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Tips for planning your Thanksgiving holiday in Point Reyes. Where to stay and how to plan a perfect Thanksgiving dinner.

Whether you’re planning a family get together or a romantic getaway for two, Thanksgiving in Point Reyes is the perfect choice. Here are some tips to make your 2019 Thanksgiving celebration an unforgettable one.

Point Reyes Thanksgiving Lodging

Booking a room at a local bed and breakfast or renting a house or a cottage over the Thanksgiving holiday generally requires some advanced planning. We are so close to everything, San Francisco, the East Bay, Sacramento—this convenient location makes the villages of West Marin very popular on any holiday. Book as far in advance as you can.

If you weren’t able to make your plans in advance, you should sign up for newsletters from innkeepers and cottage rentals, or check their social media channels. If they offer a newsletter, they are likely to send out any last minute offers that way. You can also contact your top choices and ask to be put on their wait list.

The best plan is to plan ahead. Some of your favorite places to stay may be closed for Thanksgiving.

Is your favorite Point Reyes lodging open for Thanksgiving?

I asked local hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, cottages and vacation rentals and this is what they said.

Open Thanksgiving:

Olema Cottages
Cottages on the Bay 
Lawson’s Landing is open Thanksgiving, but already sold out for Thanksgiving week
Nick’s Cove Cottages is also open, but fully booked
Tomales Bay Resort is open but fully booked for Thanksgiving
Coal and Feed is open, but booked
Point Reyes Station Inn

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Kelly at Olema Cottages says:

“We’re always open! We just had a massive firewood delivery so anyone who wants to spend the holidays snuggling in front of a wood stove with a mug of hot chocolate, come on down! And we always honor that 10% discount for stays of 5 or more nights, even during popular times like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s!”

Closed Thanksgiving Day:

Black Heron Inn
Point Reyes Country Inn and Stables
Groom’s Quarters
Marconi is closed Thanksgiving week

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Thanksgiving Dinner in Point Reyes

Restaurants

If you’re planning on eating out for Thanksgiving, lock down your reservation well in advance. Some excellent West Marin choices for Thanksgiving dinner are Sir & Star (Olema), Saltwater Oyster Depot (Inverness), Nick’s Cove (Marshall), Parkside Cafe (Stinson Beach). But seriously, get your reservations in as soon as you get your lodging booked. Many restaurants sell out for Thanksgiving, so it’s best to book ahead.

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Is your favorite Point Reyes restaurant open Thanksgiving 2019?

Again, I asked around and this is what’s available this year.

These restaurants are open. Be sure to reserve well in advance:

Parkside Cafe in Stinson Beach
Breakfast 7:30-11
At noon they start serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, with the last seating at 7pm.

Nick’s Cove in Marshall
Serving Thanksgiving dinner at two seatings — 2pm and 5pm. They’re offering a three courses prix fixe menu at $65-$80 for adults (depending on your choice of main course) and $45 for kids.

Due West in Olema is open.

Saltwater Oyster Depot in Inverness is open and offering a four course prix fixe menu with four seatings, starting at noon, with the last seating at 6pm. Click here for their full Thanksgiving menu and seating times.

These restaurants are closed Thanksgiving Day: Osteria Stellina, Hog Island Oyster Co., Tony’s Seafood Restaurant, Station House Cafe, Side Street Kitchen, Tap Room. However, they are open before and after Thanksgiving Day, and get very full, so if you’d like to enjoy any of these restaurants on the days after Thanksgiving, advanced reservations are advised.

Cooking Your Thanksgiving Meal in Point Reyes

If you rented a place with a kitchen, you may prefer to cook your own Thanksgiving feast. I recommend getting a really clear and realistic idea of just how well stocked your rental kitchen will be. While it might be completely serviceable for everyday cooking, not all kitchens will have a roasting rack large enough for a turkey, for instance.

Unless you’re bringing all your own supplies, order your local bird (or other meat or fish) in advance. Marin Sun Farms, in Point Reyes Station, is a trusted source of the best local heritage breed turkey, but you need to get your order in ahead of time.

Palace Market in Point Reyes Station is another good choice. Palace carries Diestel, Organic Mary’s and Heritage Mary’s turkey. Their deli will also feature a full traditional cooked Thanksgiving menu all month. They recommend pre-ordering for turkeys and holiday deli fare.

Also check at Side Street Kitchen, where they often have delicious side order pick ups just prior to Thanksgiving, which will make your cooking to-do list a bit lighter. Side Street Kitchen will be cooking up mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce for the holiday table this year. Call (415) 663-0303 or email sidestreetprs@gmail.com to reserve yours.

So if you get your sides from Side Street Kitchen or Palace Market, you can focus on your main course and a few other favorite dishes you can ideally make ahead and bring with you.

Palace Market and IP Market are good places to pick up wine.

Catering

West Marin is home to many excellent caterers who can provide a memorable feast for two—or fifty. Our chefs focus on local, seasonal ingredients, and may also be available to stock your fridge for you with either cooked food or a delightful selection of our local wines, cheeses, meats and produce. Contact Eden at Anaviv Catering for options.

Thanksgiving Activities in Point Reyes

Crisp autumn days are perfect for hiking, biking and eating in West Marin. It’s a magical place to spend your Thanksgiving holiday. If you need any help planning your stay, contact me for insider advice. Blue Water Kayaking will be closed this year, but Brett at Tomales Bay Sailing says he’s available throughout the holiday season to take visitors out for an unforgettable boat tour of Tomales Bay…weather permitting. And a big favorite over Thanksgiving weekend is Point Reyes Open Studios.

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