North California’s coolest boat shack.
While rent-a-car density on Highway One has its peak between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the further north you drive, the calmer and lonelier the highway gets. Green, wavy pasture land, miniature roadside towns, eucalyptus tree groves, meditation centers, and oyster farms line all up for the weekend traveler. There are many spots we love to stop at, but one particular has charmed us especially, Nick’s Cove in Marshall.
Maybe about 1,5 hours from SF, and located directly on the shores of Tomales Bay, Nick’s Cove boasts a restaurant, cottages for an overnight or over weekend stay, and the cutest boat shack at the end of the dock. A gathering place for tourist and visitors alike, you can just stop for a drink and bite, slurp some freshly caught oysters, savor local fish or indulge in other delicacies from the menu (do not miss the Dungeness mac n’ cheese). If the weather plays along, grab a seat at the boathouse or inside, where a belly stove makes foggy North California days cozier and for the entertaining part try to hit few tones on the piano.
If planning to stay overnight, the Cottages at Nick’s Cove will mesmerize you with their homey, rustic, yet luxurious interior. The rooms start at $250, but what wouldn’t you pay to wake up to the sound of gentle waves and morning sun or cozy up in the lavish sheets, fire splutters in the cast iron fireplace while outside the fog rolls in. Believe us, it’s that charming.
Too relaxed from eating and resting? There are many other activities you can do around Nick’s Cove. Go on a hike, there are nearly endless options, drive out to Point Reyes National Park, kayak on the Tomales Bay, visit the cute little town of Bolinas ( fun fact: they remove all traffic signs directing to them, so they stay spared from the tourists. sorry, Bolinas, but you are in California. no hiding), or make a tour to all the oyster farms dotting the area.
We are already excited to go back this summer and let us know if you are planning or have already been at Nicks’s Cove.
23240 CA-1, Marshall, CA 94940
*Photography by Ana Kamin