Published: December, 2017

West Marin, California

Just an hour drive from the city, you feel like you are in a whole new world when you enter West Marin.
— Jen Lane
  • More about your oliver guide:
  • Trip type: Family, Group getaway, Beach
  • Activity level: moderate
  • Ideal length of trip: 2 DAYS (OR EVERY WEEKEND)

to & from

An hour drive north of San Francisco. The most direct route is thru Nicasio to the town of Point Reyes station. If time isn’t an issue, then I would suggest taking the Stinson Beach route…a little curvy, but the views of the ocean are amazing.


Mankas in Inverness or Nick’s Cove in Marshall.

eat and drink

  • Bovine Bakery (Point Reyes): amazing scones. Get there early- on the weekends the line is out the door.
  • Stellina (Point Reyes): The best, local food- highly recommend. More formal than other spots.
  • Salt Water (Inverness): Great oysters in the charming town of Inverness
  • Marshall Store (Marshall): Our favorite place for oysters. Get a beer and sit on the side of the road staring out onto Tomales Bay. Quintessential West Marin.
  • Coffee Stand in Tobys Feed Barn: the best coffee right in the feed barn. Make sure to take a peek inside Toby- cute shop.
  • Cafe Reyes: Favorite pizza spot in town.
  • Inverness Park Market: The best spot to get a gourmet sandwich and goodies for a picnic!


inside scoop

  • The Palace Market in Point Reyes has some of the world’s best soft serve ice cream. Go in the back to the deli to get the ice cream.
  • Kehoe & Limantour Beaches are some of the only dog friendly beaches
  • Chicken Ranch beach is the best for families
  • Marshall Store is the BEST stop for oysters & roadside beers - breathtaking views of the Tomales Bay

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