It always feels like a different world anywhere in the beautiful Point Reyes National Seashore area, and an evening at the hidden Nick's Cove in Marshall, will have you in love with Tomales Bay. The property was recently overhauled by a group of silent investors that purchased the cottages and the restaurant and they've made some phenomenal improvements.
Austin Perkins is the new head chef and the genius behind the BBQ oysters. After you've been checked in and escorted to your cottage, a delivery of complimentary oysters arrive at your doorstep. I kept hoping the staff at reception would change so that I could check in again.
The rooms are cozy and spacious and the fireplace will always be a hit on the foggy and cool evenings. Be sure to either have dinner in the restaurant/bar, or ask for take out and have the meal delivered at the end of the pier, in the famous Boathouse.
I'd also recommend making arrangements to start the next morning off right, with a paddle in Tomales Bay in a kayak. Local outfitter Blue Waters Kayaking will literally meet you on the deck of your cottage (if you're lucky enough to secure one of the rooms on the water) and show you the magic of the area, the true way it needs to be seen.
You'll need to save up (and reserve far in advance) for a room at Nick's Cove, but the experience is worth the pretty penny.