The drive to Point Reyes is beautiful from every angle. From Napa, you will enjoy views like these! From San Francisco stop and explore Muir Woods and Muir Beach.
Once you arrive you may be surprised how small the town is and you will quickly fall in love with everything it has to offer. Life slowwwws down in Point Reyes. For me, it was a good (and challenging) break from social media… as most of the town doesn’t have service (gasp!). It is a easy escape from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco and a nature escape from Wine Country. We were coming from fancy clothes and wineries on repeat in Napa and when it arrived in the town it seems like a happy standstill. Everyone head to toe in comfortable outdoorsy clothes, hiking sticks in hand, and reading the paper.
Check out my recommendations below for the great way to eat and explore your way through the Point Reyes National Seashore.
The town of Point Reyes doesn’t have a ton of food options yet each spot is here for a reason and absolutely delicious. Here are some of my favorites:
Station House Café – A great local, well liked café with organic options. We ate here for breakfast and it is a go-to for dinner as well. All the fixin’s you would want for breakfast plus some fan favorites.
Cafe Point Reyes – Upscale pizza. So good. Only pizza, a few apps, salad and dessert on the menu. The pizza was delicious and skip desert because this restaurant serves free cookies! Imagine a crispy toffee cookie with chocolate in the middle.. so rich and delicious.
Cowgirl Creamery – the place to overdose on cheese! Located in a former hay barn right in the city square. Grab some meat, bread, wine, and cheese to enjoy outside or right inside the creamery. If you are unsure which cheese to purchase, ask! The staff is very knowledgeable and fun.. if you are like me then you will try many samples before deciding on a few. 🙂 Great spot for a midday snack. No public restrooms.
The Marshall Store – Oysters and champagne. Go early if it is nice out. 10 m north on 1 of Point Reyes. Enjoy outside on long picnic tables and meet some new friends. There are several oyster bars down this road a few miles so it could easily turn into a progressive oyster and champagne afternoon.
If you would like to get out of Point Reyes for a more lively night then head to Petulama. We recommend Lagunitas Brewery for live music.
Shipwreck – On your way to the Lighthouse stop at the general and bait shop for a snack, bathroom break or water then head to the back to see the shipwreck. Worth checking out, as it is right on the side of the road.
Lighthouse – A must if you are visiting Point Reyes mainly because the drive is gorgeous! Miles and miles of mountains, greenery, beaches and cows everywhere! Very picturesque. The drive from the town takes about 45 minutes. Make sure to go before 5 as the gate closes then, if you can stay until sunset then you can snag some great views and pictures.
Stinson Beach – on the way to the lighthouse. Be sure to stop and take it all in.
Hike Point Reyes Seashore and see a lot of elk!
Stop on cypress tree road on the way to the lighthouse. The trees here are breathtaking and impossible to not take a picture of. We drove right by it then reversed immediately to see the trees without even realizing this was a stop we wanted to make.
Other activities to do near Point Reyes:
- Hike Tamales Point. Takes 3-4 hours and the views are breathtaking
- Hike Alamere Falls- Takes 4-5 hrs to complete this 8 hr hike. Walk the steps to palomarin trail then follow the coast trail to the alamere falls. If you would like something a bit shorter then stop about 2 miles in at bass lake and relax then turn around.
Thank you for adventuring, Point Reyes! On to the next.