassed in sunporch  Window seats

“It’s your own private happy hour with a big sky over grazing horses every night at sunset from your glassed-in porch. After that, throw a log on the fire and leap into your huge comfy bed.”

Farmer's Parlor

The Nest

Check out the view!  Sunny window seats  Fabulous covered deck

“Enjoy the best views on the property — and there’s no one watching you back! Inspiring enough to start writing your memoirs from this big deck or from the cozy window seats inside."

The Nest
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Explore The Grounds

Step outside your cottage gate and stroll our small but growing sculpture garden. Our cottages are set in a quiet country acre of flowering gardens, open lawns and towering eucalyptus trees — surrounded by iconic West Marin rural views of neighboring pastures, grazing horses and rolling hills. more…