Tomales Bay State Park

"Oyster Odyssey" from August 23, 2007. If you really love oysters, there's nothing finer than getting them straight…

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“Oyster Odyssey” from August 23, 2007.

If you really love oysters, there’s nothing finer than getting them straight from the source. And it’s even better when that source is in one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in the state. Enter Point Reyes National Seashore and the historic Drake’s Bay Oyster Farm, where they’ve been digging up premium varieties for more than sixty years. While most Point Reyes visitors are making their way along busy Sir Francis Drake Boulevard to the lighthouse, your destination is a sharp left turn onto a winding gravel road that ends at the oyster company’s farm on the tranquil shores of Drake’s Estero. When you get there, pick up a dozen or two freshly plucked Pacific oysters and then head for a grill. We like nearby Heart’s Desire Beach in Tomales Bay State Park, where you can escape the crowds by hiking a tenth of a mile south along the Johnstone Trail to a private picnic area that overlooks Tomales Bay. Grill your fill, then wander half a mile farther down the trail to Pebble Beach (pictured), where you can find your own slice of sand on the bay. Ah, the world is your oyster now.

Drakes Bay Oyster Farm, 17171 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Inverness; 415-669-1149. To get more information on Tomales Bay State Park, click here; for a PDF map of Point Reyes, click here.

Three other Weekend Sherpa stories on Tomales Bay include: kayaking to a private beach, lounging at Millerton Point on the eastern side of the bay, and sunset paddling on the bay with Point Reyes Outdoors.

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