The beautiful Northern California coast is home to Point Reyes National Seashore, a scenic cape approximately 30 miles northwest of San Francisco. Before spending a decade in San Francisco together, Alysha spent her childhood gallivanting around the West Marin countryside, including out at Point Reyes, which is about a half hour away from where she grew up.
It is one of the most stunning, pristine sections of the California coastline featuring forested ridges, rolling hills, and open grasslands.
We’d consider it a (relatively) hidden gem in Northern California – relatively few people make it out there compared to places like Muir Woods and Lake Tahoe – which may be one of the reasons its wild beauty seems virtually untouched.
It’s a natural sanctuary, and if you’re looking for a getaway on the Northern California coast, we’re breaking down the best places to stay in Point Reyes.
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Where to Stay in Point Reyes: Best Hotels + Vacation Rentals
Point Reyes is the ideal getaway for nature lovers, whether you’re the kind who likes to enjoy the beauty of nature from afar or you’re the type of person who wants to hike the trails and jump into a kayak to explore.
Luckily, there are plenty of hotels, homes, cabins, and cottages of various sizes and price points in Point Reyes.
Cool Cabins & Bungalows in (and around) Point Reyes
When traveling, we prefer to stay in a vacation rental so that we can have our own space, cook our own meals, and get a taste of what it would be like to live there.
There are a bunch of great places to stay in Point Reyes where you’ll have plenty of time to spread out and relax after a morning spent exploring the surrounding area.
A Cabin in the Forest
(1 bedroom / 1 bathroom)
If you’re looking for a secluded weekend getaway from San Francisco, look no further.
This cozy cabin in the woods is perfect for an escape from the city, with a unique setting that simultaneously makes you feel like you’re miles away from civilization, but is still relatively convenient for exploring all that Point Reyes has to offer.
There’s a huge wraparound deck that makes you feel like you’re right in the treetops, and a fireplace inside for those chilly coastal evenings that are better spent indoors. Design is modern and inviting, and the kitchen has everything you’ll need to cook a nice meal at home.
Pinecrest on the Ridge
(1 bedroom + loft / 1 bathroom)
Set high on the ridge above Tomales Bay, the views from the deck of this beautiful house near Point Reyes are spectacular.
There’s a master bedroom with a queen bed along with a separate loft bedroom with two twins, making this a perfect spot for both couples seeking a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle in San Francisco, and families looking to escape the city and explore Point Reyes.
There’s a nice deck where you’ll be able to watch the fog roll in over Tomales Bay, along with a hot tub and an outdoor shower.
Serene Bungalow-Style Home
(2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom)
Sitting just outside of town within walking distance of places to eat and galleries to browse, this bungalow is perfect for those who like to explore on foot. From the property, you’ll have views of Black Mountain and Inverness Ridge from the private patio.
It’s surrounded by free-range grasslands and the meadows of Bolinas Ridge for a scenic, country escape.
(6 bedrooms / 5 bathrooms)
Formerly an inn, this gorgeous 6 bedroom house is perfect for a larger group or a family get-together. It’s 3,000+ square feet of house AND 3,000+ square feet of deck, so you’ll be able to spend most of your time outside during the day, then retreat for the evening as the cool coastal air rolls into town.
It’s perfectly situated between town, which is just over a mile away, and Point Reyes National Seashore.
The 20 foot ceilings in the living room seem to disappear into the treetops, and the space is spread out over four floors. There’s a master bedroom on the top floor, accessed by ascending the spiral staircase that runs through the center of the house.
Wood paneling throughout the house add to the rustic atmosphere that you’re immersed in when you’re out on the deck. There’s an indoor and outdoor shower, a hot tub, and a fireplace inside for those chillier evenings.
(2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms)
We love the look of this modern-meets-rustic black A-frame cabin that sits on a forested acre surrounded by bay trees, redwoods, and mature oaks. Even if you just stayed in this cabin and on the property your whole stay without venturing out, that would be special enough.
Filled with modern bohemian furniture and handmade artifacts, art, and accessories from local makers, you’ll get a real feel of the local culture in this cabin.
Of course the property itself is stunning with a view of Black Mountain on the huge deck that has an outdoor dining table, grill, and two heated concrete seats.
Cabin Hideaway Nestled Among the Treetops
(1 bedroom / 1 bathroom)
This forest cottage is nestled in the woods but still close enough to some little shops and a short drive to beaches and most of the Point Reyes destinations.
It can sleep up to four people and is made of rustic, natural materials and tons of wood surfaces for a cozy cabin vibe. When it’s chilly outside, you can warm the cottage with their wood-burning stove, and when it’s nice out, there’s a backyard patio with a dining area that you can enjoy.
The Hideaway at Berry Patch Cottage
(1 bedroom / 1 bathroom)
This charming cottage is located on an acre of land filled with fruit trees, berries, and a vegetable garden (all organic!), where you can explore the gardens and enjoy your meals outdoors.
It’s a great spot for birders and hikers, or those who just want to relax. The enclosed patio provides a place to lounge in the sun with French doors that lead to the cottage.
Windsong Guest Yurt
(1 bedroom + 1 pullout couch / 1 bathroom)
When you think yurt, you might not picture this beautiful modern yurt-style home. Nestled in the rolling hills of Point Reyes, this cottage is located on four acres at the end of a country road and only a two-minute drive to Point Reyes Station.
Outside there is a private garden and a hot tub for you to relax in.
Enchanting Garden Getaway
(1 bedroom / 1 bathroom)
Do not miss the patio views from this home in Inverness. Right outside your door, you’ll experience a never ending view of luscious green trees along the rolling hills.
Imagine enjoying your coffee here in the morning in one of the provided chairs or sitting by the fire pit as the sun goes down.
There is also an outdoor shower, Koi pond, and the garden paths lead into forest trails that lead you to a small village, where you can find a place to dine or spend some time shopping for local art.
Mopsalan Haven with Tomales Bay Views
(1 bedroom + pull out sofa / 1 bathroom)
If you want to enjoy water views from your Airbnb, then make sure you check out Mopsalan Haven. There are incredible views of Tomales Bay from the large deck, including a patio table and chairs perfect for dining outdoors and soaking in the scenery.
In colder seasons, you can enjoy the warmth and coziness of a wood-burning stove, and they’ll even provide you with a couple of eco logs so you don’t have to make any last-minute runs to the store when you decide you want a fire. There’s also an outdoor shower and plenty of private outdoor space.
Morning Glory Cottage
(Studio with 1 bathroom)
Located on a three acre farm, this sweet cottage is an open studio style with a raised bedroom area that overlooks the rest of the cottage. This place to stay in Point Reyes is sunny with a private garden and plenty of beautiful greenery all around.
You can even enjoy some of the farm’s animals like chickens, ducks, goose, and sheep, and the owners will sometimes leave farm fresh eggs for you to enjoy during your stay.
Hotels in Point Reyes
Want to experience the natural beauty of Point Reyes, but with a comfortable, clean hotel room to come back to in between your explorations? Here are the best hotels in Point Reyes.
Named not only the Top Hotel in Northern California but also the Top Hotel in the US in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for 2020 Olema House has to be on your bucket list of places to stay.
Fun fact: Alysha’s parents got married across the street at the former Olema Farm House!
For that sentimental reason alone, it’s one of our favorites. But that’s certainly not the only reason. This hotel is a quaint gem on the California coast.
Best known for its proximity to the Northern California coast and local, seasonal food, Olema House is like a retreat from real life into a dreamy, idyllic world of coastal wilderness with the luxurious comforts of a stylish hotel. It’s located just a 15-minute scenic walk to Point Reyes National Seashore and has an on-site farm-to-table restaurant and bar that dates back to 1865.
Instead of asking where to stay in Point Reyes, you need to be asking yourself when you’re going to stay at Olema House because we genuinely think everyone should experience it at least once in their lifetimes.
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HI Point Reyes Hostel
Technically HI Point Reyes is a hostel, but they do have private rooms (and houses with 2-4 bedrooms) and it’s the only lodging in Point Reyes that is actually located in Point Reyes National Seashore, so we’re making an exception.
This hostel is located in a remote location, miles away from any WiFi signals or cell phone service, but surrounded by 140 miles of trails, making it the perfect spot for a digital detox.
Your time at HI Point Reyes Hostel can be spent at the beach (just two-miles away), hiking the trails that wind their way through Point Reyes National Seashore (read our guide to the best hikes in the Bay Area, which features a couple in Point Reyes), kayaking on Tomales Bay, or getting to know some new friends in your hostel during your breaks from exploring nature.
Point Reyes Vineyard Inn
If you’re looking for a quiet and secluded getaway at a small family-run inn, Point Reyes Vineyard Inn may be just the place for you.
The Mediterranean-style inn was originally a three-bedroom home that was turned into an inn with the owners in a house just next door. The three rooms have beautiful views overlooking the vineyards and beautiful surrounding landscapes.
For those who like to just relax and enjoy their surroundings, you can enjoy some of Point Reyes Vineyard’s award-winning wines and will find beautiful views of Inverness Ridge and the West Marin County rolling hills as you explore the property, including a serene courtyard complete with a koi pond.
If you prefer to venture out a bit, it’s just a short drive to Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes Lighthouse, and many hiking and biking trails.
Pt. Reyes Country Inn
Pt. Reyes Country Inn provides options for unique lodging in Point Reyes. When you book your stay, you can choose between the beautiful hotel-style bed and breakfast rooms, a private waterfront cottages on Tomales Bay, or the Groom’s Quarters for private place to stay for families or groups.
The bed and breakfast is located on four acres about a mile outside of downtown Point Reyes Station, and just a mile from Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. where you can grab some farm fresh artisan cheese made from healthy, pasture-raised cows.
The waterfront cottages are located in the village of Inverness, featuring incredible views of Tomales Bay. Pt. Reyes Country Inn even provides accommodation for horses for travelers who want to bring their horses along for trail riding. While that’s not something we’ll need to take advantage of (Matt is clumsy enough on his own two feet), we thought it was a pretty unique feature.
Straus Home Ranch
Are you dreaming of homestead, farmhouse vibes? At Straus Home Ranch, you’ll be able to stay in a beautifully renovated 150-year-old farmhouse. It’s located on a 166 acre certified organic farm in Marshall, California.
This working ranch has been family owned since 1941, and not only will you get views of cows grazing in the fields, but also access to a small beach for tide pooling or kayaking.
This is a 10 bedroom, 4 bathroom masterpiece that makes for a great place to stay for family reunions, bachelorette parties, and other big group getaways.
For those that love to cook, their fully equipped farmhouse style kitchen has everything you’ll need to whip up the perfect meal, and the home even has a dining room with seating for up to 13 people.
Straus Home Ranch is the ideal country getaway for groups and families who want to rent out an entire home to have it all to themselves.
Point Reyes is a beautiful area – quintessential coastal California, we think – with plenty of things to do from exploring trails and embracing the Northern California coast’s natural beauty to walking along the small shops and enjoying some fine dining.
Luckily, there are plenty of great places to stay in Point Reyes no matter what type of getaway you’re looking for.
If you’re heading out to Point Reyes, you won’t want to miss our guide to what to do in Point Reyes.
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