Nick’s Cove Cottages and Restaurant in Tomales Bay, California is the perfect place for a getaway. Feast on oysters and enjoy your ocean front lodgings.
Pat and I had the chance to take a much-needed mini getaway to Nick’s Cove in Tomales Bay last weekend.
Nick’s Cove has actually been on my wanderlust list for ages and to say I was stoked to have the chance to stay there was an understatement.
It’s hard to picture a more romantic setting than a cottage perched right on the water in the sleepy Tomales Bay area. It’s one of those places that is always just a little bit foggy and it’s just far enough outside of San Francisco to leave the hustle behind, but still close enough (about 1.5 hours by car) to do it as an overnight trip.
Everything about our cottage was perfect. It super cozy with rustic vibes but all of the comforts of a luxury resort. Think cozy bed, heated bathroom floors and a cast iron fireplace with the logs ready to be lit.
As if the surroundings and amenities aren’t enough, the quality of the service really makes it special. We found the staff always going above and beyond, from Amanda at the front desk to Lucas the gardener. They even delivered lunch to our room when we checked in as their wasn’t a table available at the restaurant.
Thanks to Nick’s Cove Dog Friendly policy, we were able to take Maddie on our getaway too. It’s the first time we’ve been able to travel with her locally and it made things a million times more special! She was basically in heaven the entire time, from the welcome dog biscuits to the comfy couch for her to sleep on.
The restaurant at Nick’s Cove is amazing. They have some of the best seafood I’ve ever had, and much of it is caught locally. We also had the chance to tour their garden which supplied some of the produce that we enjoyed during our meals at Nick’s.
Nick’s is famous for their barbecued oysters. Talk about bites of heaven! We had them for lunch, along with a warm mushroom salad (complete with truffle vinaigrette!) and delicious breakfast hash.
Dinner was also perfect with a spot right at the window overlooking the bay. We feasted on local halibut and swordfish, as well as more oysters. It’s hard to make a trip to the Tomales Bay area without eating oysters. They are so fresh and caught within a few miles of your dinner table. You shouldn’t pass them up.
After dinner don’t forget to walk down the pier to the lighted boat shack for a drink.
The perfect end to the day was a glass of wine and a toasty fire in our fireplace.
Before heading back to reality, a continental breakfast was delivered right to our doorstep. Best enjoyed wrapped in a blanket sitting on your oceanfront deck, obviously.
We’ll definitely be back at Nick’s sometime soon and we give it our highest recommendation for your next getaway.
Nick’s Cove Cottages and Restaurant
Marshall, CA 94940
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