The SpaceTHE SUITE
When taking into account the waterfront views, the amenities, and the overall ambiance of this suite, no 5-star hotel can compare nor compete for this price.
This suite itself is situated on the ground floor of a home designed by renowned architect Donald Olsen. The previous (and original) owner of the home was a photographer by trade and, therein, friends with Ansel Adams & Georgia O’keeffe--who used this suite as their secluded getaway.
As shown by our reviews, the suite is ideal for quiet, romantic getaways with breathtaking sunsets, and even more impressive moonsets that glistens on the water between Angel Island and Marin. Whether you are in front of the open fire on the terrace overlooking the water, or indoors in front of the remote-control gas fireplace; the romance isn’t subject to the weather; and, watching the ships come and go from the nearby dock, or falling asleep to the distant ship horns and fog horns adds to the uniqueness of this maritime retreat.
Our 5-star rating not only comes by way of our services and amenities, but more so because of the serene, country setting—an oasis in the heart of the Bay Area. Your front terrace and entryway is situated on a quiet country lane with beautiful views of Mount Tamalpais, Marin County, the Golden Gate Bridge, and San Rafael Bridge. And, being on the water provides a nearly-constant and always fresh sea breeze through the front sliding doors, and out the back windows.
COMPLIMENTARY BREAKFAST FOODS:
All bookings include complimentary breakfast foods (that you will prepare) if you wish. These include Organic Eggs (and all that you need for fresh omelets); Organic Whole Wheat Bread/Toast (butter/jam); Pancakes (butter and syrup); Fruit (Oranges for fresh-squeezed juice); Coffee (whole bean dark roast or decaf); Tea (Earl Grey and other assorted flavors). Please fill out the Breakfast Confirmation Sheet either Accepting or Declining so that we can have them stocked in the refrigerator upon your arrival.
You can have up to one (1) additional guest (for a total of 3 guests) if the guests are declared before booking. We have a queen-size air mattress that we will prepare before your arrival. The additional cost is $25/day.
Point Richmond is the PERFECT MID-POINT between San Francisco and Sonoma/Napa (the wine country). NOTE: Several of our guests have voiced their regret for booking both here AND in Napa (for their SanFran/Napa vacations) because of inconvenience, the traffic, the summer heat, and the price & condition of their Napa accommodations. The Point sits on the northern edge of the bay, always cool, wherein travel between here and Napa runs counter to rush-hour traffic (6am to 9:30am and 4pm to 6:30pm)--making it MUCH more efficient to stay here and drive to Napa (a very scenic 45 mins).
For THE PERFECT setting and ambiance, time your Napa excursion just right to return and enjoy a bottle of that Napa wine on the terrace by the fire during sunset (or moonset on the bay)! For SanFran, simply take the Larkspur Ferry (10 minutes away), then sail past Marin, Angel Island, Alcatraz (enjoying spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge), arriving at the San Francisco Ferry Building where everything is in walking distance. It certainly beats fighting traffic to drive there, parking congestion, and San Francisco parking prices). Again, it is the perfect location for BOTH SanFran and Napa Wine Country venues.
See House Rules and read carefully BEFORE booking with pets. Limit: 1 dog. Ask for a copy of our Pet Policies, Pet Agreement, and Pet Deposit Form BEFORE booking. If you click instant booking, but then find you cannot comply with the Pet Policies, it may cost you the applicable cancellation fees.
This suite is also ideal for traveling executives who need a meeting facility (for up to 8 people), which then transforms into a bedroom.
The suite is equipped with fiber-optic and wireless Internet: network name and password are located on the front page of the Suite Orientation Booklet in the suite.
There is a 40" wall-mounted TV, audio/visual hook-ups, and DVD player. We also have overhead projectors, whiteboard, dry-erase pens, and other presentation hardware (and software) available at no additional cost. A 50ft-long HDMI cable enable you to project your computer onscreen for work , presentations, or for streaming your Netflix or Hulu movies from the bed, couch, or kitchen table. The TV service consists of local channels only--no cable channels.
The bed is a Queen-size Tempur-pedic. Protective mattress pad and hypo-allergenic pillow protectors are always guaranteed fresh (with the towels and linens), which are washed and steamed (disinfected) with essential oils.
The Kitchen is fully equipped for entertaining (including refrigerator/freezer, oven, stove top, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, blender, toaster; setting for six, including two sizes of wine glasses, champagne flutes, tumblers, etc.; utensils for cooking and eating; pots, pans, casserole dishes, pitchers, serving dishes; full range of spices in the spice garden just outside your door.
Your private laundry room is stocked with detergent, towels and linens; iron and ironing board (professional steamer upstairs if needed) lint brushes, and vacuum.
The bathroom is stocked with towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner, and a hairdryer.
The private terrace is fully furnished with seating, fire pit, skewers, with plenty of wood or briquettes here on the premises.
VISITING SAN FRANCISCO
For Bay Area Newcomers: We personally feel that the most enjoyable route to the city (SF) is via the Larkspur Ferry (less than 15 minutes from our door—pending traffic) The ferry passes Angel Island, Alcatraz, and drops you off at the historic SF Ferry Building, now bustling with unique shops and cafés. The ferry from Larkspur to the city takes about 30 minutes; but that short time is fill with the amazing scenery. From the SF Ferry Building, the destinations within walking distance are numerous: 1) The SF Cable car that climbs California Street is just across the street; as is the Embarcadero Station for BART; 2) For views of the city (and the Bay), we recommend a 10-minute walk to Filbert Street, and then up the steep vertical staircase that takes you to Coit Tower; the stairway winds through quaint gardens, yards, and homes nestled in the Telegraph Hill terrain that date back to the Gold-Rush era. 3) Pier 39 is a 10-minute walk along the shoreline; China Town another 10 minutes beyond that, and Fisherman’s wharf another 10 minutes beyond that. And, for the hardy trekkers, traversing the Chrissy Field Promenade will take you over to the Golden Gate (a 30-minute walk from Fisherman's Wharf). Taking the ferry beats driving, parking, and the parking fees. Inexpensive trams, buses, bicycle taxis, taxis, and Uber are always close by if you choose not to walk. On weekends, there are Farmer’s Markets at the SF Ferry Building and across the street from the Larkspur Ferry.
CALIFORNIA'S BEST KEPT SECRET: THE NORTHERN PENINSULA
The Pacific shores and beaches on the Northern Peninsula are second-to-none; staring with Limentour Beach (a 40-minute drive), along with all of Point Reyes. Mount Tamalpais offers mountain-peak views of the Bay, the Ocean, and great views of the California Coastal Range from the top. One of the most picturesque drives and hikes in the country is the Cataract Trail and Falls, found on the north slope of Mount Tamalpais. As great way to end your day of the North-Peninsula excursion, we highly recommend one of four notable restaurants: 1) Murry Circle Restaurant—located in the old Fort Baker Military Base, just below the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge, which offers spectacular views of the bridge (especially if you eat out on the terrace); 2) The Pelican Inn at Muir Beach; 3) Vladimir’s Czech Restaurant in Inverness (out on Point Reyes); or 4) Nick’s Cove, located in Marshall. We have plenty of other suggestions, as there is so much to do and see; we can help plan your stay, just ask.
Point Richmond has a very unique micro-climate: When San Francisco, Marin County, and even Berkeley are typically socked in with fog, Angel Island deflects the fog, rendering the Point bright and sunny, with an ever-present cool breeze off the water. Our highs seldom go above the mid-80s, while the overnight lows hover in the 50s. Bring a jacket. California heat waves typically don't affect us: this is a steadily-cool, very refreshing micro-climate. Guest AccessKey-pick up protocol, private parking access, and check-in is carefully detailed in the Guest Packet we will email you upon booking. Please read and closely adhere to the parking instructions. Generally, the Suite will be unlocked upon your arrival. If not, we will inform you beforehand how to enter the suite. Interaction with GuestsWe are normally here to recommend, suggest, and help make your stay enjoyable; If we are gone, we will make arrangements to check yourself in and check yourself out. Outside of that, we like to remain invisible. The NeighborhoodLOCAL COMMUNITY/ACTIVITIES
Just outside your door and across the driveway is a world-class Wave Garden, a professionally designed and landscaped botanical garden with informatively-labeled vegetation, which garden pathway takes you to the shoreline. There are benches along the shoreline also offering magnificent full or partial views of the bay for relaxation and meditation.
Our oasis is teaming with wildlife both on land (wild turkeys, foxes, raccoon, osprey, etc.) and in the Bay, which provides great swimming for those who like a refreshing 60-to-65-degree dip, with the occasional visit by a seal or two, seasonal herring spawns, sea rays, and a plethora of ocean birds.
Within a 15-minute walk from the suite is the Miller/Knox Wilderness Park, which provides beach access, fishing piers, and mountainous hikes that overlook the Bay Area.
POINT RICHMOND RESTAURANTS/ENTERTAINMENT
Point Richmond is a destination location for the Bay Area. Our quaint "downtown" consists of about 3 small blocks teeming with restaurants, pubs, live music, and live theater. Also keep in mind that the suite has a fully stocked kitchen. There are two grocery stores that have everything needed to create your own romantic dining experience on your own private terrace overlooking the bay and the two bridges. If this is more your style, then plan to be here before those two grocery stores close; Santa Fe Market will be your first choice; you can (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) or call them for closing hours in order to sync with your trip. Getting AroundDriving: This suite on the bay is located at about the 1/2-way point between two major routes into the city: 1) San Rafael Bridge, Hwy 101, to Golden Gate Bridge; OR 2) Hwy 580 to Bay Bridge. Each requires about 45 minutes.
Ferry: The very affordable Larkspur Ferry is 15 minutes from our doorstep, and the Ferry to SF requires 30 minutes. For Ferry Schedules, search "Golden Gate Ferries", and then look under "Larkspur/San Francisco Ferry".
Flying In and Out: The Oakland Airport is 20 minutes away. Expect congestion between Point Richmond and the Airport during rush-hour traffic (7am to 10am, and 4pm to 7pm). We recommend planning your travel outside of those hours.
Though Point Richmond is a small, quaint town, it is also a popular destination place for its unique downtown area filled with restaurants, pubs, live theater, two small markets, and the Point Richmond Plunge: a historic (yet renovated pool) for swimming laps. There are two tennis courts and dog-friendly parks galore. There are mountainous country-hikes that offer views of the entire Bay Area. Everything in Point Richmond is within walking distance (but it consists of steep hills--you will get your exercise). Other Things to NoteITEMS LEFT BEHIND & POSTAGE/FEES TO MAIL THEM TO YOU
In our first three months of hosting, we have spent substantial monies on mailing to people things they have left behind. More expensive than the postage, however, is the time this has taken out of our day to package the items, take them to the post office, and wait in line--even in this small town. Because of this (and in lieu of our no cleaning fee policy), the packaging/postage/delivery fees are as follows:
For items that fit into the USPS Priority Mail Envelope: $25 + Postage
For larger items that require custom packaging: $50 + Postage
For items that require overnight care/urgency: $100 + Postage
NOTE: Our area tends to have a high-rate of mail theft, therein requiring us to go to the post office and wait in line...therefore we need to charge for this massive inconvenience and loss of time.
Payment must be received before we ship the item, via PayPal or credit card. Instructions:
1) Email or Text your mailing address
2) For credit card processing, call or text me with your credit card number.
3) For PayPal payment, I will text you that destination email account.
We will provide a tracking number, but take no responsibility for lost or stolen items.
PLEASE be sure to check the suite to ensure that you have not left anything behind. We apologize for these steep fees, but we are losing precious time (and money) waiting in the post office line.
As this is a VERY CLEAN pet-friendly unit; and, we have two dogs that are well-trained and extremely clean in our home upstairs. If you have a high sensitivity or allergies to pets, you may want to book somewhere else--despite our thoroughness in cleaning. The suite is entirely stone finish throughout, and wiped down after visitors with pets, therefore non-detectable--unless you are hyper-allergenic.
California has seen a surge in the Argentine sugar ants, which make their way in and out of homes depending on wet weather patterns. They have been killing off our native California species, so we don't feel too bad in culling the mega-colonies when we can. TO THESE ENDS, we provide clearly-marked bottles of non-poisonous, FOOD-GRADE Essential Oil mixtures consisting of Oregano, Thyme, Clove, Cinnamon, and Orange oils, which kills ants on contact, and will block their entry point for days at a time. The best way to avoid seeing them, however, is to seal up food and put it away. The cleaner you are, the more scarce they are. Several studies show that these more volatile essential oils are also far more effective at killing bacteria, germs, e. coli, molds and fungus, than poisonous chemicals; so feel free to spray and wipe the counters or floor spills with this spray. It freshens the room, disinfects, while keeping the ants away. SHAKE WELL before using. SAFETY: As this class of oils are categories as volatile, this mixture will irritate skin and cause severe discomfort if it comes in contact with your eyes or mucous membrane.