Point Reyes National Seashore Association provides naturalist hikes and educational classes about the park. Whether your goal is to observe wildlife, hike the trails, expand your artistic horizons or visit iconic landmarks, Point Reyes offers a wealth of activities for all ages and interests. 415-663-1200 x307; www.ptreyes.org
The Point Reyes area is a birder’s delight. Bring your binoculars and your favorite bird book (or purchase one from us).
Be sure to check out some of our favorite spots:
Abbott’s Lagoon: This freshwater pond is host to land birds during the spring and fall migrations. Shore birds can be viewed at the saltwater lagoon, and raptors on the walk to the shore.
Olema Marsh: A bird sanctuary located very close to the hotel, this is where you’ll spy two rail species, ducks, grebes, and raptors.
If you prefer to forego the walk, try birdwatching while enjoying a cup of tea from the comfort of a back-lawn chair. Watch for our quail, hummingbirds and a large variety of songbirds.
If you’re looking to dip your feet in some white sand and salty water, try Limantour Beach on Point Reyes National Seashore, a spectacular 20-minute drive from Olema House. Over three miles of white sand backed by dunes and esteros offer a variety of beach pleasures. Heart’s Desire Beach in Tomales State Park, a golden sandy crescent edged by lawn and picnic tables with baby waves for the kids, is another favorite.
Marin County—and Point Reyes and West Marin in particular—is famous for its abundance of both road- and mountain-biking terrain. Miles and miles of options for either style of bike is available from a starting point at Olema House.
The Marshall Wall, Ridgecrest Boulevard and Fairfax/Bolinas Road are just a few of the well-known treks for cyclists. Novice or advanced rides can begin at our front door.
Mount Tamalpais and cycling in Point Reyes originally inspired pioneers like Charlie Kelly, Joe Breeze, Gary Fisher and Tom Ritchie to build bikes for rough-mountain terrain. Bolinas Ridge and Fir Top Pine Mountain can be experienced during a stay at Olema House. In addition, Samuel P. Taylor Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Marin Municipal Water District lands and the Point Reyes National Seashore are home to miles of trails. From simple, family-friendly trails to more strenuous workouts, visitors are sure to find what they’re looking for in this area.
Food and Farm
West Marin Food and Farm Tours provides guided tours throughout West Marin, with a focus on the food industry. They integrate restaurants, wineries and farms in a chauffeured package. 415-599-9222; www.foodandfarmtours.com