Salt air, savory seafood, historic character and classic coastal views combine to make Nick's Cove & Cottages
a romantic jumping-off point for exploring Tomales Bay
and Point Reyes National Seashore
. The formerly funky, 1930s-era roadhouse and dilapidated fishermen's cottages were transformed a few years ago into a "rustic chic" hotspot with a celebrity chef in the kitchen and luxury appointments in the cottages, some of which are on the water, some across the road.
from $202 offer savings of 30 percent and more off summer tariffs and relief from heavy tourist traffic, as well. Dogs are welcome in eight of the 12 cabins—though not, unfortunately, in the acclaimed restaurant. Pet fee is $50 per stay, which is a dog-friendly gesture to be sure. Nick's is just an hour's drive north of the Golden Gate Bridge—so close, as they say, and yet, in setting and in feel, delightfully far away.