One of the best picnic spots in Point Reyes is literally on the water. Just north of Marshall, The Boat Shack at Nick’s Cove & Cottages
sits at the end of a long pier extending over Tomales Bay. While Nick’s is a top-choice for splurging on a weekend cabin
, the boat shack is perfectly accessible for non-splurges too. It’s free and open to the public. Grab a patio table on the deck, or if a breeze kicks up, step inside the boat shack to cozy up to a warm fire. The all-wood interior is decorated with white string lights, plus windows that look out to Hog Island. The upright Burmeister piano beckons an impromptu session. Bring your own picnic or dial 112 from the shack’s telephone to order sustainable, inventive California cuisine from Nick’s Cove Restaurant. The restaurant isn’t authorized to serve out there, but it’s perfectly okay to do take-out! Place your food and drink order, stroll to the restaurant to pick it up, and saunter back to the shack, gourmet meal in hand. Eat outside or in. It’s what you call a win-win. Tip:
In addition to stellar weekend brunches (try the Laughing Bird Shrimp Enchiladas), Nick’s Cove also hosts "Wine Wednesdays" through the rest of the year, offering 50% off of every bottle on their wine list, including reserve vintages.KAYAK BONUS:
Just north of Nick’s Cove is Miller Park, the put-in for Point Reyes Outdoors’ White Gulch kayak trips
. Paddle directly over the San Andreas Fault as you glide toward Tomales Point, home to hundreds of Tule Elk.
Nick's Cove & Cottages, 23240 Hwy. 1, Marshall; 415-663-1033. On the weekend, brunch starts at 10 a.m. and dinner starts at 4 p.m. The boat shack is dog-friendly!