Rustic Charm and Luxury at Nick’s Cove Cottages

A couple of years ago, while trying to cover my toosh for not booking a weekend getaway for my husband’s birthday, I discovered a small grouping of cottages located in Marshall, CA. Nick’s Cove Cottages are about an hour north of San Francisco and is a small settlement composed of cabins built mainly in the 1930’s, some on land and 5 on pilings, over the beach of Tomales Bay.

Now keep this in perspective by understanding that my husband is a particularly fussy guy. With this in mind, my nerves were on edge not knowing exactly what these “rustic cabins” were really going to look like. Sure they looked nice on the website but where the heck was Marshall, CA and why would a cabin be available at the last minute on a holiday weekend?

With my expectations low and preparing myself to hear my husband’s disappointment all weekend,  I am pleasantly surprised as we pull up to Nick’s Cove. A charming group of cabins with vintage accessories scattered about, these cabins evoke the feeling of a by-gone era. Once we check in, I am informed that the restoration of the cabins and restaurant were the vision of restaurateur and designer, Pat Kuleto, whose iconic restaurants include Boulevard, Farallon, Jardinière and Fog City Diner in San Francisco to name a few.

The cabins have been maintained to preserve the original simple and rustic architectural style, yet, the interior of the cabins are all about relaxed luxury. The cabins are each unique but most offer a wood burning stove for those crisp mornings or cool evenings, a wet bar, small living area and king bed with sumptuous, luxurious linens that engulf you as you sleep. The bathrooms offer a spacious shower or soaking tub along with heated marble floors. Each cabin boasts it own private deck or patio from which to watch a gorgeous sunset and offer all the modern conveniences found in a hotel such as a plasma TV and wi-fi internet access.


After being able to gloat about what a fabulous job I had done in finding this location, we were able to kick back on our deck and enjoy the complimentary amenties they provide upon arrival. The area is quiet, tranquil and calming. It is the perfect place to relax, unwind and reconnect with yourself.

As the late afternoon progressed into the evening, we were truly amazed as we watched the tide roll in under our cabin. The soft sound of splashing water lulled us to sleep. In the still of the morning, we awoke to the breathtaking sight of being surrounded by water. I made my coffee, wrapped myself up in a blanket and sat on the deck enjoying the extreme peacefulness of the moment.

The beauty about staying at the cottages is that you can hunker down and just enjoy a good book or head out and visit one of the many local attractions such as Point Reyes National Park, Bodega Bay, Muir Woods, or Stinson Beach. While you are out and about, be sure to visit The Marshall Store, an oyster bar and deli, off of Hwy 1 for a great local experience.

If you’re looking to just stay put, located on property is Nick’s Cove Restaurant, a restored historic roadhouse, which overlooks the pristine Tomales Bay. In keeping with Pat Kuleto’s impeccable standards, Nick’s serves the freshest sustainable local seafood, oysters, produce and cheese Marin and Sonoma County have to offer. Whenever possible, Nick’s supports organic farming, responsible animal husbandry and sustainable fishing practices.

Nick’s Cove Cottages is without a doubt a hidden gem and well worth the visit. Needless to say, my serendipitous find that day has become a beautiful, long term relationship with bragging rights for years to come.

For more information or to book accommodations, contact Saratoga Travel, 408.867.9861.

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