Nicks Cove Boat Shack

Nicks Cove Boat Shack


From the issue Warming Trend

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An hour from San Francisco, Point Reyes makes spirits bright by merely existing, and tucked northwest of Marshall is an unassuming little warming haven that could get even Scrooge into the holiday groove. Behold the humble boat shack at the foot of glistening Tomales Bay. It’s free, open to the public, and the stoke-it-yourself wood-burning fire stove keeps things toasty during winter’s chill. To reach the boat shack, simply stroll the long pier. Inside, the all-wood interior is decorated in white string lights, windows look out to Hog Island, and the upright Burmeister piano calls for an impromptu caroling session. Spark some flames and gather around. Tote along your own food and drinks—there are a few tables for do-it-yourself dining. Or dial 112 from the shack’s telephone to order tasty cuisine from Nick’s Cove Restaurant, which sits at the pier’s entrance. The restaurant isn’t authorized to serve out there, but it’s perfectly okay to do take-out. Baby, it’s warm inside!

The Boat Shack and Nick's Cove Restaurant are located at 23240 Hwy. 1, Marshall; (415) 663-1033. Dinner starts at 4:00 p.m. at the restaurant. The boat shack is free and open to the public. Dog-friendly!

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