Weekend in Bolinas, California
Head north from San Francisco to this bohemian paradise where artists and surfers enjoy an off-the-grid life.
Residents here have been known to rip down the road signs off nearby Highway 1 to ensure that tourists will whiz right past the town. Ironically, the hush-hush community is now famous…for being hard to find. Those who succeed in locating the turnoff are rewarded with a stunningly scenic drive—past organic farm stands, shimmering Bolinas Lagoon, and aromatic eucalyptus groves—into the village.
The only fear here (and the reason the road signs keep going missing) is that outsiders will invade this bastion of happily relaxed living. If you can get past the fact you’ve chosen a place so beautiful that tourists search for it like it’s the Holy Grail, then you’ll do just fine. But the only way to know for sure is to visit.
Bolinas Beach has moderate waves and ample shoreline often packed with surfers on the weekend.
For a more low-key locale, Agate Beach offers quiet tide pools teeming with marine life.
Bolinas Coast Café
Sip an organic beer while waiting for your order of local oysters and fresh green salad served on weathered surfboard tables. 46 Wharf Road; or coastcafebolinas.com.
Located in nearby Olema (about 20 minutes by car), the Lodge has 22 cozy rooms—some with patios—and two cottages on three lush, green acres, making it a central location for exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Tomales Bay. Rates start at $135; pointreyesseashore.com.