West Marin includes a wonderful trail of seaside towns, each with their own charm and character. Learn more through the West Marin Chamber of Commerce.
Bolinas is a small town of just over 1,000 residents who enjoy privacy and a vacation atmosphere in their idillic town. Sometimes called the Hollywood of NorCal, it has been, or is, home to an impressive list of famous writers, poets, actors and more. It's bohemian vibe is well maintained and protected by the locals. I love the sunsets from the cliffs and beaches in Bolinas as well as the hippie vibe and casual lifestyle.
Inverness is located on the western shore of Tomales Bay. With just a small "town" of a few stores, it is mainly residential but attracts bed and breakfast tourism during whale watching season. Privacy abounds for the residents here along with gorgeous sunsets and rustic beech views. The Inverness Yacht Club hosts several events each year.
Marshall is known for it's seaside oyster eateries that range from rustic to fine dining. You can buy them by the bag and make your own B-B-Q picnic, or reserve a table for full service shucking. This town is a preserved piece of my childhood since my father painted many scenes that document this stretch of Tomales Bay.
Muir Beach is on the "1,000 places to see before you die" list because of it's romance-novel-like crescent beach and amazing views. Home to only one commercial establishment, the adored Pelican Inn, residents of architecturally significant homes enjoy cool temperatures, tons of privacy and exceptional backyard hiking trails.
Olema has claim to the epicenter of the great 1906 San Fransisco earthquake. Here you will find the Bear Valley Visitor Center a few shops, two restaurants, a lodge, several bed and breakfasts, and a large campground.
Point Reyes Station is the essence of West Marin with it's Saturday farmers market, bookstores, eclectic gift shops, a cheese factory right in town and wonderful restaurants serving very local fare from the surrounding farms. It's the largest town in West Marin with a population of a little less than 1,000 full-time residents and many more vacationers. The majestic drive out to the Point Reyes lighthouse is dotted with Tule Elk and historic farms.
Stinson Beach is my happy place. You will find me here in the late afternoons just about any time of year walking the three-mile stretch of sand picking up shells and savoring my heaping $2 bag of piping hot shoestring fries from the takeout window. The most popular summer destination for swimming, picnics and sunbathing includes a one-block town with relaxing seafood restaurants and one of my favorite old-time bookstores.
Tomales & Dillion Beach still holds historic charm in it's Queen Anne cottages and frontier era Victoria storefront facades. The Catholic Church was built in 1860 and the general store still sells the gamut of small town needs. Dillon Beach is great for crabbing or clam digging and popular for late night bonfires by Drake High students.
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