Nick’s Cove is one spectacularly beautiful place to work! The views of Tomales Bay and sunsets over the hills are something I will always cherish while working here. For me, the only thing that beats the natural beauty of Nick’s is the fact that we are pet friendly. As someone who grew up with dogs, I will always approach them if I see one coming my way. We’ve experienced some pretty cute pooches here on property, including repeat “guests” year after year, like Sir Nero and Luna, two adorable French Bulldogs who have become staff favorites! Our guests really appreciate the fact that we allow and welcome their fur babies. Upon arrival they are given belly rubs by our innkeepers and once they get to their room they have homemade dog treats waiting for them. Nick’s Cove has 3 beaches that are available for your pets, and Dillon Beach, only a 15 minute drive north, is my favorite place to go with my Basset, Bruce. Dillon is a gorgeous pet friendly beach and always promises a good time for your pooch. In April we are celebrating my favorite package of the year: the “Pampered Pooch Package”, where you dog can enjoy a massage, toys, and treats. Check it out here!
Social media marketing is not only an effective way for Nick’s Cove to communicate with our guests, but it is also fun and great for business! We’re so fortunate that we are part of a community of engaged travellers, foodies, and adventure-seekers who love Nick’s Cove; and we love seeing all of your photos of not only our property but also of Tomales Bay, West Marin, and beyond as your travels take you all over the world!
Our community on our social channels may be a bit smaller than some of the major tourism and travel accounts you might see on Instagram, but the difference is our engaged audience! We love reposting, responding to your comments, and answering your questions on social as it’s important for us to hear your feedback, and we want to make sure you realize how important each and everyone one of you are to us.
We also want to keep it fun for our community and experiment with ways to give back, create memorable experiences, and promote other amazing businesses in West Marin. So stay tuned and be sure to follow us at @nickscove on Instagram and Facebook because we have some exciting giveaways and contests in store this year. And please keep tagging us in your photos as we enjoy seeing how you experience Nick’s Cove!
Hello from the Croft! It’s been a somewhat dry winter here, but the rain we have had has turned the landscape surrounding the gardens a plush green. It’s February already, and time is flying by as quick as ever. With the days steadily getting longer and the warmer weather we’ve had in the last week, it feels like Spring is right around the corner. We’re already seeing signs of new life all around the garden. From daffodils and iris blooming early to little seedlings popping up everywhere, nature is telling us it’s time to set the wheels of the new season in motion.
In truth, the wheels are always turning in the garden. We continue to harvest Summer and Fall planted chard and kale, and we’ve been growing mustard greens, salad mix, and arugula through these colder months. Many of our garden beds are planted out with garlic and onion, and favas are growing as a beneficial cover crop in other beds. We’re getting an early start on the Spring season in our growing tunnels. The first successions of peas are popping up, and tiny carrot seedlings are getting a head start so we can get them on the menu as early as possible. And we’re already harvesting the first of our rainbow radishes and Tokyo salad turnips!
The greenhouse is full of life too, with our lettuce and fennel seedlings coming along nicely and almost ready to plant out. We’ve got a ton of flower starts going! We’re excited to bring back our favorite cut flowers from last year, and we’ve got some new offerings in the lineup. We’re also trialing a handful of varieties grown from saved seed, so stay tuned to see how some of our more unique plants turn out!
We’re looking forward to another bountiful year in the garden. You can follow along with us as we grow through the seasons on Instagram, we’re @nickscovecroft.
The California Artisan Cheese Festival is coming up at the end of March, and if you are a lover of cheese, this is the event for you! There are cheesemakers from all over California that come out with all sorts of amazing and unique cheeses. Among the participants are some of our local favorites that we’ve used here at Nick’s over the years like: Point Reyes Farmstead, Marin French, Nicasio Valley Cheese, and our good friends at Double 8 Dairy. There is more than just cheese; there are also fantastic wineries, breweries, candy makers, bakeries, and so much more.
A couple of my favorite aspects of the Cheese Festival to take part in include California Artisan Cheese Week and the Cheese, Bites and Booze event. California Artisan Cheese Week gives us the opportunity to feature one of my favorite local cheesemakers in the restaurant for the week leading up to the festival. And the Cheese, Bites, and Booze competition takes place on Saturday the 28th and is a fun competition where I come up with a small “bite” that features our paired cheesemaker. It’s a delicious walk-around tasting event and all of the bites get judged by professionals as well as the public attendees. It’s definitely a fun evening with lots of cheese, food, and drinks, and tickets are on sale now at CaliforniaArtisanCheeseFestival.com. I hope to see you there!
Nick’s Cove features a unique selection of house-crafted cocktails that change seasonally, and this winter is no different. This year we have a couple of fresh, inspired cocktails that drive home the warm, comfortable feel of relaxing at Nick’s Cove on a cold day. Being that I grew up in Cloverdale, the first frosts of winter always remind me of the Cloverdale citrus harvest and Citrus Fair; especially Meyer lemons, fresh oranges, and Granny Smith apples. The lemons and apples are featured in the first of our two winter cocktails.
Our first winter-inspired cocktail is the “Forbidden Fruit;” a bright, light and tart drink with a house-made Granny Smith apple puree, St. George Pear eau de vie, lemon, cinnamon and egg whites. The Forbidden Fruit is a balance of traditional winter flavors, leaving a lingering sensation reminiscent of wanting just one more slice of apple pie.
Our second is the Hog Island-inspired “Bore me to Drink” with a pork fat-washed Griffo barrel aged whiskey and house made spiced brown sugar syrup. It is a savory Old fashioned-style drink that brings together winter and umami flavors for the perfect mesh of classic and modern.
Both drinks feature Petaluma Local “Bitter Girl” bitters: giving the drinks the small but beautiful touch of walnuts, juniper berry and honey.
Come enjoy an afternoon delight with us at Nick’s Cove!
The drive to Nick’s Cove on Highway One, whether you’re coming from the north or south, is one of the most beautiful rides one can experience. And then to have Nick’s right on the bay as your final destination is nothing less than a dream. As a native to Chicago my two hour commute from the suburbs is long in the past and I couldn’t be more grateful for my peaceful drive through the bright green hills and views of the bay. I’ll never forget my first month here in January when the fog was thick and the roads were slick thinking, “I am not in Chicago anymore!”
It is true that people always stop in or call to ask about the weather in our winter months and all of us agree that the light mist and fog rolling in makes it that much more special. The weather is never promised whether you’ll see a beautiful sunset from the views in our restaurant or rain storm that flood your boots. As a guest at Nick’s we always encourage you to cuddle up next to your rustic wood burning stove — just don’t forget to pick a box of our hand crafted s’mores beforehand. For those who are stopping in just for the day, take advantage of our boat shack, but again don’t forget to stop at the bar for one of our seasonal cocktails!
When I first became connected to Nick’s Cove in 2010 I immediately knew this was the kind of place where memories were made. I wanted to further those opportunities by creating a Nick’s Cove signature event: an annual gathering that would bring our local community together and be something fun for our guests coming from all over the Bay Area and beyond. My son was 8 at the time and anyone who knows me knows I love the holidays. And Santa. And the magic of Christmas!
So, I wrote a letter to Santa and asked if he would make a special trip to Marshall every year. To take photos with kids and adults and to hear their wishes. He joyfully agreed. I told him, “There’s just one catch … you’ll need to arrive by boat!”
This year we celebrate 9 years of the magic of watching Santa arrive by his trusty water sleigh. We have hot cocoa and treats and a professional photographer to take portraits. And it’s all our gift to the community. I especially love watching the magic the kids’ smiles and waves as they first see Santa in the distance. It’s my kind of magic.
Nick’s Cove is Marin County’s premiere destination venue where you have the opportunity to savor some unbelievable views as much as the food! We offer the perfect place to host a corporate luncheon, intimate wedding, or anything in between. Whether you are planning for business or pleasure, we provide the perfect balance of historic charm and raw Tomales Bay beauty for your next special occasion.
Nick’s Waterfront Lounge is our FAVORITE space to host private events. The beach-front dining experience is one your guests will never forget. Little decoration is needed as the sunset glimmering over the bay provides the perfect backdrop. This versatile outdoor area is best enjoyed in August, September, and October and can host a family style dinner set for twenty-eight or a casual cocktail hour for sixty standing. Just steps away from the sand, corn-hole can be played under the twinkling string lights and house-made s’mores can be toasted over a bonfire on the beach.
Or you can wow your guests at Nick’s Cove’s fully enclosed Tule Deck which is an amazing setting all year long! This private room boasts a wall of windows that allow for breathtaking views of Hog Island and Tomales Bay. It can accommodate up to forty-eight guests seated and has two doors leading outside for seamless transition to the salty air. Whether you are enjoying the food our culinary team has prepared or the unparalleled coastal views, the rustic feel of this room exhibits the true magic of Nick’s Cove.
The Croft at Nick’s Cove is our one acre onsite garden that produces a bounty that is featured in dishes right on our menu. Just steps from our restaurant, across Highway 1 and a short stroll up the hillside, awaits the perfect private space for a wedding ceremony or cocktail reception. With an elevated view of the bay, our garden is overflowing with an abundance of lush greenery and gorgeous flowers to serve as your own private oasis. We can host up to 100 guests standing or 50 guests seated in the Croft!
As we enter September, we are finally starting to get some consistently warm weather in our coastal garden at Nick’s Cove. Growing tomatoes and peppers in our cooler climate is a challenge, as the fruit needs heat to develop and ripen, but with good planning and timing it can be done.
We’ve had tomato plants producing for the last month thanks to our new high tunnel greenhouses, and now our outdoor crop is starting to produce in earnest.
The fruit from this second succession should be even sweeter than our earlier tomatoes, and with an increased yield we’ll be featuring our small heirloom varieties in more items on the menu.
Be sure to look for them on your next visit to Nick’s!
I have been the general manager at Nick’s Cove for over two years, but I have had the pleasure of growing up in Marin County my whole life. I grew up in Novato which is only a short thirty-minute drive to the coast and I have fond memories of dining at Tony’s Seafood and Nick’s Cove as a child. For those visiting from out of town, Marin County is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and food lovers, and I love when guests at Nick’s Cove ask me to suggest local outdoor activities for them to enjoy. Here are a few recommendations for an amazing outdoor adventure:
Located just about 8 miles north of Nick’s Cove, Dillon Beach provides a great dog friendly space for a family outing! Dillon Beach holds a special place in my heart because I proposed to my wife there! We now have a two year old son that we love making new memories with at Dillon Beach. It will forever be our go-to spot on the coast for a day of family fun!
Bioluminescence Kayaking Tour
Do you remember the shiny algae in the ocean from the Disney movie Moana? Well, you have the opportunity to experience the magic right here on Tomales Bay! For those of you who are not familiar with Bioluminescence, it is the production and emission of light by a living organism. Blue Waters Kayaking hosts tours that launch right next door to Nick’s Cove at Miller Boat Launch, and the guides are very friendly and super knowledgeable. They teach you the basics of kayaking from start to finish so no need to have previous experience. The tours are usually scheduled in the evenings, preferably on moonless nights, to be able to enjoy the full effect of the bluish white flickering lights in the water. Last year I was able to participate in a tour with some buddies of mine and let me tell you, it did not disappoint!
You may also charter a sailboat that departs right next door to Nick’s Cove at the Miller Boat Launch! Tomales Bay Sailing offers customized tours for up to six passengers on about a 22 ft. catamaran where you will be able to enjoy abundant wildlife and scenic landscapes. The captain, Brett, is a longtime friend of us here at Nick’s Cove. He will make sure to provide you a spectacular and safe fun-filled voyage!
My favorite hike in the area is up to Alamere Falls. Just about 30 miles south of Nick’s Cove on the Pt. Reyes National Seashore, you can enjoy a rare 40 ft. waterfall that flows directly into the Pacific Ocean! These stunning views of the ocean are well worth the hike totaling 8.4 miles there and back. The trail begins at the Palomarin Trailhead in Bolinas. This picturesque opportunity is not one to be missed!
I love to be able to call the Bay Area my home. I now live about forty-five minutes from the gorgeous California coast and I consider it a true blessing. If you are ever travelling along Hwy 1 or have the opportunity to visit the area or have the opportunity to visit the area, I highly suggest you check out one of my recommendations to create lasting memories that will warm your heart for years to come.
Nick’s Cove General Manager