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Set above the shallows of Tomales Bay about two hours north of San Francisco, Nick’s Cove Restaurant and Oyster Bar feels like a secret retreat along a wild and beautiful coast. After a hike at nearby Point Reyes National Seashore, head up the coast to this remote charmer. Order a craft beer and some fresh local oysters, then settle into a seat on the broad deck to watch sandpipers and egrets dabbling in the water.

This area, known as West Marin, is a premier location for sustainable ranching and farming, and local ingredients are the stars at Nick’s Cove. Relax in the main dining room, dressed up to feel like a stylishly worn hunting lodge. Entrees make use of fresh fare raised at the region’s farms and food purveyors. Choose from Tomales Bay clam chowder, butter roasted California halibut, or decadent Dungeness crab mac & cheese (featuring local Spring Hill Cheddar and Point Reyes Toma cheeses).

Insider’s tip: Make a night of it and splurge on one of Nick’s Cove’s rustic-chic luxury cottages.

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