Heidrun Meadery is a hidden gem, tucked amid lush farmland in Point Reyes Station, a stone’s throw from San Francisco. Hop on the bus or your bike and head here to taste the famous brut dry sparkling mead, made from local fermented honey.
Sip away the day, surrounded by dense greenery, flowers, and beehives – don’t worry, the bees don’t mind visitors. Picnic tables are available on a first come, first tabled basis or can be reserved ahead of time on weekends and holidays ($5 pp). Bring your own picnic, then pick up a bottle of mead from the Heidrun Meadery tasting room, open daily. Also available nearby: oysters from Tomales Bay Oyster Company or decadent cheeses and bread from Cowgirl Creamery.
Tours are offered on weekends (by reservation), and tastings are available daily (reserve ahead if your party exceeds 10). The tasting room itself is a beautifully rustic space and includes a gift shop with plants, picnic blankets, local honey, and more. The gorgeous setting, friendly staff, reasonable prices, and refreshing mead make for a perfectly relaxing summer day. Visit the Heidrun Meadery website for reservations.
Get to Heidrun Meadery from San Francisco:
Take bus 101 Northbound from the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center. Transfer to bus 68 Iverness at the San Rafael Transit Center. Get off at the Shoreline Hwy + Sir Francis Drake Blvd (Golden Gate Transit). It’ll be a 15-minute walk to Heidrun Meadery from there. The trip is around 2.5 hours. Experienced bikers might consider biking the 35+ miles for a scenic ride along coastal roads and through redwood groves.
Article + photos by offMetro California writer Mariel Feldman.