PICNICKING AT THE TOMALES BAY OYSTER FARM
OCTOBER 16th, 2015 was the last day our picnic tables and BBQ's were available for oyster shucking.
We are open every Friday from Noon to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5pm for shellfish sales.
Marin County code enforcement requires that we remove our picnic tables and BBQ's as of October 16th we will be removing these facilities.
Since we are required to remove our picnic tables and grills at Tomales Bay Oyster Company, we want to let our customers know about some local alternative places to gather with family and friends. Please pack a picnic basket, bring your cooler, come fill it with oysters, and head to the beaches and parks! We will be open Fridays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sundays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for oyster sales as we always have been! We will not have a picnic area, but the oysters and other shellfish that we sell, harvested from the cool, clean waters of Tomales Bay, will still be here. That will not change.
Our farm is surrounded by coastline. Across the bay, Heart’s Desire State Beach (Tomales Bay State Park) is a wonderful spot to swim, grill, and picnic. Stinson Beach (forty minutes southeast of us) is a spectacular ocean beach with grills, tables, and plenty of room to throw a frisbee with friends. Doran Regional Park (in Bodega Bay) allows dogs, has a picnic area with grills, campsites, and a boardwalk. Bodega Dunes, about forty minutes North on Highway One, has a picnic area, campground, and showers. Just south of us, you can find Samuel P. Taylor State Park which offers hiking and biking trails, a creek, campground, and a picnic area with tables and grills nestled in a grove of towering redwoods. There’s also Bear Valley Visitor Center in Olema, seven miles south of us, which has a fantastic, grassy picnic area bordered by oak trees and giant bay laurels, hiking trails, and a recreated Miwok Village (complete with a sweat lodge!). Just before you get to Bear Valley on Highway One is Olema Campground which has a grassy picnic area surrounded by trees, they charge $10 per car. Millerton Point State Park (1/4 mile south of TBOC), has no tables or grills, but provides a bathroom, is dog friendly, and is a gorgeous place to picnic on the beach and watch the sunset.
When you visit any of these neighboring parks or beaches, please do not leave any shells or trash behind. Respect the space as you would our picnic area. Your business will keep us alive during this transition, so please come visit us at the farm!
Additionally, these beaches have limited facilities, but are stunning places to visit. Bring a picnic basket, blanket, and cooler of oysters.
-Shell Beach (about 30 minutes away in Tomales Bay State Park—be prepared for a ¼ mile hike to the beach)
-Limantour Beach (45 minutes off of Bear Valley Road)
-South Beach (one hour; from Sir Francis Drake take South Beach Road .7 miles to the beach)
-North Beach (one hour; from Sir Francis Drake take North Beach Road .6 miles to the beach)
-Drake’s Beach (45 minutes away on Drake’s Beach Road—there are grills here, and a visitor center)
-Abbot’s Lagoon (one hour, off of Pierce Point Road—there’s a 1.5 mile walk to the beach)