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From elegant and sophisticated to casual and understated, you can find your very own style from this collection of Point Reyes National Seashore / West Marin cottages. What we love about these cottages is their magical ability to erase stress, delight the senses and refresh one's soul. Most with livingrooms, bedrooms, a bathroom and a kitchenette, these California coastal cottages invite travelers to stay awhile. (Photo above: AppleGarden Cottage)
applegarden cottage in tomales ca AppleGarden Cottage
3875 Tomales-Petaluma Road, Tomales CA 94971

AppleGarden bed-and-breakfast is a cozy cottage just outside the historic town of Tomales and is located on a working farm and cidery. Surrounded by an organic apple orchard and vegetable gardens, we’re about an hour’s drive from San Francisco. You can explore Dillon Beach and Tomales Bay, both a few minutes away. The area is known for bicycling through the beautiful countryside. This is the perfect place for a romantic vacation or a quick week-end getaway! A bottle of the farm’s signature hard cider and a plate of local cheese and crackers will welcome you on your arrival.

bear valley inn, olema ca Bear Valley Cottage
Highway One (Shoreline Highway) and Bear Valley Road, Olema, CA 94950

Formerly the Bear Valley Inn, the Hummingbird Cottage at Bear Valley is available for rental for short or longer stays in the Point Reyes area. Nestled in the scenic rolling hills of West Marin, thirty-five miles from San Francisco and fifty miles from Napa Valley wine country, our cottage is a perfect launching point for exploring the amazing Point Reyes area. The charming cottage is surrounded by hundreds of miles of hiking, biking and horseback trails in the Point Reyes National Seashore. The Inn is certified by Marin County as a Green Business.

COTTAGE: A cottage is, typically, a small house. The word comes from England where it originally was a house that has a ground floor, with a first, lower storey of bedrooms which fit within the roofspace. In many places the word cottage is used to mean a small old-fashioned house. In modern usage, a cottage is usually a modest, often cosy dwelling, typically in a rural or semi-rural location. In the United Kingdom the term cottage denotes a small dwelling of traditional build, although it can also be applied to dwellings of modern construction which are designed to resemble traditional ones ("mock cottages").

In the United States the word cottage is often used to mean a small holiday home. However there are cottage-style dwellings in cities, and in places such as Canada the term exists with no connotations of size at all (cf. vicarage or hermitage). In certain countries (e.g. Scandinavia, Baltics, and Russia) the term "cottage" has local synonyms: In Finnish mökki; in Estonian suvila; in Swedish stuga; in Norwegian hytte (from the German word Hütte); in Slovak chalupa; in Russian дача (dacha; which can refer to a vacation/summer home, often located near a body of water).

In the USA this type of summer home is more commonly called a "cabin", "chalet", or even "camp". According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term cottage is used in North America to represent "a summer residence (often on a large and sumptuous scale) at a watering-place or a health or pleasure resort" with its first recognised use dating to 1882, in reference to Bar Harbor in Maine. In North America, most buildings known as cottages are used for weekend or summer getaways by city dwellers. It is also common for the owners of cottages to rent their properties to tourists as a source of revenue.

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