The Artist Retreat Overlooking Point Reyes National Seashore
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- Minimum stay:2-4 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Inverness house description
Our home is perched at the top of Inverness Ridge with a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean, Farallon Islands, and the highest mountains of Point Reyes National Seashore. Absolute peace, quiet and fresh air, a five minute stroll from the park trails, a stay at the Artist Retreat is a deeply moving experience. Created by the authors of the best-selling book, Point Reyes Visions, from their own design, this 12 year old retreat has all the comforts of a lodge in the woods: a bath large enough for two, double shower heads, new towels and linens, a gourmet kitchen with a Dynasty range, Wi-Fi, internet computer with great music, a giant living/dining room with amazing picture windows and a 20 foot ceiling. The house is a green design, with passive solar heating plus a Danish Woodstove and backup central heating. The bathroom is tiled with tumbled Italian marble. A futon is available for a child or extra guest. There is a large deck with pristine views. The house is ideally suited for a couple, who want both luxury and nature!
Check in is at 4pm the first day of your stay and check out is at 12 noon. This givse us time to prepare a sparkling clean house for you. All towels and linens are freshly laundered. Floors are vacuumed and mopped.
The beauty of the Artist Retreat's Location: Point Reyes is a nature lover's dream vacation. It is ideal for kayaking, horse riding, swimming in Tomales Bay, hiking, both mountain and road biking and one of the best places to bird watch in the USA. It is the home of the organic food movement. Put Strauss organic cream in your coffee. Savor local eggs with Nieman Ranch bacon. Slurp an oyster, crack a local crab or barbeque a wild salmon. During the summer and fall, it has a wonderful weekly farmers market which amazed Prince Charles and Camilia. And yet Inverness is only an hour's drive from San Francisco, Napa Valley or Sonoma.
There are numerous hikes and biking trails and great beaches. You can hike or ride from your doorstep.
More reasons to choose the Artist Retreat: The Artist Retreat is equipped with an outside BBQ and picnic table. The walls are filled with the artwork of the owners, Kathleen Goodwin and Richard Blair, who have spent over 30 years chronicling the wilds of West Marin. Why stay in a small B&B or hotel room when you can live in an atmosphere that is so conducive to creativity, relaxation, physical fitness and rejuvenation.
The house has an interesting library, including five books by the owners.
Here is an excerpt from the Point Reyes Visions Guidebook by Artist Retreat owner Kathleen Goodwin:
We will guide you to many amazing places and magical experiences. We are so lucky that Point Reyes National Seashore and its environs have been saved by the National Park Service and its allies, the fiercely protective citizens of West Marin and the Bay area.
We welcome you! Our parks are for your enjoyment and to nurture your spirit. Our ranches provide your food plus habitat for wildlife. We are going to lead you to incredible places, some of which are very delicate and contain animals and birds which are barely holding on because their habitats are nearly gone. You, in return, must respect these places. . Slow down and look around.
We believe that people need to enjoy such a place. We know that parks breed nature activists. Since two million visitors come here each year, that can be a lot of votes that are pro-environment. If you like national parks, vote and encourage your friends to vote. When you’re back home, revitalized by Point Reyes, work to make your own environment and community as healthy as possible.
When we plan a trip here, we think, where will it be nice today? What’s the weather like, how much time do we have, what’s going on in the natural world? Is the tide going out? We think about beauty, our comfort and safety, and about opportunity. We visualize what beautiful sights we might see and what animals could be around. Learning about the Point Reyes peninsula is the study of a lifetime. The more you see, discover and study, the greater pleasure you will feel being here.
Point Reyes juts into the sea so it has a marine climate. The weather is the same as being out in the Pacific Ocean. Once, on a clear day, we were walking on the beach near the Cliff House in San Francisco and were shocked to see how far west the Point Reyes headland appeared in the ocean. It looked like an island. The ocean water is quite cold (47-55 degrees) because of the circulation of the ocean currents. The coast is often foggy from the cold water condensing the moisture in the air. During the summer, the heat rising in the Central Valley draws the fog inland. By mid-morning the fog has usually burned off, and returns in the late afternoon.
The changeable nature of the weather brings a luminous quality to the landscape, a wonderful asset for a visual artist. The bishop pine and Douglas fir forests are hauntingly beautiful when shrouded in fog. During spring, the hills are an almost unreal green. I always think that spring has arrived when I see my first Douglas iris of the year. California poppies, lupine, yarrow, mustard and Indian paintbrush bloom all over. The discovery of a Mission Bell flower is a rare treat.
The connection of water and land is easy to observe and enjoy. Beaches, and rocky cliffs with pounding waves, isolated coves, sunny surfing and sunbathing spots are all found here in profusion.
- 1390 sq. ft.
- 1 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Considered:
- Limited Accessibility:
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
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Location & View
- Mountain View:
- Mountain Biking
- Fitness Center
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Pier Fishing
- Water Tubing
- Surf Fishing
- Equestrian Events
- Mountain Climbing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Scenic Drives
- Paddle Boating
- Whale Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Bird Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
- Medical Services
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
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Culture and nature meet at the Artist RetreatGuest comment entered by owner
Culture and nature meet at the Artist Retreat
Thank you Kathleen and Richard for sharing your beautiful hilltop home with us. We loved sitting on the deck, being warmed by the sun and listening to nature. The view was peaceful. Time stood still as it should in such beautiful surroundings. Thanks for giving us a tour of your studio and far sharing insights into good hiking spots. We return home relaxed and full of love.
- Guest Sharon and Doug
- Date of stay 03/25/13
- Review Submitted 05/09/13
A Relaxing Retreat
A Relaxing Retreat
The Artist Retreat was the perfect home base for our adventures at Point Reyes and Tomales Bay. Inverness Ridge Trail was just a short walk from the front door and provided us with some amazing hiking and wonderful views. Returning to the retreat, we found the peaceful location perfect for unwinding after a long day of hiking. From the many comfortable couches in the spacious living room, we could see all the way to the ocean. The deck in the back opened up to a clearing in the trees which which was perfect for stargazing. In the absence of bright, city lights, the night sky was lit with more stars than we have ever seen. This place is great for photographers. Aside from the breathtaking views, small animals will visit the outside of the home. Many lingered long enough for us to grab a camera and capture some pictures. There are also many flowers around the home which provide many feeding spots for beautiful butterflies. The kitchen was an amazing feeding spot for us. There was a huge array of pots, pans, plates, and utensils for preparing and enjoying the perfect meal on the range or on the grill outside. The kitchen has everything we would have expected from a well-stocked kitchen. After our two-night stay at the Artist Retreat, our only regret was that we did not stay for longer. The guidebook and photo books by the owners showed that there was so much to explore in the area. The owners, who are clearly very passionate about the Point Reyes and the surrounding area, were helpful in pointing out hidden spots and must-see sights. We can't wait to come back and stay at the Artist Retreat again.
- Guest Carl (San Jose, CA, USA)
- Date of stay 05/02/13
- Review Submitted 05/06/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
fog fingers, forest and birds
fog fingers, forest and birds
My husband and I spent a week at the Artist Retreat. Loved the spacious design of the house, its high ceilings, big views of the woods and ocean beyond from the windows and deck. The structure is simply and beautifully made, it fits into the landscape and is a cosy context to watch the changing light in the broad expanse of forest, listen to the birds, and on clear nights- revel in clouds of stars and their shifting positions during the night with no city lights filtering your view. It was a great location from which to set out each day to a dif. hike, and return for meals (great stove & kitchen equipment) & reading. There is plenty of space to spread out, and lots of comfy furniture-plus some lovely arts & crafts pieces. There is also big digital tv, wifi and nice sound system. Framed photographs and paintings on the walls are further responses to the land, done by the owners, who are incredibly hospitable and informative if you have questions about where to go or what to do. btw, have never experienced a tub/shower for two, very fun- especially after a long walk! Highly recommend this rental. Have been vacationing in Inverness sev. times a year for many years and this felt the closest to really living on the coast- very different from staying at (even very nice) cottages or other rentals which have multiple buildings where the sense of other guests and traffic noise dilute your sense of privacy. If you want to experience the place- the woods, the quiet, the sights & sounds of nature-this is perfect. In short, we were sad to leave and look forward to our next visit.
- Guest grace (berkeley, CA)
- Date of stay 09/14/12
- Review Submitted 10/20/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers, age 55+, pet owners, romantic getaway, girls getaway.
Thank you for being lovely hosts...Guest comment entered by owner
Thank you for being lovely hosts...
Thank you for being lovely hosts and gracious to Garret, Lex and myself during our stay. We really enjoyed ourselves and feel rested and ready to return to face the city. We also enjoyed the beautiful paintings and gorgeous photography. I helped myself to some postcards as a souvenir of our week here... Again, thank you. We hope to come back soon.
- Guest Kerry, Garret, and Lex
- Date of stay 06/26/12
- Review Submitted 07/02/12
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Dec 23 - Jan 2
4 night min stay
May 24 - May 26
3 night min stay
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Aug 30 - Sep 1
3 night min stay
|Columbus Day weekend
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- Pet Fee: $40
- Tax Rate 10%
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- Nearest Airport: SFO and Oakland at 50 Miles
- Nearest Ferry: Larkspur at 30 Miles
- Nearest Train: San Francisco at 50 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: Highway One at 5 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Limantour Beach at 15 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Station House in Point Reyes at 5 Miles
- Nearest Golf: San Geronimo at 15 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Stellina, Station House, The Olema, Saltwater at 5 Miles
Year Purchased: 1989
About the owner: We are Richard Blair and Kathleen Goodwin, photographers, artists and book publishers. We Have created 3 books on Point reyes and Marin, which are best sellers. If you would like, we can help you find the best beaches and hikes, restaurants and things to do in Point Reyes!
Why the Owner Chose Inverness:
Our 'artist retreat' is on the top of Inverness Ridge, overlooking the National seashore. It is beautiful, healthy, quiet, and we live as part of nature.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Don't consider a hotel room when a visit here will make you feel like a local! An extra treat is the double shower in the tiled bathroom, so you and your partner can warm up together. The six foot french bathtub has both a reading and a reclining end! Classes in photography are available with the owner, who is a renowned photographer. The main benefit of being here is the sense of relaxation amidst such beauty.
- Primary: (415) 663-1616 (California, USA)
This is the view from the living room. Note the ocean on the right.
Full Gourmet Kitchen. Just add your favorite food.
Bathroom with double shower
Deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean with a view of the Farallon Islands
Drakes Beach - photograph by Richard Blair
Aerial view of Elephant Mt. by Olema (aka Black Mt.) - by Kathleen Goodwin
A kayaker at dawn. Pt Reyes is a kayaker's paradise - by Kathleen Goodwin
Adult Brown Pelican in breeding plumage - by Richard Blair
Lake Nicasio, on the way to Point Reyes - by Richard Blair
Male Elk grazing at Pierce Point. For more photos go to richardblair.com
The Great Beach from the Point Reyes Lighthouse
Tan Oak Tree on the Inverness Ridge trail near the Artist Retreat
Living Room. The size is 32x28 feet with a 18 foot ceiling.
New (3/2012) Cal King bed, with 2 down comforters, down pillows, good sheets.
Our front porch.
View from deck of the property with Point Reyes National Seashore in background
Egret fishing in Tomales Bay, five minutes away from the house - photo R. Blair
Elephant Mountain across Tomales Bay at sunset by Kathleen Goodwin
Point Reyes and the Great Beach-11 miles long - by Kathleen Goodwin
Point Reyes Headlands, Pacific Ocean and Drakes Bay - by Richard Blair
Morning fog in Olema Valley as seen by the house.
Cliffs at Drakes Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore
Black or Elephant Mountain by Point Reyes Station
Cows above Tomales Bay in the spring.
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