My friend and I had the pleasure of staying at this charming inn on New Year's. From the moment we entered, we felt right at home. Being the holiday season, the lobby was beautifully decorated, and Penny the ever-gracious hostess treated all her guests to champagne and snacks before we departed for festivities next door at the William Tell Restaurant. Our room was so comfortable though, we found ourselves anxious to return to snuggle into the cozy beds (with great sheets and pillows) after a hot shower in the roomy, well-appointed bathroom. The antique décor throughout the hotel is lovely and tasteful and a little reminiscent of grandma’s house…but much nicer.
Unlike some B & B’s that leave you feeling trapped in your room or relegated to whispers, Penny’s relaxed and welcoming demeanor made us feel like the entire inn was our home away from home. We gathered with friends during breakfast in the common area where we enjoyed complimentary coffee, tea, muffins, scones, cereal, and a lot of laughter. When it was time to go, we were able to pull our car right up to the front door and easily depart.
As a native Californian who has spent half a century touring the coast, I found the tiny town of Tomales to be uniquely charming and really, really fun. It fells like a throwback to another era, yet it’s a quick drive from major cities like San Francisco and Sacramento. Tomales is more nostalgic and less uptight than other coastal towns, and we had a blast attending the New Year’s Party at the William Tell next door. Leave the heels and ties and home – you’re welcome everywhere in your most comfortable jeans, and every local you encounter will make you feel like a long-lost friend. It’s more affordable than other coastal towns too, yet some of the most beautiful coastline in the world is a mere four miles away.
Since visiting Tomales, I’ve recommended a stay at the Continental Inn along with dinner and drinks at the William Tell to all my coast-loving friends. It’s a different kind of experience and one a true travel lover will long remember. When I think about the memories of my trip there, I can’t help but smile.
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