- Savannah Vasco
Situated on either side of Highway 1 in Marshall, CA rests Nick’s Cove Restaurant and Cottages. 30 miles north of San Francisco with waterfront views of beautiful and serene Tomales Bay, Nick’s Cove offers delicious sustainable California cuisine with a local farm and sea-to-table twist. It’s the perfect place for a day-trip getaway or a holiday in one of 12 charming and rustic cabins.
For more than 80 years the Nick’s Cove restaurant has sat on Tomales Bay. In 2007 the restaurant and guest cottages were reopened after under going major renovation. In 2011 new owners bought the place and cultivated the staff and grounds to the casual elegance of today.
Led by renowned chef Austin Perkins, the Nick’s Cove kitchen serves local and seasonal dishes along with classic staples such as the dungeness crab mac & cheese or original Tomales Bay BBQ’d oysters. The variety on the menu changes often so there is no chance of boredom. Food is sourced from the two-acre on-site garden known as The Croft, and abundant surrounding farms. Local creameries such as Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes and Straus Family Creamery in nearby Petaluma supply cheese and dairy while the Tides Wharf Fish Market in Bodega Bay provides fresh fish and oysters. While mainly known as a seafood restaurant, Nick’s Cove is happy to cater to vegetarians and vegans. Once the waiter is informed, the chef is bound to create something wonderful.
The original bar is a true focal point of the restaurant. Fully stocked with an arsenal of alcohol, it’s the perfect place to have a cocktail or a glass of wine from near by Sonoma County. There are plenty of seats even if only staying for a drink. Any cocktail can be made, but it’s always fun to let one of the bartenders recommend one of their favorites. The staff is knowledgeable and can assist in pairing wine with every meal.
Opened in 2014,The Croft garden is as much the pride and joy of Nick’s Cove as the restaurant. Sitting up on the hill across from the restaurant, its two acres house almost 60% of Nick’s Cove produce. All eggs used in the restaurant are from the 32-chicken hen house on the left side of the garden. Inside the green house grow dozens of different micro greens, including kale and beet. With picnic tables and a breath taking views of Tomales Bay, it is a lovely place to rest after a day of kayaking, hiking, or enjoying any of the other wonderful adventures West Marin has to offer. If staying in one of the cottages, bring your complementary breakfast tray up to eat next to the growing tomatoes and rows of giant butter lettuce. It’s also fun to walk around the landscaped paths and try to identify the assortment of items growing.
Nick’s Cove houses a cluster of 1930s cottages – 12 to be exact. Five sit on the water, while seven are just across the road, next to the croft. Seven of the 12 are also pet friendly.
Upon arrival all guests are offered a complimentary plate of Nick’s Cove’s Original Tomales Bay BBQ’d Oysters. A night in each cottage includes complementary breakfast, luxurious cotton linens, plush down comforters and cotton duvets, rainforest shower heads, and the most luxurious of all, heated ceramic tile floors. Many also include large soaking tubs, wood burning stoves, complimentary beverages and an honor bar. There is plenty of parking available for cottage guests.
Nick’s Cove wants to make your West Marin stay as pleasant as possible and is happy to arrange for a plethora of activities including kayaking in the bay, horse back riding along the sea shore, boating and water sports, bike rentals, and more. Ask at the front desk or call ahead to see about partaking in one or more of the activities that could make a stay in West Marin that much better.