Marin County with Friends

Recently, I had the pleasure of  spending a special weekend with my girlfriends Robin, Colleen and Aldine in The Pt. Reyes area of Marin County, California. After a flight into Oakland and a stop on 4th street in Berkeley for Coffee at Catahoula Coffee Company, I joined Robin for lunch at Picante.  It’s  one of my favorite Mexican restaurant in the area because they make their own tortillas and their Chips and Guacamole are the best!   Pt. Reyes Station was home base for the weekend and I would recommend a Saturday morning stroll through town with stops at Bovine Bakery, Toby’s Store, The Farmers Market, and Cowgirl Creamery! Saturday morning I met a childhood friend and quickly caught up.  She shared her daughter Rose Paradise‘s (a singer/songwriter) latest CD of original music. Wow what a young talent!

This area is so naturally beautiful; perfect for walking and picnicking on Drakes beach and hiking out to  Abbott’s Lagoon.  The Pt. Reyes National Seashore is vast and varied with its rolling hills with dairy cows to rare White Pelicans in the marsh.

We headed up the coast to seek out oysters for lunch and landed at the Marshall Store where every choice was amazing. We sampled raw oysters, BBQ’d oysters, clam chowder and shrimp cocktail, and we enjoyed this while sitting at a long communal outdoor table that captured the view of Tomales Bay. We went a little further up the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) to check out the cottages and a fabulous cozy restaurant at Nick’s Cove.  This is where my friend Robin spotted the white pelicans!  After our pelican visit, we checked out the  Pt Reyes Vineyard (of special interest to fans of the Grateful Dead).  Here, the crew sampled wine and cheese, eventually making our merry way back into town where we had a celebratory dinner at  highly rated Stellina.

Dinner was fun and fabulous, thanks Aldine!  The commitment to sustainable local food is evident all over Marin County and we had a wonderful time enjoying this beautiful area.  This is a short drive from the San Francisco Bay Area you could enjoy the area as a day trip from any of the Virtuoso hotels in San Fransisco or make it a stop over on your way to Sonoma and Napa. Let me know if you are planning a trip to the Bay Area, I lived there for many years and hold the area close to my heart!

Author: Michelle Cowell

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