Photograph courtesy flickr/4johnny5
From the deck of a cheerful little guest house suspended above Tomales Bay, you can watch crabs skitter across the sand just below the surface of the water. You could while away the time lounging at Nick’s Cove, a series of 12 restored cottages in a historic 1930s fishing settlement off Highway 1 in the town of Marshall. Don’t miss brunch at the inn’s roadhouse-style restaurant—order the Dungeness crab Benedict with arugula and avocado, a tasty local spin on the classic. A stay at Nick’s is the ideal jumping-off point for paddling around the bay on a kayak, hiking the gentle hills of Point Reyes National Seashore (the lighthouse was built for Flickr) across the water, or drinking cold beer and shucking oysters at Hog Island Oyster Company; call ahead to reserve a picnic table and grill. But before you go, think about picking up some Humboldt Fog at Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes Station.