Black Heron Inn is just outside Point Reyes Station which has a couple good restaurants and a charming casual ambience. Point Reyes National Seashore is just a few minutes away with great hikes and views.
At the inn itself, we stayed in the Bay View suite which was roomy, clean, and well stocked with basic food. So it's self-serve which suited us fine. There's a very good market nearby.
More outstanding was that the suite has a picture window and deck with a wonderful view towards Tomales Bay. You could see the lower end of the bay, nearby pastureland with cows, and Inverness ridge in the Point Reyes National Seashore.
On the grounds itself, they have a pond hosting night herons. We also saw black tailed deer and turkeys on the grounds. If you take a walk back down the long gravel driveway in the evening you might see great white egrets flocking to a tree to roost.
The owners were not at home. We learned later that one of them was quite ill. A guy living there, who seemed to be managing the place in their absence, showed us in and was a pleasure to talk with about the area.
Had a hard time finding the place at first. The street numbering seems to be out of order.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Black Heron Inn, features sweeping views of Tomales Bay and the majestic Inverness Ridge, is located next to the Point Reyes National Seashore and is one mile from Point Reyes Station and about one hour away from both San Francisco and Napa. The location makes Black Heron Inn the perfect Northern California getaway. The Inn has 3 guest rooms. In the Grand View Suite you will enjoy a 270°panoramic view, two floors to spread out in, a cozy upstairs loft featuring a king size bed, and a three-sided glass enclosed tower lounge perched high above the landscape below. The other guest rooms have great views, private entrances, spacious decks, and are furnished with queen size beds, sitting areas, private baths, robes and marble wet bars. A continental breakfast is provided in your guest room on your arrival. Get away from it all and take a relaxing trip out to Point Reyes and the Black Heron Inn."Lodging at Point Reyes includes some of the rarest settings in California...the beautiful Black Heron Inn with bluff-top views of Tomales Bay and the Inverness Ridge"...Tom Stienstra, Outdoors, San Francisco Chronicle. ... more less