When I mailed our check in advance, I hoped staying at the Abalone Inn would add a special dimension to our short week on Pt Reyes. In fact, we had such a good time, we cannot imagine staying anywhere else in the area in the future and look forward to a return visit as soon as we can. When we crossed the San Andreas Fault it was not just onto the Pacific Plate (don't miss the national seashore center exhibits and fault walk), but to a charming old home that is well and intelligently run. Removing our shoes on entering made my husband and me feel welcome immediately, as did the availability of cookies and tea, the clucks of the hens responsible for producing eggs for our breakfast, and the vine and lattice hidden hot tub. Respect flowed throughout - a gentle balancing of the needs of the house, the guests, the environment and our hostess. We particularly appreciated Donna's guidance on hikes to take, places for dinner, and the back routes to Napa and to Ft. Bragg that took us deeper into beautiful West Marin county. Also her flexibility when we had to come in late one night after picking up our daughter and friend at the Oakland airport. May the hundreds (truly!) of white daisies that mantled the slope around the Inn while we were there bloom and re-bloom year after year, and may we get back soon to see them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking Point Reyes wetlands, the Abalone Inn welcomes you with hospitality and old-fashioned ambiance. The restored Victorian has 3 unique guestrooms, a congenial atmosphere, and a parlor with fireplace, library, antiques, and local art. A perfect retreat for outdoor enthusiasts, birders, kayakers, bicyclists, and those who appreciate efforts toward living in a more eco-friendly manner. ... more less