Bolinas Day Trip (on a stormy day)

The town of Bolinas still doesn’t make it easy for outsiders to know how to enter town. Pic from Dec. 7, 2019

Bolinas espresso is good but you have to move fast!

The only one place we found for espresso drinks during our day in Bolinas is a little coffee hut in front of the Coast Cafe at 46 Wharf Road.


Coast Cafe

We ate a brunch at the Coast Cafe at 46 Wharf Road.

A Fun 1 Mile Loop Around Town (and the Ocean!)

After coffee and food, we recommend you do the loop around town (about 1 mile) that takes you by shops and the ocean.

Bolinas Surf Shop (not just for surfers)

Make sure to duck into the Bolinas Surf Shop on 52 Wharf Road. The owner Buzz (below) is a character and you’re bound to find a good deal on shirts, hats or thick, cozy socks.

Bolinas People’s Store

There are a bunch of cool little places in Bolinas you’ll miss if you don’t look closely. There’s a nice food market called Bolinas People’s Store on 14 Wharf Road (behind the Community Center). We got some yummy bulk food (cashews, Australian black licorice and fig newtons).

Bolinas always seems to have someone opening up their home (or garage) to show you something

Bolinas seems to let people sell things from anywhere. Today we saw a man selling raw honey out of his garage.

Bolinas Celebrities

Bolinas is home to some super-creative folks (see the Wikipedia entry for famous from Bolinas).

David Strathairn at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con; source;

Annual Winter Faire

We also lucked out in that today was the Bolinas Annual Winter Faire:

  • 100 for dining, 129 if the stage is used for dining as well.
  • 200 for theater seating (chairs only.)
  • 275 for standing (dances.)
  • Private rentals start at $1700 from 2pm-midnight.
  • Perhaps a Bolinas wedding venue for you!?
Bolinas folks singing the Bolinas Birthday Song
source: The Bolinas Happy Birthday Song

24-Hour Unmanned Farmstand

As we we were leaving town, we noticed the “Farmstand” (140 Olema Bolinas Rd.). This is not your normal farmstand.

Driving home from Bolinas

On the drive home, consider driving south on Highway 1 where you can check out the Pelican Inn, a throwback to 1800 English pub with dark wood interiors and wooden benches and chairs. It’s hearty pub food (fish and chips, chili, Guinness Stew, etc.). On a sunny day, eating outside is fun and can be quite a scene. It’s a couple of hundred yards from Muir Beach . Or head north on Highway 1 and stop by Olema, a cute small town worth its own day trip.

Things to do in Bolinas next time:



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Maverick Kelly’s 52 Day Trips

Maverick Kelly’s 52 Day Trips

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