I recently stayed at Nick's Cove with my friend for just one night as a very impromptu getaway...I made the reservation the day before we arrived. I picked Red Legged Frog from the photos on the website because the color scheme looked cheerful, but I had no idea how charming it would be in real life.
We arrived at dusk and were shown to our room by Kali, who is charming and cheerful and very helpful. Music was playing, all the lights were on, and the bathroom floor was toasty warm. It felt like coming home to exactly the kind of place you'd want to relax in after a day on the road or out in the elements. We had a little snack from the provisions left in our room (Nuts and cheese and fruits) and spent a few hours playing Yahtzee in the bar. The restaurant filled up at about 7pm (mostly lodging guests) but we enjoyed how quiet it was, and very cozy with the fire going behind us.
Red Legged Frog is a really cheerful room; the decor is a delightful mix of charm and warmth. The antiques are tasteful, and the appliances and fixtures are brand new and high quality. It is a very good size, with separate areas for the bed, the couch and woodstove, and wet bar and dining table. We had plenty of room to spread out and settle in; I would like to have a couple of nights at least to really get comfortable. The room is always such a pleasure to come back to! There are even twinkle lights on the stairs outside.
I enjoyed taking a bath in the deep, luxurious tub, and then sitting out on the porch in the dark and listening to the night sounds. The cottage faces the highway, but after about 9pm, cars passed about one per every 10 minutes. It's very quiet.
The bed is incredibly comfortable and we slept so well...my friend said it is one of the most comfortable ever. I loved the texture of the sheets. We're from Tahoe, though, and found that we could not get the room cool enough for our liking. There is a huge fat down comforter provided but it was too much for us, and we slept with three windows open. The main problem here is that there are no screens, and flies came in, but the air is that lovely sea air which is so easy to enjoy, so I have no complaints.
Breakfast was very good, and we loved having it brought to the room.
I'm so excited to take my mom to this property for her birthday...I'm having a hard time deciding which cottage to reserve. The location of the Frog is not over the water, which is of course, most desirable, but the layout of the room is superb, and the decor quite feminine without being frilly. Each cottage has so much individual character. I didn't mind at all being across the highway, and found the view to be really wonderful. We left with great reluctance; we would have liked to have extended our stay for a few more nights.
This is a location I look very much forward to visiting over and over, with my friends and family and anyone who will come with me! It is really a treasure on the California coast. I believe the prices to be very fair for what you get. Nick's Cove defines rustic luxury.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nick's Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Cottages is a West Marin icon. We are located directly on the shores of stunning Tomales Bay in the town of Marshall, California. We are open every day and welcome you to enjoy this very historic treasure for an overnight retreat or a stop midday to enjoy a delicious lunch on your Highway One travels. Our menu features local farm-fresh produce, locally sourced seafood and meats and our Executive Chef prepares a daily menu that focuses on the bounty we procure from our neighboring farms and ranches. We serve lunch Monday-Friday at 11 am; brunch Saturday and Sunday at 10 am and dinner every night at 5pm. We have twelve luxury cottages: five are situated directly on Tomales Bay and seven are situated across historic highway one in a meadow. Views and serenity abound! Wood burning stoves are ready to light each night and every morning our fresh pastries and french press coffee are delivered to your room! We look forward to seeing you soon! ... more less
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- Nick`s Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar, Cottages Hotel Marshall