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!
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 two minute walk from your cottage and you’re smelling the mint in your Mojito (or the olive in your Martini)!
A love-fest of deliciousness awaits you at Michelin Guide awarded Sir and Star Restaurant, just next door. Enjoy a memorable upscale-rustic dining experience just a two minute walk away from your cottage. Menu changes nightly.
A short driving distance from your cottage
The nearby villages of Point Reyes Station and Inverness 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.
Fog’s Kitchen Dining in Inverness right on the edge of the Tomales Bay.
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.
Side Street Kitchen Causal little place in Point Reyes Station serving slow cooked meats, organic veggies and comfort food.
Cafe Reyes in Pt Reyes Station offers wood fired pizza and salads and has an outdoor patio.
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.
Saltwater Oyster Depot in Inverness. Fresh local seafood, prepared simply. Also serving regional wines, all in a relaxed atmosphere.
Tap Room at Inverness Park Market is a great stop after the beach. Very casual, fresh local ingredients and craft beer on tap!
Nick’s Cove in Marshall is a restored historic roadhouse overlooking the Tomales Bay serving local seafood, oysters and cocktails.
Tony’s Seafood in Marshall offers family style dining over Tomales Bay. Featuring BBQ oysters and fresh locally caught seafood.
The Marshall Store in Marshall is very casual and fun, serving great fresh oysters, chowder and sandwiches on their enclosed deck overlooking the bay.
Other Eats and 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.
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.
Bovine Bakery is a popular stop for fresh bread, pastries, coffee and tea in Pt. 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.
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.
Tomales Bay Oyster Company in Marshall is a great place to grab oysters to go for your own picnic or BBQ!
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.
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.
The Dance Palace Community Center in Point Reyes Station. Various performances on weekends and classes during the week.
The Station House Cafe, in Point Reyes Station has free live music every Sunday at 5PM.
Point Reyes Books. Book signings, author events, lectures and art shows.
Rancho Nicasio, in the town of Nicasio, live music on weekends and holidays.
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!
Gallery Route One Contemporary art exhibitions.
Marty Knapp Photo Gallery Fine Art Black & White Landscape Photographs.
Toby’s Feed Barn Art Gallery Bright, spacious and complete with a grand piano, the gallery features a different artist every month.
Susan Hayes Handwovens Hand-loomed wovens and knits. Locally based designers of artisan clothing.
Point Reyes Jeweler David Clarkson is a master with a silversmith’s hammer.
Black Mountain Artisans/Weavers Fiber Artists Cooperative. Handmade sweaters and other creations.
Epicenter Dana Davidson designs and sews her own line of beautiful clothing for every body type.
Health and Fitness
Therapeutic Massage and Shiatsu with Lisa Bleier. Book a nurturing massage in the comfort of your own room.
Dance Palace Drop-in: Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Ecstatic Dance, Collaborative Dance.
West Marin Fitness Full gym, Zumba.
Yoga Toes Yoga classes, all levels, drop in.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For sea kayaking tours, stand-up paddle boards and guided nature hikes contact Point Reyes Outdoors.
Explore Tomales Bay by kayak with Blue Waters Kayaking.
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.
Time to pick your cottage! Here’s a handy cheat sheet…
“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.”
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…