Weekend Getaways

Dreaming of a quick getaway? Pack your bag for the weekend and check out our guide to the best coastal towns for eating well, having fun in the sun, or doing absolutely nothing at all.

The Best Seaside Cottage Rentals

If a quaint little place on the beach sounds like an ideal vacation plan, book now and start counting down the days.

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Nick’s Cove, Tomales Bay, California
Photographer Thomas J. Story

Nick’s Cove, Tomales Bay, California

These are the cottages you drive by on Highway 1 that make you wonder who gets to live in those 12 perfect little clapboard houses on the edge of that perfect cove on Tomales Bay. No one, permanently; they’re rentals. Bandit’s Bungalow and Nicolina, a boat-shaped cottage cantilevered over the bay, have the most charm.

Field trip: Put on your fanciest flip-flops and head down the Pacific Coast Highway to the Hog Island Oyster Company for grill-your-own oysters on the edge of Tomales Bay.

Night out: Stay in for this one. Chefs Mark Franz and Adam Mali adhere to a farm-to-plate menu in the inn’s restaurant. It’s roadhouse in appearance but overachieves with dishes like Bandit’s shellfish cioppino with Dungeness crab, mussels, clams, and shrimp.

Rates: $255–$595/night (weekends, on the water); 866/636-4257 or nickscove.com

 

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