Things don't get much prettier than the region around Point Reyes National Seashore. Dinner at Manka's (Inverness) is pretty special, too:
Novato tomatoes with a glop of garlic-infused cream; halibut gently cooked in a wood-burning oven; the homemade bacon, warm frisee, sour grapes combo was a splendid pun on pulled pork and cabbage; the grilled beef was merely ok but the fingerling potatoes were the best I've ever had - the accompanying bone marrow was superb. Dessert was something billed as a "low profile" cake of Inverness apples. A nice dollop of sweet and sour coastal creams (their words) put this simple confection over the top. All in all, a wonderful meal, well served, in a special setting. Dinner for two, including two bottles of wine, came in at $190. Money well spent.
Pt. Reyes can also be enjoyed on the cheap. Hand-pick your oysters at Hog Island, relieve the Cowgirls of some of their cheese and grab a six-pack of a local IPA. Kick back on a secluded beach overlooking Tomales Bay. It's all good.
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