This is not your average B & B. It has some odd aspects to it that some people will not like. For example, the rooster crows at 5am, but breakfast isn't served until 9am. You aren't allowed to wear shoes in the house and there is only half and half for coffee (from a local dairy), but no milk. The eggs are fresh from two hens that keep the rooster company.
There is a hot tub, which is private enough to use in the nude... but one must walk out the front door, down some steps, through a back patio to get to it. A bit of a hike... but still very relaxing.
We liked the Garden Room, not for it's bathroom, but for the private garden. We sat out back drinking coffee in the morning and sipping wine at night.
The hostess has a lot of information about the area at her finger tips and was very helpful in providing it. Hiking, biking, restaurants. There are tons of books in the Inn on many topics: the environment, spirituality, art and architecture.
The food was good but plain for a B&B. The dog, Mr. Zoo, was endearing.
- 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