With a population of just a few hundred, Tomales provides small-town charm close to a host of outdoor activities. Dillon Beach's sandy dunes provide a scenic backdrop for clamming digs or quiet strolls past tidal pools. At Point Reyes, about 20 miles south, 33,000 acres of coastal wilderness delight bird watchers, hikers, bikers, and kayakers. A breeding colony of elephant seals decorates pups' nurseries with squid mobiles near Chimney Rock between December and March, and California gray whales have been known to parade past the headlands of the Point Reyes Peninsula.A long day in the salt air can rouse a serious yen for seafood, and restaurants in the surrounding area oblige hungry visitors with pescatarian delights pulled straight from the bay. Picnickers can fill their baskets at the local general store, deli, or bakery and dine alfresco with a side of ocean vistas or picturesque sunsets. To wash it all down, the renowned varietals of Sonoma await about 45 minutes to the east of Tomales.