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