San Francisco summers are notoriously foggy and cold, so I try to get out of the city as often as possible. Luckily there are amazing overnight and day trips in every direction.

Last week I was invited to a friend’s rental house in Inverness in Marin County, on Tomales Bay, surrounded by Point Reyes National Seashore, with my five-year-old. We left the house at 7 a.m. to maximize our visit, stopped at House of Bagels (the best bagels in SF) and bought loads of yummy stuff and headed over the bridge.  The sun was shining and I was so looking forward to spending quality time with my friend and her family.

Inverness is a small village named after the Scottish town and there is so much to recommend it. Views in every direction, swimming in Tomales Bay (we couldn’t this year because jelly fish invaded the small beach we usually go to), lovely shops nearby in Inverness and Point Reyes Station, killer fresh oysters, hiking, biking, birdwatching, mushroom hunting and so much more.

My friend’s husband is an avid unicyclist and loves to hit the local trails. It helps that the house they rent is just stellar, exactly the kind of place I dream of owning, even down to the sauna built overlooking Tomales Bay. We lit a fire, toasted with champagne and ate some local Cowgirl Creamery cheese and fig tapenade as the sun went down and then tucked into a yummy meal with a homemade fruit cobbler for dessert. This is why I live in the Bay Area…it was so hard to leave the next morning.

Filed Under Birdwatching, California, Canoe/Kayak, Day Trips, Family Travel, Feature, Food, Hike/Backpack, Marin County, Northern California, Point Reyes, San Francisco, wildlife


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