This one bedroom hillside cottage (2 blocks from the ocean) has great Wi-Fi, DVD player with 50 DVD's (Watch Showtime, Netflix, Hulu, etc., whatever you have an account for, from your computer. I have the cords), a private ocean view deck, BBQ, patio furniture, 2 umbrellas, and 2 chaise lounges.
This classic home, built in 1923, has original redwood floors, open-beamed rooms and a classic 20's feel. It has been moderately remodeled, repainted, and includes a gas fireplace with heat fan, a newer stove and refrigerator, a fully stocked kitchen with a microwave and programmable coffeemaker, coffee grinder, blender, etc., an old, classic farmhouse drop leaf table and chairs, a futon sofa that can be converted to a chaise lounge and bed, a leather reading chair/ottoman and top down window shades so you can sit and watch the ocean, sunsets, village activities, whales in the Fall, Pt. Reyes cliffs, and the Bolinas coast.
The bedroom has a newer Posturepedic Medium Queen mattress on a platform frame ('very comfortable!'). The reading lamps are rated "very good!" There is a very large armoire closet to hang your clothes and/or store suitcases. There is also a shelf and a bookcase in the bedroom.
We provide very nice bed linens, thick bath towels, beach chairs, beach umbrella, large beach towels, small ice chest, and some games and books. There is a landline phone, a Bose stereo/AM-FM radio/CD player (bring your favorite CD's).
In town, here is a classic general store, library, gym, bookstore, art galleries, florist, quaint 100 year old post office, health and wellness center for massages and chiropractic, a medical office open on Fridays (that takes Kaiser, too), 2 parks, a non-denominational church, a community center (walk to the wedding or yoga classes!) and 4+ restaurants; a couple with live music. Stinson is the classic small town but without a gas station (fill up before you come!). There are laundromats in Bolinas and Olema..
Last Fall (2016) we had dozens of breaching, playful humpback whales going south. Very exciting! And we have brown pelicans, egrets, sandpipers, one blue heron :-( and hummingbirds. The Bolinas Lagoon is a Bird Sanctuary that draws a lot of birders. The Audubon Society has a bird sanctuary down the road where you can watch large white egrets nest in June and July. Several hiking (the Matt Davis Trail that link up to the Coastal Trail) and biking trails start a short walk from the Cottage, and the notorious Dipsea foot race from Mill Valley ends at the beach. There is a bus system called the "West Marin Stagecoach," that goes all over West Marin and into a Sausalito shopping center if you're Jonesing for a Starbuck's. It stops at trailheads if you want to walk one way. The fare is $2.Take it to Pt. Reyes Station and have lunch/shop and it will be back in 2 hours to take you home.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
Stinson Beach in Marin County has just about everything you could ask for in a Bay Area beach. Best all-around!! Stinson Beach has pretty much everything you could want in a Northern California beach town: clearer weather than San Francisco, natural beauty and enough space to deal with the often sizable weekend crowds.
Scenic views of Point Reyes and the cliffy coastline. Numerous hiking trails in the vicinity, including the popular Dipsea Trail, a 9.5-mile round trip that leads from Muir Beach across creeks and stunning hills down to the coast. The Dipsea also winds over the hill to the town of Mill Valley-lots of stairs. Many trails connect, so you can create your own experience.
There are several good restaurants in town, from the Sand Dollar, a rockin' food/bar/live music on the weekends (Blues to Jazz, R&R, Country...), to the Parkside, a restaurant near the beach with a wonderful bakery attached, both a 5 minute walk away. There are two takeout food stands, one on the way to the beach and one on the beach.
Nearby is Muir State Park with old-growth Redwood trees--a not-to-miss incredible place. There is an entrance fee and go early, as parking is very limited.