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Drakes Bay, California, USA
A lot of people are aware of Hog Island in Tomales Bay, but just a few minutes down the road is Drake's Bay which also offers fresh oysters on the cheap. It may not have as many tables and areas to eat, but it also doesn't have the crowds and you...
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10905 Shoreline Hwy, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956, USA
Tipped off by a colleague that lives around the corner from Point Reyes Station, I headed to lunch here on a Saturday to find fuel for a big hike in Tomales Bay. I take the phrase I'm about to write quite seriously, but the beef burger I had here...
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14700 Shoreline Hwy, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956, USA
The Fork is a little-known gem at the Point Reyes Farmstead, just north of San Francisco. They're famous for their cheese (Original Blue, Bay Blue and Toma), but they also do monthly family-style dinners at their gorgeous new facility called The...
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1 Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
Miles and miles of secluded beaches, wildlife and, if lucky, gorgeous weather, puts Point Reyes on my top 10 list of places I can go to again and again and again. Thank God Americans realized they need to preserve places like these.
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3611 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental, CA 95465, USA
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When I venture in or near the little town of Occidental Howard's Station Cafe is my favorite place to visit. Either to grab a coffee or smoothie for the road or to sit and linger over a great simple local meal. Bring cash and know they close their...
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Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
Sebastopol is the meeting place of two trails. The Joe Rodota trail connects Santa Rosa and Sebastopol, is paved, and a smooth flat ride. I enjoy this trail by bike in the spring when it is bordered by yellow mustard fields. The second trail is...
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3909 Frei Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
Cruising along the winding roads that meander though the Russian River Valley of Sonoma, there are myriad wineries that will entice any thirsty traveler. One particular standout is Lynmar Estate, which produces excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay...
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Tomales Point, California 94937, USA
At the north end of Point Reyes is the Tomales Point tule elk reserve. You can get there from San Francisco in about an hour and a half, but it's far more scenic (especially for a new arrival to the West Coast, like myself) to drive of Sir Francis...
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Bodega Bay, CA 94923, USA
Bobbing up and down on the water and enjoying the waves was this sea lion we saw in Bodega Bay.
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9113 Graton Rd, Graton, CA 95444, USA
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It is easy to miss this hidden gem in the sleepy town of Graton. But it is a must to seek out if you are spending any time in Sonoma County. The menu mixes seasonal ingredients with an Asian/French/Mediterranean point-of-view. It is small plate...
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Tomales, CA 94971, USA
Truly unique in the US - Craig Ramini has been building up a buffalo herd to product local mozzarella cheese in West Marin. Well worth a visit. https://www.facebook.com/ramini.mozzarella
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81 Bloomfield Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
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If your wine country excursions bring you into Sebastopol and you need a little jolt - because the drive is a touch longer here than to Napa - stop by Hardcore Espresso right along the highway. It's a "we're all in this together" shop and coffee...