Nick's Cove

Nick's Cove is a serene, relaxing getaway, tucked away on the shores of Tomales Bay in Marshall, California. The property consists of 12 unique, individually decorated cottages, a restaurant and an oyster bar. Of the twelve cottages, five are located directly on the waterfront and the rest boast beautiful water views. Nick's is known for their community spirit in giving back to the local area and for preserving the environment around them.

Nick's is a little more than an hour drive from San Francisco and has none of the hustle and bustle. In fact, there is no cell phone coverage, the roads sometimes get closed briefly after a heavy rainfall, and there are no big box shopping malls. Nick's provides guests with a luxurious, rustic vacation where they can be one with nature, smell the outdoors, enjoy the sound of waves on the shore and the view of the hills of Point Reyes.

»Cottages at Nick's Cove

Cottages at Nick's Cove

Nick's Cove consists of twelve luxurious, unique cottages all within very close proximity to the Tomales Bay coastline. Each cottage is a perfect combination of rustic charm and luxurious comfort that guests will enjoy. All cottages are equipped with wood-burning stoves, heated ceramic tile floors in the bathrooms and plush, lavish linens for a great night's sleep. There are cottages which will accommodate two to four guests, and some which will accommodate four to six guests, making this an ideal destination for almost anyone, including families. Of the twelve cottages, seven are pet friendly for guests to bring along their canine companion.

Big Rock and Bandit's Bungalow are perfect choices for couples traveling together or families since they will accommodate up to six guests. They both feature two beds plus a pull out sofa. Big Rock cottage is a 729 square foot duplex which has its own private waterfront patio and beach. There are two sleeping areas, one with a king size bed and one with a queen size bed. The master suite features a handmade copper soaker tub and the “Little Rock” area has a deep soaker tub of its own as well. Bandit's Bungalow is a 790 square foot cottage with two bedrooms, each offering a king size bed. The private deck overlooks the bay and the waterland preserve. There is a pull out sofa for additional sleeping space. Bandit's Bungalow is not pet-friendly.

For an intimate, couples only experience, the Nicolina's or Fly Fisherman's cottages are ideal since they will accommodate only two guests. Neither of these cottages allow pets. The Nicolina cottage is boat shaped and features nautical accents. There is a queen size bed and a private, waterfront deck. This cottage is 287 square feet. The Fly Fisherman's cottage is one of the roomiest cottages on the property with 640 square feet of space. It features a beautiful water view and a private deck. There is a king size bed and a separate living room to relax and unwind. The luxurious bathroom not only features the heated tile flooring as in all the cottages, but also his and hers sinks and a deep, claw foot soaker tub for ultimate relaxation. The Fly Fisherman's cottage is not pet friendly.

All other cottages are great for up to four guests and each comes with a king size bed and pull out sofa. Ruthie's, Uncle Andy's and Judy's cottages only include a shower, there is no tub in the bathroom.

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»Dining at Nick's Cove

Dining at Nick's Cove

Nick's Cove Restaurant and Oyster Bar is a charming, upscale hunting lodge themed restaurant which was recently updated. Guests can expect to find many local food choices, including produce and seafood right from Tomales Bay and other close by waters. The farm-to-table philosophy of the restaurant brings the freshest and finest of ingredients to each meal and provides guests with a delightful, delicious experience. To add to the hunting lodge theme, the restaurant features reclaimed redwood tables, a mahogany bar, and even gaming catch trophies on the wall. Every table in the establishment has a view of the water through the large windows which surround the entire restaurant.

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner with brunch served on weekends. There is a kid's menu to please the younger crowd, with classic kids' favorites like grilled cheese, pizza, burgers and yummy floats for dessert.

Both dinner and lunch feature irresistible local seafood selections, plus soups, salads, and more hearty farm fresh entrees.

Nick's Cove is happy to offer the only place in West Marin where guests can enjoy fresh, raw oysters and sip on a carefully crafted cocktail while overlooking the water and a view of the hills. The outdoor raw bar features outdoor seating and patio tables for guests to kick back and enjoy. The oysters are harvested from Tomales Bay as well as other local waters such as Drakes Bay. The wine list at the bar is extensive and spans price ranges, tastes and specifications to suit every preference. There are local California wines as well as wines from many other countries.

Guests may also enjoy a drink at the end of the pier at the boat shack. The Stroll out to the boat shack is a beautiful walk with lights hung to illuminate the way. Once out at the boat shack, guests can order drinks and watch the sunset.

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»Family Vacation

Family Vacation

Nick's Cove restaurant offers a menu dedicated to pleasing the younger crowd with a good mix of classic kid-friendly favorites as well as selections for children who might wish to try something new.

There are several cottages which will suit families with two to four children depending on the sleeping configuration and age of the children. Also family dogs are welcomed in seven of the twelve cottages which means guests don't have to leave behind this important family member. There are water bowls left out and about, plus dog towels in each of the dog-friendly cottages. Canine friends will especially enjoy the homemade doggie treats straight from the pastry chef at Nick's Cove.

Families will enjoy the array of activities available which are close by and easy to arrange with the assistance of the front desk concierge. Guests can kayak or fish on Tomales Bay, rent bicycles from Cycle Point Reyes; hike the beautiful hills of Point Reyes, and even ride horseback at nearby Five Brooks Ranch. For something a little different, families could head out on an Oyster Farm tour or even take a cooking class together.

For a special treat, Nick's Cove Hand-crafted S'Mores kits are available for purchase at the restaurant, which includes everything guests need to make S'Mores in the hotel fireplace—an activity the whole family can enjoy.

Guests can speak to staff at the front desk and arrange for an in-room massage. It is recommended to make reservations in advance to ensure availability.

There are a few golf options for guests to choose from while visiting Nick's Cove. The Links at Bodega Harbor is just a short 30-minute car ride away. This course is open to the public and offers a challenging, yet enjoyable course with lush greens and views of Bodega Harbour as a backdrop. There is a snack shop on-site if guests wish to grab a bite to eat before or after a round of golf.

San Geronimo Golf Course is located halfway between San Francisco and Nick's Cove in San Geronimo California. The course covers over 150 acres of land with water hazards at over half of the holes to offer guests a fun, challenging course to conquer. There is a practice bunker, chipping green and putting green for practice before or after a round of golf at San Geronimo. If guests are looking for a snack or even a full meal, there is the restaurant on-site, a snack cart on the course and in season, a barbeque grill.

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»Weddings & Conferences

Weddings & Conferences

Nick's Cove is an ideal setting to host a wedding, conference, retreat, or any other event. They have been in business for over 80 years and provide excellent customer service, as well as planning services for any event. Whether guests are looking for private dining for small, intimate affairs or a complete buy-out of Nick's Cove property for private use, the staff are pleased to assist in making those arrangements.

For weddings, a buy-out for the entire property would allow brides and grooms to have complete run of the property for themselves and their guests for one night during mid-week or two nights on Friday, Saturday or Sundays. This includes boxed lunches for each of the guests staying in the cottages on the morning of the event, the main meal for the wedding and a continental breakfast delivered to each cottage the next morning. The dining room at Nick's Cove Restaurant and Oyster Bar is the ideal setting for a reception, which accommodates up to 120 guests and offers spectacular water views as well as stunning sunsets. The menu can be customized based on the bride and groom's tastes and preferences. The extensive wine list will be sure to please everyone in attendance. A complete buy-out of the property includes the Nick's Cove Restaurant Main Dining Room and Bar, Tule Deck, Waterfront Oyster Bar, and Boat Shack, plus access to The Croft, the on-site garden. This also includes either one or two night stays in all of the cottages, depending on day of the week of the wedding or event. The planning specialists at Nick's Cove can also assist in arranging all the extras to make the day complete such as flowers, cake, officiant, music, linens and so much more.

Team building and corporate events are always great at Nick's Cove with the array of activities to take part in and the rustic, laid back atmosphere. Fishing tours, kayaking adventures, guided hiking and horseback riding are just a few activities that may be a perfect way to get a team together for some bonding time. There are private dining options available for such groups within a variety of on-site venues. The Tomales Bay Waterfront Lounge is available, weather permitting, and a tent may be rented if inclement weather is expected, but guests can sit in the fresh air and enjoy the beautiful views of Tomales Bay from their table. This venue will accommodate up to 30 seated guests. The Tule Deck is a heated room just adjacent to the main dining room which can seat up to 50 guests. The Tule Deck can also be booked for 20 or less guests on a semi-private basis, however, other guests will also be seated in and around the group. For a smaller conference, the Boat Shack can be reserved for up to 12 people and will provide guests with a complete 360 degree view of Tomales Bay since it is situated at the end of the pier.

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Plan Your Trip

Nick's Cove prides itself on being eco-friendly and giving back to the community whenever possible. The two acre farm and garden, The Croft, is located just across the street from the Nick's Cove Restaurant and Oyster Bar. It is where most of the produce and eggs used in the restaurant are from. The growth, use and re-cycling of produce and the eggs exhibits just how committed to sustainability Nick's Cove really is.

They also strive to give back to the local community through donations to local businesses and events with similar philosophies on being environmentally conscious, as well as giving back to the greater good of the surrounding area and the people living in the community. For guests staying at Nick's Cove, The Croft is a perfect setting to enjoy breakfast and coffee or play a game of bocce ball while overlooking Tomales Bay. Tours of the garden are open to the public and guests with no reservation needed.

23240 Highway 1, Marshall, CA 94940, website, Phone: 415-663-1033

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