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SF Day Trip: West Marin County

June 12, 2015

Looking for a unique getaway from San Francisco

filled with culinary adventure, shucking tools, rubber gloves,

and a walk on the most famous fault line in the world?

SF Day Trip: West Marin County

Welcome to West Marin, known by locals as

home to oysters beds, dairy farms, and miles of seashore

If you travel north of the Golden Gate Bridge

you land in the beautiful county of Marin,

internationally known for the town of Sausalito

and Muir Woods National Park

Muir Woods National Monument

Muir Woods

On the Pacific Coast sits lesser-known bucolic West Marin

Thanks to the local organic dairies and fresh sea air,

Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes has exceptional artisan cheeses

You can sample and buy their cheese

or sign up in advance for one of their more formal tastings on Fridays

Personally, I love their seasonal Pierce Pt cheese

with herbs and flowers rolled onto the rind

and Westfield Farms Wasabi Goat Cheese

– yummmm –

Pt Reyes Cowgirl Creamery

Loaded up with lovely cheeses and crackers,

the fun continues at Tomales Bay Oyster Company

You aren’t going here because you love oysters,

you are here because you seek an experience

Tomales Bay Oyster Company

Part of the fun is being a novice about the process

And that’s okay

– I think there’s a correlation between cluelessness and laughter here –

Buy oysters at the stand and ask how to best shuck your oysters

The adventurous eat them raw

but since I’m new to the whole oyster-thing, I prefer to cook them over the grill

with hot sauce and lemon drizzled on top

With reggae and zydeco playing in the background,

this is a great place to hang for a few hours with a picnic lunch

overlooking Tomales Bay

(family friendly too)

Grocery List for Tomales Bay Oyster Company

During summer weekends & holidays

this place is hopping,

so arrive before noon to grab a table

and dress for the typical cool & cloudy climate

Tomales Bay, West Marin County

Now it’s time to walk off that oystery picnic before returning home

Drive south to catch the Earthquake Trail

at Pt Reyes National Seashore Visitor Center

on Bear Valley Road

Pt Reyes Earthquake Trail

This easy paved loop is only .6 miles

Half-way through the walk,

blue posts line San Andreas Fault

and a broken fence demonstrates the shifting plates from

the earthquake that devastated San Francisco in 1906

Gotta love the unusual landmarks on this hike

Pt Reyes, CA

It’s your typical

 cheese tasting,

oyster shucking,

and earthquake walking

kind of a day

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  • Reply Travel With Lulu June 13, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Hi, Amy! Yes, this is such a lovely place to live and explore 🙂

  • Reply Amy at love made my home June 13, 2015 at 7:50 am

    It is a wonderful place isn’t it. As I sit typing if I look up I can see my framed Golden Gate Parks postcards and one of them is the Marin Headland, another is Muir Woods! So I am right there with you. Don’t you just love Stinson Beach too!! Glad you are enjoying your great new life. xx

  • Reply ann June 16, 2015 at 5:29 am

    So man years ago I rode a tour bus into Muir Pa down that long winding road and back up again. I was so bus sick, but your trips sounds so delightful.

    • Reply Travel With Lulu June 17, 2015 at 11:58 pm

      Yes, I hear that a lot about that windy road. We drove to Muir Woods, instead of taking the shuttle, so we could slow down as needed and roll down the windows. Muir Woods is beautiful, but there are other groves in the area that are free to visit, fewer people, and a road that won’t make you carsick 🙂 Maybe this is a new blog post idea in the making?

  • Reply topchelseagirl June 16, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Those woods look wonderful, as does all of it. Thanks for taking us along on your trip!

    • Reply Travel With Lulu June 18, 2015 at 12:01 am

      Thank you, Top Chelsea Girl. We’ve taken quite a few visitors and it’s been a blast each time. Just sharing the love 🙂

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