Explore Point Reyes & West Marin

The Point Reyes area offers so many ways for you to explore, discover and enjoy. Whether you’re here to take in the astonishing natural beauty of our National Park, walk on miles of protected trails or beaches, sample our famous food and wine culture or spend the day on the bay in a kayak, you’ll find plenty to inspire you.

Things to Do 

Calendar of local activities for November & December

Staying Over Thanksgiving? 
These local restaurants are putting on a gorgeous holiday feast, but you have to book well in advance
Saltwater in Inverness
Nick’s Cove in Marhsall

 

Point Reyes Open Studios
23 local artists open their studios to welcome you
November 24-26 more

 

Marty Knapp Studio
Photography exhibit in Point Reyes Station
November 24-26 more

 

Sing Along Messiah
Sing along to Handel’s classic
Point Reyes Station @ the Dance Palace
December 16 more

 

Bolinas Winter Faire
Bolinas Community Center
December 16 & 17 more

 

Whale watching: late December
Find the best viewing spots more

 

Christmas Eve Candle Lighting & Carols
Point Reyes Station
December 24 @ the Dance Palace more

 

Point Reyes Official Christmas Bird Count
Participate in the 11th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count
December 19 more

 

Live Music
Check the calendar or call for weekly live music schedules at the Station House Cafe and Nick’s Cove Restaurant.

 

Gallery Route One
Check the calendar of exhibits and events. It’s easy walking distance from the Inn.

 

Toby’s
It’s easy to miss, but there is an excellent art gallery at the back of Toby’s General Store in Point Reyes Station.

Whale Watching

The best times to see California gray whales during their annual migration are late December through the end of January and late March through April. In the winter months, female whales head south to calve in warmer waters. In the spring, you can see them migrating back up north with their calves.

Tule Elk Preserve

Point Reyes National Seashore is the only National Park where tule elk can be found. The Point Reyes herd is one of the largest in California. Rutting season in August – October, and calves can be spotted in the spring. 

Birding

With so many diverse habitats and more than 70,000 acres, it’s no surprise that the Point Reyes National Seashore is home to an astonishing variety of bird species, as well as playing host to a number of migrating birds. 

Point Reyes Bird Observatory
Audubon Canyon Ranch

Breeding Elephant Seals

Elephant seals return to their terrestrial breeding grounds from December through March. Females give birth to a single pup. You can find boisterous males on Drakes Beach and mothers sleeping with their pups in the sunny protected coves along Chimney Rock. 

Cycling

With miles of diverse nature trails for mountain bikers and the long scenic ribbon of the coastal highway, West Marin is a paradise for cyclists. Bring your own, or you can rent a mountain bike at Blue Waters.

Horseback riding

Take a ride along a ridge top, on the beach or in the woods. Local stables offer lessons for less experienced riders, guided trail tours, horse rentals and boarding.

Five Brooks Ranch
Point Reyes Arabian Adventures

Kayaking

Bring your own kayak or rent one. You can sign on for a spectacular guided tour of the bay or, if you’re a novice, you can take lessons to build skill and confidence. Be sure to book a night tour during bioluminescence season in the autumn. 

Blue Waters Kayaking
Point Reyes Outdoors

Meditation

West Marin isn’t just about amazing activities. We are bookended by two venerable spiritual centers, for those who are here for deep contemplation and insight. 

Spirit Rock

Green Gulch Zen Center

Hiking

Whether you’re in the mood for a stroll along the beach, a short walk to a spectacular view spot, an hour-long walk through the woods, or an all day trek in the wilderness, the Point Reyes area has what you’re looking for. There are over 150 miles of hiking trails, plus monuments like the historic Point Reyes Lighthouse.

Golf

Bring your clubs and head for San Geronimo. This beautiful 18 hole golf course is tucked into San Geronimo Valley, with breathtaking views of mountains and redwoods. The course is an easy 20 minute drive from the Inn.

San Geronimo Golf Course

Wildlife Tours

With so much to see, it’s worth making the most of your time with a guided tour of the best spots to see and photograph animals such as the Tule Elk and breeding elephant seals. 

Point Reyes Safaris

Point Reyes Tours

Farm & Culinary Tours

West Marin has a rich culture of family farming, artisan food producers and chefs. Spend a pleasant day of discovery in local fields, barns, wineries and kitchens. 

West Marin Food & Farm Tours