Bolinas and its reclusive reputation feature in the 1981
novel Ecotopia Emerging by Ernest Callenbach.
is essentially the Howard Hughes of towns.
known for its live-and-let-live attitude, this spirited
community of surfers, poets, artists, writers and aging
mavericks about 30 miles up the coast from San Francisco
has reached a tipping point of sorts.
nowhere is the Bay Area's relentless collision between
hippie-van and BMW culture becoming more pronounced than
in this naturally beautiful place at the tip of a peninsula,
where earthy hand-built houses topped with lurching towers
commune with shingled New England-style cottages with
achingly sweet gardens.
unincorporated village (population about 2,500) without
a mayor or a city hall, Bolinas has a long history of
not only tolerance but also environmentalism, having waged
a successful campaign to control development.
Bolinas Bay is a small bay, approximately
5 miles wide, on the Pacific coast of California in the
United States. It is in Marin County, north of the Golden
Gate, approximately 15 miles (25 km) northwest of San
Francisco. The town of Bolinas is at its shore. The bay
is fed by Bolinas Lagoon, a large inner harbor protected
from the main bay by a spit of land, known as Stinson
Beach. Along with nearby Drakes Bay, the bay is considered
one of the possible landing spots of Francis Drake in
1579 during his circumnavigation of the world by sea.
an unassuming street is The Free Box, a local landmark
where free clothes are distributed from a shed painted
with rainbows, seems strangely quaint beside the inexorable
march of Bay Area wealth that has caused real estate prices
here to skyrocket 30 percent in the last year.
The Marin-Bolinas Botanical Gardens (14
acres) are botanical gardens specializing in succulents,
located at 250 Mesa Road, Bolinas, California, USA. Telephone:
415 388 5017 and/or (415) 868-1512. They are open to the
public on weekends.
Founded in 1982, the Bolinas Museum is
the premier fine arts museum in Marin County. Visitors
are surprised to find a museum of this caliber in such
a country setting. The beauty of the area and its proximity
to the metropolitan Bay Area has always attracted highly
creative people to coastal Marin communities. The Museum
reflects regional interests and the remarkably rich talent
pool of artists from coastal Marin, while stimulating
the appreciation of visitors from all over the world.
Visiting the Bolinas Museum is free to all as are many
of its cultural events. Special fundraising events occur
throughout the year including the annual Art Auction and
the annual holiday Mini Show, both offering for sale exceptional
work from well-known Bay Area artists.
question hanging like summer fog over this topographically
insular community, surrounded by county, state and federal
parkland, is whether a small place with limited resources,
particularly water, can retain its character when real
estate is such that venture capitalists are snapping up
dun-colored hills where mule deer now graze.