What's This at Nick's Cove Cottages?
We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our newest series, What is This?, is devoted to odd-looking items in hotel rooms that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.
Window washing pulley or ancient repelling gear? Not at Nick's Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Cottages on Northern California's Tomales Bay, where you'll spy the above ropes and hooks once used to haul in crab pots and fishing nets now in the boat shack at the end of the pier. As recreational Dungeness crab season kicks off this fall, more of that crab-fetching gear will be showing up on November 11, when Nick's Cove hosts its inaugural Crab Catch competition and celebration.
Never heard of the Cottages at Nick's Cove? Tucked within the West Marin coast just 50 miles north of San Francisco, Nick's Cove may be better known for its locally sourced California cuisine than its totally charming overwater bungalows, but it's about time we right that equation. Nostalgic and nautical with down comforters and wood burning stoves, each of the 12 cottages comes with either a waterfront location or waterview and names like Nicolina and Bandit's Bungalow. Part coastal cabin and part hunting lodge, each of the cottages are unique, cozy and awesomely kitschy.
The crab catch offers a great time to check out Nick's cottages. But what the heck happens at a crab catch anyway?
Uncle Andy's cottage (yep, rad name) comes with a private deck and waterview
First of all, you don't have to be a fisherman at Nick's Cove to find out. The catch will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with activities for guests, fishing fanatics and visiting crab enthusiasts of all ages. The day starts with a crab catching competition ($40) where participants use their own boat and gear to catch as much Dungeness crab as they can over a four-hour period, followed by an award ceremony hosted by Liam Mayclem of KCBS’ FoodieChap. Each of the three first place winners in the Heaviest Haul (most crab caught), Big Kahuna (biggest single crab) and Craziest Crabber (greatest distance traveled from home by a participant) categories will score dinner for two plus an overnight stay at Nick's Cove, among other loot.
For those not out on the bay grabbing crab, Nick's Cove will also host a cooking demonstration and a Crabby Hour at the bar that features crab-infused Bloody Mary cocktails and Cucumber Cosmos with crab-crème fraiche foam. For dinner, a special four-course prix fixe Dungeness Crab Menu ($55) caps the day with dishes like Crab Louie Salad and Dungeness Crab Risotto.
Though the cottages are nearly sold out for the event, registered Crab Catch participants will receive 30% off a cottage booking for Sunday, November 11. We also found rates through the month of November starting at $225.
Photos: Nick's Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Cottages/Val Atkinson