Guide to Point Reyes
Oysters and cheese are some of the best ways to lure me out of the city, so Point Reyes has that down pat. Also, it’s only an hour-and-a-half drive away from San Francisco – a totally reasonable distance for a fun day trip.
Below are a few of my favorite stops:
Marshall Store – The oysters aren’t cheap here, but the view is unrivaled (overlooking the bay and all the oyster farms) and the toppings (which range from chorizo to garlic butter) were delicious. I was skeptical about the BBQ oysters but it was love at first bite.
Cowgirl Creamery – If you’re like me and hopelessly addicted to cheese, this is an obvious destination. There’s a vast selection of picnic items and freshly made sandwiches, plus you can peek behind-the-scenes and watch the cheesemakers churning cheese right in front of you. If that’s not droolworthy, I don’t know what is.
Cypress Tree Tunnel – This is the iconic Instagram location, where a row of giant cypress trees form a “tree tunnel” and the lighting is perfect all day long. Also, it’s located conveniently en route to the lighthouse.
Point Reyes Lighthouse – This is apparently the windiest place on the Pacific Coast and the second foggiest place on the North American continent, so definitely dress the part – wear lots of layers (and sneakers – there are a lot of stairs to climb). Other than that, I seriously can’t believe I’ve never been here before. Yes, it’s located about 25-30 minutes outside of the Point Reyes town (which is adorable, by the way), but it’s well worth the drive. The view is beautiful and it’s amazing to be able to explore this place of such historical significance.