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,
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:
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 415 669-1244
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 online. Monday and Thursday feature three-course fixed price menu. Ala carte Friday - Sunday. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.  

Vladimir’s Czechoslovakian 415 669-1021
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 415 669-9696
Located at the Tomales Bay Resort, Fog's Kitchen features an eclectic bayside roadhouse menu, wine and beer.

Inverness Park Market and The Tap Room    415 663-1491

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. THE TAP ROOM is now open next door. The Tap Room is closed on Tuesday. Check website for hours and specials. 

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

Sir & Star at The Olema 415 663-1034
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 415 663-9493
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 415 663-1515
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 415 663-9988
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 415 663-1661
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.

Side Street Kitchen 415 663-0303
Their eclectic menu features slow-cooked meats & organic vegetables: slow-roasted chicken & other specialties. Fresh, wholesome suppers, salads & sandwiches. All ingredients sourced from best-practice purveyors with health, sustainability and deliciousness in mind.

Cowgirl Creamery/Tomales Bay Foods 415 663-9335

Across 4th Street from Side Street Kitchen 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 415 663-8464
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 415 663-8997
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 415 663-1107
About eight miles north of Point Reyes Station is the area called Marshall.  There one finds Tony’s—a longtime favorite for seafood and sunsets. Newly-purchased by Hog Island Oyster Company. Opening Spring 2019. Open 11am - 7pm Fri-Sun. Check website for menu.

Marshall Store 415 663-1339
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 415 663-1242
Selling oysters, clams and mussels only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Only a few picnic tables.  Visit their website for updates. 

Hog Island Oysters  415 663-9218
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 415 663-1033
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.

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