The Lodge at Point Reyes is the best starting point for hours of adventure in Point Reyes Seashore, Tomales Bay, Marin County and all of the Northern Bay Area of San Francisco. Our knowledgeable staff is happy to share our favorite Point Reyes activities and Marin attractions, and offer advice for your specific interest areas.
Point Reyes and Tomales Bay are home to numerous activities for a wide variety of interests.
The stunning Point Reyes National Seashore Park deserves a page all its own, so click here for details about the park.
Point Reyes National Seashore Association provides naturalist hikes and educational classes regarding the park. Whether your goal is observe wildlife, hike the trails, expand your artistic side or visit iconic landmarks, Point Reyes offers a wealth of activities for all ages and interests. 415-663-1200 x307; www.ptreyes.org
The Point Reyes area is a birder's delight. Bring your binoculars and your favorite bird book (or purchase one from us).
Be sure to investigate a couple of these favorite spots:
Abbott's Lagoon: This freshwater pond is host to land birds during the spring and fall migrations. Shore birds can be viewed at the saltwater lagoon and raptors on the walk to the shore.
Olema Marsh: is a bird sanctuary located very close to the lodge where you’ll spy two rail species, ducks, grebes, and raptors.
If you prefer to forego the walking, you can relax in a chair on our back lawn and indulge in sedentary birding while enjoying a cup of tea. Watch for our quail, hummingbirds and large variety of songbirds.
If you are dying to get your feet in some white sand and salty water as soon as possible, try Limantour Beach on Point Reyes National Seashore, a spectacular 20 minute drive from The Lodge. Over three miles of white sand backed by dunes and esteros offer a variety of beach pleasures. Another of our favorites is Heart's Desire Beach in Tomales State Park. A golden sandy crescent edged by lawn and picnic tables with baby waves for the kids.
Marin County, and in particular, Point Reyes and West Marin, is famous for the abundant selection of both road and mountain biking terrain. Miles and miles of options for either bikes are available from a starting point at the Lodge.
A few of the well-known road cycling challenges are the Marshall Wall, Ridgecrest Boulevard and Fairfax/Bolinas Road and are reached from the Lodge and can be included in simple or epic rides beginning at our front door.
It was Mount Tamalpais and Cycling in Point Reyes California the surrounding ridge, which inspired mountain biking pioneers such as Charlie Kelly, Joe Breeze, Gary Fisher and Tom Ritchie to build bikes, suited for rough mountain terrain. Bolinas Ridge, and Fir Top Pine Mountain can be experienced during a stay at the Lodge. In addition, Samuel P. Taylor Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Marin Municipal Water District lands and the Point Reyes National Seashore are home to miles of trails. From simple trails suitable for an enjoyable family ride to trails for strenuous workouts. Every option can be found in this area.
West Marin Food and Farm Tours provides guided tours throughout West Marin, with a focus on the food industry. They integrate restaurants, wineries, and farms in a chauffeured package. 415-599-9222; www.foodandfarmtours.com
With thousands of acres located in six nearby park systems and monuments, the possibilities and trails are endless. Ask for a recommendation and a map of trails at the front desk upon check in.
With over 120 miles of horse trails including beach trails and mountaintops, Five Brooks Stables in Olema, offers a full service riding stable for the entire family. Guided trail rides, private rides, hay wagon rides, pony rides, lessons or horse boarding, Five Brooks offers it all.
Tomales Bay offers a wilderness haven for kayakers. Rent a boat from Blue Waters Kayaks, Point Reyes Outdoors Company, or bring your own. Both companies offer naturalist-led public and private tours, as well as kayaking classes.
Blue Waters is a rental and guided tour company. They offer Kayaking tours and rentals, mountain bike rentals, and paddle board rentals. 415-669-2600; www.bluewaterskayaking.com
Point Reyes Outdoors is an organization much like Blue Waters, but with more of an emphasis on the naturalist viewpoint. They offer Kayaking tours, mountain bike rentals, and guided hikes. 415-663-8192; www.pointreyesoutdoors.com
The Historic Point Reyes Lighthouse is located on the tip of the Point Reyes Peninsula. Originally built in 1870 and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this visitor’s location is the best place to The Historic Point Reyes Lighthouseview whale migration. Located on a jutting cliff side, the lighthouse offers a stunning visual tableau, as well as an unusual physical challenge. More than 300 steps lead down to the lighthouse. It is easy enough going down, but it is like climbing a 30-story building coming back up!
Crashing waves, soft rolling waves, sunsets, this part of Northern California offers a choice of several beaches to enjoy. From overhead views of the rugged coast, you can gaze at miles and miles of ocean and beach.
Muir Woods National Monument, open year round and close to The Lodge, is located in an isolated canyon a 20 minute drive form The Lodge at Point Reyes. Some trees are 1,000 years old and towering 260 feet high. John Muir thought Muir Woods to be the best tree-lovers" monument found in the world. Samuel P. Taylor Park, about 5 minutes from the Lodge, is also home to coast Redwoods and offers hiking trails and picnic sites.
Point Reyes is known for fresh, locally produced oysters, cheeses and wines, and organic farming. Many local companies have received awards for their delicious farm fresh products. Farm House Market, located next to the Lodge, offers many of these items for sale.The Cheese Factory in Petaluma is an attraction near The Lodge.
Enjoy browsing in the local stores and you'll be sure to find the perfect keepsake of this area whether it may be art, jewelry, or a simple T-shirt. From boutiques to barns, The Lodge at Point Reyes has a favorite shop or two to recommend.
Sit, Savor and Indulge in McEvoys indoor and outdoor tasting room pairing their wines with tuscan style olive oli. Heidrun Meadery produces naturally sparkling varietal meads. They use the traditional French Méthode Champenoise..
Explore the microcosms of ocean life left behind when the tide recedes from the beach, creating little marine worlds among the rocks. Best tidepooling zones are up at McClure's Beach and down at Sculptured Beach. Arrive an hour or so before low tide for best viewing of mussels, barnacles, seastars, limpets, sea anemones, crabs, snails and countless other creatures. Great for kids and the young at heart!
Whale watching season begins in November, with the southern migration of the California gray whales leaving for warmer waters in Baja for calving. Prime viewing is typically between Christmas and end of January. Then their return to their Alaskan feeding grounds begins in February with prime viewing in late March and April. The best spot to view whales is from the Point Reyes Lighthouse, but be forewarned: weekends are high traffic for whale-watchers, so be prepared for the park service shuttle buses to take you from Drake's Visitor Center out to the lighthouse.
Usually, the looping path at Chimney Rock is overrun by blooming wildflowers from the end of April through early summer. After the rains of spring, wildflowers near The Lodge at Point Reyes flowers can't wait to enjoy the sunshine. Poppies, lupines, mission bells, sagebrush, buttercups, coast fiddlenecks... the list is endless, and with so many regions of various types (marshland, grassland, redwoods, etc.) to investigate, you surely won't get to see them all, but it'll sure be fun trying!
Rated the number one outdoor activity north of San Francisco with over 200 five-star reviews, Point Reyes Safaris offers wildlife viewing and photography safaris in Point Reyes National Seashore. www.pointreyessafaris.com 303-929-8443
Point Reyes Tours offers daily trips through Point Reyes National Seashore. The tour visits the major attractions of the park including the lighthouse, makes stops at scenic overlooks and takes in some of the famous wildlife like the tule elk and elephant seals. www.pointreyestours.com 303-929-8443.
Yoga Toes is a cozy studio located just up the road in Point Reyes Station. Classes are led by independent yoga teachers in the area. 415-663-9999; www.yogatoesstudio.com. Or just bring your mat to a secluded area of the park in the bright sun or during sunset while the ocean roars and the gulls cry.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center is located in San Geronimo Valley, just minutes away, and offers classes, lectures, and guided meditation for those interested in Buddhist thought and practice. Additionally, the Green Gulch Zen Center is about 20 minutes south of the Lodge on Highway One, for those seeking more of a "retreat" experience.