The Best of Inverness

Jeanice
The Best of Inverness

Our Favorite Beaches

These are our favorite spots when we are looking for a place on the water to spend an afternoon.
Families with small kids will love the easy access to Chicken Ranch Beach! Grab a picnic lunch at IP Market in Inverness Park and plop down on the beach for the day.
Chicken Ranch Beach
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Families with small kids will love the easy access to Chicken Ranch Beach! Grab a picnic lunch at IP Market in Inverness Park and plop down on the beach for the day.
A wonderful local beach with a magical path (.25 mile) down to a pristine swimming beach. Shell One is where you first arrive. Continue the path over the hill to Shell Two. Both are lovely Spend the day!
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Shell Beach
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A wonderful local beach with a magical path (.25 mile) down to a pristine swimming beach. Shell One is where you first arrive. Continue the path over the hill to Shell Two. Both are lovely Spend the day!
A twenty-minute drive from the house but well worth the effort if you crave a giant, Pacific Ocean beach. Gorgeous Limantour provides the opportunity to spread out for the day, play in dunes, and take long walks along the coast. Note: The parking lot and bathrooms are a short walk from the beach itself.
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Limantour Beach
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A twenty-minute drive from the house but well worth the effort if you crave a giant, Pacific Ocean beach. Gorgeous Limantour provides the opportunity to spread out for the day, play in dunes, and take long walks along the coast. Note: The parking lot and bathrooms are a short walk from the beach itself.
A great beach for groups and the only local one that provides picnic tables and grills. Located on Tomales Bay with beautiful view and plenty of room for tossing a ball or throwing a frisbee. Great for larger group gatherings.
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Hearts Desire Beach
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A great beach for groups and the only local one that provides picnic tables and grills. Located on Tomales Bay with beautiful view and plenty of room for tossing a ball or throwing a frisbee. Great for larger group gatherings.

Lunch or Dinner

Our favorite spots to grab a morning coffee, a picnic lunch for a hike, or a relaxing dinner out.
Locals and visitors alike love our local hotspot. The Saltwater offers the best of local fare with a bright, welcoming, coastal vibe. Indoor/outdoor dining. Reservations are recommended. Small and large parties welcome. Call to confirm hours: (415) 669 1244 Dinner 5pm - 9pm Th, F, S, Sun, Mon Lunch 12pm - 4pm F, S, Sun www.saltwateroysterdepot.com
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Saltwater Oyster Depot
12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
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Locals and visitors alike love our local hotspot. The Saltwater offers the best of local fare with a bright, welcoming, coastal vibe. Indoor/outdoor dining. Reservations are recommended. Small and large parties welcome. Call to confirm hours: (415) 669 1244 Dinner 5pm - 9pm Th, F, S, Sun, Mon Lunch 12pm - 4pm F, S, Sun www.saltwateroysterdepot.com
A West Marin classic! Nick's Cove in Marshall is worth the 25 minute drive for a special meal. Sunday brunches are our family's favorite! Get reservations, share an order of crab mac and cheese, and do not forget your camera! www.nickscove.com/restaurant/
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Nick's Cove
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A West Marin classic! Nick's Cove in Marshall is worth the 25 minute drive for a special meal. Sunday brunches are our family's favorite! Get reservations, share an order of crab mac and cheese, and do not forget your camera! www.nickscove.com/restaurant/
Incredible Italian fresh local ingredients grace this destination restaurant. Fresh, inventive and always delicious! Famous chef Christian welcomes you to enjoy this dining experience.
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Osteria Stellina
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Incredible Italian fresh local ingredients grace this destination restaurant. Fresh, inventive and always delicious! Famous chef Christian welcomes you to enjoy this dining experience.
The spirit of Manka's is alive and well at the Sir and Star restaurant. Chef Daniel and Margaret welcome you for a unique and incredible dining experience! The decor is unique and impressive, and at times the dining experience can be *theatrical*. All in all, we love this place because there is nothing else like it.
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Sir and Star at the Olema
10000 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
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The spirit of Manka's is alive and well at the Sir and Star restaurant. Chef Daniel and Margaret welcome you for a unique and incredible dining experience! The decor is unique and impressive, and at times the dining experience can be *theatrical*. All in all, we love this place because there is nothing else like it.
Casual dining and absolutely delicious! Order at the counter and grab a table. Vegetarian and vegan options. Indoor/outdoor seating. Directly across the street from The Cowgirl Creamery.
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Side Street Kitchen
60 4th St
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Casual dining and absolutely delicious! Order at the counter and grab a table. Vegetarian and vegan options. Indoor/outdoor seating. Directly across the street from The Cowgirl Creamery.
Tony is the new kid on the block and everyone loves him! New owners, Hog Island Oyster Co., just completed an extensive remodel with a 2019 reopening. The result is fantastic and very, very popular! In Marshall and about a 20-minute drive from the house. www.tonysseafoodrestaurant.com
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Tony's Seafood Restaurant
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Tony is the new kid on the block and everyone loves him! New owners, Hog Island Oyster Co., just completed an extensive remodel with a 2019 reopening. The result is fantastic and very, very popular! In Marshall and about a 20-minute drive from the house. www.tonysseafoodrestaurant.com
An authentic and very popular spot to stop for lunch on the bay. Delicious food and outdoor counter dining.
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The Marshall Store
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An authentic and very popular spot to stop for lunch on the bay. Delicious food and outdoor counter dining.

Sightseeing

Abbots Lagoon has long been our family's favorite space to explore. An easy, flat trek to the lagoon and your senses will be rewarded over and over again! Changing colors bloom along the paths all year. Get to the dunes and let your kids run wild while you sit and watch for otters or birds. Continue out to the Pacific and marvel at all the gorgeous, tiny little rocks. Remember not to pocket anything except trash and never approach or disturb the resting animals.
Abbotts Lagoon Trail
Abbots Lagoon has long been our family's favorite space to explore. An easy, flat trek to the lagoon and your senses will be rewarded over and over again! Changing colors bloom along the paths all year. Get to the dunes and let your kids run wild while you sit and watch for otters or birds. Continue out to the Pacific and marvel at all the gorgeous, tiny little rocks. Remember not to pocket anything except trash and never approach or disturb the resting animals.
Great town to visit! Lots of sweet, small-town shops selling local arts and crafts. Many restaurants to choose from and with a farmers market every Saturday morning.
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Point Reyes Station
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Great town to visit! Lots of sweet, small-town shops selling local arts and crafts. Many restaurants to choose from and with a farmers market every Saturday morning.

Coffee + Breakfast Spots

For fresh brewed coffee, fresh from the oven pastries, or just an honest hot breakfast.
An honest and reliably good spot for any meal, breakfast, lunch or dinner. 8 am - 11 am (closed Wed). www.stationhousecafe.com
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Station House Cafe
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An honest and reliably good spot for any meal, breakfast, lunch or dinner. 8 am - 11 am (closed Wed). www.stationhousecafe.com
Incredible local bakery, wildly popular with locals and touring cyclists.
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Bovine Bakery
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Incredible local bakery, wildly popular with locals and touring cyclists.
Grab a morning coffee at First Valley Inverness, a charming store right across the street from our home. Say 'hi' to local owners Stephanie and Sam! www.firstvalleyinverness.com
First Valley Inverness
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Grab a morning coffee at First Valley Inverness, a charming store right across the street from our home. Say 'hi' to local owners Stephanie and Sam! www.firstvalleyinverness.com
One of the only espresso and cappuccino makers in town! All in the company of a feed barn, yoga studio, gallery and gift shop. Yes, you have arrived in West Marin! 6:30 am - 5:00 pm, seven days a week.
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Toby's Coffee Bar
11250 California 1
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One of the only espresso and cappuccino makers in town! All in the company of a feed barn, yoga studio, gallery and gift shop. Yes, you have arrived in West Marin! 6:30 am - 5:00 pm, seven days a week.
Located at Olema House in Point Reyes, the *Due West Market* is a modern iteration of the classic roadside market that serves as a one-stop-shop for West Marin locals and adventurers alike. Due West features a coffee bar serving Marin’s finest Equator coffee drinks, chef-crafted breakfast sandwiches and freshly baked pastries to get your day started right. 7 am - 7pm Daily www.olemahouse.com/due-west-restaurant/
Olema House
Located at Olema House in Point Reyes, the *Due West Market* is a modern iteration of the classic roadside market that serves as a one-stop-shop for West Marin locals and adventurers alike. Due West features a coffee bar serving Marin’s finest Equator coffee drinks, chef-crafted breakfast sandwiches and freshly baked pastries to get your day started right. 7 am - 7pm Daily www.olemahouse.com/due-west-restaurant/

Drinks + Nightlife

When you want to go out for a nightcap.
Lovely owner takes care of everyone here at this classic Inverness spot. Just around the corner to our house. The perfect spot to grab a Pilsner after a day at the beach.
Vladimir's Czech Restaurant
12785 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
Lovely owner takes care of everyone here at this classic Inverness spot. Just around the corner to our house. The perfect spot to grab a Pilsner after a day at the beach.
Authentic dive bar. An absolute classic!
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Old Western Saloon
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Authentic dive bar. An absolute classic!

Great Hikes

A dear friend who grew up with us in Marin (and now lives abroad) swears that Bolinas Ridge is his favorite spot in the world to hike. Need we say more?
Bolinas Ridge
A dear friend who grew up with us in Marin (and now lives abroad) swears that Bolinas Ridge is his favorite spot in the world to hike. Need we say more?
Tomales Bay Trailhead
Make your first stop at Bear Valley in the Visitor's Center and have a ranger help you plan your day of exploring. There are a whole range of hiking options here from one mile to twelve mile hikes. Do a short loop, or head out to the coast and back. This part of the Seashore is stunning and not to be missed!
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Bear Valley Visitor Center
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Make your first stop at Bear Valley in the Visitor's Center and have a ranger help you plan your day of exploring. There are a whole range of hiking options here from one mile to twelve mile hikes. Do a short loop, or head out to the coast and back. This part of the Seashore is stunning and not to be missed!

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You must have a car in West Marin

There is not better way to get around West Marin than to have a car. Taxis and Uber aren't available here so when you depart the house and wish to go exploring, with the exception of some spots in town and Chicken Ranch Beach, you'll need a car to get there.
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You need only pack the stroller

Our houses are fairly well equipped for those traveling with kids: toys, books, portable cribs, high chairs. Both of our houses have bathtubs and organic mild soaps for children.
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Pack layers!

Pack layers for your stay. Even on a sunny, warm day, it might be windy hiking up on the ridge, or out at the coast. A bathing suit, jeans, a fleece, and a windbreaker are all smart packs. We provide towels and beach toys if needed.
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Make Restaurant Reservations

Check out our list of recommended local eats and reserve your table in advance.