Archive for March, 2011

Mt. Tam Climb

March 6th, 2011 by greg

Biking on Mt Tamalpas

Biking on Mt Tamalpias

For Bay Area cyclists, the Bovine Bakery in downtown Point Reyes Station functions as a giant, scone-powered magnet, drawing hungry peddlers in from San Francisco, Petaluma, and all points in between. But Point Reyes Station isn’t just a great destination for cyclists; it’s also a great starting point. If you like rolling terrain and cows, you can head west on the peninsula to the Point Reyes Lighthouse or Tomales Point. If you like rolling terrain and sheep, you can pedal north to Valley Ford and beyond. Go all the way to Jenner and the coastline turns spectacular. Turn off at Coleman Valley Road and you can take on a climb that has featured prominently in the Tour of California in recent years. Go south and you will eventually hit more spectacular coastline south of Stinson Beach. Veer east at points and you can ascend Mt. Tamalpais. If you like to ride off-road, the possibilities expand even further. Bottom line: It’s a great place for a cycling vacation. Whether you’re here for the weekend, a week, or even longer, you will be able to find spectacular and challenging rides to explore each day.

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2011 Geography of Hope Conference

March 3rd, 2011 by greg

On crisp clear mornings like we’ve been having lately, we sometimes get inspired to write sonnets in praise of the capuccino at Toby’s Coffee Bar. On March 18 – 20, though, there will be real poets wandering the streets of Point Reyes Station. That’s because Point Reyes Books is putting on the 2011 Geography of Hope Conference — three days worth of authors reading, authors eating, and authors weeding. Okay, we’re probably making up that last part, but there will be field trips to local wetlands, beaches, and other wilderness areas that boast abundant plant life, so who knows?

Co-chaired by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass and award-winning poet Brenda Hillman, the conference will feature panels, readings, altar-building, an “an intergenerational dance performance at a nearby ocean beach,” and delicious catered dinners. In other words, very West Marin! The theme for the conference is “Reflections on water” — so if you’re planning to attend, what better place to stay than our own Grand View Suite, with its sweeping views of Tomales Bay?