We first stayed at Manka's in 1996 and have visited maybe 10 times since then. Point Reyes is one of our favorite places in the world. When you combine the natural beauty of the wooded hills reaching down to the sea with fresh, organic locally produced food and unlimited hiking throughout the national seashore you have a dream.
Manka's sits amid this Northern California woodland treasure as a throwback hunting lodge recreated and updated in an amazing way to allow you to gaze into the fire and find the peace today's pace rarely allows. We've sat on the couch petting Louie, their by gone dog and watching the cook lean into the fireplace to cook some locally sourced game. A wine list to please anyone and Christmas decorations hand made and natural as the whole experience.
So why write this if the main lodge has burned down along with my memories. My reason is to encourage you to visit Point Reyes and since you are there give Manka's a try. Since many of the rooms were located adjacent to the main lodge they survive and soldier on. I don't believe you can center your visit on the lodge anymore but with everything the area has to offer maybe that's an improvement.
Hike out to Tomales Point to see the wild Elk in their natural habitat. Walk down Limantour Spit and maybe see a whale from shore. Mountain bike along Bear Valley trail up over the ridge and down to the beach.
Drive over to Marshall to kayak Tomales Bay or eat fresh oysters at the Hog Island Oyster Company. Stop in Point Reyes Station and visit the original Cowgirl Creamery with all the cheese you can imagine. Then come back to your room at Manka's and be happy you have a place to sleep so close to all this fun.
No, the lodge is not the same and may never be but it still is better than most places if you love the things I've outlined above. The treasure is Point Reyes and that is the point!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Due to a fire, Manka's is closed until further notice. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Manka`s Inverness Hotel Inverness
- Mankas Inverness Lodge