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Hi, everyone. I'm taking a quick trip to Healdsburg and Tomales Bay in a few weeks. I've been pouring through the discussions here for a few days and have a game plan, but I have a few questions that I'm not having any luck with since I'm not very familiar with the area.

1. We'll be leaving SF for Healdsburg around 9/10a on Thurs. Are there any quick stops for breakfast or any interesting vendors or markets on the way that we should check out?

2. Having dinner at Cyrus, so we're not planning to eat a sit-down lunch and will just find some stuff to munch on while we go wine tasting. Same question as above, anything downtown that we shouldn't miss?

3. Friday, we might go to Bovolo for breakfast before heading to Hog Island. We think we'll probably feel like leaving HI around 2-3 and aren't sure what to do next before we head back to the city. What I'd like to do is find something to entertain us for a few hours and then find a good place to eat a light dinner. I thought about Osteria Stelina but my friend seems to think we won't be able to find anything to do in Point Reyes until dinner, so then I was thinking about Poggia in Sausalito. Any other ideas, both for things to do and dinner? Any type of food at any price point is fine.

Also, any info re: restaurants or shops that have foie gras is particularly welcome.

Thanks for your help! Links to prior discussions that I missed are welcome!

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  1. Check out Bovine Bakery and Cowgirl Creamery in Pt. Reyes Station. If it were me, I'd route your drive from Healdsburg through Freestone and stop at Wild Flour Bakery. As for what to do in Pt. Reyes ... what do you like to do? People come from all over to Pt. Reyes to enjoy the scenery, hiking, beaches, visit the lighthouse, etc. If you want to keep it food-related, there are a bunch of cheese makers in West Marin/Sonoma who do tours by appointment. http://cheesetrail.org/

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      Excellent, will definitely add Wild Flour Bakery to the list.

      We mostly just like to eat and drink, but we also like museums, easy walks, funky/unique stores and just being somewhere pretty.

      Actually, I meant to write that my friend thinks we won't be able to find "enough" to do in Point Reyes, rather than "anything." She's been there a few times before and we're not hikers, so she thinks we'll get bored after a while. But it might be enough for us to just take some time to enjoy the scenery and check out the cheese makers or the bakery you suggested.

      Thank you for your suggestions!

    2. I work for a winery in downtown Healdsburg called Hawley - its right across the street from Cyrus. Depending on what kind of wines you like, I can steer you in a few directions. But my personal faves are Portalupi, Garagiste, Longboard, (and Hawley of course) If you're tasting out in the valley's that's a whole other story and there are lots of great wineries!

      If you're headed to the coast for oysters, I'd recommend Tomales Bay over Hog Island, just because of the amount of traffic that is at Hog Island.

      I too highly recommend Wild Flour Bakery

      Check out Le Garage in Sausalito if you end up there for dinner

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      1. re: airn323

        Portalupi and Garagiste were already on our list, we'll add Hawley.

        I'm surprised to see you say that Hog Island is too crowded. Per the discussion linked below, we were thinking Hog Island might be less crowded than Tomales Bay on a Friday.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/850509

      2. Here's a link to the Sonoma Marin Cheese Trail that we found useful on a recent trip:

        http://cheesetrail.org/

        & the California Artisan Cheese Guild website:

        http://www.cacheeseguild.org/

        At their Point Reyes Station store, Cowgirl Creamery offers a little class, 'Cheese 101,' that's only a few dollars & an hour long. It was very well presented. Save a bit of time to browse their excellent cheese counter too, o'course.

        I should add that we found out about these here on the boards. Thanks again to all.

        At their Petaluma creamery, Cowgirl Creamery offers a 2-hour tour. We didn't sign up because the day didn't fit into our itinerary (next time) but it's probably really good.

        Cheers!

        1. The Thursday Marin Civic Center farmers market is one of the best in the Bay Area, that would be a good stop.

          Healdsburg, Downtown Bakery & Creamery.

          1. Great suggestions, everyone! Thanks so much.

            1. Found out this morning that Bovolo is closed now. 6/15 was its last day.

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              1. re: bluex

                Yes, Bovolo closed yesterday (6/15). However, the same team opened Zazu on the River last Saturday at Davis Family Vineyards. It had been promoted as a summer weekend operation serving lunch.
                http://milomitchel.com/2012/05/31/zaz...
                I was there on the first day for lunch, here's the menu offering a smaller selection of the Bovolo menu,
                http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

                Then Tuesday, John Stewart announced "it is time to relocate and rethink Bovolo." And now it appears that Zazu on the River may offer more as a replacement for Bovolo. We'll see.
                http://www.facebook.com/john.stewart....