Confession: I have lived in the Bay Area for 15 years and had never been to Dillon Beach before 2021. Don’t ask me why. I’ve spent more days than I can count near Point Reyes National Seashore – in fact, I’ve lived in Inverness for a solid year – so can’t really explain how Dillon Beach slipped my radar for so long. Nonetheless, I’m happy that it’s now on my list of the best weekend excursions, in large part due to the presence of Dillon Beach Resort, whose ridge-lined cottages overlooking the mighty Pacific are eye drops and a place to be. wonderful to decompress.
The town of Dillon Beach has a laid-back, West Coast vibe dotted with ramshackle houses with billion-dollar views, and Dillon Beach Resort is its worthy new hub. Its cottages, reminiscent of the tiny houses we all know, come in different shapes and sizes, but all are on the hillside a short walk from the beach, and all have everything you need to relax in a peaceful setting. comfortable setting. comfort. And a huge plus is the on-site restaurant, a destination in its own right.
The cottages are truly design marvels, considering how much they pack into a tiny space while still maintaining a spacious feel – floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the ocean help and encourage this mission. Our one-bedroom ‘Sweetwater’ chalet was only 280 square feet in size, but had a queen-size bed, kitchenette (with full-size refrigerator, two-burner stove, microwave, and toaster), dining table that seats 4, a Roku – flat screen TV and a spacious bathroom with a large walk-in shower.
The cottages have all been custom built by space-maximizing experts Tru Form Tiny and are done in white, gray and blue tones that reflect the outside world and evoke beach life from the moment you step inside. Come in. You can bring your own supplies, if you like, but between the full on-site store and the excellent Coastal Kitchen restaurant, you don’t have to worry about forgetting everything you might need.
The store has an abundance of ingredients for easy meals that you can prepare in your room, including a well-selected section of local wines and snacks galore. And the restaurant, a short walk from the cottages, has a full menu focused on American beach classics like clam chowder, cod fish and chips, and Caesar salad. We had the lunch special of the day, an ahi tuna poke served over a creamy avocado with homemade corn tortilla chips. (Note that the restaurant is currently only open from Friday noon to Sunday 7 p.m. for lunch and dinner.) If you are coming during the week (a pleasant time to visit as less crowded), you will need to plan your meals a bit. more carefully.
The resort is also a short drive from some of the best oysters in the world, at Marshall – Tony’s (now owned by Hog Island Oyster Co.), The Marshall Store, and Nick’s Cove are all consistently up for my top pick, and they all sort of occupy it for different reasons. Even if you don’t leave Dillon Beach during your stay, plan to have a meal at Marshall on your way in or out.
Although the cottages are built close to each other, the place was remarkably quiet all night long, although the property was fully booked the evening of our stay. We spent most of our time during the day strolling along the great beach, mingling with the local dogs and their inhabitants, a very happy crowd – just as we were at our brand new coastal retreat in Dillon Beach Resort.