Things to Do Near Point Reyes National Seashore


Check Availability"Point Reyes, a stunning, weather-battered peninsula only an hour's drive from densely-populated San Francisco, is rich with compelling stories of its local tribes, tragic shipwrecks, wily lawyers, and dairying families who lived and loved there. The only National Seashore on the West Coast, it is also the site of the first English landing in North America. Bounded on its eastern edge by the towering Inverness Ridge, its far western tip, the Point Reyes Headland, rises 600 feet above the surf. Between the ridge and the point stretch miles of dense forests, lush wetlands, pristine beaches, and some of the richest grasslands in America."

from Point Reyes: A Harbortown History by Gayle Baker, Ph.D., HarborTown Histories, 2004, www.HarborTownHistories.com
National Parks near Point Reyes in CA
National Park Service Recommendations back to top

Follow these recommendations from the National Park Service to begin to enjoy the area:

Bear Valley Visitor Center
Stop by the Bear Valley Visitor Center. There are exhibits and information to help you plan your activities. Ranger-led programs are scheduled on week-ends year-round.

Limantour Beach
Sheltered beach with plenty of room for walking in either direction. Nearby Estero de Limantour is a good birding spot.

Point Reyes Beach (the Great Beach)
An 11-mile expanse of Pacific shoreline. There can be very heavy surf and sneaker waves along these beaches.

Point Reyes Lighthouse
Spectacular views of Point Reyes Beach and the Pacific Ocean. Descend 300 stops to the lighthouse. The observation platform is an ideal perch for spotting migrating gray whales in the winter.

Chimney Rock
Watch elephant seals as they breed and molt on the beach. Early spring wildflowers.

Drakes Beach
Sheltered beach beneath sandstone cliffs. Visitor center is open on weekends.

Abbotts Lagoon
A 1.5 mile trail to diverse bird habitat. Nesting area for the threatened snowy plover.

Tule Elk Reserve
Hunted to near-extinction in the 1800s, Tule elk were reintroduced to this designated wilderness in 1978.

Historic Pierce Point Ranch
Established in the 1860s, this dairy ranch operated until 1973. There is a short trail down to McClures Beach.

There are over 150 miles of hiking trails in the Point Reyes National Seashore. These trails traverse pasture lands, chaparral ridges, California-laurel valleys, forests, and meadowlands. Check on trail conditions and get detailed trail maps at the Bear Valley Visitor Center.
Point Reyes National Seashore near Osprey Peak Bed and Breakfast in CA
Point Reyes Field Institute back to top

Point Reyes National Seashore is an extraordinary outdoor classroom. Each year the Point Reyes Field Institute enables more than 1,600 people to deepen their knowledge of and connection to the National Seashore. Class offerings span natural and cultural history as well as art and science, and we provide rich outdoor experiences for people of all interests and ages. Some of our most popular classes include:
  • Mushroom Identification
  • Elephant Seals and Gray Whales
  • Wildlife Watching at Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
  • Our Local Owls - Their Lives, Behaviors & Calls
  • Rocks, Sand, & Sea Glass in Watercolor
The Field Institute’s 100 instructors are experts in their fields. Classes are supported by a cadre of over 40 volunteer facilitators who assist the instructors and participants. Check their website for details: www.ptreyes.org
Videos of the Point Reyes area near Osprey Peak
Videos of the Area back to top

Enjoy these videos from the National Park Service. They are well-produced and give an excellent feel for this special area.





Restaurants near Osprey Peak in Point Reyes Station, CA
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Below is a quick overview of the local restaurants, grouped by location.  Each establishment appeals to different tastes.  We offer a brief synopsis based on the commentaries by our guests.  WE STRONGLY SUGGEST that you use review sites such as Yelp to help determine which restaurant(s) is/are to your liking.  

The number of visitors to the Point Reyes area increases dramatically on weekends and holidays.  When the weather is good and there are attractions such as grey whale migration, elephant seal mating, wild flowers and bird migration--the number of people competing for dinner slots can make for long waits and diminished service.  If you prefer to eat during ‘prime time,’ make reservations.  Note that some of our restaurants do not take reservations, or limit them to groups.


In Inverness & Inverness Park

Saltwater 669-1244
www.saltwateroysterdepot.com
Luc Chamberland's Saltwater features oysters, pizzas, local ranch meats, fresh fish, salads, small bite features and a varied selection of bottled and on-tap wines plus artisan beers by North Coast Brewery. Saltwater celebrates the local harvest with innovative, flavorful selections. Reservations available depending on day of week and party size. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.  

Vladimir’s Czechoslovakian 669-1021
www.yelp.com/biz/vladimirs-czechoslovaki-restaurant-inverness
Vladimir’s Czechoslovakian, offers Eastern European entrees updated by the late Vladimir’s daughter, Vladia, first mate, Mike and their sons Alex & Rick (CASH ONLY). Closed Tuesday.
 
 Fog's Kitchen

 Located at the Tomales Bay Resort, Fog's Kitchen opened in late autumn of 2016. Features an eclectic bayside roadhouse menu,
 wine and beer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   669-9696
Inverness Park Market (formerly Perry's Deli) 663-1491
www.perrysinvernessparkgrocery.com
Between Inverness and Point Reyes Station, the small settlement of Inverness Park features the newly expanded Inverness Park Market, now including Shorty’s Produce.  Test their expertise in creating sandwiches, salads and take-out dinners.  Enjoy Graffeo coffee and ask the staff to help you select other stuff to take to the beaches. Outstanding grocery selection too. Taproom now open on weekends. Check website for hours and specials. 

Spirit Matters 663-8699
www.yelp.com/biz/spirit-matters-point-reyes-station
Next door is the one-of-a-kind Spirit Matters--a collection of metaphysical/spiritual artifacts, jewelry, art and furnishings skillfully acquired and displayed by owner, Nonnie Welch.


In Olema (2 miles south of Point Reyes Station--intersection of Highway One and Sir Francis Drake Blvd.)

Farm House Restaurant  663-1264
http://www.pointreyesseashore.com/farmhouse_restaurant.htm
The Farm House Restaurant & Bar offers a remodeled roadhouse approach to steaks, chops and seafood.  Bar equipped with TVs for sports enthusiasts.

Sir & Star at The Olema 663-1034
www.sirandstar.com
Across the road, the former Olema Inn has recently re-opened as The Olema, by Margaret Grade & Daniel DeLong—refugee owners of the late Manka’s Lodge & Restaurant, which was totally destroyed by fire in December 2006.  Their new restaurant effort, “Sir and Star at The Olema” is underway with adventurously created offerings announced via a quirky menu. Closed Monday & Tuesday.


In Point Reyes Station

Café Reyes 663-9493
www.yelp.com/biz/cafe-reyes-point-reyes-station
Café Reyes:  The first building you see on your left as you enter Point Reyes Station from the south on Highway One.  Casual, friendly atmosphere accentuated with Neapolitan-style, thin crust pizzas baked in a flash inside the 800 degree wood-fired brick oven.  Also featuring big, fresh salads, soups, raw local oysters—smoothed down with draft brews and wines—all of which may be enjoyed on the patio on warm days.  Closed Mondays & Tuesdays--no reservations.

Station House Café 663-1515 
www.stationhousecafe.com/
The Station House Café is a perennial favorite for “comfort food” entrees and a well-stocked bar with live music on weekends.  Pleasant garden area service when weather permits.  Located adjacent to Toby’s Feed Barn.  Closed on Wednesdays.

Osteria Stellina 663-9988
http://osteriastellina.com/
Osteria Stellina--located at the midpoint of Point Reyes Station’s main street, across from the Building Supply.  Italian/California fresh fusion featuring local, natural/organically and sustainably sourced meats, seafood, vegetables along with Stellina’s own pastas.  NY Times, Washington Post, SF Chronicle critical acclaim.  Open 7 days April-December.  Closed Thursdays in Winter.  Reservations recommended, esp. on weekends.

Old Western Saloon 663-1661 
www.yelp.com/biz/old-western-saloon-inc-point-reyes-station
The Old Western Saloon is the place where a cross-section of West Marin residents and adventurous visitors gather for serious drinking, pool playing and occasional dancing when a live band plays on weekends.

   
 
 

Cowgirl Creamery/Tomales Bay Foods 663-9335
http://www.cowgirlcreamery.com
http://www.yelp.com/biz/tomales-bay-foods-point-reyes-station
Across 4th Street from the Pine Cone is the Tomales Bay Foods operation—housing Cowgirl Creamery, where they make world-class cheeses featured in Michelin rated restaurants and where you can get a tour, tastings and purchase cheeses made by Cowgirl and other artisan makers.  The TBF deli counter offerings are varied and unique—hot entrees, sandwiches, etc.

Whale of a Deli 663-8464
http://www.yelp.com/biz/whale-of-a-deli-and-market-point-reyes-station
At the opposite end of Point Reyes Station is the Whale of a Deli, offering real Mexican burritos and freshly constructed soft tacos.  Check out the beverage cooler if you want “original Coca-Cola” and other soft drinks—made with cane sugar instead of corn syrup or Frankenstein chemicals.

Marin Sun Farms 663-8997
www.marinsunfarms.com
Just south of Point Reyes Station on Highway One is Marin Sun Farms.  Locally raised grass fed beef, goat, lamb, etc—a traditional retail butcher shop with the added feature of a dine-in restaurant.  Open Thursday thru Monday. Lunch served 11am – 5pm, Dinner on Weekends.  Get’cher Burger of choice along with a side of signature French Fries cooked in authentic pork lard.


Along the Eastern Shore of Tomales Bay on Highway One

Tony’s Seafood 663-1107
www.yelp.com/biz/tonys-seafood-restaurant-marshall
About eight miles north of Point Reyes Station is the area called Marshall.  There one finds Tony’s—a longtime favorite (Friday-Sunday) for seafood and sunsets (CASH ONLY).

Marshall Store 663-1339
www.themarshallstore.com
A half-mile farther north is the Marshall Store which offers local and Pacific NW oysters along with chowders for lunch & early dinner.  This is counter service with tables and seating in the glass enclosed seating area and outside along Tomales Bay.  

Tomales Bay Oysters 663-1242
www.tomalesbayoysters.com
CHANGES AS OF OCTOBER 2015: Now selling oysters, clams and mussels only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. No picnic tables or on-site dining allowed. Visit their website for updates. 

Hog Island Oysters  663-9218
www.hogislandoysters.com
Hog Island Oyster Co., is 8/10 mile north of the Marshall Store.  Tables and barbecues are available with reservations—table/BBQ fees apply.  Visit HIO’s Website to get more details.

Nick’s Cove 663-1033
www.nickscove.com
Five miles north of Marshall is the re-vitalized Nick’s Cove—a labor of optimistic love by restaurant developer Pat Kuleto.  Fresh seafood, barbecued oysters and a full range of local meats and seafood. Garden fresh vegetables from their onsite "croft." Open for lunch and dinner and brunch on weekends. Open every day.


Shopping near Osprey Peak in Point Reyes, CA
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Shopping

Bovine Bakery 663-9420
www.yelp.com/biz/bovine-bakery-point-reyes-station
“Delicious, tempting, to die for,” etc: is what visitors say about Bovine Bakery (Morning Buns, scones, much, much more) and honest coffee (no lattes).  Check out their new, second location in Petaluma on Kentucky Street. 

Toby’s Feed Barn 663-1223
http://www.tobysfeedbarn.com/about
If specialty coffee preparations are what you need—mosey down the street to Toby’s Feed Barn which houses Toby’s Coffee Bar—operated by the owner of Osteria Stellina.

Toby’s Feed Barn is the centerpiece for shopping/social activity—fresh produce, artisan packaged foods, gifts, cards, clothing and Toby’s Art Gallery featuring renowned and budding artists from the region.  Check out the Schedule of Events—featuring talks and entertainment with the likes of Chef-Writer Alice Waters and Poet Robert Haas.  Nick Giacomini (the grandson of the late founder--and well-known as “MC Yogi”) and his partner, Amanda operate Yoga Toes on the premises.  From late June through October, Toby’s hosts the Saturday Farmer’s Market, 9 AM – 1 PM.

Building Supply (Ace Hardware)
663-1737
www.yelp.com/biz/building-supply-center-point-reyes-station
Building Supply (Ace Hardware) for those things you forgot to bring with you--a flashlight, matches, rain gear, etc.;  or if you’ve promised to fix that leaking toilet as soon as you get back home. Under new ownership as of 2016. We welcome Ken Dunaj's expertise at expanding their offerings as well as the ongoing experience of the Simon family.

Point Reyes Books
663-1542
www.ptreyesbooks.com/
Point Reyes Books is a top tier bookstore—conveniently located next to the Bovine Bakery (see above).  Find a great book, pick up tea, coffee, bear claw, scone, etc. at the Bovine.

Leona's (formerly Viewpoints) 663-8861
www.yelp.com/biz/viewpoints-point-reyes-station
Sit and nosh in the community park located around the corner from Point Reyes Books, and when finished, step into Leona's—an eclectic collection of art, clothes, jewelry, imported rugs, etc.

West Marin Pharmacy  663-1264
www.westmarinpharmacy.com
If you need a prescription re-filled or something to quiet the Old Western memories still moving through your head--West Marin Pharmacy is just across the street from the community park.


Other retail attractions on Main Street include:
     
Cabaline 663-8303 www.cabaline.com/
Western Wear, saddlery & tack, hiking shoes and much more than you can imagine could fit inside the store
 
Flower Power 663-8221 www.yelp.com/biz/flower-power-point-reyes-station
fresh flowers, plants, ceramics and other home furnishing & gift items
 
Zuma 663-1748 www.yelp.com/biz/zuma-point-reyes-station
gifts, jewelry, home furnishings
 
Marty Knapp Photography 663-8670 www.martyknapp.com/
stunning black & white photographs of nature and other artfully composed wonders of our world
 
Black Mountain Artisans 663-9130 www.blackmountainartisans.com/
a West Marin fiber artists cooperative
 
Vita Collage 663-1160 www.vitacollage.com/
specially selected items for classing up your wardrobe and your home, housed in the tin-roofed Cheda Building which is beyond the empty, red brick Grandi Building
 
Gallery Route One 663-1347 galleryrouteone.org/
member-run art gallery for over 30 West Marin artists, also in the Cheda Building
 
Coyuchi Outlet Store 663-8077 www.coyuchi.com/customer-service/coyuchi-outlet.html
Upstairs from the Gallery & Vita Collage is Coyuchi Outlet Store, which offers organic fiber bed and bath linens, robes, sleepwear
 
     
 
 
Point Reyes Jeweler
 663-1936 http://www.pointreyes.com/
custom designed creations by owner/jeweler, David Clarkson, along with the work of other skilled artisans
 
Point Reyes Surf Shop 663-1072 We surf waves, not the Internet, Dude
surfing, swimming and general beach-lover supplies & clothing
 
Ernesto Sanchez Gallery (no tel #) www.facebook.com/pages/Ernesto-Sanchez/122881971070646
artistic sculptures, masks, other works of art



Other retail attractions in Point Reyes:
     
Epicenter 663-1239 http://epicenterpointreyes.com/ 
On the other side of Highway One and around the corner (across from Whale of a Deli) is Epicenter--Dana Davidson's artful collection of handmade and carefully sourced women’s clothing for the discerning shopper.
     
Susan Hayes Handwovens 663-8057 http://www.susanhayeshandwovens.com/
At the other end of town on Fourth Street, inside Tomales Bay Foods/Cowgirl Creamery building, you’ll find Susan Hayes Handwovens -- the name says it all.


Grocery Shopping

The Palace Market 663-1016
www.palacemarket.com
Point Reyes Station, the Palace Market, West Marin’s ‘Whole Foods.’ Delicatessen in rear of store.

The Inverness Store 669-1041
www.yelp.com/biz/inverness-store-inverness
Inverness, the Inverness Store. General groceries + selection of unique soda drinks and reasonably priced wines.  Limited deli.


Other Activities

The Dance Palace 663-1075
http://www.dancepalace.org/event.html
The Dance Palace sits half a block west on B Street—providing a place for community programs and stellar entertainment—especially on weekends.

Local Food/Wine Tour
West Marin Food & Farm Tours 415 599-9222 www.foodandfarmtours.com


Wildlife Viewing & Photography:
      Point Reyes Safaris                       303 929-8443                                               www.pointreyessafaris.com

 
Bike Rentals, Tours/Kayak Rentals & Tours
Blue Waters Kayaking 415 669-2600 www.bwkayak.com
Point Reyes Outdoors 415 663-8192 www.pointreyesoutdoors.com

Bike Repair, Shipping & Setup
Black Mountain Cycles 415 663-8125 www.yelp.com/biz/black-mountain-cycles

Horse-back Riding
Five Brooks Ranch 415 663-1570 www.fivebrooks.com

Point Reyes National Seashore
Bear Valley Road Visitor Center in Olema 415 464-5100  
Lighthouse 415 669-1534 http://www.nps.gov/pore


Points of Interest on the way to and from Point Reyes

Arti Natural Organic Indian Café   488-4700
http://www.yelp.com/biz/arti-natural-organic-indian-cafe-lagunitas-forest-knolls
In Lagunitas, (7282 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Lagunitas), stop at Arti, where you can enjoy Indian food in the restaurant, on the patio or takeout for a picnic in Samuel Taylor State Park.  Osprey Peak is 15.6 miles from Arti.

Two Bird Café
 488-0105
http://www.yelp.com/biz/two-bird-caf%C3%A9-at-the-valley-inn-san-geronimo-2
About ¾ mile east of Arti in San Geronimo is the Two Bird Café

Rancho Nicasio
 662-2219
www.ranchonicasio.com
In Nicasio, country food, foot-stomping and dancing are available every weekend and many weekdays at Rancho Nicasio, on the square in ‘downtown’ Nicasio.  Summertime outdoor BBQs are a special treat.  Music venue features many well-loved performers who frequently sell out the place.  Osprey Peak is 14 miles from Nicasio.


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