A weekend getaway to Point Reyes Station, scones, seashore and all

French pastries await customers at Bovine Bakery in Point Reyes Station, Calif., on Monday, April 27, 2015. (Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group)

When I was a kid, my parents would take us to Point Reyes Station for the day. There was a hardware store where you could get just about anything. But as kids, we were most impressed by the fact that there was absolutely nothing to do in the town — no park, no beach, no book store, nothing. How times change.

Today, more than 2.5 million people trek through this gateway each year, en route to the glories of Limantour Beach, Drakes Estero and Point Reyes National Seashore. Some are so smitten by seashore dreams that they spare only a glance for the Western Marin towns of Olema, Inverness and Point Reyes Station. The spectacular, bucolic landscapes are indeed grand, but these villages are beguiling all on their own.

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In recent years, Point Reyes Station, an unincorporated village with a decidedly Western flavor, a laid-back post-hippie vibe and fewer than 1,000 inhabitants, has become a shopping and dining mecca with a stunningly diverse profusion of activities. You can explore the region’s foodie treasures with a West Marin Food and Farm Tour that includes tastes at Cowgirl Creamery, Brickmaiden Breads, Hog Island Oyster Company and more, or explore the national seashore, camera in hand, on a Point Reyes Safari. The tour company offers 5- and 10-hour customized tours that take patrons to view and photograph the park’s abundant wildlife, which includes migrating whales, birds and tule elk.

But there’s much to be said for simply wandering the streets of town, where bikers and cyclists vie for sitting space on curbs and wooden benches, chatting over coffee and blueberry-buttermilk scones from the Bovine Bakery, whose name evokes the region’s dairy ranching heritage. In addition to scones, the bakery also offers croissant sandwiches, raspberry-almond marzipan tarts and pizzas by the slice — and the community-supported, indie Point

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle

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