I was born and raised in Marin County, but somehow I did not start exploring West Marin until my late teens. Now I frequent Pt. Reyes and Inverness often. The landscape is stunning, the air is fresh and there is a surprising amount of things to do. My favorite activity is rolling the windows down, turning the music up and just driving. Stopping at multiple places to take pictures along the way. These are some of my favorite stops throughout West Marin.
The “Shipwreck”: Located in Inverness along Tomales Bay, this is a popular spot to walk around and take photos. It has become a very famous subject in West Marin.
Saltwater Oyster Depot: With a gorgeous outdoor patio and fresh interior, Saltwater is the go to lunch spot while exploring Inverness. It is an oyster bar, but offers other local seafood and a sprawling wine bar.
Docks along the water: The span of private docks in Inverness are some of my favorite elements to photograph. I always pull over to the side of the road to look at the unique characteristics of the boat houses and the surrounding beauty of the water meeting the green hills.
Tomales Bay Foods: Home to my favorite cheese maker, The Cowgirl Creamery, I always stop here to pick up something delicious. The staff is extremely helpful and their cheese knowledge is extensive so feel free to ask a lot of questions about all the local cheeses.
Toby’s Feed Barn: I love Toby’s because they have a little bit of everything. Part grocery store, gift shop and coffee shop, this is great stop for a snack and souvenir.
Bovine Bakery: Another Pt. Reyes Station favorite is the Bovine Bakery, serving some of my favorite pastries including flaky croissants and morning buns. The line can be long, but it moves quickly and is worth the wait!
Pt. Reyes National Seashore: Heading out to the vast seashore, the temperature instantly drops due to the coastal fog. I am always blown away by the beauty of this area. It looks like Ireland in the winter months when the hills glow a deep green. I love to stop at the famed cypress tree tunnel and the quiet beaches. I avoid the Pt. Reyes Lighthouse due to crowds, but if it is your first time to this area that could be a great first stop.