Editor’s Choice 2014 Picks for West Marin

Farm to Table

EAT. West Marin is brimming with agriculture, resulting in the organic produce and meat that are showcased in four-star restaurants in San Francisco and farmers’ market stands throughout the county. But if you want a real farm-fresh meal, we recommend getting closer to the source at one of these coastal eateries.

1. MARIN SUN FARMS

10905 Highway 1 (Point Reyes Station), 415.663.8997, marinsunfarms.com

2. OSTERIA STELLINA

11285 Highway 1 (Point Reyes Station), 415.663.9988, osteriastellina.com

3. PARKSIDE CAFE

43 Arenal Ave (Stinson Beach), 415.868.1272, parksidecafe.com

4. SALTWATER OYSTER DEPOT

12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd (Inverness), 415.669.1244, saltwateroysterdepot.com

5. SIR AND STAR AT THE OLEMA (pictured)

10000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd (Olema), 415.663.1034, sirandstar.com


6. A RUSTIC DOWNTOWN: Point Reyes Station

Aside from being a gateway to natural wonder, Point Reyes Station is home to a number of unique purveyors — a revelation that can easily turn a quick stroll downtown into an all-day event. Stop by Bovine Bakery for coffee and a house-made pastry before indulging in an array of cheeses at Cowgirl Creamery. Lovely international shop Zuma offers a variety of goods right up the road from Gallery Route One, which houses work by local artists. And around the corner, Garden of Eden Apothecary doles out organic salves, creams and herbs designed to cure what ails you. pointreyes.org


Wild Beaches

PLAY. There is nothing quite like gazing at the open ocean from the shores of a vast sandy beach. Luckily for us, some of the most pristine and breathtaking beaches in the state can be found within Point Reyes National Seashore.

7. ABBOTTS LAGOON BEACH

The beach, located on the way to Tomales Point, is accessible via an easy, scenic hike. After parking, stroll down a path lined with coastal shrubbery and drink in the sight of Abbots Lagoon before making your way to the ocean.

8. DRAKES BEACH

Lined with towering cliffs, the rocky Drakes Beach is one of the most dramaticlooking in the area. In high season, the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center and its fun historical offerings make this an ideal spot for kids and adults alike.

9. LIMANTOUR BEACH (pictured)

Spend a day in the sand at Limantour. This beach draws a kite-loving family crowd, but those looking to enjoy a quieter day by the sea need only head to the dunes, which offer natural seclusion.

10. THE GREAT BEACH

North Beach and South Beach make up this monolithic waterfront; park at either outpost to enjoy a sunny day in the sand and find a prime spot to catch the sunset. Don’t miss the breathtaking view of the shoreline from the Point Reyes Lighthouse area.

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