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Monday, 01 May 2006

Bolinas, California - Page 4

Written by Richard Martin
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If you’re driving down Highway One north of San Francisco don’t look for the road sign to Bolinas, CA, because this quirky coastal hamlet is the only California municipality without a sign to lead you from the highway to the city limits. There used to be a sign that said “Bolinas, 2 miles”-- many of them in fact, but each of the signs put up in the last 20 years has enigmatically disappeared—the longest-standing sign lasting only 36 hours.


Who should go :


Hikers, surfers (novice or otherwise), environmentalists, motorists, shell-collectors, beachcombers, art collectors and enthusiasts of 60s counter-culture movements.


Where to stay :


Bolinas Bed & Breakfast

11 Wharf Road

Bolinas, CA 94924

(415 868-1102)


Dog's Inn On The Mesa

20 Mesa Rd

Bolinas, CA 94924



Grand Hotel

15 Brighton Ave

Bolinas, CA 94924



Smiley's Schooner Saloon and Hotel

41 Wharf Road

Bolinas, CA 94924



Where to eat :


Blue Heron Inn

"Wonderful Local Food"

Dinner: Thursday to Sunday, 5:30 - 9:30

11 Wharf Road, Bolinas, CA 94924

Reservations only: 415 868-1102


Coast Café

"Local Seafood and Organic Produce" Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Sunday to Thursday: 7:30 am - 2 pm, 5:30 - 8 pm

Friday and Saturday: 7:30 am - 3 pm, 5:30 - 9 pm

46 Wharf Road, Bolinas, CA 94924

415 868-2298


How to get there:


Bolinas is about 30 miles north of San Francisco. Take State 1 north past Stinson Beach and around the Bolinas Lagoon. Just before the highway starts to climb, turn left on Olema-Bolinas Rd. (look carefully; remember the street sign is missing) and follow it about 2 miles to downtown.


Sources Cited:


John Stewart The Lonesome Picker Rides Again “Bolinas.”

New York Times “Welcome to Bolinas, now leave…”

The Bolinas Museum: ( “History of Bolinas”

Bolinas Foundation News: “River Otters Visit the Bolinas Lagoon”

Website of the County of Marin CA ( demographic, historical and legislative information.

Personal Interviews: “Raven,” Mike Parrish and Steven Thackery



©Richard Martin

Pictures ©Leslie Levitas



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