Jeanette Le Grue                                        Painting From Life



THINGS TO DO:                                               Map & Directions


Tomales is a sleepy little town west of Petaluma that I love to paint. Born in the 1860's, this little town has somehow not kept pace with the surrounding area --that's the beauty of it, and there is much to discover!

Dillon Beach

Just 4.5 miles west of Tomales is one of California's only privately owned beaches. There is a parking and access fee unless you are staying at one of the many vacation rentals or the campground. Lawson's Landing has a large marina resort with RV parking & overnight beach rentals, and is the center of fishing, crabbing, clam digging, rock fishing activities for both inside and out of Tomales Bay. Vacation homes on hillsides overlook the beautiful coastline, with big beautiful beaches in a rural setting.

A great spot for a picnic, a stroll on the beach...for a day, a weekend, or a week!







Blue Waters Kayaking


19225 Shoreline Highway

Marshall, CA



Blue Waters Kayaking has introduced numerous people of all ages and abilities to the natural wonders of kayaking. Rejoice with wonder as you serenely cross the Bay, by the still morning light or under the glow of the full moon, and beam with excitement as you load your kayak for the day or for a camping trip on a secluded beach for the night.

Beginning with the Coast Miwok indians, the shores of Tomales Bay have been inhabited by people for over 5,000 years.  Although the Bay has undergone tremendous changes over the centuries Blue Waters Kayaking is dedicated to preserving Tomales Bay.


Join them for a stunning and beautiful experience!





Tomales Bay Oyster Company

15479 Highway One
Marshall, CA 94940

415) 663-1242


Tomales Bay Oyster Company, California’s oldest continuously run shellfish farm since 1909, is operated by shellfish experts. They offer a variety of sizes of freshly hand picked pacific oysters and mussels from their certified farm located in the pristine waters of Tomales Bay on the western edge of Marin County. Their friendly and helpful staff are there to serve you, and invite you to come enjoy their fine shellfish products and scenic bay shore picnic area.


Open Every Day 8 am to 6 pm!


Just 20 minutes south of Tomales on Hwy One, look for the long white picket fence.

Hog Island Oyster Co.


Marshall, CA 94940


Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The farm is located on Highway 1 in Marshall, about 15 minutes south of Tomales.

Point Reyes National Seashore

The ageless beauty of the Marin coastline and 100,000 acres of open space will remain unspoiled thanks to the creation of the Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate Recreation Area. Visitors can enjoy the extraordinary scenery and wilderness, abundant wildlife, and explore miles of beaches and tide pools, lush forests and rolling meadows of wildflowers and extensive hiking trails. The National Seashore is one of the top birding spots in the United States. The protected coastal land offers habitats for water birds, shorebirds and land birds along the Pacific migrational path. Over 45 percent of all the types of birds known to inhabit North America have been spotted here.

Just 40 minutes south of Tomales on Hwy One.


...All of this, and more!


Copyright Jeanette Le Grue 2009