There are so many fun and interesting things to do in this small, beautiful town of Dillon Beach, located in the beautiful Marin County on the California coast. Plan a wonderful visit for a family reunion, a weekend for the girls, or a corporate vacation. There are many holiday homes here, from a small cottage on the beach to large, beautiful homes that can comfortably sleep up to 12 people for weekends or weekly rentals. There are so many fun activities, so you’ll want to come back again, year after year. Here are just a few things that will enchant you with a vacation on Dillon Beach:
At the top of the Ocean Drive bluff at the end of the street you go through the cattle door. To the left is a beautiful view from Eagle Rock, overlooking Bodega Head and the beautiful Tomales Bay. You’d think you’re in Scotland, but it’s just over an hour’s drive from San Francisco! You will see some deer trails, follow them to the right and you will come across a fire path. Go left and you will reach Esther in about a kilometer. Lots of good sticks and stones along the way! Fun for kids of all ages. Dogs love this hike!
Another excellent mountaineering area is Pt. Reyes National Visitor Center. A beautiful 45 minute drive from Dillon Beach. There are fun trails – be sure to go earthquake and then visit the village of Miwok. You can drive along Tomales Bay to the adventure to climb the 300 steps to the Lighthouse. While driving, look for a free view of Tule Elk and listen to the barking of sea lions along the coast.
If you are descending towards the National Maritime Center, plan some time in Pt. Reyes, it’s a nice little town with a few fun shops. Be sure to visit Toby’s Store Store. Behind Toby there is a children’s park. The cattle bakery is well known and good! The locals keep their coffee mugs on the shelves, so bring yours to feel a piece of stuff. There is an excellent bookstore to explore in the neighborhood.
However, Tomales has the best bakery in the world. Open only from Thursday to Sunday, you need to arrive earlier, before they sell out! William Tell has just been remodeled and is pretty good. you can now sit outside and treat yourself to BBQ oysters. Delicatessen food is great for sandwiches that you can take across the street to the park and let the kids play. Don’t miss the hot lamb sandwich! In the opposite direction is a nursery of native plants that is fun to explore.
Petaluma has a great old town center. Sweet shops, antiques and excellent restaurants. The earthquake of 1906 did not damage it much, as did so many areas of the North Bay and San Francisco, so the buildings are among the oldest in our area. Known for its past chicken industry, it still hosts “Chicken and Egg Days,” with a fun parade and family activities in honor of the popular poltria from the past.
Other fun cities to explore – the town of Bodega (not Bodega Bay) is where Alfred Hitchcock filmed “Birds”. Sebastopol has a great city center, plus a bunch of antique shops along the Gravenstein highway. Healdsburg is a great place to visit, the town square is beautiful with shops and restaurants to explore.
San Francisco is a fun day to go out. You can explore the Golden Gate Park, museums or the Exploratorium at the Palace of Fine Arts. Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square are fun to explore.
There is so much to choose from! Although Napa is the most famous and only about 45 minutes away, the locals really prefer the area closer to Dillon Beach. Sonoma County’s rival, Napa, is a world-class wine. Go to the Alexander Valley, the Russian River Wine Route or try some of the smaller boutique wineries in Sebastopol.
If you want to stay close to home, try our beach! You can light a fire in the fireplace, and your dog can also enjoy the beach. At the northern end of the beach there are often great pools to explore. Dynamo is so much fun to run and go down, but be careful not to let the kids dig too deep, the sand moves and they can easily tear down the hole.
You can walk south along the beach to Lawson’s Landing campsite. There is a pier where you can catch fish or crabs. Gluing is also popular here. There is a ride to the landing.