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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.
July 4th Weekend Jul 2 - Jul 5, 2015 4 night min stay
Labor Day weekend Sep 4 - Sep 7, 2015 3 night min stay
Columbus Day weekend Oct 9 - Oct 12, 2015 3 night min stay
Thanksgiving weekend Nov 25 - Nov 29, 2015 4 night min stay
Christmas and New Year Dec 24 - Jan 3, 2016 4 night min stay
My Standard Rate 2 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
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Horse riding, surfing, paddle boarding, art and photo classes, birding and nature walks.
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.