23240 Highway One
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The beautiful Tomales Bay area has served as a depot for travelers and for local fishermen and agriculture since the mid-nineteenth century. Nick’s Cove is one of the last remaining historic settlements still catering to the tourist trade along this picturesque coastline.
After the construction of State Route 1 in the early 1930s, followed by the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937, a surge of tourists came to Marin County looking for fishing and adventure. And with that came the need for food and lodging.
At this time, Nick and Frances Kojich moved to the area to help Frances’s brothers who owned and operated a local fishing business. In 1931, they purchased a parcel of the old Jeremiah Blake ranch which is where Nick’s Cove sits today. They moved several buildings and other structures from their Pierce Ranch property on the west side of Tomales Bay by barge. One of those structures was an old herring curing facility and they set it up on pilings over the water. They renovated it and opened it up as a small seafood shack selling shrimp and crab cocktails to passing tourists. With the end of prohibition in 1933, Nick (a local bootlegger) began selling alcohol, too.
Many of the weekend travelers to Tomales Bay along the newly paved State Route 1 were fishermen and hunters, who knew that the bay waters and the sparsely settled countryside were rich in wildlife. Beginning in 1933, Nick and Frances were able to “capitalize” on this local appeal by renting out some of their waterfront cottages to these avid sportsmen from the San Francisco Bay Area, the Sacramento Valley, and beyond.
After the Kojich’s retired, the property changed hands numerous times until the current managing partners Palm House Hospitality came aboard. The current team at Nick’s Cove aims to preserve the unique character of this special destination while building on the Kojich family’s tradition of hospitality.
Nick’s Cove is a destination that warmly embraces locals and travelers alike whether you have a few hours to visit or a few days to explore. The seaside sanctuary boasts a newly revamped restaurant, bar, and cottages to serve as a favorite post-beach stop or an overnight getaway. It’s the perfect place to slow down and unwind (with a craft cocktail in hand) or a launch point to discover the bounty of West Marin.