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Taste your way through the scenic dairy lands of Marin County with this small-group cheese tour. Visit four local creameries to learn about the cheesemaking process firsthand, and taste more than 30 different artisanal cheeses like the award-winning Point Reyes Original Blue and Cowgirl Creamery’s triple-cream Mt Tam. Top it all off with a gourmet picnic lunch on the banks of a picturesque pond. Numbers are limited to seven people for a personalized small-group experience.

Highlights

  • Marin cheese tour with all tastings included
  • Meet the cheese makers and get behind-the-scenes tours of four local creameries including Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company
  • Sample more than 30 artisanal cheeses and witness the cheesemaking process first-hand
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch in the beautiful rolling hills of West Marin
  • Small-group tour limited to seven people ensures a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A unique experience for locals or tourists looking for something different. You'll see the cheesemaking process, try a plethora of fantastic cheeses and indulge in a picnic lunch with all kinds of other local goodies in beautiful Marin.

What You Can Expect

Behind-the-Scenes Cheese Tasting Tour in Marin

Sample a Variety of Fine California Cheeses

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.

Itinerary

Sample Menu
Raw and barbecued oysters
Brick-oven bread
Triple-crème Brie
Apples
Nuts
Local chutney
Cookies
Sparkling non-alcoholic drinks

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