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A Modern Guide to Point Reyes National Seashore: Rustic-Chic Stays, All the Oysters + Nature Galore


The Point Reyes National Seashore ranks high among Bay Area day trips thanks to its proximity to the city, coastal hikes and, of course, oysters.

But the area, where the hubs of Point Reyes Station, Olema and Inverness have all the classic small town vibes you could want from a quick escape, is also home to some terrific overnight stays—from deliciously mom-and-pop to stunningly stylish—and restaurants to rival anything in San Francisco. It all adds up to a primo weekend getaway for urbanites, naturalists, and foodies. Here's how to make the most of your next drive up the coast.

Where to Stay

If it's an old fashioned country escape you seek, you'll find plenty of vintage vibes among the region's boutique hotels.

For Cult-Worthy Style

Though Manka's Inverness Lodge (30 Callendar Way, Inverness, 415.669.1034) has never fully rebuilt since it devastatingly burned down in 2006, the rooms and restaurant still operated by its owners, Margaret Grade and Daniel DeLong, remain the region's top choice for fashionable travelers with a taste for culinary riches. Where Manka's main house once stood you'll find an Airstream that serves as reception; once you procure your key, you're free to enter your masterfully conceived forest getaway, whether you're staying in the four-room Annex (a 1917 hunting and fishing lodge), in one of the standalone cabins, or at the boathouse down on Tomales Bay. The interiors here don't feel entirely indoors—with chunky log beds, heavy flannels, plaids and leathers, stone fireplaces, and antlers galore, the vibe here is woodsy Ralph Lauren at its finest.

In 2015, Grade and DeLong restored and opened the nearby Olema Inn (10000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Olema, 415.669.1034) which, like its sister Manka's, has style in spades despite no working website. Tucked above the couple's absolutely dreamy restaurant, Sir and Star (more on that later), the inn has just five antique-filled rooms and an alluring avian theme.

Furthering the reach of their cult-worthy hospitality, the team recently opened Druid's Hall (9870 Hwy. 1., Olema, 415.669.1034), an 1880s building that once hosted meetings of the United Ancient Order of Druids fraternity, just down the road. It's a charming, comfortable stay that's just a convenient stumble from the best dinner around. Call for reservations—these folks are old school.

For Books and Breakfast

If the tiny town of Inverness actually had a downtown, this contemporary B&B would be sitting just behind it. Ten Inverness Way has a lot going for it: affordability, quality, and proximity to Tomales Bay. You'll check into one of five uniquely designed rooms but may find yourself drawn to the common space where comfy nooks and lots of books beckon for a quiet moment with a cup of coffee in the morning or a glass of wine at night. You'll wake up each morning to something delicious—buckwheat waffles with fresh blackberries? Yes please. // 10 Inverness Way (Inverness), teninvernessway.com

For Nature Lovers

The Lodge at Point Reyes is a local mainstay. Built in 1988 on the edge of the national park, this 22-room, two-cottage retreat lures nature lovers with five acres of green lawns and English gardens bursting against Olema Creek. You could easily stay in all weekend with food and drink available at the relaxed in-house restaurant, Farm House, a library full of books, fireplaces and hot tubs. // 10021 Coastal Highway 1, (Olema) thelodgeatptreyes.com

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