Today B and I drove to West Marin, an area northwest of the Golden Gate Bridge. We were headed to Pt. Reyes' Open Art Studios, an all-day event where artists open their homes or their studios and offer their art for sale. We weren't necessarily looking to buy, but it was a good excuse to head north and take a drive.
Before we got studio popping, we stopped for lunch here at the Marin Sun Farms, a farm that raises grass-fed livestock.
Marin Sun Farms has quite an array of meats. If you're into grass-fed meats, this is the place.
Then it was time to hit the studios. We followed the open studio map and wove our way through the windy Marin hills. It was a picture-perfect day.
First stop was Nancy Stein's studio. Her subject is the ocean scape of Northern California. Her work was beautiful. She works in pastels and creates etching.
Her studio was beautiful, set up in the hills with quite a view.
We came across The Blair Goodwin Studio owned by artists Richard Blair and Kathleen Goodwin. It was here I did a little damage.
I loved their studio. It was spacious, comfortable, and light-filled. This is Kathleen.
She's showing B a picture she took at night of the Golden Gate Bridge that's published in one of their books. I'm now the proud owner of one of her works.
We drove north and headed into Pt. Reyes Station.
Pt. Reyes Station is where the Cowgirl Creamery started. They offer some of the most amazing cheese you'll ever taste, in my humble opinion, and I love the name.
Pt. Reyes Station has a bit of the old and the new all on the same street. This is the Old Western Hotel and Saloon and a walk in there feels like you've stepped back in time.
They're a friendly lot up there. And the gardens are brimming with beautiful fruits and vegetables.
We didn't have time to stop here, but we passed one of our favorite restaurants. If you are ever looking for a really wonderful meal, try The Olema Inn off Sir Francis Drake. You'll see why the NY Times called it one of the best restaurants in the area.
What a great way to spend the day.