This is the first in a series of posts about the history of our cottages. To start, I chose the first two waterfront cottages, “Al’s” and “Ruthie’s” which are named after the second owners of Nick’s Cove: Al and Ruth Gibson.
The Gibsons purchased Nick’s Cove in 1973 and although they operated the business mostly the same as it had been for the first 40 years, the couple did make a few changes: they remodeled the restaurant to give it a more nautical theme and they began renting the cottages on a nightly basis rather than month-to-month as had been the practice of the original owners.
After Al passed away, Ruthie continued to operate the business on her own and encouraged her friends and family to come live with her and help her run the property. It was even said that, for a time, while she was alone, she occupied a different cottage each night in an effort to thwart off crime. Ruthie continued to operate the restaurant into the 1990’s; however, started shortening the restaurant hours more and more until it eventually closed. The cottages remained available for lodging until 1999 when an upgrade to the septic system proved too costly and she sold the property and the business to Pat Kuleto and Mark Franz.
Ruthie’s Cottage is ADA compliant and both are pet friendly. Like all of our waterfront cottages, they boast large decks that overlook Tomales Bay. Each cottage is furnished with a king bed and a pull out sleeper sofa.