The Northern California region offers unspoiled farmland, picturesque coastline, and impeccable seafood. Here are a few new reasons to visit the bay.

Tomales Bay Dillon Beach
Thomas J. Story
Dillon Beach

On a recent photo shoot at the amazingly regenerative Stemple Creek Ranch, we took in the best of the region and were reminded of how delightful this slice of northern California is for a quick and restorative weekend getaway. 

On your way to Tomales, stop in Petaluma for a glass of natural wine, a dozen local oysters, and a tin of Spanish conservas at the Shuckery, a women-owned, seafood-centric restaurant just off the courtyard of the historic Hotel Petaluma. 

Dramatically sited at the mouth of Tomales Bay, Dillon Beach is an insider’s favorite destination, but making the most of it is even easier thanks to the newly restored Dillon Beach Resort, a recently revived hotel that can serve as a one-stop coastal retreat. There’s a general store with artisanal cheeses, craft beer, and surfboard rentals; tasteful tiny cabins with ocean views; and a restaurant that sources from local farms and foragers. Order an IPA and a bowl of poke and watch the kite surfers shred out on the bay.

The tiny town of Tomales has a newly refreshed inn and saloon, and it just happens to be the oldest one in Marin. Established in 1877, The William Tell House now offers rustic-chic rooms, craft cocktails, a menu chock-full of chowder and cioppino, and drag brunches on the patio. And no trip to the area is complete without a pilgrimage to the postcard-perfect West Marin institution Nick’s Cove, with its collection of nautically themed cabins, incredible oysters, and iconic views of the bay.

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