Last weekend we took a day trip to Point Reyes Station – a little slice of Northern California heaven about one hour north of San Francisco. Our friend had just visited with her family and recommended we check it out. What a gem! The town is tiny, only a couple of blocks long, but it is chock full of restaurants and boutiques. We spent half a day walking around, but I think we could have easily spent a weekend exploring and eating our way through the area. There is plenty to do and see. Beyond eating and shopping, you can hike the beautiful hills and hit the beach.
We started our day at the Point Reyes Visitor Center. There are several walking paths around the visitors center, and we chose to do an easy 1km hike with the boys along the Earthquake Trail. It’s flat and paved, easy peasy for the littles to walk or be pushed in a stroller. It is along the San Andres fault line and there are informational signs geared at kids every few hundred feet or so. Bennett loved looking at the pictures and having me read the signs to him.
After we worked up an appetite, we drove about five minutes into the town of Point Reyes Station and had lunch at Cowgirl Creamery. I didn’t know this at the time we went but the two women who own Cowgirl Creamery are lifelong friends. One of them spent time at the one and only Chez Panisse and the other is co-owner of Bette’s Oceanview Diner. The milk they use to make their cheeses is from nearby Straus Family Creamery. No wonder why eating a piece of Mt. Tam triple cream cheese will blow your mind! Given all the awesome that goes into this company it’s basically impossible for Cowgirl to not be out of this world amazing! We family-style shared the charcuterie plate, a couple of sandwiches, and ice cream for dessert. They have a great lawn out back for the kids to run off a little energy. We took home a wheel of Mt. Tam and a hunk of Wagon Wheel, both of which were gone within 24 hours. I’m not sorry.
We loved walking around town, checking out the cute shops, and looking at the menus of restaurants. (Note: if you or your kiddo has to use a bathroom, there is a public restroom building next to the playground. Most shops do not have restrooms available.) We wrapped up our day with a quick trip to the fire station. They had the garage doors open and a truck parked in the driveway so the boys were able to get up close to check it out. The tire of this truck was taller than Graham!
What a great way to spend a day (or more!) in Marin county. Take the trip – it’s an easy, hour long drive and you’ll feel a world away from the city. Enjoy! xo