Matt [my boyfriend] not only knows that I like to spend quality time with him, but he also knows I live for adventure, nature, a great view and discovering new places! We work because he is the same way! [awwww!] A few times every few months, we share a weekday off and decide to make a day out of it. A couple of months ago, we decided to take advantage of the fact that most people are at work, so it would be a great idea to get out of the city but not too far away. Side note: if we aren't driving out of the city we are grocery shopping without the crowds or going to the park.
We took a drive up to Point Reyes National Seashore. We've actually been up to Tomales Bay before and Drakes Bay but haven't checked out this part yet, so we were pretty excited visiting a new area.
One of the things I admire about Matt is that he always choses the off beaten path-- he likes to find secret spots or go to places your average person or tourist wouldn't even think about. He is always surprising me with amazing places even restaurants and knows my taste so well, that he never fails! hehe.
Anyways, our day could not have been more perfect!! We got there and stopped in Point Reyes Station (the town) and had brunch, then we browsed around into some of their local shops. Next, we headed to the light house and walked few trails. Again, Matt likes to skip the main trails and go off somewhere quieter-- so we always get the best views. ;) All the trails we hiked were easy and doable and quick just be sure to follow the signs (and the caution signs) and don't forget your camera! Side note number two: the walk to the lighthouse is a down hill steps so remember you will have to make your way back up eventually. hehe. I think on average, it gets pretty chilly or windy. Luckily, for us the weather was good spirits; we had overcast, the wind wasn't powerful, it wasn't too chilly; the temperature was upper 60's and just overall so crisp & fresh which was very inviting.
I am excited to share with you a couple of lists of some places to check out and other places that were intriguing that we are saving for our next trip.
Point Reyes National Seashore comprises over 259 square kilometers (100 square miles), including 13,500 hectares (33,300 acres) of coastal wilderness area. Estuaries, windswept beaches, coastal scrub grasslands, salt and freshwater marshes, and coniferous forests create a haven of 128 kilometers (80 miles) of unspoiled and undeveloped coastline. - NPS.gov
Make a day of it. . .
Visit Point Reyes Station for food, drinks and strolling through the beautiful town.
- Station House Cafe -- Matt and I made our first stop here to sell tickets to see Alabama Shakes at the Greek Theater to a couple since could no longer go [sad!]. While we were there, we stayed for some brunch. There is an roomy indoor as well as a beautiful outdoor patio. This place felt like a very nice, homey, restaurant with an east coast diner vibe; there were dozens of tourists as well as local families enjoying the space and company. The food was delish!! Fresh, locally grown and tasty. I would totally come here again.
- Toby's Coffee Bar -- A pick me up before your adventure can be arranged here!
- Cafe Reyes -- I saw this place from the outside on our way back to SF and immediately fell in love. It looked like they were having some kind of happy hour offering pizzas! YUM! We did not get a chance to stop in for a bite to eat but the reviews are great! This will be my first stop next visit.
- Osteria Stellina -- I am game for anything Italian. This atmosphere and menu are my idea of heaven! Looks like they can get a bit busy -- so I recommend making a reservation before heading up!
- Cowgirl Creamery -- Ice cream and cheese. Need I say more?
- Point Reyes Butcher Shop and Restaurant -- I can't wait to try this one out. It looks awesome for groups, groups with young kids or on a warm, sunny day! Did someone say, burgers?
- Palace Market Deli -- If you are looking to completely make this an exclusively outdoors trip, pack your picnic basket with goodies from this shop.
- Whale of a Deli & Market -- We made a quick pop in before our drive back for rode snacks and waters. They had quick selection of snack and drinks like a gas station as well as made to order Mexican food and ICE CREAM!
I hope you will go and check out Point Reyes National Seashore and Point Reyes Station. Make a day of it-- go with your loved one or a group of gal pals. I promise it will not disappoint. Oh and hey! If you do check this spot out or have been before, and have any other recommendations for ME? Comment below! :)