For a party mix of wild, wide-open country and fine artistic refinements, we have just the place: the Old Point Reyes Schoolhouse Compound. Located on a five-acre hilltop a few minutes’ walk from charming Point Reyes Station, this retreat offers several eclectic accommodations nestled amid coastal beauty. Bring four of your best friends and stay in the Old Schoolhouse creatively restored by the owners, a tapestry maker and a carpenter, with abundant artistic touches such as stained glass (courtesy of a friend in Inverness). Or if you have a larger group, rent Gray’s Retreat and the Barn Loft (pictured). You can simply relax and revel in the solitude and scenery or go out and explore: kayaking with Blue Waters on serene Tomales Bay, horseback riding with Five Brooks Ranch, or winetasting at the nearby Point Reyes Vineyards. For dinner, wander into town for a feast of Tomales Bay oysters and local organic veggies at the lively Station House Café. And since there’s no designated driver needed, you can order that fourth bottle of Chardonnay. At this Old Schoolhouse, every day is recess.
The Old Schoolhouse is $385 per night and sleeps up to five. For larger groups, Gray’s Retreat and the Barn Loft can accommodate up to nine people; cost is $505: 415-663-1166. Blue Waters Kayaking: 415-669-2600. Five Brooks Ranch: 415-663-1570. The Station House Cafe: 415-663-1515. Point Reyes Vineyards: 415-663-1011.