This one bedroom hillside cottage (2 blocks from the ocean) has great Wi-Fi, DVD player with 40 DVD's (watch TV, movies from your computer), an ocean view deck, BBQ, patio furniture, umbrella, and chaise lounges.
This classic home, built in 1923, has original redwood floors, open-beamed rooms and a classic 20's feel. It has been moderately remodeled, repainted, and includes a gas fireplace with fan, a newer stove and refrigerator, a fully stocked kitchen with a microwave and programmable coffeemaker, coffee grinder, blender, etc., an old, classic farmhouse drop leaf table and chairs, a futon sofa that can be converted to a chaise lounge and a narrower-than-a-twin bed, a leather reading chair/ottoman and up/down window shades so you can sit and watch the ocean, sunsets, the main drag, and the Bolinas coast.
The bedroom has a brand new Posturpedic queen mattress on a platform frame ('very comfortable!'). There is a very large armoire closet to hang your clothes and/or store suitcases. There is also a shelf and clothes rod that run the full length of the bedroom.
We provide very nice linens, towels, beach chairs and beach towels, and some games and books. There is a landline phone, a Bose stereo/radio/CD player (bring your favorite CD's).
In town, here is a classic general store, library (join and you can check out DVD's and CD's), gym, bookstore, art galleries, florist, quaint post office, health and wellness center for massages and chiropractic, a medical center, a park, a church, a community center (walk to the wedding!) and 3+ restaurants; a couple with live music. Stinson is the classic small town but without a gas station (fill up before you come!).
The Audubon Society has a bird sanctuary down the road where you can watch egrets nest in June and July. Several hiking and biking trails start in Stinson and the notorious Dipsea foot race from Mill Valley ends here.
From the San Francisco Chronicle 7/25/14:
'Stinson Beach in Marin County has just about everything you could ask for in a Bay Area beach.
In a nutshell: Stinson Beach has pretty much everything you could want in a Northern California beach. Clearer weather than San Francisco, natural beauty and enough space to deal with the often sizable weekend crowds.
Sights: Scenic views of Point Reyes and the cliffy coastline. Numerous hiking trails in the vicinity, including the popular Dipsea Trail, a 9.5-mile round trip that leads from Muir Beach across creeks and stunning hills down to the coast.
Kid friendliness: A perfect spot for kids. Enough said.
Food: There are several good restaurants in the town of Stinson Beach, from a rockin' food/bar/live music on the weekends (blues to jazz, R&R, country...), to a restaurant near the beach with a wonderful bakery attached. There are two takeout food stands, one on the way to the beach and one on the beach.
Nearby Muir Beach
In a nutshell: Cross the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin and wind along the excessively curvy Highway 1 for 15 minutes and you will reach Muir Beach, a lovely getaway in a quiet cove. Check the weather ahead of time and you might luck out with a clear day.
Sights: The beautiful Redwood Creek meets the ocean in the Muir Beach cove. The recently renovated area features a nice walkway by the creek, which serves as a habitat for lots of local flora and fauna, including the California newt.
Food: There is only one restaurant within a 10-minute drive of Muir Beach, a British tavern at the Pelican Inn by Highway 1. More options are farther north in Stinson Beach or south in Mill Valley. Best to bring a picnic.
Nearby is Muir State Park with old-growth Redwood trees--a not-to-miss incredible place. There is an entrance fee and go early, as parking is very limited.
Great directions from further away. Please use it!
The Matt Davis Trail starts about 3 minutes from the cabin. I believe it hooks up with the Dipsea. Even if not, the Dipsea is about a 10 minute walk away. 2 other trailheads about 10-12 minutes away. There is a Marin Hiking Book at the cabin.
No need to drive anywhere in Stinson or to the beach.
There is, however, a Laundromat and gas station in Bolinas, about a 20 min. drive away. There are no signs to Bolinas! Just drive around the Lagoon, as if going to Pt. Reyes, and take the first left.