A couple weeks ago, Amy and I left the dogs at home on a Friday afternoon and headed north to Point Reyes Station. Point Reyes Station is a small town located a short distance from Point Reyes National Seashore, a beautiful National park which we visited a few months ago. Point Reyes National Seashore was where Jack had his first encounter with a beach.
On this visit, we had something different in mind: cheese. Amy and I have always loved good cheese, and California’s Cowgirl Creamery was one of our favorite brands even back in Baltimore. Cowgirl Creamery has a small dairy and store in Point Reyes Station, which is what drew us to the town.
Before buying cheese, though, we stopped for a late lunch at a restaurant called the Stationhouse Cafe. From the outside, it looked like a fairly generic bar. On the inside, though, we discovered that it hard a whole variety of delicious local foods. Amy got a fried oyster sandwich, and I got mac and cheese made with Point Reyes Toma, another of our favorite local cheeses. It was the best mac and cheese we had ever eaten.
After lunch, we went over the Cowgirl Creamery. While most of Cowgirl’s cheeses are made at larger facilities, the creamery and store in Point Reyes station makes one of their signature cheeses–Red Hawk–and sells everything they make. You can look through windows in the store and watch the Red Hawk cheeses aging in a refrigerator.
The store itself is large and pleasant, and they let us sample all their cheeses. They also sell other specialty foods, and they have a deli counter. Of course, we were more than happy with our choice of the Station House Cafe and their amazing mac and cheese.
We bought a half wheel of Red Hawk, as well as a nice chunk of another Cowgirl Creamery cheese, Wagon Wheel. The cheeses made a great little cheese plate the next day, when we had an Oscar party with our family in Alamo.
Of course, the dogs would have loved to join us. But don’t worry, there was enough Red Hawk left over for them to have a little sample!
On the way home from Point Reyes Station, we couldn’t get GPS reception (the North Bay is pretty wild), so we took an alternate route back home. It took us down California 1, through the Marin Headlands, with beautiful marshes and amazing cliff views. It’s great to live in a place with so much wonderful scenery!