The Olema Inn is one of the more historic places in the area, dating back to 1876. It was remodeled in 1998 and stayed pretty much true to the historic image, with modern conveniences and updates.
There is an excellent restaurant on the main floor, with several B & B rooms above. These rooms are nicely decorated and classy. In recent years the In expanded to two other properties just up the road. This is where we stayed, and it isn't a place of historical merit or much to talk about. The owners don't make claims to the contrary; they even let you know beforehand that the different properties really are different. The newer ones are functional, but not anything special. The setting, however, is great. Upon first entering our room and looking out the window to our patio, we saw a deer just ten yards away. We had no complaints about the accommodations here. The people were very friendly and helpful with anything we wanted.
The breakfast that comes with the room was really good, with lots of fresh fruit.
Historic locale. Pleasant people. Excellent food.
This is Santa Maria Beach, the beach that is right next to the Coast Campground. It's a wonderful beach - uncrowded, wide, with perfect sand. You can walk for miles in either direction. The Coast Campground is on the other side of the bluff you see on the left in this picture.
If you prefer a campsite away from the sometimes severe conditions of the Northern California coast, a good option for you is the Sky Campground. This campground is located on the western flank of Mount Wittenberg at an elevation of just over 1000 feet. On a good day, you'll be rewarded with spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean and local beaches. This is also a walk-in campground. The trail to the campground is a little less than a mile and slightly uphill.
You must make a reservation. Campsites may be reserved up to three months (to the day) in advance. Call (415) 663-8054 between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
12 campsites, and one group campside. Several campsites are nestled in trees. Some have gorgeous views. For the best view, try to get campsite No. 10 or No. 11, although they are less protected than other campsites. Each campsite is large and private. An absolutely gorgeous campground.
If being next to the pounding surf is your idea of a great place to spend the night, you'll definitely want to stay at the Coast Campground. This is a walk-in campground, but you won't need to backpack all the way from the Sky Trail trailhead. See directions below for easier access.
The campground is secluded, tent only, walk-in with pit toilets and potable water. The trail to the campground is an easy, flat mile and half walk. Camping is by permit only and permits must be obtained from the Bear Valley Visitor Center before starting your trip. You must have made a reservation in advance to camp within Point Reyes National Seashore. No first come, first serve. No campground attendant.
Campsites may be reserved up to three months (to the day) in advance. To obtain a reservation, call (415) 663-8054 between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday. You may also make reservations in person 7 days a week at the Bear Valley Visitor Center.
Here's the cozy little camp spot that Yubert and I shared. Oh, did I mention that Yubert and I had a little mini-VT meeting, back packing in Pt. Reyes? Excellent! Hoping we can have a bigger event like this sometime. Anyone interested, please do let us know!!
Coast Camp is a relatively easy hike from the Point Reyes Hostel parking lot. By the Laguna Trail, it's 1.8 miles. By the Coast Trail, it's 3.1 miles, more or less.
The camp sites behind some cliffs, thus blocked from much of the coastal winds. A gentle upslope provides plenty of flat spots for tents, and each camp site has a picnic table with benches, a charcoal grill (no wood burning allowed) and a food box for food and other smelly items that might attract scavengers.
The site also has:
* water spigots for drinking and washing.
* Bathrooms (no electricity - bring a flashlight or headlamp)
* Dumpsters, including recycling for bottles and cans!
Cabins have very comfortable beds, a kitchenette with microwave, a fireplace and even a barbecue. Outside is a swimming pool, a hot tub and two tennis courts.
Ask about staying three days and getting the fourth night free. Stay to visit fishing villages and small towns on the coast. Several great restaurants are located nearby.
Prices are $115 a night, plus tax, Sunday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday nights are $130.
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