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Walking San Francisco is seductive enough—but save part of your heart for the wild coast beyond the Golden Gate.
Every city should be so lucky to have a national park in its own back yard. Emerging onto Tennessee Valley’s black-sand beach, you can’t believe you’re just 10 miles from San Francisco. The rugged beauty rivals anything on the Pacific Coast, with pounding surf and spring-green hillsides carpeted in wild mustard, lupines, and California poppies. Gulls squawk and pelicans fly in formation beneath golden afternoon sun as you continue towards your British-themed inn opposite lovely Muir Beach. Tonight your San Francisco walking tour features a home-cooked dinner, followed by darts and pints in the cozy pub downstairs. Tomorrow, an English breakfast and new adventures in the old-growth redwoods up the road. Just when you thought you left your heart in San Francisco, the Golden Gate’s wilder side is starting to work its wiles.
Stay in the heart of iconic San Francisco, taking time to browse Ghirardelli Square, ride a cable car, or people-watch in Chinatown.
Discover the protected coastline of Point Reyes National Seashore, watching for whales and harbor seals as you stroll dramatic bluffs and sandy beaches.
Wander from your charming hotel, patterned after a 16th-century English country estate, to beautiful Muir Beach.
Escape the hustle of the city and enter Muir Woods, where stands of massive, old-growth redwoods evoke an ageless sense of tranquility.
The Argonaut Hotel is a deluxe boutique hotel ideally located between Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square. The century-old renovated brick building blends authentic timber and brick with a theme reminiscent of the neighborhood’s seafaring past including a working astronomer’s clock, whimsical décor inspired by ocean liners, and nautical print fabrics. The hotel’s environmental program demonstrates a strong commitment to sustainable practices while guests enjoy spacious, air conditioned rooms with WiFi, a fitness center, spa services, and complimentary bicycles.
The Inn Above Tide
Panoramic San Francisco Bay views are the signature of The Inn Above Tide. This intimate Sausalito waterfront hotel offers 31 chic and understated rooms, each with air conditioning, WiFi, and mesmerizing views from oversized windows or private furnished room decks. Sited directly on San Francisco Bay, every room has sweeping views of the bay, city skyline, Alcatraz, Angel Island, and Marin. Intimately connected to the village of Sausalito, yet magically separated due to its bayfront setting, The Inn Above Tide is a minute’s stroll to galleries, shops, and restaurants ranging from casual alfresco bistros to a Michelin-recognized restaurant (some requiring advance reservations). A complimentary wine and cheese reception is also included each evening. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
From a family of British innkeepers, Charles Felix drew his inspiration from Sir Francis Drake when he created this charming accommodation in 16th-century English West Country-style. The seven-room hotel, in the quiet cove of Muir Beach, features un-air conditioned rooms with WiFi, antique furniture, a cozy salon with an inglenook fireplace, and a covered garden patio. Typical English fare of locally sourced ingredients is served at a full country breakfast, and for dinner, guests may choose to dine either al fresco or family-style at the dining room’s refectory table. Of course, fine ales are available at the lively pub.
Mill Valley Inn
Set in a classic Northern California village, this charming historical boutique property is comprised of a cluster of dwellings nestled amongst the redwoods just steps from town. Each air conditioned guest room is a cozy sanctuary, with a unique layout—some have soaking tubs, others fireplaces or sofas. All feature WiFi and are located within steps of the Sun Terrace Lounge, where an abundant breakfast is served each morning and a wine and cheese reception is hosted each evening.
In the charming town of Olema, set in five acres of landscaped grounds and flower beds along the Olema Creek, this comfortable lodge is adjacent to the Point Reyes National Seashore. Spacious, air conditioned suites feature WiFi, fireplaces, and private balconies. Adirondack chairs in the garden and a well-stocked library and game room offer plenty of opportunities to relax. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
|5 meals: 5 breakfasts|
|Detailed water- and tear-resistant Route Notes and maps|
|Orientation phone call with a Country Walkers representative|
|Local representative available 24/7|
|Scheduled taxi and luggage transportation (Please note: If unable to walk, it is possible to travel with your luggage from one accommodation to the next; there may be an additional charge.)|
I went on this self guided tour with one of my closest friends. It was our first self guided trip together. What a blast! This trip was beautiful, exciting, and FUN. It is something we will talk about for the rest of our lives.
California: San Francisco to Point Reyes