Through Marin to the Inn

Through Marin to the Inn — (Two and a half hours driving time)

  • pic_itinerary_coast1This is the scenic route. See our directions page for a fast track to the Inn!
  • From San Francisco International Airport, take 380 west to 280 north. In San Francisco, stay on Highway 280 to 19th Avenue. Go through the west side of San Francisco to the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Crossing the spectacular Golden Gate — with its towering pillars rising into the sky — simply takes your breath away. Look back at this marvelous view of The City.
  • Once you cross, you’re on Highway 101 north. Look for the exit to Sausalito. A small village along the bay, Sausalito is a great town to stroll and have breakfast or lunch. We recommend Fred’s. A local favorite, the restaurant is on the left as you head out of town.
  • Go back to Highway 101 and head north again. About 12 miles north of Sausalito, exit Highway 1 west toward Stinson Beach. This is the beginning of a winding two-hour coastal drive to the Inn. Along the way you will see signs for Muir Woods State Park (we suggest waiting for the Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve near the Russian River — same trees without the crowds) and the coastal town of Stinson Beach.
  • Continuing up the coast, you’ll come to the town of Inverness and the Point Reyes National Seashore. Follow the signs to the Point Reyes Lighthouse. Buffeted by the wind and often shrouded in fog, this lighthouse makes a statement against the surrounding coast. Be prepared to walk down (and back up) the several hundred steps that take you to the lighthouse itself and its observation platform.
  • Back on Highway 1, you’ll drive along the eastern edge of Tomales Bay, winding your way by one coastal cove after another. If you are an oyster aficianado, a must-stop is the Hog Island Oyster Company. It is the freshest, sweetest oysters you can get — the oysters are farmed and harvested right there in Tomales Bay.
  • North of Marshall, the road turns inward away from the coast passing through the towns of Tomales and Valley Ford. Just north of Valley Ford, look for the sign for Occidental and Freestone. Turn right on Bodega Highway and left on Bohemian Highway to Occidental and the Inn.
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