Cocktails, oysters and the Tomales Bay. What else could you ask for? Photo courtesy of Mike Norquist

Nick’s Cove tempts with oysters, sustainable seafood menus and romantic cottages this Valentine’s Day

Romantic cottages on Tomales Bay at Nick’s Cove. Photo courtesy ©2012

Written by Nadia Ibanez, photos courtesy of Nick’s Cove

I’m a HUGE fan of oysters. I can’t eat enough of them and if I had it my way, I’d eat them every night with my hunny. While it’s known that oysters are an aphrodisiac, I childishly laughed to myself when I found out about Nick’s Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Cottages in Tomales Bay. Seriously, why aren’t there more oyster bars within walking distance of romantic cottages?!

Cocktails, oysters and the Tomales Bay. What else could you ask for? Photo courtesy of Mike Norquist

As I navigate my way through my new city, I keep hearing about Tomales Bay and that I must make the 50 mile trek up north. And I may just have to make the drive this month to take advantage of Nick’s Cove’s Valentine’s Day special. Situated on the Tomales Bay with its peaceful waters, sandy beaches and views of the nearby rolling hills, Nick’s Cove offers seasonal and sustainable California cuisine butted up against 12 luxury and romantic cottages.

Oysters three ways: BBQ, Rockerfeller and Mornay Oysters. Photo courtesy of Justin Lewis.
Photo courtesy of Mike Norquist.

If you’re an oyster lover and really want to treat yourself and your lover to an unforgettable Valentine’s Day, read on. A special menu will be available on February 14 to showcase locally-sourced food, wine, farms and creameries — to go along with their fully-stocked Tomales Bay oyster bar. Nick’s Cove will also offer the Nick’s Loves Love hotel package the night of the 14th and throughout the month.

What to expect when you order the Wood Fired Wagyu on V Day. Photo courtesy of Mike Norquist.

Executive Chef Austin Perkins has created a wonderful and decadent menu created to “ignite the fires of romance.” Bow chika chika wow wow. Some prix fixe menu items, only available February 14, include:

  • Nick’s Premium Oyster Platter
  • Loch Duart Salmon Tartare with quail egg, fried capers and house-made brioche
  • Seared American Wagyu Beef with bone marrow mashed potatoes and chanterelle mushrooms
  • Orange-Chocolate Bombe Torte with Grand Marnier anglais, orange syrup, cocoa nibs and fior di latte gelato

If you want to make the trail from dining room to bedroom quick and easy, book a room in one of the 12 luxury cottages. Five are located on the water and seven are found just across Highway One. Independent and boutique hotel lovers will absolutely adore the nautical and rustic decor, along with luxe linens and amenities.

The Bandits Bungalow at Nick’s Cove. Photo courtesy ©2012
Inside the Uncle Andy’s cottage at Nick’s Cove. Photo courtesy of Val Atkinson.

Go all out with the Nick’s Loves Love package and enjoy two, one-hour in-room massages, a bottle of sparkling wine and BBQ oysters upon check-in, a full breakfast delivered to the cottage and an extra special amuse bouche at dinner.

The bar is super rad at Nick’s Cove. Photo courtesy ©2012

By the looks of the Nick’s interiors, bar, oyster offerings and menu, I’ll definitely be checking out this property in its full glory very, very soon. For more information, visit



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