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Thursday, July 15, 2010

A Seafood-lover's Romantic Day Away

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Autumn Millhouse
Photo courtesy of Hog Island Oysters

Want to escape from the hustle and bustle of ordinary life? If getting away for the weekend is out of the question, opt for a day-escape. Surprise your fiancé by leaving early and arriving home late and squeezing in an entertaining, fun adventure in between. Here is a perfect idea for a romantic day away.

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Hog Island Oysters, Point Reyes – This one-of-a-kind family owned and operated sustainable shellfish company, located in Napa (Oxbow Public Market) and San Francisco (Ferry Building) has merged the art of raising quality seafood with customer-direct, high quality food service. Also, this ultimate farm-to-plate oyster experience offers a unique experience at their Oyster Farm on Highway One along the Sonoma Coast, in the town of Marshall.


Eat: Hog Island raises Pacific (aka Hog Island Sweetwater), Kumamoto and Atlantic oysters as well as Manila Clams and Mussels all farmed in the beautiful, clean waters of Tomales Bay, CA. The farm offers to-go oyster sales and a seaside picnic area. Make a reservation in advance, especially for the weekends, and you will be provided with a bay-side picnic table and grill. You can bring your own grill-friendly foods and pick up hot sauce, a local barbeque sauce, mesquite charcoal briquettes and ice from the farm. Stop by to belly up to the oyster bar with no reservations where they also serve beer and wine.

Do: Besides driving the scenic Hwy One, explore the Point Reyes Lighthouse and hike the Chimney Rock Trails in the area. Most hiking in the area offers breath-taking Pacific Ocean views and are moderately easy.

See: Stay to watch the splendid sunset along the blue, endless Pacific Ocean. Not only is it romantic, but a must-see for any couple.

About: Autumn Millhouse is a local travel writer, international trekker and self-proclaimed “hopeless-romantic.” Author of the hugely popular Romantic Napa Valley: An Insider’s Guide for Couples, she is currently working on two books with similar themes dealing with travel and romance. Check out her blog here.

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