Olema House: Quintessential Point Reyes Lodging
Throughout the year, Northern California’s scenic, peaceful Point Reyes National Seashore allures travelers from all across the West, mainly residents from San Francisco, Sacramento, and San Jose. Couples and families alike are drawn to Marin County’s pristine Pacific coastline, diverse culinary scene, and jaw-dropping wildlife, including migrating gray whales and elephant seals. And there’s no better place to start and finish each day of relaxation and exploration than Olema House, recently named the “best hotel in the U.S.” by Condé Nast Traveler. As the quintessential Point Reyes lodging option, Olema House welcomes an abundance of travelers searching for a serene slice of sophistication while surveying picturesque California State Route 1 and the neighboring National Seashore.
Discover: Point Reyes
Firstly, what sets Olema House apart from most Point Reyes lodgings is its idyllic location. It’s within minutes of countless National Seashore hiking trails, some of California’s most beloved beaches, and the area’s best “roadside attractions,” including Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co, Five Brooks Ranch, Point Reyes Yoga, Toby’s Feed Barn, and Heidrun Meadery. Outdoor recreational pursuits range from kayaking expeditions to hiking (en route to dreamlike waterfalls) and horseback riding. Olema House itself boasts private acreage along the banks of Olema Creek, which leads to a seemingly endless trail system.
Due West Tavern + Kitchen
Unlike most Point Reyes lodging possibilities, Olema House also plays host to astute foodies searching for a memorable farm-to-table experience in an exquisite, circa-1865 building. Olema House’s two dining options couldn’t be any more beautifully dissimilar. Due West Tavern boasts an extravagant yet pleasingly familiar setting that’s equally welcoming and romantic. Meanwhile, Due West Market is one of the area’s newest ventures, a one-stop-shop for caffeine, lunch, merch, and keepsakes. Sadly, Due West Tavern is a takeaway-only restaurant at the moment. Thankfully, travelers will still discover the same great tastes, in the form of braised short ribs, vegetarian lasagna, chocolate tiramisu, and cranberry-bacon spinach salad.
Award-Winning Point Reyes Lodging
Olema House’s expansive great lawn is as equally spellbinding as its stylish, rustic-chic architecture. Obtaining serenity amid its distinctive Bohemian charm and the on-site national forest landscape is as natural as a Marin County sunset. Common spaces feature brimful bookshelves, gas fireplaces, artistic chandeliers, and designer furnishings. It’s easy to get swept away by the estates’ unique meld of sophistication, artistry, and natural beauty. Finish each day with a soothing bath before watching the sun set behind the mountainous forestry west of the hotel from a private balcony.