Town -----------> Country

mankasBreakfast at Manka's arrives in a tray at your doorstep with the New York Times and a description of breakfast: "Inverness apples pressed for your pleasure and served alongside house made yogurt over wild west Marin honey under our granola and more apple - with buns that just jumped out of the oven." Highly recommend enjoying in bed with a morning fire. Warning: as beautiful as it may be outdoors, it will be hard to get out of bed. saltwaterA little pit-stop at Saltwater for lunch. Highly recommend selecting their "Raw Deal" which includes a dozen oysters and glass of vino.

mankas1Taking in the salty air and cold Pacific Ocean at Point Reyes South Beach.  mankas6Check-In at Manka's is inside an Airstream trailer. Very California. mankas2Obsessed with this porcelain sink in our cabin. It is huge with original fixtures and gorgeous.  mankas7A witty page from one of the many intriguing books on our bookshelf, this one titled "The Guest Room Book" by F.J. Sheed.  mankas4A view of the cabins from outside. mankas5]Our dining nook in our cabin flanked by buffalo check pillows and an antler chandelier above. The chef brought us a three-course farm-to-table meal to enjoy fireside. (They only offer in-room dining on Fridays and Sundays). Divine.  mankas3A Tidelog hangs next to the loo. Clever.

mankas15A photograph snapped from the car ride - still breeze and blue skies in Inverness.  mankas13Another view of the rustic cabins.

mankas10Dinner menu from our fireside meal. The Meyer Lemon Cake was sensational. mankas16Our small patio just adjacent to our dining nook. The Adirondack chairs were so deep and relaxing and the temperature was perfect for chilling our rosé.

mankas14Pinecones sit bedside in a wicker basket.

mankas11A window in the shower looks out to a bed of ivy and greenery.

mankas12Deep leather chairs, military blankets and dim lighting in front of the fireplace.

The above photos were snapped during a quick 24 hour road trip in Inverness this past weekend. Inverness is a bucolic community in western Marin County, California. The town is located on the southwest shore of the beautiful Tomales Bay, about an hour and a half drive from San Francisco. We left the city in our rear view and spent the night at  Manka's, which was certainly one of the most memorable places I've stayed. The property is dotted with quaint cabins thoughtfully decorated in a sea of rich textures, dim lighting and rustic elements. The photos absolutely do not do this little gem justice, it is a must for anyone looking for a country escape. Email C&C for specific recommendations: