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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

(415-868-2110)

 

Grand Hotel

15 Brighton Ave

Bolinas, CA 94924

(415-868-1757)

 

Smiley's Schooner Saloon and Hotel

41 Wharf Road

Bolinas, CA 94924

(415-868-1311)

 

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: (www.bolinasmuseum.org) “History of Bolinas”

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

Website of the County of Marin CA (www.marin.org) demographic, historical and legislative information.

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

 

 

©Richard Martin

Pictures ©Leslie Levitas

 

 

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