Situated along the shores of Tomales Bay, the blink-and-you'll-miss-it community of Marshall is known for two delicacies: shellfish and cheese. The community of 400 residents lies on Highway 1, 11 miles north of the slightly larger town of Point Reyes Station. Tourists and locals alike enjoy spending sunny afternoons at Hog Island Oyster Company, which raises top-quality oysters, clams, and mussels and offers a picnic area. The community is also home to Straus Family Creamery, an organic dairy that has been producing milk, butter, yogurt, and ice cream for more than 20 years.
Marshall has its own post office, a tiny store, and a kayaking outfitter, but that's the extent of commerce. Besides kayaking, the community offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities given its proximity to Point Reyes National Seashore, Tomales Bay State Park, and the rugged Sonoma County coastline.