Gwyneth Paltrow has been oyster hopping in northern California's West Marin, an hour north of San Francisco, and here at HELLO! Online we couldn't resist taking you along for the 24-hour ride…
The first stop of the luxury road trip, which takes you "oyster farm hopping, cheese tasting, secluded lodging and more..." is Nick's Cove, where cosy cottages on the beautiful Tomales Bay coastland offer stunning vistas of shallow waters, secluded coves and beautiful paradise beaches. Gwyneth recommends "Nick's Bloody Mary, made with a secret spice blend and pickled bean," which, she says, "is famous in these parts."
After a lesson in how to shuck an oyster, the latest post of Gwyneth's lifestyle blog goop takes us to one of the most famous oyster farms in the area, Hog Island Oyster Company. Here, you can book shuck-your-own tables, or you can wait for the weekend for the in-house oyster bar "called The Boat, where they serve shucked oysters, wine, beer and local cheese."
Next up is casual seafood joint The Marshall Store, where the lifestyle guru says to "Grab a stool outside overlooking the bay and try their speciality, the grilled oysters", followed by "the most bare-bones spot" on the travel route, Tomales Bay Oyster Company.
The Oscar-winning actress, known for her healthy lifestyle, then heads for a hike in the beautiful Tomales Bay State Park, where she recommends taking the westbound path, "which leads you to the edge of Tomales Bay and the Ecological Reserve."
Day One is rounded off by checking into the Manka's Inverness Lodge. According to Gwyneth, this "true retreat" is a "magical lodge in the woods surrounded by pine and redwood trees on the edge of the Bay". Themed cabins "feature bedside fireplaces, claw-foot tubs, carefully-selected antiques, in-room massages and locally-sourced breakfast."
Day Two kicks off with breakfast on the beach, followed by more oysters at Drake's Bay – "the end of the earth, in the best possible way" says the beautiful blonde.
A couple of stops later it's time for a cheese plate at Cowgirl Creamery in the small town of Point Reyes Station where you'll find a wonderful range of regional artesan cheeses. "Don't miss their famous Mt. Tam triple cream cheese, made with nearby Straus Family dairy", warns Gwyneth.