Make your way to Point Reyes Station, a little more than an hour’s drive north from San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge and through the rolling hills of Marin County. Meet your guide, a local certified chef, at Tomales Bay Foods and kick off your tour with some delicious cheese-stuffed pastries from Bovine Bakery. Here, you’ll also visit the Cowgirl Creamery for a taste of signature cheeses like creamy Mt Tam or unique Red Hawk.
Climb aboard a comfortable minivan and make your way through the scenic countryside while learning about Marin’s gourmet history from your guide. Stop at three more artisanal creameries for a behind-the-scenes tour of the facilities to learn how your favorite cheeses are crafted and aged. Taste more than 30 varieties of cheese throughout the day.
Sample buttery Brie and Camembert at Marin French Cheese Company. In production since 1865, this is the oldest cheese manufacturer in the country. Taste crumbly aged blue cheese at Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company, which is closed to the general public. At Nicasio Valley Cheese Company, try cheeses made from 100% organic cow’s milk, such as the soft and tangy Foggy Morning infused with basil and garlic.
Midday, soak up the glorious scenery and savor the farm-fresh flavors of Marin with a gourmet picnic lunch beside a garden pond (see Itinerary for a sample menu). Your 5-hour tour concludes back at Tomales Bay Foods in the afternoon.
Raw and barbecued oysters
Sparkling non-alcoholic drinks