Guidebook for West Marin, Petaluma & San Rafael

Melissa
Guidebook for West Marin, Petaluma & San Rafael

Food Scene

All outdoors fresh oysters (raw/bbq or bbq yourself), wine, cheese, fun people! Make sure to reserve a table online - they are a busy place and sometimes booked months out: hogislandoysters.com/farm/picnic-u-shuck
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Hog Island Oyster Co
20215 Shoreline Hwy
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All outdoors fresh oysters (raw/bbq or bbq yourself), wine, cheese, fun people! Make sure to reserve a table online - they are a busy place and sometimes booked months out: hogislandoysters.com/farm/picnic-u-shuck
We love their pork chop and chili! Great cocktails. Also delicious malts and shakes for dessert!
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Station House Cafe
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We love their pork chop and chili! Great cocktails. Also delicious malts and shakes for dessert!
Amazing brick oven pizzas and great salads! Fun outdoor picnic tables for dining.
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Cafe Reyes
11101 Shoreline Highway
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Amazing brick oven pizzas and great salads! Fun outdoor picnic tables for dining.
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Side Street Kitchen
60 4th St
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An incredible menu serving local foods. Enjoy a fabulous meal overlooking Tomales Bay with a cozy cabin atmosphere & great service. The crab mac & cheese is a must...
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Nick's Cove
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An incredible menu serving local foods. Enjoy a fabulous meal overlooking Tomales Bay with a cozy cabin atmosphere & great service. The crab mac & cheese is a must...
Tomales Bay Foods
80 4th Street
Due West
10005 CA-1
Seafood shack right on the water on Hwy 1 offering oysters & other local shellfish, sandwhiches, smoked meats by the pound & outdoor tables overlooking Tomales Bay.
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The Marshall Store
19225 CA-1
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Seafood shack right on the water on Hwy 1 offering oysters & other local shellfish, sandwhiches, smoked meats by the pound & outdoor tables overlooking Tomales Bay.
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Saltwater Oyster Depot
12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
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Delicious Italian food in a cozy & casual environment. Hearty portions and owned by the sweetest sisters!
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Sorella Caffe
107 Bolinas Rd
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Delicious Italian food in a cozy & casual environment. Hearty portions and owned by the sweetest sisters!
The Holstein heifers you pass by on the driveway into the ranch are the ones who will soon be producers of the milk that goes into the great cheese produced at our neighbors’ Nicasio Valley Cheese. Our honey pairs perfectly with their cheeses too 😉
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Nicasio Valley Cheese Company
5300 Nicasio Valley Road
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The Holstein heifers you pass by on the driveway into the ranch are the ones who will soon be producers of the milk that goes into the great cheese produced at our neighbors’ Nicasio Valley Cheese. Our honey pairs perfectly with their cheeses too 😉
Amazing award winning cheeses! Cowgirl Cantina is a gourmet deli featuring sandwiches, espresso, wine & ice cream. Seating indoors & out. Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 10AM - 6PM
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Cowgirl Creamery
80 4th Street
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Amazing award winning cheeses! Cowgirl Cantina is a gourmet deli featuring sandwiches, espresso, wine & ice cream. Seating indoors & out. Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 10AM - 6PM
Great sandwiches & essentials for your beach day!
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Inverness Park Market
12301 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
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Great sandwiches & essentials for your beach day!
Fresh, organic, handmade pastries and strong organic coffee + espresso. Some favorites: fruit slipper and bear claw are a must!
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Bovine Bakery
11315 California 1
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Fresh, organic, handmade pastries and strong organic coffee + espresso. Some favorites: fruit slipper and bear claw are a must!
Brickmaiden Breads
40 4th Street
Year-round Saturday farmer's market, great gifts + food. A coffee bar +Yoga studio too!
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Toby's Coffee Bar
11250 California 1
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Year-round Saturday farmer's market, great gifts + food. A coffee bar +Yoga studio too!
Farm tours, cheese, dining & classes with a view of Tomales Bay and a great drive along the coast.
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co
14700 Shoreline Hwy
Farm tours, cheese, dining & classes with a view of Tomales Bay and a great drive along the coast.
Live music on the weekends and lawn BBQ's and bands in summer.
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Rancho Nicasio, Bar, Restaurant, Live Music and Wedding Event Venue
1 Old Rancheria Road
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Live music on the weekends and lawn BBQ's and bands in summer.
Breakfast cheeses, Brie, Camembert, Triple Crème Bries & Blues as well as Schloss & Schlosskranz. Sandwiches & a pond with picnic areas. Hours: 7 days 8:30AM - 5PM
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Marin French Cheese Co
7510 Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd
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Breakfast cheeses, Brie, Camembert, Triple Crème Bries & Blues as well as Schloss & Schlosskranz. Sandwiches & a pond with picnic areas. Hours: 7 days 8:30AM - 5PM
Siam Lotus
25 Broadway
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Fradelizio's Ristorante
35 Broadway
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The best burgers, fries and shakes!
M & G Burgers & Beverages
2017 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
The best burgers, fries and shakes!
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Village Sake - Japanese Pub
19 Bolinas Rd
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Arti Indian Organic Natural Cafe
7282 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
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The Chinese chicken salad is a staple!
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Comforts
335 San Anselmo Avenue
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The Chinese chicken salad is a staple!
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Insalata's
120 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
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Sol Food
901 Lincoln Avenue
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Great authentic Italian and friendly wait staff.
Ristorante La Toscana
3751 Redwood Hwy
Great authentic Italian and friendly wait staff.
Amazing breakfast - the salmon omelette, chilaquiles & huevos rancheros are our go-to picks. Mimosas and great lattes! Also great pastries and sweets.
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Tea Room Cafe
316 Western Avenue
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Amazing breakfast - the salmon omelette, chilaquiles & huevos rancheros are our go-to picks. Mimosas and great lattes! Also great pastries and sweets.
The best tacos & everything else! They also have a very tiny dine-in location on Edith Street within walking distance of the taco truck.
El Roy's Taco Truck
401 East Washington Street
The best tacos & everything else! They also have a very tiny dine-in location on Edith Street within walking distance of the taco truck.
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Speakeasy
139 Petaluma Blvd N
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Amazing happy hour and great steaks, starters and cocktails!
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Seared
170 Petaluma Boulevard North
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Amazing happy hour and great steaks, starters and cocktails!
One of the greatest local places and a little more romantic - their brick oven pizzas, the little gems salad, the short ribs & the pork chop are our top picks.
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Central Market
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One of the greatest local places and a little more romantic - their brick oven pizzas, the little gems salad, the short ribs & the pork chop are our top picks.
Great filet mignon & wine! Also Great salads and a cozy setting.
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Sugo Trattoria
5 Petaluma Boulevard South
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Great filet mignon & wine! Also Great salads and a cozy setting.
Our go to sushi place!
Gohan
1367 N McDowell Blvd
Our go to sushi place!
The best deep dish pizza! Ask for garlic added to your pizza 😉
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Old Chicago Pizza Restaurant
41 Petaluma Boulevard North
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The best deep dish pizza! Ask for garlic added to your pizza 😉
The BEST breads - the rosemary Meyer lemon is our absolute favorite - also great coffee beverages and pastries! Their cafe next door is great for brunch and lunch!
Della Fattoria Bakery
143 Petaluma Blvd N
The BEST breads - the rosemary Meyer lemon is our absolute favorite - also great coffee beverages and pastries! Their cafe next door is great for brunch and lunch!
Down home county cookin! 50’s diner style, great for the kids. Huge servings, definitely plates to share! The biscuits are a must and their chicken and waffles are worth the wait.
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Sax's Joint
317 Petaluma Blvd S
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Down home county cookin! 50’s diner style, great for the kids. Huge servings, definitely plates to share! The biscuits are a must and their chicken and waffles are worth the wait.
Great sandwiches and tri-tip or chicken dinners to serve 4 for just $20
Lombardi's | Gourmet Deli & BBQ
3413 Petaluma Blvd N
Great sandwiches and tri-tip or chicken dinners to serve 4 for just $20
Petaluma Creamery Ice Cream & Cheese Shop
711 Western Avenue
The best Vietnamese food north of the Golden Gate and great service, always!
Simmer Vietnamese Kitchen
299 N McDowell Blvd
The best Vietnamese food north of the Golden Gate and great service, always!
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Brewsters Beer Garden
229 Water St
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Great sourdough crust!
Red Boy Pizza - Fairfax
2404 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Great sourdough crust!
Breakfast is great and the pancakes are huge!
Point Reyes Roadhouse
10905 California 1
Breakfast is great and the pancakes are huge!
Giaco’s Valley Roadhouse - new owner and new name. A great place with a cozy atmosphere, family friendly and great menu for brunch, lunch and dinner.
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Two Bird Café
625 San Geronimo Valley Drive
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Giaco’s Valley Roadhouse - new owner and new name. A great place with a cozy atmosphere, family friendly and great menu for brunch, lunch and dinner.

Essentials

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Good Earth Natural Foods
720 Center Boulevard
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Fresh/local food. Must try Gloria's enchiladas and other homemade meals. 10 miles from the ranch.
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Palace Market
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Fresh/local food. Must try Gloria's enchiladas and other homemade meals. 10 miles from the ranch.

Arts & Culture

Also visit http://www.marinmagazine.com/About-Marin-County/Art-Galleries/ for more Marin County galleries!
Gallery Route One
11101 California 1
Also visit http://www.marinmagazine.com/About-Marin-County/Art-Galleries/ for more Marin County galleries!

Entertainment & Activities

Guided horseback trail rides along the Point Reyes National Seashore. 20 minutes/14 miles from our ranch. Open 9AM - 5PM daily.
Five Brooks Ranch
Guided horseback trail rides along the Point Reyes National Seashore. 20 minutes/14 miles from our ranch. Open 9AM - 5PM daily.
Kayaking tours & classes on Drakes Estero and Tomales Bay.
Point Reyes Outdoors
11401 California 1
Kayaking tours & classes on Drakes Estero and Tomales Bay.
Point Reyes Outdoors
11401 California 1
Blue Waters Kayaking Office (NO TOURS or RENTALS MEET HERE)
60 4th Street

Parks & Nature

A white stretch of sand running along a calm, sheltered stretch of Tomales Bay. Safe for swimming. Turn right onto Pierce Point Road to Tomales Bay State Park.
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Hearts Desire Beach
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A white stretch of sand running along a calm, sheltered stretch of Tomales Bay. Safe for swimming. Turn right onto Pierce Point Road to Tomales Bay State Park.
A great beach for all. More fog on this side of the bay, but pleanty of space to explore and a beautiful drive.
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Limantour Beach
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A great beach for all. More fog on this side of the bay, but pleanty of space to explore and a beautiful drive.
Chicken Ranch Beach
California 1
Beaches, hiking/mountain bike trails, wildlife watching + grey whale migration. Trail guide + suggested hikes: nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/hiking_guide.htm
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Point Reyes National Seashore
1 Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd
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Beaches, hiking/mountain bike trails, wildlife watching + grey whale migration. Trail guide + suggested hikes: nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/hiking_guide.htm
2,700 acres of wooded countryside with coastal redwoods & open grasslands. Features trails for hiking & mountain biking.
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Samuel P Taylor State Park
8889 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
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2,700 acres of wooded countryside with coastal redwoods & open grasslands. Features trails for hiking & mountain biking.
Cypress Tree Tunnel
Tomales Bay State Park
1100 Pierce Point Road
Tomales Point Trailhead
Laguna Trailhead
McClures Beach Trailhead

Sightseeing

No trip is complete without a visit to the Point Reyes Headlands and the iconic Lighthouse. Whether you are an avid birder, whale watcher, geologist, or a maritime or lighthouse enthusiast, this popular destination has it all.
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Point Reyes Lighthouse
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No trip is complete without a visit to the Point Reyes Headlands and the iconic Lighthouse. Whether you are an avid birder, whale watcher, geologist, or a maritime or lighthouse enthusiast, this popular destination has it all.
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Bear Valley Visitor Center
1 Bear Valley Visitor Center Access Road
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Lighthouse Visitor Center
27000 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
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Elephant Seal Overlook

Shopping

A little bit of everything from food to clothing/accessories, books, art and gifts.
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Toby's Feed Barn
11250 CA-1
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A little bit of everything from food to clothing/accessories, books, art and gifts.
Coyuchi at Point Reyes Station
11101 CA-1
Natural home goods
Photography books, vintage jewelry, pretty scarves and more.
Vita Collage
11101 California 1
Photography books, vintage jewelry, pretty scarves and more.
Flowers, gifts and garden accessories.
Flower Power
11275 CA-1
Flowers, gifts and garden accessories.
Handmade crafts and ethnic art.
Zuma
11265 California 1
Handmade crafts and ethnic art.
A country emporium and saddle store. Find equestrian clothing/accessories, footwear, gifts, pet supplies and more.
Cabaline Country Emporium & Saddlery
11313 California 1
A country emporium and saddle store. Find equestrian clothing/accessories, footwear, gifts, pet supplies and more.
Beautiful artisan clothing located in the Cowgirl Creamery building off of main street.
Susan Hayes Handwovens
80 4th St
Beautiful artisan clothing located in the Cowgirl Creamery building off of main street.
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Vintage Oaks Shopping Center
208 Vintage Way
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The Village at Corte Madera
1618 Redwood Highway
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Town Center Corte Madera
100 Corte Madera Town Center
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Northgate
5800 Northgate Parking Lot
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IN THE MAKING
122 American Alley
Robindira Unsworth
115 Petaluma Blvd N
Splendid Little Shoppe
140 Petaluma Blvd N
E'Ethical Clothing Etc
122 Kentucky St
Stellas Fine Consignments
224 Greenfield Ave
Summer Cottage Antiques
153 Kentucky St
The Find - Petaluma
322 Western Avenue