We have been visiting the Point Reyes area for over 40 years. This time, we were looking for a little place to splurge on--to celebrate our anniversary. We found what we were looking for at the Motel Inverness.
As soon as you walk into the lobby, you know you've arrived someplace special. Best of all, you can use your room key to enter the lobby area after hours. Feels like a large, comfortable living room space with a gorgeous fire place, TV, pool table, Internet accesss. The view from the lobby over-looks Tomales Bay and all of the wildlife therein. There kitchenette includes a sink, microwave, small fridge, toaster oven in the lobby, too. All the fixings for the perfect cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Don't pass up those Biscotti's!
Our room, Heart's Desire, exceeded our best expectations. It was spacious, clean and elegant. On the day we arrived, we originally had plans to drive out to the lighthouse, but once we sat outside on our private patio, our plans quickly changed. The view was simply stunning! We marveled over the every day wonders of nature from the sanctity of our chairs. The statue-like poses of egrits. A shy family of California Quail darting back and forth across the property. An osprey circling over-head. We watched the tide come in and out. The wooden walk out to the edge of the water beckoned us to explore there. It was magical!
Though the kitchenette in this room is not ideally outfitted for a large meal, we did manage to boil pasta and heat up sauce for dinner one night. We were also able to prepare scrambled eggs and sausage on the small stove top. We toasted bagels in the toaster oven another morning. It was enough for our needs.
For our last night we used the BBQ for an oyster feast on the deck just outside the lobby. Glass of wine, salad, sour dough bread...then s'mores for dessert. Heaven!
If you plan to come here, bring your friendly hat because the resident manager, Shannon, will be ready to make you feel right at home. She let us into our room even though we arrived early. She made us a pot of coffee in the lobby. She even started a fire on our behalf before she closed up for the night. She entertained us with her friendly conversation. Oh...and did I mention she's well educated on the local flora and fauna?!
Our only complaint is that we must wait another year before we return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A unique lodging experience in Point Reyes National Seashore. Located on Tomales Bay and surrounded by wildlife preserves on all sides, our guests can experience the tranquility and peacefulness of nature. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Motel Inverness Hotel Inverness
- Hotel Inverness