Perched along the coves of Tomales Bay in the land of the oyster, Nick’s Cove offers cozy waterfront accommodations and an impressive restaurant with an oyster, cocktail, and wine bar. Of the 12 unique cottages on property, five sit directly on the water, with porches extending over the shores, ideal for perching to watch the tide ebb and flow. In-room fireplaces, heated ceramic bathroom floors, claw-foot tubs and soaking salts create a lavish, rustic decor, complete with private Pt. Reyes vistas. Also on site are picnic tables, bocce ball courts, a greenhouse gridded neatly with micro-greens, a chicken coop with active egg-layers, and a cove-facing flower and vegetable garden, giving local texture to the cuisine and drink served at the on-site restaurant bar. This taxidermy-clad lodge – think fine dining in jeans – retains the casual Pt. Reyes vibe while serving up a delectable wine and cocktail list and savory servings from executive chef Austin Perkins, previously at two-Michelin starred Cyrus under Executive Chef Douglas Keane. Pair a wide array of California oysters and menu staple Dungeness Crab Mac & Cheese ($17), with a drink from Bar Manager Danny Martin’s bar. Martin’s drinks often feature garden-sourced ingredients, such as Douglas fir needles, beets and blackberries, as well as original tonics, bitters and shrubs, and adding local twists to classics, like the Golden State Negroni, with St. George Botanivore gin, Grand Poppy Liqueur and Pt. Reyes late harvest ($12). At sunset, pull up a dock-top chair and imbibe in the quiet of the cove, then stroll down the pier with a glass of wine from their killer California wine list. Before bed, select your breakfast and in the morning, have homemade pastries and fresh eggs delivered to your cottage door. You’ll also be far from a cell tower, so you can kick back and imbibe the solitude.
23240 Highway 1, Marshall, CA 94940