Coasting Along

50 miles and a world away

We've timed it: In exactly 1 hour and 28 minutes, you could be slurping oysters and drinking rosé with a direct view of Tomales Bay.

So what are you waiting for? Click here to see our escape plan.

Wind your way up Highway 1, arriving in Point Reyes Station in time for lunch at Marin Sun Farms, where road weariness is erased by burgers and French fries.

Continue on to Dillon Beach for a windswept winter walk (dogs welcome) to work up an appetite for The Marshall Store. You can get the oysters raw or barbecued, then eat them in view of the water whence they came.

The North Coast may be known as a summer destination, but when you check into your cottage at Nick's Cove, fire up the wood stove and bed down under a fluffy comforter, winter seems like peak season.

The next morning, hit the empty, open road, making a pit stop at Toby's Coffee Bar for more caffeine and cookies.

And if you want to make it a long weekend and head back on Monday morning, this getaway is so close, you could still arrive at your desk by 9 a.m.