5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

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  • Location: Inverness, Marin County
  • Duration:  6 hours (approx.)
Dive deep into the ultimate oyster experience! Enjoy behind-the-scenes tours and tastings at five famous West Marin oyster farms and restaurants, including Tomales Bay Oyster Company, Hog Island Oyster Company and Saltwater Oyster Depot. Sample a variety of raw, smoked, baked and barbecued oysters, learn how they're grown, and enjoy a picnic lunch on the shores of Tomales Bay. You'll be treated to gorgeous scenery, delicious food and informative commentary throughout your small-group tour, limited to seven people to ensure a more personalized experience.

Highlights

  • Half-day tour of West Marin's best-known oyster farms and restaurants
  • Visit Tomales Bay Oyster Company, Hog Island Oyster Company, Saltwater Oyster Depot, The Marshall Store and Nick's Cove
  • Get a behind-the-scenes look at how oysters are cultivated
  • Savor a variety of oysters at each location, as well as baked oysters paired with wine at Saltwater Oyster Depot
  • Enjoy a local picnic lunch on the banks of Tomales Bay
  • All tastings and non-alcoholic drinks included
  • Small-group tour limited to seven people ensures a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you love oysters, it doesn't get better than this! They're super-fresh and straight from the farms that you visit. You'll learn a lot about your favorite mollusk on this tour.

What You Can Expect

Marin County Oyster Farm Tour and Tasting

Go behind the scenes and see oyster planting, sorting and shucking

Your day starts at Saltwater Oyster Depot, where you’ll enjoy pastries from Bovine Bakery and receive a brief history of West Marin’s oyster industry from your knowledgeable local guide. Then, hop in your 7-passenger van and head to five famous West Marin oyster farms and restaurants, admiring the gorgeous scenery along the way. At each place you visit, enjoy several oysters — prepared in many ways, not just raw — and take a behind-the-scenes tour to get an insider’s look at what it takes to cultivate the perfect oyster.

Your first stop is Tomales Bay Oyster Company. After your tour and oyster tastings, sit down to a lovely picnic lunch at the picnic tables overlooking the bay (see sample menu below).

Head up the road to The Marshall Store, an oyster bar and smokehouse where you’ll savor barbecued and smoked oysters. Continue along the bay to famous Hog Island Oyster Company for a tour and tasting, and then try baked oysters at Nick’s Cove, a restaurant and oyster bar a bit further up the road.

Loop back along the southern tip of Tomales Bay to Saltwater Oyster Depot, where you’ll end the day sampling a selection of baked oysters paired with wine in a beautiful waterfront setting. Bid your guide and group adieu, and take home a complimentary tote bag and magnet to commemorate your experience.

Itinerary

Sample Lunch Menu
  • Brickmaiden breads
  • Marin French Cheese Company’s signature Triple Crème Brie
  • Chutney
  • Marin Sun Farms ham
  • Bovine Bakery cookies
  • Selection of fruits and nuts

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Excellent tour,informative,fun,always interesting and never dull.Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and kept us interested throughout the trip. Needless to say the oysters were the highlight of the trip along with the hand selected cheeses,bread,pastries,and spreads at the picnic lunch. My favorite experience was learning how to shuck an oyster. Jim and Lori Las Vegas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Truly amazing. It was an awesome tour. Our guide was knowledgable, friendly and had great insight into the area. The oysters were amazing. The picnic lunch, with the local honey and yummy cheese was perfect. We will be repeating that tour for sure!

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