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Marin Walkabout --Is there any place to spend 1 night in Bolinas?

Since the  Blue Heron Inn seems to be closed and I can't find a directory listing for a Red Rabbit Inn, I wondered if anyone knew a place to spend the night in Bolinas?  (Other than Smiley's?)

The town seems to have been taken over by Air BnB, and I wasn't able to find any listings that didn't require at least two nights' stay.

Chris

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Chris,

Here are the phone numbers for the Red Rabbit Inn from Walkabout Northern California - Hiking Inn to Inn, 415-868-0931 and 415-250-5298.  I'm not sure they are still operating.  You can also try the Grand Hotel, 415-868-1757.  Heidi and I stayed at Smiley's a few months ago, and it was nice - clean and quiet.

Good luck,

Tom Courtney

Chris,

I'm not sure about other options besides Smiley's, but I've enjoyed staying there. It's comfortable, and Smiley's is a classic - continuously operated for more than 150 years, right through prohibition. There's a short and sweet history on their webpage. Usually a fun crowd and good music.

Anyone else have suggestions for a one night stay in Bolinas?

Emily

Chris,

I was speaking at REI Saratoga, and a couple who had recently hiked the Marin Coast Walkabout told me the Blue Heron in Bolinas has reopened as 11 Wharf Rd.  It still looks like a great place to stay.

Tom Courtney

Thanks, Tom!  Indeed, I found their website no problem --but they also want a two-night minimum on weekends.  In the end, what we have decided to do is to convert it to a 3-day, 2-night walk:

1)  Friday:  Sausalito to Muir Beach, stay at the Pelican

2)  Saturday:  Muir Beach to Stinson Beach (with a little added loop at the north end of Muir Woods to get the mileage up), and stay at the motel --Redwood Haus' reservation site has been down for weeks, and they are not answering their phone in the evenings; the Sandpiper also has a two-night minimum.

3)  Sunday:  Stinson Beach to ?? via Willow Camp to Coastal Trail to Bolinas Ridge Fire Road.  I don't think we'll make it all the way to Olema; we're thinking we may turn off at Shafter Grade and take it down to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and get picked up there, which I think cuts off about 4 miles.

Chris

Chris,

Sounds like a great walkabout.  The hike from Stinson Beach to Olema is beautiful.  If you have a copy of Walkabout Northern California - Hiking Inn to Inn, you can find details of that hike on Day 3 of the final chapter.

Tom

That's where I got the idea!   Alas, my paper edition of the book (signed by you) was stolen from my car two weeks ago.   I also have the book on my Kindle, but its not as easy to flip back and forth to find places where the routes intersect.

Chris,

We have been thrilled with the popularity of Walkabout Northern California - Hiking Inn to Inn, but I didn't know it was now the target of nefarious book thieves!  I will send you the Circumtambulation guide that has the hike from Stinson Beach to Olema.

Tom

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