at 10 Inverness Way N, Inverness, 94937 United States
Ten Inverness Way Bed & Breakfast Inn
TEN INVERNESS WAY is a Pt. Reyes 1904 Craftsman Bed and Breakfast Inn, a two minute walk to Tomales Bay and near the towns of Olema, Point Reyes Station and Inverness Park, is surrounded by lush gardens and filled with the aroma of fresh home baking. The B&B is in Point Reyes National Seashore.
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PRNS (May 6, 2014): The full moon rises May 15 and in the following week, Comet 209P/Linear will provide a dramatic meteor shower seen on May 24 as the earth passes through the comet's dust and debris. Northern elephant seal numbers are rising as seals return to lose their fur - a "catastrophic molt". they will look blotchy with patches of older darker skin and lighter newer skin; many have been seen on pocket beaches around Chimney Rock. Unusual and exciting sigthings in past weeks have been orcas traveling north past the Lighthouse (friend the park on Facebook to see images) The wildflower parade continues - stocky tall Cow Parsnip with thick stems and large white flowers is appearing along roadsides. An incredible year for poppies and iris displays. The first snowy plover eggs have been laid in nests in the reclaimed dune areas around Abbots Lagoon; docents will be on hand memorial Day weekend to provide insight into these plucky little birds. Expanded Services Begin Memorial Day: The Lighthouse will be open Thursdays beginning May 29 through August 28. Ken Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will be open weekends through Labor Day from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. On Monday, Memorial Day May 26 - the annual commemoration will take place at the Lifesaving Service Cemetery beginning at 1:00 pm honoring surfmen who served along the treacherous Point Reyes coast.
PRNS (03/27/14): A new moon rises Sunday, March 30 but viewing may be hampered by predicted showers. Wildflower season is on! Light colored flowering shrubs along roadsides are Red Elderberry and are very profuse along the Coast Trail. Douglas Iris beds at the Estero Trailhead are blooming and poppies are everywhere! Northern Elephant seal season is winding down with most females gone to sea and this years group of 'weaners' on the beaches. They will linger molting and losing fur for another few months. Whale spotting has been hampered by dense fog at the coast but this past weekend more were seen from the Lighthouse. Bio Blitz teams will be roaming the Giacomini Wetlands this weekend, counting and identifying a variety of species. look for the leaders in bright green shirts! A new species of fly was discovered in the park near Limantour Road area by scientists from the California Food and Agriculture Division - a type of fungus gnat (Megophthalmidia saskia) which, yes, feeds on fungus! This weekend is the end of the 2013-2014 shuttle season; Sir Francis Drake Boulevard will be open on weekends.
A Day in Point Reyes: The Cowgirl Creamery Cooks http://www.cookbooks365.com/simply-classic-grilled-cheese/
Point Reyes National Seashore (03/05/14): Wet weather is bring out newts with pumpkin colored bellies and reddish purple backs. They love the damp forest floor along the Woodpecker Trail. Rainfall has broken open the sandbar at Redwood Creek and opened the spawning grounds of Muir Woods! Initial reports found three coho redds and five steelhead redds with 12 live coho! Olema Creek had 19 coho redds and 17 steelehaed redds with 50 live coho and 38 live steelhead. Pine Gulch was the 'winner" with 27 steelhead redds and 11 live steelhead! Early winter elk counts suggest that 2013, one of the driest calendar years on record, had an impact on the herds. At Tomales Point, the estimate for the total number of animals stands at 357 a decline of 34% from the 2012 count of 540 (the ten year average is 450 animals). Elk in the Limantour Muddy Hollow area declined by 25% from 94 to 71 elk while the Drakes Beach group increased from 66 to 76. Speculation that a lack of forage and water contributed to these changes. New artwork at Bear Valley Visitor Center by Marien Lovett and Judy Arndt, a collection of prints featuring trees of Marin and the Sierra.
Point Reyes National Seashore (02/06/2014): A full moon comes up Friday, February 14 with high early morning tides. A very unusual sighting of a sea otter in Tomales Bay was reported by local outfitter Point Reyes Outdoors. Typically, the kelp bed habitat preferred is found along the outer seashore areas where occasional sightings have been reported. The overall population of sea otters, most prevalent in Monterey Bay, has sustained various illnesses so there are less animals to recolonize Point Reyes. Spring seems to be arriving on its own schedule with bright yellow acacia trees in full bloom along Sir Francis Drake; flowering plum and other fruit trees awash in blossoms, along with native pink flowering currant on Bear Valley Trail. The recent dry spell has affected spawning salmon in park creeks both at Point Reyes and Muir Woods. Lagunitas Creek has been more positive - Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) reported 118 live adult coho and 45 new coho redds last Friday. Our Dual-Frequency Identification Sonar (DIDSON) system that uses sonar to produce fish images documented a net upstream movement of 267 adult salmonids. Based on MMWD survey data the majority of these fish are likely adult coho! Follow the link below to see some of our DIDSON video clips on Lagunitas Creek: http://www.sfnps.org/coho/projects/didson/multimedia Bear Valley and the Lighthouse Visitor Centers will be open on Monday, February 17, the Presidents Holiday weekend. If the weather is clear, shuttles will be running.
1595 Wreck of the San Agustin to air on January 26 http://alameda.patch.com/groups/arts-and-entertainment/p/1595-bay-area-shipwreck-doc-to-air-on-pbs_ca843863
Point Reyes National Seashore (01/15/14): Mt. Vision Road is closed today, Wednesday, January 15 due to Red Flag Warnings. The full moon on Wednesday, January 15 known as the Wolf Moon amongst many tribal communities - a period of deep snow and listening to the sound of wolves howling. Clear dry weather means bountiful whale sightings from the Lighthouse over the past weeks - is the weather making sightings easier OR is the migration early this year; no answers yet? Check the webcam at the park website before heading out, heavy fog late last week shutout whale viewing. Northern elephant seal activity grows as more and more females return to the outer beaches. D-9 is marked on the dominant male or alpha of the northern Drakes Beach colony. If you are watching the seals and see what appears to be a human with a stick 'poking' a seal - most likely it is researchers dye marking seals - studies are underway on the movements of males around park sites and on how females are responding to temperature changes. Volunteers are needed for planting along Olema Creek on January 25. Meet at the Bear Valley Visitor center at 10 am to go out to the planting areas along Highway 1 north of Olema until 2 pm. Check the park website for full details at nps.gov/pore. New artwork at Bear Valley Visitor center from local photographer Cooper Jolley may be seen seen through out January and February. Monday, January 20 is the federal holiday Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Bear Valley and the Lighthouse Visitor centers will be open and shuttles will be operating if the weather is clear.
Point Reyes National Seashore (12/29/13): Exceptionally high tides - 'king' tides peak Wednesday, January 1 at 7.3 feet at 9:46 am under a new moon: Monday 6.8 feet at 8:09 am Tuesday, 7.1 at 8:58 am A special photo session is scheduled for 10:00 am on Tuesday, December 31 at Tomales Bay State Park to photograph the king tides. The first two elephant seal pups were noted last week in the main colony of the Headlands. Researchers have been dye-marking animals in the colonies to assist in identifying dominant males. Gray whale sightings have also been on the rise - larger numbers seen earlier in the year than usual - may be due to great weather for watching them or other factors - 34 seen on Saturday! Bear Valley Visitor Center will be open Wednesday, January 1. The Lighthouse will not be open and remains on its regular schedule - closed Tuesday through Thursday; open Friday through Monday 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. The Ken Patrick Visitor Center is open only when shuttles are operating.
Point Reyes National Seashore (12/11/13): The morning high tides continue in the six foot plus range with corresponding minus tides in the late afternoons. Again, beach walkers should dress warmly against colder than normal temperatures and do not turn your back on the ocean! The high waves may bring in some early elephant seal bulls to Drakes Beach, so keep an eye out and be sure not to approach any marine mammals. Researchers from Tottori University Japan are tracking tsunami debris by releasing brightly colored drift bottles (see attached photo) If you come across one on local beaches, please follow instructions on how to contact the researchers. Icy temperatures have put a chill on fungi; it may be a slow season for mushroom hunters until there is more warmth to spur growth of the tasty treats; plenty of rain over the weekend but not enough heat. Fish numbers should be improving after the storm and will be reported as they come in to the staff. The annual park open house is Friday, December 13 from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Bear Valley Visitor Center, Come by and share a treat and visit! Right around the corner is the 16th year of shuttle busses at the park - on weekends and Monday federal holidays beginning December 28; if the weather is clear; Sir Francis Drake Road is closed at South Beach and busses carry visitors to the whale watching and elephant seal viewing area
SF Chronicle Travel Section (12/08/13); Go Now: Bolinas http://m.sfgate.com/travel/article/In-Bolinas-a-new-state-of-mind-just-up-the-road-5041540.php
Point Reyes National Seashore (11/29/13): The new moon rises on Monday, December 2 which mean very high morning tides in the 6 foot range with afternoon lows in the minus. Use caution on beach walks, as winter storms also create wave surges on beaches - do not turn your back on the ocean. From the park fishery biologist "The 2013-2014 spawner season will soon be upon us! Chinook salmon have been observed in Lagunitas Creek and its possible coho salmon have also started to migrate upstream. The last time we saw this cohort was during the winter of 2010-2011 when 21 redds were recorded on Olema Creek and three were seen on Redwood Creek." Northern Elephant Seals are beginning their annual return to the beaches of the Headlands. First reports are coming in of males returning to Chimney Rock! Fire season officially ended with the last rain. The park follows "Spare The Air" protocols and on days declared spare the air - no beach fire permits are issued. The Bear Valley Visitor Center will be open from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on Thursday, November 28. Park roads and trails are open and protection staff remain on duty throughout the day.
Point Reyes National Seashore (11/12/13): Novembers full moon continues the winter pattern of very high mid-day high tides in the 6 foot range with afternoon minus tides.The moon's brilliance will hide the Leonid meteor showers which peak on Sunday evening. It does not interfere with the bright planet Venus which appears just above Inverness Ridge in the evenings. Bright scarlet sprays of berries along Limantour Road are Toyon berries a favorite winter snack for quail. Long eaten by the first Californians, later Spanish and American settlers added sugar to the cooked berries to make cider. They are also called Holly and Christmas berries - the town of Holly wood takes it name from this abundant California plant. West Marin School artwork is up for November and December at the Bear Valley Visitor Center part of the celebration of the 5 year Giacomini wetlands anniversary. Reminder: The park will sponsor and electronic waste drive on Friday, November 15 from 10 am-2 pm in the parking lot of the Bear Valley Visitor Center. No early bird dropoffs to this free event! Recently retired long time trails foreman Bill Michaels, who shepherded generations of YCC youths and trail wokers passed away last week. He leaves a legacy of 140 miles of trails for generations to enjoy. Long time Kule Loklo supporter Frank Ross also passed away - he worked closely with Lanny Pinola on special events such as Big Time preparing the pit roasted deer and fry bread booths.
Point Reyes National Seashore (10/31/13): Daylight Savings ending (fall back) coincides with a new moon and very high mid-morning tides (6.4+) this Sunday, November 3 and the following week. The new moon greets the Taurid meteor shower, 5- 8 per hour but very large and slow with 'persistent' trains. they are seen throughout the week of November 4 -12. Those miniature 'eggplants' on the trails are ripe bay nuts dropping from the trees; peel away the soft outer coating for the hard shelled nut inside. They change from green to yellow to purple as they ripen. Also wandering on the trails are various caterpillars - fuzzy rust and black striped "Woolly bears" they will become tiger moths. Acorn woodpeckers are on the move, haunting the Visitor Center areas for live oak acorns to stuff under the shingles. They's return later in winter when the acorns rot and are full of nutritious bugs to eat. The prescribed burn in the Estero Trail has been rescheduled to Wednesday, October 30 this week. The Bear Valley Visitor Center returns to winter hours - closing half/hour later at 4:30 as of Sunday, November 3. Both Bear Valley and the Lighthouse Visitor center and stairs are open on the Monday, Veterans Day holiday, November 11
Sunday New York Times (10/27/13): Martha's Vineyard? No, It's the Pacific http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/travel/my-west-coast-marthas-vineyard.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
PRNS (10/17/13): Point Reyes National Seashore Re-Opens: Park roads and trails are being opened this morning; Bear Valley Visitor Center is open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, weekdays/9-5 weekends. The Lighthouse will be opened tomorrow - regular hours Friday through Monday 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. Campgrounds are open. For additional information (415) 464-5137. Limantour Road remains closed Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm as a contractor continues repairs on last winters slide. The road is open weekends.
Just up the road from the inn, you can enjoy beaches and trails at Tomales Bay State Park. http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=470
Hike Mount Tamalpais. Another West Marin alternative to The Point Reyes National Seashore. http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-77396293/
Point Reyes National Seashore (10/04/13) ENJOYING OUR LOCAL GREAT OUTDOORS (Despite the National Park Closures) Dear Visitors, While the government shutdown is in effect, all of the beautiful Point Reyes National Seashore trails, beaches, and campgrounds are closed. We’re hoping this doesn’t last long and that all of those special places will be open again soon, but until then, here’s a list of other state and county parks and open space preserves with points of the compass listed from Point Reyes Station. Enjoy your visit and come back soon. List compiled by: Point Reyes Books Point Reyes National Seashore Association West Marin Chamber of Commerce Point Reyes Schoolhouse Lodging NEARBY STATE PARKS Mount Tamalpais State Park 801 Panoramic Highway Mill Valley 94941 (415) 388-2070 Samuel P. Taylor State Park 8889 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Lagunitas 94938 (415) 488-9897 Tomales Bay State Park 1208 Pierce Point Road Inverness CA 94937 415-669-1140 NORTH Miller Boat Launch [Highway One] Tomales Bay State Park [Millerton Point on Highway One] Sonoma County State Beaches (there’s a website) SOUTH Agate Beach [Bolinas] Audubon Canyon Ranch [Stinson Beach] Bolinas Lagoon [Bolinas] Bolinas Park [Bolinas] Mount Tamalpais State Park [including Stinson Beach] Upton Beach [Stinson Beach] Village Green [Stinson Beach] EAST Gary Giacomini Open Space Preserve [San Geronimo] Lucas Valley Preserve [Lucas Valley Road] Loma Alta Preserve [Fairfax] Roy’s Redwoods Preserve [Nicasio Valley Road] Samuel P. Taylor State Park [Lagunitas] Cross Marin Trail Stafford Lake Park [Novato] WEST Chicken Ranch Beach County Park [Inverness] Tomales Bay State Park [Inverness] White House Pool County Park [Inverness Park] CULTURE Dance Palace Community Center [Point Reyes Station] Bolinas Museum [Bolinas] Jack Mason Museum [Inverness] Tomales Regional History Center [Tomales] FISHING Marin Municipal Water District lands: Alpine Lake, Bon Tempe Lake, Kent Lake, Lagunitas Lake (auto fee), Nicasio Lake, Phoenix Lake, Soulajule Reservoir, Stafford Lake, Walker Creek, Kent Lake Tributaries