Just Outside San Francisco, A Charming, Romantic, Affordable Get-Away.
There are certain places that evoke a halcyon sense of nostalgia. They are the places that stimulate romance, adventure, and longing even in the most jaded of us. This is Nick's Cove. An unconventional yet charming hotel, it is located on a lone stretch of the northeastern-most shore of California's oyster-rich Tomales Bay.
You go there to stay in one of their handful of cottages with decks sticking out at jaunty angles over the water. Yes, they are on stilts. And yes, there is one that appears to be a houseboat that managed to beach itself on the shore before being informed that it was going to be propped up above the sand and repurposed into a queen- sized hotel suite.
You'll want to bring wine and cheese and perhaps a deck of cards. They have board games available, should you want. Take a bubble bath, sip on a martini. After, guaranteed, you'll want to cuddle up in a bathrobe next to your suite's incredibly small but wildly effective fireplace.
The tide is low and almost nonexistent in the day, providing you with ample opportunity to explore surrounding oyster farms. At night it comes in quickly, pushing its rhythm against the stilts. Here, there is a feeling of putting oneself on pause; of suspended hours, and of relaxation. And, just like the person at the end of the bar whom you keep locking eyes with, even if you never see them again and even if you get nothing but a smile thrown your way, it is a dance you simply have to participate in.