Abutting 40,000 acres of state and national parks, the inn sits on the skirt of Mt. Tamalpais, where you can follow hiking trails all the way to Stinson Beach. The inn's multilevel, airy wooden building has pristine wilderness on one side and an unparalleled view of the bay on the other. Rooms are built for romance, each mixing huge views with some combination of balcony, fireplace, and whirlpool tub. The on-site wine bar and restaurant serves an excellent lunch on the deck from May through October. Year-round you can dine inside by the fire; for dinner there's a terrific $38 prix-fixe dinner of American regional cuisine. There's a late-afternoon American cheese–tasting course, as well as an après-trek menu of small plates for hungry hikers.