Stinson & Surrounds
Audubon Canyon Ranch preserves, protects, and manages our properties as sanctuaries for native plants and animals. Audubon Canyon Ranch educates children and adults about the natural environment and the need to protect it, through the use and enjoyment of ACR sanctuaries. They are open to the public on Saturdays in May, June, and July. They offer conservation talks and other activities during that time.
4900 Highway One
Stinson Beach, CA 94970
Birding in West Marin
Thanks to the coastal location and unspoiled habitat, some of the finest bird watching in the United States can be found at Point Reyes National Seashore. The park attracts so many migrating and wintering birds, that more than 450 species have been recorded, which is nearly half the number in the entire United States. The best places to view birds in the park are:
- Five Brooks Pond
- Estero Trail
- Bear Valley Headquarters
- Muddy Hollow Trail
- Abbot’s Lagoon
- Olema Marsh
- Point Reyes Lighthouse Cliffs
Every year Blue Waters Kayaking has the honor of introducing people of all ages and abilities to the natural wonders of kayaking. We see people delight at the thrill of their first paddle, rejoice with wonder as they serenely cross the Bay under the glow of the full moon and beam with excitement as they load their kayak for a camping trip on a secluded beach. We also have the privilege of organizing wedding parties and family reunions; teaching novice paddlers to become competent kayakers; and working with corporations and nonprofit organizations on team building retreats.
Bobo Bikes, Surf & Skate
Bolinas, CA 94924 Map
This bike shop serves the local cycling community with bicycle sales, service, and rentals.
Dog Friendly beaches in West Marin
- Seadrift at Stinson
- Bolinas Beach
- Chicken Ranch beach , Inverness (on leash)
- Kehoe Beach, Inverness (on leash)
- Agate Beach, Bolinas
- Limantour Beach, Pt Reyes (on leash)
- Elk Fence North Beach, Inverness
Five Brooks Stable is a full service riding stable for the whole family. There are activities for all ages and kinds of buckaroos who wish to enjoy the magnificent Point Reyes National Seashore in the company of their equine pals. They specialize in providing guided trail rides for park visitors who desire an alternative method to enjoy the scenic splendor of the park. Horsemanship, dude, cowboy, cowgirl, trail riding with over 120 miles of trails that take you from forested mountain tops, grassy meadows, coastal scrub, and miles of white sand beaches, the Point Reyes National Seashore is the perfect environment to enjoy horseback riding.
3.5 miles South of Olema on Coast Hwy. One
- Bolinas Lagoon Restoration – Bolinas Lagoon, a wetlands of international significance, is a priority restoration site for the marine sanctuary. The lagoon’s health is threatened by years of habitat alteration and historic land use changes. Natural lagoon processes need to be reestablished to improve water circulation and strengthen vital coastal habitats for wildlife.
- The Green Crab Project – The people involved in this project are a combination of researchers from UC Davis, Portland State and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, as well as local volunteers. If you ever see us out in the field, feel free to say hi and ask what we are doing!
Hiking in West Marin
The outstanding beauty of Marin County’s landscape makes it a prime environment for outdoor recreation. Hiking is one of the best ways to explore Marin’s vistas and wildlife. From spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, sandy beaches, and magnificent wildlife, West Marin is a hiker’s dream.Suggested trails:
- Alamere Falls Palomarin Trailhead, Bolinas, 8.4 miles round trip
- Tomales Point Trailhead, Point Reyes National Seashore, 9.5 miles round trip
- Abbots Lagoon, Point Reyes National Seashore, 2.9 miles round trip
- Bear Valley Trail, Bear Valley Visitor Center, Pt Reyes National Seashore, 8.2 miles round trip
- Chimney Rock Trail, Bear Valley Visitor Center, Pt Reyes National Seashore, 1.6 miles round trip
- Kehoe Beach Trail, Pt Reyes National Seashore,1.2 miles round trip
This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world,” declared conservationist John Muir when describing the majestic coast redwoods of Muir Woods.
Until the 1800’s, many northern California coastal valleys were covered with coast redwood trees similar to those now found in Muir Woods National Monument. The forest along Redwood Creek in today’s Muir Woods was spared from logging because it was hard to get to.
Muir Woods National Monument
Mill Valley, CA 94941-2696
Visitor Information Recorded Message – (415) 388-2595
Headquarters – (415) 388-2596
Information For Hearing Impaired (TTY) – (415) 556-2766
We invite you to visit us at either our Palomarin Field Station in Bolinas, CA or our headquarters in Petaluma, CA. We welcome researchers, historians, and students the opportunity to visit and access our library collection at our Petaluma headquarters. In addition, we have field staff located at remote offices throughout California. . We hope you can join us!
(requires 1/4-mile walk to visitor center and 308 stairs to reach lighthouse)
Phone: (415) 669-1534
Point Reyes National Seashore contains unique elements of biological and historical interest in a spectacularly scenic panorama of thunderous ocean breakers, open grasslands, bushy hillsides and forested ridges. Native land mammals number about 37 species and marine mammals augment this total by another dozen species. The biological diversity stems from a favorable location in the middle of California and the natural occurrence of many distinct habitats. Nearly 20% of the State’s flowering plant species are represented on the peninsula and over 45% of the bird species in North America have been sighted. The Point Reyes National Seashore was established by President John F. Kennedy on September 13, 1962.
Do you have children who are always looking under rocks? Point Reyes Summer Camp, a residential camp based at the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center near Limantour Beach may be just the place for them!
Our love of the wilderness and sincere desire to share our knowledge and understanding of nature inspired us to create Point Reyes Outdoors. Together, we bring 35 years of experience in the outdoor industry. PRO is dedicated to environmental stewardship, building community relationships and providing our clients with the finest tours possible. Point Reyes Outdoors also rents stand up paddle boards and other gear.
We look forward to meeting you and venturing into the wild together.
9:30 am – 6 pm weekends
Weekdays by appointment
Tomales Bay Tours at Blue Waters Kayaking
Tomales Bay is one of the most stunning kayaking destinations in California. Rent a kayak on your own or with a group of friends or family and paddle along the granite cliffs and forested hills of Tomales Bay. Bring a picnic and enjoy one of the bay’s secluded beaches accessible only from the water.At Blue Waters Kayaking we have sit on top single and double kayaks for rent at our Inverness location right on the water at the Tomales Bay Resort. Included in the rental fee is a short introductory kayak lesson and your equipment such as paddle, life vest, and a wet suit.
Blue Waters is easily accessible for a half day or overnight campout. They also offer amazing oyster tours and bioluminescence tours.
Explore beautiful Point Reyes with a culinary adventure! Enjoy exclusive tastings of the best wine, cheese, oysters, grass-fed meats, breads, produce and more. Take a food and farm tour and travel like an insider to discover what makes West Marin so unique – the food, the farms, the people, the scenery, and the fascinating natural and cultural history.
Local Award Winning Cheese Companies and Tours
“The first ingredients are grade A milk, native grass, and cool ocean air.”Take one bite of Marin artisanal cheeses and you’ll taste the rich flavors of the area. Whether the cheese is from cow, sheep, or goat’s milk; the love and attention from the ranchers and cheesemakers shine through each delicious bite. From the fresh triple cream of Mt. Tam Brie cheese at Cowgirl Creamery to the tangy Point Reyes Original Blue, the bounty of choices for the gourmet traveler can be explored right in our own backyard.
Cowgirl Creamery at Tomales Bay Foods
80 4th Street, Point Reyes
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese
Book a Friday tour or schedule private cooking classes or events.
Nicasio Valley Cheese Company
Complimentary cheese tastings and retail shop
5300 Nicasio Valley Road, Nicasio
The Bolinas Museum is a private, non-profit organization serving the Coastal Marin Communities. Funding is provided by membership support, private donations, and grants from the California Arts Council, IMLS, and the Marin Community Foundation.
48 Wharf Road
Post Office Box 450
Bolinas, CA 94924
Phone: (415) 868-0330
Fax: (415) 868-0607
Food & Dining
The Breakers, owned by Sam and August Temer, the proprietors of the historic Sand Dollar Restaurant, is the newest addition to the Stinson Beach Restaurant Scene. With a grand opening over the July 4th holiday, the restaurant boasts the same friendly atmosphere as its popular sister venue. Conveniently located on Shoreline Highway, patrons can opt for dining alfresco on the outdoor patio or inside.
3465 Shoreline Highway
Stinson Beach, Ca 94970
Phone: (415) 868-2002
Open everyday for breakfast and lunch from 8 am to 5 pm
The Coast Cafe
Come visit our Barn in Point Reyes Station just an hour north of the Golden Gate bridge. Here we make Cowgirl Creamery cheeses with organic milk from the Straus dairy. In addition, the Indian Peach Kitchen serves up fabulous picnic foods to carry away into the spectacular Point Reyes National Seashore to the west of our town.
P.O. BOX 594
80 Fourth St.
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Phone: (415) 663-9335
Fax: (415) 663-5418
Wednesday through Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Friday morning tours @ 11:30a.m (reservations recommended)
Gospel Flat Farms
The Farm Stand is our permanent food-art installation, a twenty four-seven honor system vegetable market. It is the culmination of our care and creativity in the fields that lie just behind the stand.Crab also available on weekends during crab season!
140 Olema Bolinas Rd, Bolinas
Reserve a picnic table, dine at The Boat oyster bar with the most breathtaking view of Tomales Bay, or grab the most delicious oysters plucked right of the bay to go. Always farmed sustainably, Hog Island offers a fantastic variety of their world famous oysters, local Brickmaiden bread, local cheeses, and their own garden grown salads.
20215 Highway 1
Marshall, CA 94940
Phone: (415) 663-9218
In 1865, Jefferson A. Thompson purchased and stocked his 700 acre ranch with Grade A cattle and began the making of California granular cheese for the up and coming market in San Francisco. Eager to be innovative, in 1900 the family decided to emulate the enterprise of a neighbor, Louis Cantel (of French Swiss derivation) and engage, as he did, in the making of Camembert and related soft ripened cheeses. Since that time, Marin French Cheese has refined the ability to produce “authentic French” cheeses with a unique California style and flavor. Many have compared the taste of our Brie and Camembert to that of a traditional European raw milk cheese, although we pasteurize all milk before use.
7500 Red Hill Road
Petaluma, CA 94952
Phone: (707) 762-6001
Toll Free: (800) 292-6001
Featuring farm fresh, locally sustainable ingredients whenever possible. We use heart-heathy rice oil.
Sunday-Thursday: Lunch/Dinner 11:30 am to 9:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: Lunch/Dinner 11:30 am to 10:00 pm
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays: Brunch 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
10005 Coastal Highway One
Olema , CA 94950
Since opening their doors in 2008, the daily printed menu has been a reflection of the surrounding region’s ever-evolving seasonal supply of local produce, meats, cheeses, and seafood. Sourcing our ingredients within our close-knit and robust community of farmers, ranchers, and fisherman, they strive to both surprise and comfort with every plate that comes out of their kitchen.
11285 California 1
Point Reyes Station
A string of small businesses assemble The Parkside Café. The Snack Bar opened in 1949 and is known for its burgers, smoothies, soft serve ice cream, and fries. It’s the common pit-stop for beach goers. The Parkside Café Restaurant serves a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Customers can inside next to a fireplace and look out onto the beach or enjoy the outdoor patio and garden area. The Room is a private dining area and retail space where you can have a private dining experience created by the owners or stop in to buy locally made hand selected products. Last, and definitely not least, The Bakery. A small artisan bakery that produces pastries and all the bread used throughout The Parkside. The bread is also distributed to other local retailers and restaurants around the Bay Area.
43 Arenal Avenue
P.O. Box 948
Stinson Beach, CA 94970
The restaurant daily menu is a hearty blend of country English fare: prime rib Yorkshire pudding, Beef Wellington, bangs and mash, and shepherd’s pie to name a few. The Pelican English bar reflects the best of the pub: fine ales, draught beers, stouts, pilsners and a whole range of wines, sherries, and ports from around the world.
10 Pacific Way
Muir Beach, CA 94956
Point Reyes Farmer’s Market
Toby’s Feed Barn, Pt Reyes Station
(415) 669 1244
The Historic Sand Dollar Restaurant in Stinson Beach, California offers lunch, dinner and catering in Stinson Beach.
Come in and enjoy great dining friendly guests and locals and live music. Our entertainment ranges from Bluegrass on Sundays to Jazz weekdays from noon-3 pm and 5:30-8:30 nightly.
3458 Shoreline Hwy
Stinson Beach, CA. 94970
Phone: (415) 868-0434
Sir and Star is an exciting experience in itself. Margaret Grade and Daniel DeLong, world famous Michelin Star chefs of Mankas Lodge, once again bring the bounty of West Marin with the same sense of gratitude and even more gusto!10000 Sir Francis Drake, Olema
This picturesque café is located at the base of the lifeguard tower on Stinson Beach. Pull up and walk from the parking lot for a bite or stroll in from the beach, barefoot! The customer service is like no other and delicious food and drinks are always served with big smiles. An impressive menu boasts a variety of tacos, burgers, fries, and ice cream. Try the beer float on a sunny day!Seasonal and weather hours
3201 Highway 1
Since opening its doors in 1974, the Café has received national praise in magazine and newspaper reviews, with two articles in Gourmet alone. Even our garden, a favorite setting for wedding parties and special events, has garnered praise: the Inverness Garden Club awarded ours the “Best Large Garden” of 2005.
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Winter Hours: Thursday through Tuesday, 8 am to 9 pm
11180 State Route One
PO Box 268
Point Reyes, CA 94956
We’re A family-owned grocery store located in an historic landmark building. We have over 11,000 items, from well-known brand names to locally-farmed, organic cheese, bread, wine, and produce with everything you need for your home, or for a beach picnic, barbeque, or day hike. Our coffee cart is open daily during summer with freshly-baked goods, coffee, tea and hot chocolate, while our deli offers delicious, handmade sandwiches and salads.
Open 8 am – 8 pm, 7 days a week.
Corner of Shoreline Highway and Calle Del Mar in downtown Stinson Beach
101 Calle Del Mar
Stinson Beach, CA 94970
Tasting room open daily from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
3770 Lambert Bridge Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
1 (800) 864-wine
Visitors can enjoy Gloria Ferrer’s wines, accompanied by a Catalan tapa of roasted and spiced almonds, either in the expansive tasting room or outdoors on the Vista Terrace overlooking the winery’s estate vineyards and the southern Carneros appellation. Our tasting room is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm with wine service available until 4:45 pm.
23555 Carneros Hwy (121)
(707) 996-7256 or (707) 933-1917
Tasting Room Hours*Monday – Friday: 11:00AM to 4:00PM
Saturdays & Sundays 11:00AM to 5:00PM
Viansa Winery & Italian Marketplace is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with public tours available at
11 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Tours of the Viansa Wetlands take place February through May, weather permitting.
25200 Arnold Drive
Sonoma, CA 95476
Open daily 10am-5pm
Phone: (707) 935.4700
Toll Free: 1 (800) 995-4740
Fax: (707) 996.4632
West Marin Churches
Sunday Services: 11:15 am
3 Brighton Ave
Bolinas, CA 94924
Point Reyes Presbyterian
Sunday Services: 9:00 am
11445 Highway 1
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Sunday: 8:30 am
Saturday: 5:30 pm (English), 7:30 pm (Spanish)
Weekdays: 9:00 am
10189 State Route #1
Olema, CA 94950
St. Columba’s Episcopal Church
Sunday Services: 10:00 am
12835 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Inverness, CA 94937
Sunday Services: 10:30 am
16 Horseshoe Hill Road
Bolinas, CA 94924
no phone, call Sacred Heart in Point Reyes, (415) 663-1139
Stinson Beach Community Presbyterian
Sunday Services: 9:30 am
32 Belvedere Ave
Stinson Beach, CA 94970