Studying wine grapes in their natural habitat is much more enjoyable than exploring the dank, melancholy caverns of root beer's namesake. Stroll through bliss with this Groupon.
Choose from Six Options
- $76 for a Cheese Lover's tour for one (a $152 value)
- $149 for a Cheese Lover's tour for two (a $304 value)
- $76 for an Oyster Lover's tour for one (a $152 value)
- $149 for an Oyster Lover's tour for two (a $304 value)
- $76 for a Wine and Cheese tour for one (a $152 value)
- $149 for a Wine and Cheese tour for two (a $304 value)
On the Cheese Lover’s tour, Elizabeth guides participants to four local creameries, where they sample more than 30 house-made artisan cheeses, meet the cheese-makers, and tour each of the facilities. The Oyster Lover's tour leads groups to three local oyster farms, where they taste oysters and join in behind-the-scenes farm tours. At the tour’s end, they head to Saltwater Oyster Depot to sample baked oysters and wine.
On the Wine and Cheese tour, Elizabeth expounds on West Marin’s history as she leads groups to tastings of 20 artisan cheeses at three creameries. The tour also visits two area wineries, where guests taste six wines and embark on a private tour of areas normally closed to the public.
Each guided tour includes round-trip transportation, a printed tour guide, non-alcoholic beverages, a West Marin Food & Farm Tours tote bag and magnet for each person, and an outdoor picnic featuring local bread, cheese, preserves, and meat. Guests on the Cheese Lover's and Wine and Cheese tours meet in Point Reyes Station, and guests on the Oyster Lover's tour meet in Inverness.
West Marin Food & Farm Tours
In the spring of 2012, culinary school student Elizabeth Hill brought some of her classmates on a retreat to Inverness. She gave them a tour of West Marin, drawing from childhood experiences ranging from boating trips with her grandfather on Tomales Bay to afternoons spent picking berries for her grandmother. As she led her friends on this in-depth exploration of the local creameries, farms, and wineries, they observed that she could do this for a living.
Following their advice, Elizabeth formed West Marin Food & Farm Tours. She still holds on to her country roots; on each of her regular tours, she leads visitors through the region's rolling hills while revealing its history from an insider perspective. She also incorporates her culinary know-how. She may lead guests to sample local organic produce, grass-fed meats, and baked goods, or embark on private tours and tastings at creameries, wineries, and oyster farms. During many of the tours, Elizabeth gathers visitors for picnics on the shores of Tomales Bay, where they dine on locally made foods.