Enjoy a good read or the company of a loved one in the gardens that surround Ten Inverness Way. There are numerous seating areas throughout the gardens plus a picnic table for casual meals.

Start at Point Reyes National Seashore Headquarters. Ask them to show you their brief introductory film. Try the short Earthquake Trail (see where the earth moved in 1906!), or walk up to the Morgan Horse Ranch or Kule Loklo, an authentic replica of a Coast Miwok Indian village.

Visit a Bay Beach: At Tomales Bay State Park, Heart's Desire Beach is perfect for swimming; the picnic area has tables and grills overlooking the bay. And if it's foggy on the ocean side, it's often sunny here. Hike the Johnstone Trail, along the bay from beach to beach. 

Visit a Pacific Beach: Automobile sightseers, head out to the Lighthouse or Point Reyes Beaches North and South. Hikers, visit Kehoe Beach for drama and long miles of comfortable walking. Abbott's Lagoon is the place to hike on a foggy day; the waves seem to roll in from a cloud. Chimney Rock is perfect in whale and wildflower season in particular.

Hug a Redwood: Samuel P. Taylor State Park has plenty. Hike Tomales Point Trail: Hike along the spine of Point Reyes with views to the Pacific on one side and to peaceful Tomales Bay on the other. This is the home of the Tule elk. Take a convenient detour from the trailhead down to McClure's Beach for tide pooling. 

Bike Bear Valley Trail: Rent mountain bikes for the ride out along a forest stream to meadows and bluffs overlooking the ocean. 

Ride Five Brooks Trail: Explore the seashore on horseback with a guide. Call 663-1570 for information. 

Visit Hog Island Oyster Co. or Tomales Bay Oyster Company:  Enjoy fresh oysters straight from the water. Bring a bottle of wine or barbecue your oysters on site. Both are located on the eastern side of Tomales Bay, a beautiful coastal drive which takes about 30 minutes from the Inn.

Day Trip: Make Ten Inverness Way your base for exploring San Francisco or the Napa or Sonoma wine country, each about an hour away. 

San Francisco Hang Gliding Center: Tandem Hang Gliding just 10 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge. Introductory aquagliding lessons take place over the San Francisco Bay. Look down on Alcatraz, Angel Island, and the Golden Gate Bridge, from up to 3000 feet!! Tel: 510 528 2300 Website: http://www.sfhanggliding.com

Blue Waters Kayaking: Tomales Bay is the largest unspoiled bay along California's coastline. It has become a choice destination for sea kayakers.Our Tomales Bay site provides beginners or experienced paddlers easy access to the heart of the Pt. Reyes National Seashore.  12938 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Inverness, CA 94937
Phone: 1-415-669-2600 Website: http://www.bwkayak.com


 

HOW'S THE WEATHER?

Autumn in the Point Reyes National Seashore is clear and warm. When the gray whales run off our coast, December through February, (you can see them from the Lighthouse), it's bright and clear between rainstorms. On spring days, you'll often spy a whale off the wildflower-covered hills of Tomales Point or Chimney Rock. In summer, plan to swim in Tomales Bay. And there's almost no day of the year when you can't enjoy a hike - even if it's raining. The pleasures of coming home wet and chilly to a warm fire, fresh baked cookies and a good book at Ten Inverness Way make rain look downright attractive.

 

ABOUT INVERNESS

Judge James Shafter, whose sharp-eyed family wound up with the Point Reyes peninsula following California statehood, subdivided the wooded west shore of Tomales Bay in 1889 to recover some railroading losses. Inverness - Shafter was a Scotsman - served as a summer town from the start, a magnet for many of the Bay Area's comfortable set and later, refugees from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake who unknowlingly relocated atop the same, mischievous San Andreas Fault. Over time, Inverness has also drawn its share of artists and academicians.

A high percentage of the homes remain with their original families. One can find Shafter descendents, as well as the grand-nephew of the last tsar of Russia, plus heirs to this or that fortune that was gained generations before dot.com Monopoly money.

Many old-timey traditions survive: swimming lessons at Shell Beach (at the end of Camino del Mar), a full calendar of sailing races in summer, foot races on July 4, and in early spring, the garden club's Primrose Tea. To walk the shady lanes under a canopy of bay, oak, and pine, is to sense a bygone era of endless family picnics, with kids meeting up to adventure in the woods or camp on the beach - an era, observes local writer John Grissim, which if it didn't exist, it certainly should have.

For the visitor, Inverness marks the last settlement before entering the mass of the Point Reyes National Seashore, 72,000 acres of wilderness and beach and ranchland from which one can still see San Francisco.

The Inverness Library, located on Inverness Way, houses the Jack Mason Museum in the former home of the West Marin historian. Museum hours match the libraries, although it's easy enough to get an appointment to see Mason's archives. The number to call for information is (415) 669-1099.

 

NATIONAL & STATE PARKS

We recommend calling for days and hours of operation.

Bear Valley Visitor Center
website
415-464-5100

Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center
website
415-669-1250

Lighthouse Visitor Center
website
415-669-1534

Muir Woods
website
415-388-2596

Stinson Beach State Park
website
415-868-0942

Tomales Bay State Park
website
415-669-1140

LOCAL RESTAURANTS

Arti Cafe
7282 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Lagunitas
415.488.4700
www.articafe.com

Bovine Bakery
11315 State Route 1
Point Reyes Station
415.663.9420
www.thebovinebakery.com

Café Reyes
11101 State Route 1, Point Reyes Station
415.663.9493

Marin Sun Farms Eatery
State Route 1 & Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
415.663.8997
www.marinsunfarms.com

Nick's Cove
23240 State Route 1, Marshall
415.663.1033
www.nickscove.com

Osteria Stellina
11285 Highway One
Point Reyes Station, CA
415.663.9988
www.osteriastellina.com

Perry's Inverness Park Grocery
12301 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Inverness Park
415.663.1491
www.perrysinvernessparkgrocery.com

Pine Cone Diner (The)
60 Fourth Street
Point Reyes Station
415.663.1536

Rancho Nicasio
On the Town Square, Nicasio
415.662.2219
www.ranchonicasio.com

Saltwater Oyster Depot
12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Inverness, CA 94937
415.669.1244
www.saltwateroysterdepot.com

Sir and Star at The Olema
10000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Olema
415.663.1034
www.sirandstar.com

Station House Café (The)
11180 State Route
Point Reyes Station
415.663.1515
www.stationhousecafe.com

Tony’s Seafood
18863 State Route 1
Marshall
415.663.1107

Vladimir’s Czech Restaurant
12785 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Inverness
415.669.1021

LOCAL SHOPPING

Cabaline Saddle Shop & Country Emporium
11313 State Route 1
Point Reyes Station
415.663.8303
www.cabaline.com

Gallery Route One
11101 State Route 1
Point Reyes Station
415.663.1347
www.galleryrouteone.org

Heidrun Meadery
11925 State Route 1
Point Reyes Station
415.663.9122
www.heidrunmeadery.com

Into the Blue 
11101 State Route 1
Point Reyes Station
415.663.1147
www.into-theblue.com

Marty Knapp Photography
11245 State Route 1
Point Reyes Station
415.663.8670
www.martyknapp.com

Point Reyes Books
11315 State Route 1
Point Reyes Station
415.663.1542
www.ptreyesbooks.com

Point Reyes Vineyards
12700 State Route 1
Point Reyes Station
415.663.1011
www.ptreyesvineyard.com

Shaker Shops West
5 Inverness Way
Inverness
415.669.7256
www.shakershops.com

Tomales Bay Foods
(home of the Cowgirl Creamery)
80 Fourth Street
Point Reyes Station
415.663.9335
www.cowgirlcreamery.com