House, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths (Sleeps 4-6)
I am in my 60s and enjoy a daily yoga practice, kayaking, hiking up the hills, nature photography, writing, playing saxophone and listening to live music. I bought the home after my SF employer offered me the option to become a telecommuter and I have never regretted it. Now I watch the cormorants and blue herons do their morning commute. Instead of hearing the morning news, I listen to the chatter of the swallows. I particularly enjoy the people and food of west Marin. Picking berries and mushrooms, enjoying kale and other veggies from our community garden, indulging in locally grown oysters and clams, eating at local restaurants, savoring locally caught salmon, Dungeness crab, and Halibut, eating Straus ice cream and Greek Yogurt, or Point Reyes Blue Cheese with Bovine Bakery organic bread and a bottle of Pt Reyes Pinot Noir is my idea of thinking globally but acting locally. Concerning the people who live here, we love us. Don't be afraid to talk to us. We love to share our bliss. Do you speak Marshall?
Fred purchased this House in 2010
Why Fred chose Marshall
I bought this home because it has a unique setting perched over a clean bay teeming with wildlife and with views of beautiful unspoiled hills and beaches. It is a spacious, comfortable and renovated home with newer dual-pane windows, light birch floors, and sunny southwestern exposure.
What makes this House unique
I enjoy swimming, yoga, hot tubbing, kayaking, bird-watching, photography, hiking, biking, hearing local musicians, eating the freshest sweetest oysters, clam chowder, and crab. I also enjoy wonderful food at Nick's Cove (3 miles north), Locals' Night at Tony's Seafood (one mile south), and in Point Reyes Station: Station House Cafe, Osteria Stellina, Reyes Cafe, Saltwater (Inverness), and Sir and Star (Olema). Nearby entertainment is at the Dance Palace and Old Western Saloon, among others.
Pool / Spa
Children not allowed - Not safe for toddlers since we are over the waterNot safe for toddlers since we are over the water
No smoking - Not allowed inside of houseNot allowed inside of house
Max guests: 5 (sleeps up to 5 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 25
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
What a beautiful spot. This house, right on the water in Marshall, has everything one needs for a relaxing
visit. The hot tub is an added bonus. Highly recommend this property.
Right on the water!
Easy communication with Fred through the whole process as well as getting into the property. It was our first Valentine's Day as a married couple and he left us a bottle of wine in the fridge, super thoughtful (thank you!). We pretty much relaxed by reading, fishing (right off the dock on the property!) and enjoying the hot tub . Great place to unwind.
Glad you had a relaxing time, Amy. Thus the name Tranquility on the Bay. You are welcome to return. Thanks for treating our home with respect. Fred
Very relaxing holiday getaway
Everything about our stay was perfect. Extremely clean(which was very important as I have terrible dust allergies), well stocked, exceptional location with panoramic water view, wonderful vacation amenities(row boat and 2 person kayak as well as hot tub for 2). Everything you'd want in a five star resort.
Great location for visiting oyster bars and Point Reyes
Large deck directly on Tomales Bay with great sunsets. Walking distance to Tomales bay oyster bars. Master bedroom and bath very spacious and comfortable. Other bedrooms are small so property may be more suitable for a family than couples traveling together since rooms are very unequal.,
Everything was perfect. We would to love to stay again in the further.
West Marin is close to civilization but a world apart once you pass over the verdant hills and descend toward the Pacific, traveling past Lucasfilm's Skywalker Ranch, through stately redwood groves, past lakes and along streams to a more peaceful, friendly way of life. A dominant part of this land is the Point Reyes National Seashore that offers hundreds of miles of hiking trails, horse trails, a Miwok Indian village, and miles of undeveloped sandy beaches.
In the fall and spring there is whale watching from the Point Reyes Lighthouse. Take the Tomales Point trail past a huge heard of Tule Elk.
A variety of birds come at different seasons. Keep your eyes open for Osprey, Red-tail hawk, Pelicans, Falcons, Blue herons, Snowy Egrets, Buffleheads, Commorants, and many others. Elephant seals, sea lions, and harbor seals are abundant.
Enjoy eating fresh oysters, clams, King Salmon, Halibut, and Dungeness crab from local waters. There are two major oyster farms and picnic areas within walking distance.
For wine-tasting the Point Reyes winery is six miles south and features very good estate grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines, among others. Sonoma wineries are 30-45 minutes, Napa wineries are 1 hour east.
West Marin is foodies' paradise with great restaurants, an organic farmers' market on Saturdays, wonderful local cheeses (there is something special in the air). A visit to Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes Station offers a tour of the cheese-making process. There are food and farm tours. The Heidrun Meadery in Point Reyes Station produces a variety of mead beverages made in the Champenoise method (not sweet and bubbly like Champagne) and the various honeys impart a taste of whatever the bees ate, such as radish.
Nightlife is abundant due to local talented musicians. Live music can be heard on the weekends at the Old Western Saloon (one of the great dive bars dating back to 1800s), Station House Cafe, Dance Palace, Rancho Nicasio, and Smiley's in Bolinas. On Friday's Tony's Seafood had Locals' Night and featured live music, but it is being renovated and should open mid-summer 2017. On Tuesday Nick's Cove has live music and features a great prix fixe from a new excellent chef, as well as $1.50 Miyagi oysters.
In the mid to late afternoon I like the sunlight that bounces off the bay. There are many artists in the area attracted by the light and landscape. One of the better art galleries is Route One Gallery in Point Reyes Station operated by a collective of local artists. In addition to various art galleries in the area, Open Studios are usually Memorial Day, Labor Day weekends, and early December. You can also visit art galleries and antique shops in nearby Petaluma.
West Marin is made up a many interesting people. We have well-known authors and poets, famous musicians, celebrity chefs, an Oscar-winning actress, entrepreneurs, a scientist who chairs the National Academy of Science, corporate executives, professors, and progressive farmers. Most everyone is friendly and grateful that we live in such a beautiful area. Links that hold us together include our wonderful local radio station, KWMR (91.1FM or www.KWMR.org) and the Pulitzer Prize winning Point Reyes Light, our weekly newspaper.
If this isn't enough for you, San Francisco culture and night life is one hour away, or check out the various music venues in nearby Petaluma such as McNear's, Lagunitas Brew Pub, and others.