Luxury holidays in Point Reyes

From its ocean breakers to its open grasslands and forested ridges, Point Reyes offers visitors 80,000 acres of wild expanse to discover (thanks to JFK, who set the pristine peninsula aside as a national park). With hiking, biking, whale-watching and seal spotting on offer, the opportunities for outdoor adventure are almost endless. It’s not all wilderness, though – Point Reyes Station has small cattle-town charm by the bucketload and is full of adorably named shops (see: the Bovine Bakery and the Cowgirl Creamery). The region is a delight for foodies, too – whether you like ‘em freshly shucked, deep fried or piled in a po’boy, you won’t have to drive far in any direction to find an oyster shack in these parts.

When to go

There’s an oft-bandied quote about the weather in Northern California: ‘The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco’. Indeed, the only thing you can predict is that the weather will be unpredictable, so why not plan your trip around the flora and fauna instead? Gray whales typically pass through between December to April, peak months for wildflowers are between February and June and autumn (August to October) is the elk rutting season.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Fly into either Oakland or San Francisco airports – it takes about an hour to reach Point Rayes from each.
  • Automobiles

    You’ll need a car if you want to explore the dune-backed beaches, wildflower-strewn trails and fresh shellfish stands. If you’re coming from San Francisco, you’ll cross the Golden Gate Bridge, an experience in itself.