We spent several nights here on a first-time visit to the Point Reyes area. The inn is perfectly located between Olema and Point Reyes Station, which gives you dining choices and is actually on the same road as the Point Reyes National Seashore Visitors Center, which puts you near trailheads. We really liked Amanda, the innkeeper. She’s a genuine person and can tell you anything you need to know about hiking and biking in the local area. We also appreciated that the inn was TV-free and eco-friendly. Like other b&bs we’ve been to, the inn has a big selection of games, books, maps and restaurant menus that add to the fun and convenience of your trip. There’s also a fridge for guests and Amanda supplied nuts, oranges and sherry for guests. The living room was a nice spot to spend the evening and each night guests congregated there.
My sense, after touring the area, was that accommodation choices in the Point Reyes area, including the Bear Valley Inn, lean more to the rustic, than the fancy or gourmet. Our room was simple and mostly fine. As in most historic properties soundproofing is an issue. Rooms require skeleton keys and other guests had difficulty using them, making quite a racket after we were in bed. All three guest rooms share a landing and you can clearly hear conversations outside your door.
Like the previous reviewer, I prefer a non-flowery, non-Victorian décor, it’s one of the main reasons I chose this property over 10 Inverness Way, the other b&b I was considering. But I wish the bed had been more comfortable. We were in the Redwood room and the bed consisted of two box springs and a mattress. I found the bed extremely hard and was uncomfortable, though the linens were nice. My other issue was with the shower. The room featured a sink and toilet/shower that were placed in probably what used to be closets. While space wasn’t so much a problem the shower had a thick line of black mold growing on the caulk, which made no sense because the rest of the inn was very, very clean.
Breakfast is served in one sitting, communally. With only six people to cook for there’s no second sitting or food cooked to order. What I observed happening on two mornings that we were there was that the last couple to arrive at breakfast got separated by the others, who had chosen seats that left only the head and foot of the table open. When I opted to wait til the others were done so I could eat next to my partner the food got cold. I had high expectations given the entire special page breakfast is given on the inn’s website but the dishes were usual breakfast fare such as pancakes. The bacon serving at breakfast is still one piece (see reviews below).
Our best meal in the area was at Nick’s Cove in Marshall. It’s a beautiful location and the food was excellent. Worth the drive. In town we ate at the Station House Café and the Olema Farmhouse Inn. At both these places we had good and bad dishes. At the Farmhouse Inn, order the nachos, even if you’re not a junk food aficionado, and skip the grilled cheese (dry!). At the Station House avoid the veggie shepherd’s pie (bland).
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This is a very thorough review and right on spot with many things. The mold in the Redwood Room shower is, in fact, under the clear caulking and I have been unable to remove it. The shower needs to be re-caulked and this is on the to-do list. Thanks for staying with us.
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