Earlier this week my sister posted a question on Facebook: "Samuel P Taylor State Park, Angel Island and Camp Outback on the Russian River, but I like to think my suggestion is one of Marin's last hidden gems. Perched high atop the amazing Mt. Tam, with panoramic views of the bay and only accessible by hike, The West Point Inn is my pick for my sisters upcoming camping trip ~ now hopefully I'll get the invite...Most known for its popular pancake breakfasts, few realize that you can also book a room, or a cabin, for as little as $50 a night. Originally built in 1904 for the Mt. Tamalpais & Muir Woods Scenic Railroad and remains largely unchanged from a century ago. There is no electricity or linen service, so guests are asked to bring a flashlight and their own bedding - but don't fret, there are still hot showers, a full kitchen and running water.
With 7 guest rooms and 5 Cabins, you can host up to 31 people and rent the entire facility for as little as $1000, but sadly - they don't allow weddings, kegs or loud events. They take reservations 3 months in advance, or 4 months if you are a annual member, but Fridays, Sundays and weekdays almost always have availability. Go to the website to read all policies and reservation details, then get camping!
photos courtesy of the West Point Inn website