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The Lodge at Marconi: A Transformed Hideaway on Tomales Bay

Feb 07, 2024 03:06PM ● By Pam Kessler

With its beautiful landscape, and a culinary scene that boasts some of the best seafood and farmstead cheeses in the country, West Marin has become a top destination for travelers. Amidst this natural splendor, a historic coastal property has reemerged, transformed by a multi-million dollar makeover into an upscale retreat.


Perched atop a bluff overlooking Tomales Bay, the Lodge at Marconi is a rare gem within this region, nestled within a state park on 62-acres off Highway Route 1. Its lush natural landscape and miles of hiking trails offer plenty of space for exploration and reflection. 

Originally built in 1914 as a Marconi-era radio station, it became infamous as a Synanon “alternative lifestyle community,” then later a sought-after locale for corporate and celebratory gatherings, before Oliver Hospitality turned it into a coastal destination. Guest accommodations are spacious and comfortable with their plush down comforters, waffle weave bathrobes, Born Bathing luxuries, and mini fridges.


Step into the reception lounge for a place to indulge in espressos and freshly baked pastries, unwind by the fireplace, or peruse the grab-n-go market for refined sips and gourmet snacks. The Marconi’s adept hospitality team is available to direct you to the area’s best spots, whether it’s whale spotting at Limantour Beach on the Point Reyes National Seashore, or savoring a fresh feast from Tomales Bay at Hog Island Oyster Co.  


Not to be missed is the Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company, where the delight of meeting happy, self-sustaining cows is only matched by the joy of sampling their exquisite cheeses. The Marshall Store, with its rustic charm, is another must-visit local seafood spot, and if you’re craving fish & chips or clam chowder, Tony’s Seafood is practically across the street from the lodge.


An easy two hour drive from Walnut Creek, over the rolling landscapes of West Marin, transports you to Tomales Bay, a locale that seems a world apart.



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