A day in the country

Savor peace, quiet, and great holiday shopping in west Marin

Marcia Williamson

A clear winter day makes Point Reyes Station and its neighbor, Olema, sparkle like faceted gems, with angular silhouettes and cool, Edward Hopper light. This month brings a bonus too: The two towns offer holiday shopping that's far more creative and individualized than what you can find at the mall―and best yet, Point Reyes National Seashore is only minutes away.

SHOP: Flower Power. WHAT: Well-chosen wares for house and garden, including locally made Blue Slide ceramic tiles. WHEN: Open daily. WHERE: 11275 State 1, Point Reyes Station; 415/663-8221.

Into the Blue. WHAT: All kinds of kites, plus toys and games. WHEN: 10-5 daily. WHERE: 11101 State 1, Point Reyes Station; 415/663-1147.

Toby's Feed Barn. WHAT: Point Reyes landmark that has everything from bird feeders to local art. WHEN: Open daily. WHERE: 11250 State 1, Point Reyes Station; 415/663-1223.

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