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America's Coolest Summer Cottages

America's Coolest Summer Cottages: Nick's Cove

Frankie Frankeny

Nick’s Cove, Marshall, CA

Summer by the sea awaits just over an hour north of San Francisco, at this colorful collection of 12 cottages on Tomales Bay with sweeping views of Point Reyes National Seashore across the water. Beach lovers have flocked here for more than 80 years, but a full renovation in 2007 transformed what was once a casual hideaway into a more luxurious destination—complete with the sea-to-table Oyster Bar and cozy Boat Shack. Kayaks are ready to be paddled through the tranquil water, and the rolling hills beg to be hiked, but at least one lazy afternoon should be spent just “sitting on the dock of the bay,” with your toes dangling in the water.

Price Tag: From $225 (for a cottage that sleeps two to four), including oysters on arrival and breakfast delivered to your door; nickscove.com.

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