While it's tempting to just stay and enjoy the expansive view of the bay, perhaps venturing as far as the end of the dock, leaving the property by paddle, by foot, by bicycle, or by car can take you on many small adventures to fill your days. Here are some of the things we enjoy doing when there’s not another garden bed to turn or a vintage door handle to fix.
On The Water
From the Beach, slip in a kayak and explore the shore or paddle across the bay to many of the beautiful beaches that are part of the Point Reyes National Seashore. Mornings are usually more still, and when the wind picks up it usually comes from the west pushing down the bay. Blue Waters Kayak’s offers tours.
While commercial fishing is no longer, there’s still halibut to be had and many sportfishermen are on the bay in fishing kayaks or motor boats. Still haven’t caught one off the dock but you can always try - that’s why it's called “fishing”.
Swimming? The waters off the beach are surprisingly warm, often around 73F in the late summer as the bay doesn’t often get deeper than 20 feet. You’ll often see local distance swimmers moving up the shore in light wetsuits.
Hikes come in many varieties, though are much more prevalent on the other side of the bay.
Close by, a short meandering walk takes you around the Marconi site across the road. Its a short walk down the road to get to the entrance and there’s only a narrow shoulder, or at low tide you can walk down the beach.
At Dillon Beach you can walk the wide beach down to the mouth of Tomales Bay where it opens into Bodega Bay (parking at the beach requires a fee).
Point Reyes National Seashore offers a multitude of hikes between Olema to the tip of the point - short or long hikes that usually can always take you to the pacific. Stop by the Bear Valley visitors center in Olema to pick up a map of the area, and check out the great bookstore with a nice selection of wildlife guides.
On a Bike
This section of Route 1 is popular with road bikers coming from as far as San Francisco. You’re already here, pick a direction……north takes you to wonderful small communities like Tomales, Valley Ford and Bodega Bay while heading south and around the southern end of the bay can send you to the tip of the Point Reyes Peninsula.
South of Olema has a couple of great mountain biking trails like the Bolinas Ridge Trail.
It can be hard to choose between getting your own provisions or going out to eat. We suggest mixing it up - its why there are 3 meals a day.
Tomales Bay Oyster Company just to the south, and Hog Island just to the north, are the places to go to pick up your local oysters and clams to go. Bring a cooler or a bucket. We have shucking knives in with the cutlery. Toss your empty shells off the end of the dock.
Tony’s Seafood, The Marshall Store, Hog Island and Nick’s Cove are 4 great food spots that string along the coast north of here. Tony’s and Nick’s are sit down places and open for dinner most days of the week, while the others are casual lunch spots.
The town of Tomales has the William Tell House, the Pizza, and KB Sausage and all are gems. Its a great, but tiny, town so hours are limited during the week.
Further afield, and to be honest, back in the more populated areas, Point Reyes, Olema, and Inverness all offer wonderful eateries of their own.
Point Reyes Station is the biggest town around. It’s here that you’ll find the only gas station around, and Building Supply Hardware (open weekdays only). Palace Market is a great grocery store, with a noticeably talented buyer, that has everything you need in terms of provisions. Brickmaiden Bread is our favorite bakery and we could stop by each day. There are also two wonderful farmstands near town, Little Wing Farm down by the graffiti bridge and Blank Farm just north of the elementary school - cash only for both. There’s much more to town - these picks are just the one’s on our regular route.
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