Spend A Delicious Day In Tomales Bay — The Heart Of Oyster Country

May 6, 2012 8:45 PM

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Spend a delicious day in Tomales Bay and explore the stunning beauty of this protected area near Point Reyes and the unique oyster culture it has produced. Meet the families behind the oyster farms, and discover fun activities like sea kayaking. Delight in the oyster delicacies on the local menus, and sample the farmstead cheese and paella. Afterward, relax in a peaceful spot just steps from the bay, where you can settle in for the night.

Tomales Bay Oyster Company
15479 Highway 1
Marshall, CA 94940
(415) 663-1242

Tomales Bay Oyster Company specializes in fresh, farmed oysters as well as clams & mussels from the cool, clean waters of Tomales Bay and the Pacific Northwest. Located just 5 miles north of Point Reyes Station, they are open every day including holidays.

Hog Island Oyster Farm
20215 Highway 1
Marshall, CA 94940
(415) 663-9218

Hog Island Oyster Farm leases 160 acres in Tomales Bay where they raise over 3 million Pacific, Kumamoto and Atlantic oysters per year as well as Manila clams and mussels. Since planting the first oyster seed on July 9, 1983, the mission at Hog Island Oyster Co. has remained unchanged: grow great oysters, create a fresh and fun oyster experience, and have a great time doing it.

Gwendolyn Meyer – Photography

Oyster Country – Book

Photographer Gwendolyn Meyer’s beautiful book “Oyster Culture” captures the pleasures of oysters, and the rich intersection between oyster farming and culinary culture in West Marin.

Tomales Regional History Center
26701 Highway 1
Tomales, CA 94971
(707) 878-9443
www.tomaleshistory.comThe Tomales Regional History Center began in 1978. It’s mission is to preserve and inspire interest in the region’s history. The Center hosts exhibits, and it’s vast archive includes oral history audio and video tapes, historic maps, manuscripts, and a large collection of photos dating back to 1870.

The Marshall Store
19225 Highway 1
Marshall, CA 94940
(415) 663-1339

Tod Friend, Heidi and Shannon Gregory and Kim Labao now own and run this 136-year-old hangout as an oyster bar, serving creative and delicious fare in a superb location overlooking the bay’s harbor. Try their oyster specialties like the barbecue oysters with garlic butter and House Sauce.

Drakes Bay Oyster Company
1 Oyster Company Road (GPS)
17171 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
Inverness, CA 94937
(415) 669-1149
Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s historic barge on Drakes Estero uses hanging oyster growing racks. In a matter of months, microscopic oyster larvae grow into meaty full-grown oysters.

Liam’s Fave
: Osteria Stellina
11285 Highway 1
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
(415) 663-9988
www.osteriastellina.comOsterina Stellina is located in downtown, Point Reyes Station. The food is made with local organic products. Be sure to try the pizza. Liam calls it “perfection on a plate.” Follow it with two scoops of house-made ice cream with a ginger snap cookie for dessert.

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Blue Waters Kayaking
(415) 669-2600

Blue Waters Kayaking offers public kayaking and hiking tours. Rent kayaks for a few hours or overnight and explore Tomales Bay on your own. Perfect your paddling skills in beginner to advanced classes or take a course in stand-up paddle boarding.

The Oyster Girls
(707) 694-3755

The Oyster Girls is a traveling oyster bar from Tomales Bay offering professional and fun catering and event planning services for private parties or public events.

Marconi Conference Center
18500 State Highway 1
Marshall, CA 94940
(415) 663-9020
www.marconiconference.orgThe Marconi Conference Center & State Historic Park has a rich history that dates back hundreds of years and continues in the tradition of communication by providing meeting and retreat services for the Bay Area. Stop by the center and learn about the pioneer of radio waves Guglielmo Marconi. It’s free!
Inn on Tomales Bay
19980 State Route 1
Marshall, CA 94940
(415) 663-9002
www.tomalesbay.comThis quiet, rustic bed and breakfast has queen-size beds, fireplaces, and comfortable reading chairs. Don’t expect any TVs or computer hookups here. Just breathtaking views of the Tomales Bay.

Nick’s Cove
23240 Highway 1
Marshall, CA 94940
(415) 663-1033

Relax and unwind in luxury at Nick’s Cove and Cottages. There are 12 cottages, each one has a name — with fireplaces, soaking tubs, rainforest showers and romantic views. Executive chef Austin Perkins has created a delicious menu. You’ll find the requisite oyster dishes alongside some surprises. Try the Spanish paella. Chef Perkins makes it with a local twist.

Ready for your next adventure? Head over to Eye on the Bay’s Travel & Outdoors section and discover the best of the Bay.

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