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3 Rs of Nick's Cove: Recreation, Relaxation, Romance(ation)!

Quilted comfort and early morning sunlight filterd upon your berth. Nick's Cove has defined romantic escape, raised the bar, and exceeded all expecations. by Barbara L. Steinberg

Marin County back roads to Nick's Cove Credit Barbara L Steinberg 2012The romance begins by leaving urban shackles behind. There are country byways to inspire and lift your spirits as if the journey's end weren't reason enough. Stupefying scenic roads are the only access to Nick's Cove. Pick one -- Lucas Valley, Shoreline Highway, Point Reyes-Petaluma Road -- don't rush this odyssey. The stimulus of lush landscapes, rolling hills, valleys, craggy canyons and (eventually) bay and ocean views is visual foreplay. Tiny hamlets along the way offer comfort and Marin County specialties. Be one with the locals. If it's true what they say about oysters, be certain to shuck a dozen at Hog Island Oysters.

And finally, when you think it can't be any better...Nick's Cove...the gold at the imagined rainbow's end.

Romantic...OMG! Twelve luscious cottages tucked away in Nicks Cove Fly Fishermens Cottage Credit Barbara L Steinberg 2012Marin County overlooking Tomales Bay. Through sunshine and fog, natural beauty abounds. Breathtaking views. The first encounter will leave you giddy. No detail has been ignored. Plush beds. Comfortable sitting areas, music, mini-fridge with drinks, and the most fantastic bathrooms. Delicious food, much of it local! Breakfast is delivered to your cottage -- juice, fresh fruit, homemade pastries, and coffee are included or for an additional charge -- buttermilk waffles, crab Benedict, steel cut oatmeal, bacon -- you decide. Barbecued oysters are delivered upon arrival!

Dine at Nick's Cove Restaurant where menus change frequently and are a locavore's Nick's Cove Gourmet S'mores Firieside Credit FrankeyImages.comdream. Chocolate is an aphrodisiac! So they say. Savor gourmet s'mores fused fireside. Sensous and finger licking good!

Back in your cottage, a cozy fire and sunset views await. Wink, wink!

The Point Reyes National Seashore and Tomales Bay State Park provide more reasons to escape and romance Marin County's abundant natural and agricultural landscapes. As if the enchantment of Nick's Cove could leave you wanting, there are other nearby distractions. Kayak, hike, explore or just enjoy the quiet serenity of this one-of-a-kind destination. Made for lovers, Heart's Desire Beach in Tomales Bay State Park is a favorite with kayakers. Scheduled kayaking tours are available.

Ask about seasonal and mid-week rates and AAA and AARP discounts. The staff is there to serve! Romantics will love that Nick's Cove is incredibly pet friendly.

Romancing Nick's Cove on Tomales Bay Slideshow: Barbara’s trip to Marin County was created with TripAdvisor TripWow!
Romancing Nick's Cove on Tomales Bay Slideshow: Barbara’s trip to Marin County was created with TripAdvisor TripWow!

Lake Berryessa getaway at Markley Cove Resort & Marina

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What an absolutely perfect place and way to spend a holiday or weekend getaway with family and friends. Rough it in small cabins at Markley Cove Resort overlooking Lake Berryessa. Not enough superlatives for this latest adventure. The cabins are small sleeping anywhere from two to six people. Check with marina staff to determine the maximum.
Markley Cove Marina Credit Barbara L Steinberg2
The sleeping areas of Eagle's Nest are nicely appointed; cabins include linens and towels. Nice not to have to schlep all that stuff with you. The living space is open, friendly and sunny. The large covered deck is a huge plus -- plus more private with gated and enclosed ends. Each cabin is different. Some cabins are also pet friendly.

Kitchen's are equipped but should inquire about what that means if you plan any serious cooking. Additional ovenproof bake ware would be helpful and any special implements if you have something specific in mind. Aluminum foil and plastic wrap and plastic containers for food storage are up to you. The full-size gas grill on the deck is fantastic plenty big and also has another burner if the interior stovetop is full.

The bath includes nice touches of soap, shampoo and conditioner and little packs with Q-tips and sewing kits. The marina store has the usual odds and ends but you'll definitely want to bring all your food and spices. Markley Cove staff was extremely helpful and friendly so don't be afraid to ask questions about what to bring or not to bring. Recreation enthusiasts will not lack for things to do. Of course for boaters and anglers....this is heaven!

Lakeside cabins don't have covered decks, BUT they overlook the lake! Upper level cabins have forest views, but are still very nicely situated. Mild temps accommodate spending time on the deck. In colder and wet weather, the 6-person cabins might feel cramped without the use of outdoor spaces. Certainly warm months are more crowded and mean more noise. Visiting during the off-season late fall and winter months make this a quieter and more restful experience. See for yourself! It's an easy daytrip from Sacramento or San Francisco.

Markley Cove Getaway at Lake Berryessa 7521 Highway 128 Slideshow: Barbara’s trip to Lake Berryessa Recreation Area (near Spanish Flat) was created with TripAdvisor TripWow!