Point Reyes is worth a visit any time of year. When the rest of Marin is golden, hot, and dry, the coast can be green, moist, and misty. Springtime brings wildflowers on high cliffs overlooking the sea, fall offers warm, sunny days, and the winter sun will warm you on the miles of trails with spectacular ocean views.
Start your trip with a stop at the Bear Valley Visitors’ Center. If you have time, take the short Earthquake Trail and cross the epicenter of the 1906 quake! You might like to park the car here for the day and start off on one of the many trails. A day’s walk will take you all the way to the coast and back. Or continue on northwards for a day of whale watching out at the lighthouse, a leisurely day at the beach, or a walk out to Chimney Rock with its magnificent views and nearby elephant seals.
And if you’re in the mood for some unique small-town atmosphere, Point Reyes Station is the perfect place to stop. Spend an hour or two browsing the two or three gift shop-galleries, the bookstore, and the saddlery. Take a look into West Marin Pharmacy for a drugstore that seems to have absolutely everything. Taste some out-of-this-world cheese at the Cowgirl Creamery over in the former hay barn – they have picnic tables out in back. And finally, don’t miss the Bovine Bakery and its fresh, handmade, organic pastries.
As for eateries, Point Reyes Station has some fine choices, as does nearby Inverness. Or if you’re an oyster fan, take an evening drive up to Tomales where you can sit comfortably over a Chardonnay and a plate of oysters on the half shell as you watch the sun set upon the bay and the evening fog roll its way in as night slowly falls.
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