Activities and Sights

Activities and Sights

 

General Info

Point Reyes

Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore - US Government official site. Very well maintained; lots of useful information.
Area info from the West Marin Chamber of Commerce West Marin Chamber of Commerce site. Has a bunch of general information on Point Reyes, Inverness, and the general area.

Activities

Hiking

This is a hiker's paradise; it's hard to know where to start. If you are staying at Sea Ridge please let us know what sort of hike you're hoping to take and we'll suggest possibilities. Both the House and the Cottage have hiking guides and suggestions.

Kayaking

Point Reyes Outdoors Kayaking rentals, classes, and tours. They also do hiking tours.
Blue Water Kayaking Ditto minus the hiking tours. Located in Inverness next to the Golden Hinde

Horseback Riding

Five Brooks Stable The Point Reyes Natl Park riding concession. Forest, meadow, and beach trails.

Cycling

Cycle Point Reyes Bike rentals, tours, & repair from Cycle Analysis in Point Reyes Station.

Birding

Pt Reyes Natl Seashore birding page The official list of good birding hikes in the park.
PRBO.org->monthly walks Monthly bird walks at Point Reyes and beyond by PRBO (Point Reyes Bird Observatory), a conservation and scientific organization. Includes bird lists from the walks.
Bolinas Lagoon Preserve Bird preserve for Egrets and Herons. Spring nesting site.

Golf

San Geronimo Golf Course San Geronimo Golf Course. The closest course (we think); probably 20 minutes from the house...maybe 25.

Dining

Places we like to eat in rough order of distance from the house.
Eat at home: BBQ Drake's Oysters & Lunny Beef Drive 5 miles into the park to shop then eat well while supporting a eco-wise local farmer. Drive into the park towards the light house (not Pierce Point) and take the Drake's Oyster Company turn off (shown on the park map as Oyster Farm.) Beef and oysters are on sale at the on farm sales counter.
Pricilla's Pizza 2 miles. Inverness town center. Pizza for the kids and and other excellent dishes for the non-pizza eaters. Homemade deserts.
Drake's Beach Cafe Drakes Beach in Point Reyes Seashore. Pricey but our favorite.
Point Reyes Station Cafe Pt Reyes
Cafe Reyes Pt Reyes
Osteria Stellina Pt Reyes
Pine Cone Diner Pt Reyes
Cowgirl Creamery Pt Reyes

Walking the Dog

  • Map of Point Reyes legal dog areas. (We particularly like Kehoe Beach)
  • Places with dog bag dispensers:
    • other side of the parking lot from the Inverness market - short trail
    • White Horse Pools. Longish flat dog walkl. Parking lot is .6 miles from Hwy 1 / Sir Francis Drake turn toward Inverness or 100 ft back towards Pt Reyes Station from where the north end of the Bear Valley vistor’s center road branches off Sir Francis Drake.
    • Unofficial dog park in Pt Reyes Station: go to end of 3rd Street and look down toward the pastures. The path that starts there.

Natural History

Whales

Elephant Seals

Coho Salmon

Gather in pools end of November and begin the run upstream right after rains. Mid-December is usually the best viewing time. Generally the Coho are pretty much done by mid-January although Steelhead (which are harder to observe) are active after that.

SpawnUSA.org Salmon-o-philes focusing on the Lagunitas Creek Coho Salmon. Wildlife 'Docents' and regular salmon viewing tours in season
Spawn->2006/2007 Spawn's salmon watch naturalist's blog 2006/2007

Tide Pools

Tide Charts to find low tide: hit View on this site. Shell Beach just down the hill is great when the tide is particularly . Bolinas has some good tide pooling. We're still looking for other good sites.

Wild Flowers

Birds: Yard Faves

see also Birding under Activities above

Varied Thrush more info
Ruby Crowned Kinglet more info

Parks

Point Reyes National Seashore ...from the Point Reyes National Seashore. Or start with their Site Map. resources
Samuel P Taylor State Park 10-15 minutes away; redwoods!
Muir Woods less than an hour down scenic Hwy 1; en route to San Francisco; serious redwoods with serious tourists

Weddings Spots

Dance Palace

Olema Inn

San Geronimo Golf Course

Point Reyes Seashore Lodge

Rancho Nicasio

Mint Locations

Excursions

Napa

San Francisco - Golden Gate Bridge: 1 hr; airport 1.5 hrs

Sonoma

Stuff to Add

  • Nightlife : dance palace (calendar posted at Inverness Post Office) , rancho nicasio, check the calendar in the pt reyes light