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!
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!
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
Hello from the gardens at Nick’s Cove! Lots of folks have been asking me what we’ve been up to over the winter, and how the weather affects our daily work and the growing season. We’ve had a good amount of rain this year, with a couple of huge storms hitting us on the coast in the form of atmospheric rivers that bring tons of water all at once. After these big weather events, it’s generally too wet in the vegetable beds to work the soil, but we stay busy by turning our attention to other needs in and around the garden. Our crops grow slower in the shortened days of winter, and it gives us time to tend to the perennial ornamentals and herbs on the property. We also try to get any repairs and projects out of the way. Now that it’s Spring we’re ready to hit the ground running!
Winter was a time for reflection and planning. Notes and data from last year’s crop plan are distilled into useful information that will help up lay out the coming year. With this information, I will make adjustments in our timing and crop quantities. I also sat down with the chef to create a timeline of the seasonal changes that will be reflected on the menu. We went through a handful of seed catalogs together and will select new varieties and vegetables that will suit our menu concept and the Croft’s growing parameters.
In January, I got the opportunity to attend the 39th annual EcoFarm Conference in Pacific Grove. The event, put on by the Ecological Farming Association each year, is a three day gathering of farmers, educators, agricultural scientists, industry product and tech specialists, an environmental advocates and professionals. The conference consists of workshops, events, and keynote speeches. It provides information, tools, and resources to those who work to reduce the environmental impact of farming practices and provide an alternative to the destructive practices of industrial agriculture. It was a great way to connect with other farmers, and learn what practices are being successfully implemented elsewhere on a similar scale. I learned a ton about soil health and ecology, and it was a great way for Nick’s Cove to continue its commitment to a sustainable approach to sourcing our food.
I’m also excited to share that we’ve currently installed some growing tunnels in the Croft that will make our garden more productive then ever. The increased heat inside these tunnels will give us more fruit in the summer and allow us to grow longer into the winter. Be sure to visit our garden and follow us on Instagram @NicksCoveCroft throughout the year to check our progress!
No excuse necessary – rainy days on Tomales Bay are best spent inside snuggled up with your special someone in front of the warm fireplace. In spite of our recent dry years, sometimes Northern California acts like the rest of the world and gets typical winter weather, complete with clouds and rain. These are the days you want to be at Nick’s Cove – our wood-burning stoves, warm comfy beds and huge soaking tubs all add up to the perfect getaway where the outside world doesn’t intrude and you have nothing more to think about than what movie you’ll watch next. Here are two favorite ways to indulge this winter:
Let go of the guilt and be lazy. Yes, we just celebrated the New Year, and yes, we all made resolutions about how we’ll be good and work out and eat healthy, but it’s okay to throw that out the window and treat yourself to a rainy day getaway. Rainy days at Nick’s are perfect – they were designed to be an indulgence of the most wonderful sort. Start your day with the plan of not leaving the room if you can. Have some coffee and fresh pastries delivered to your room in the morning and add a mimosa to boot. Then it’s back to the bed – yes, we encourage you to spend a lot of time in bed – what’s the point of renting these luxurious cottages if you don’t get the most out of it?
Or bring the spa day to you. Yes, this is possible at Nick’s Cove! A private couples’ massage can be arranged right in the comfort of your own cottage. It’s best to call the innkeepers prior to your stay to make sure we have masseuses available, then they will provide the setup and breakdown so all you need to think about is relaxing with your special someone.
Those pesky April showers are finally over and I cannot tell you how excited we are here on Tomales Bay! Although we do love the rain and know it’s very important for our thirsty state, we at Nick’s Cove are thrilled that the sunshine is in full effect and the days just keep getting longer. Summer is a perfect time to hit the coast for cooler weather when it’s unbearable inland, and what better way to cool off than with an iced cold beer in one hand, and a platter of fresh oysters in the other?
May is the month we officially open our outdoor Oyster Bar on our Waterfront Lounge. It’s open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 – 4:00 pm and there are no reservations required, so come enjoy the sunshine at your own leisure!