Olema - which means coyote
was so named by the Miwok Indians and first known residents of
what is now Olema. Some 110 or so former Miwok Indian settlements
have been identified on the Point Reyes peninsula alone.
There is plenty of history
around this coastal town. At the corner of Sir Francis Drake
Boulevard and Highway 1, the Olema Inn and restaurant dates to the
area's original Spanish land grantee, Rafael Garcia, who opened
the establishment on July 4, 1876. His son later gambled it away.
These days Olema has a few
shops, two restaurants, a lodge, several bed and breakfasts, a
large campground, and a large retreat for the Vedanta Society (a
precursor to Hinduism). Its peaceful atmosphere along with
gracious hospitality and fine food make this a favorite getaway
for Bay Area residents.
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