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Point Reyes national seashore at Christmas.

In winter, Point Reyes has a different appeal. You can take cool hikes in the forests and along the uncrowded beaches of the national seashore, visit the lighthouse to watch migrating whales chugging southward just off the coast, browse in the area's small galleries and cozy cafes. In celebration of winter and the holidays, several inns in Point Reyes offer discount rates, entertainment, tours, workshops, and a Christmas crafts fair.

Six inns in the area participate in a central reservations clearinghouse called The Inns of Point Reyes; for information on lodging at any of the six, call (415) 663-1311 daily from 8 A.M. to 10 P.M. Since it's off-season here, some inns offer winter midweek discounts, but it's still wise to call well ahead for weekend bookings.

At the Holly Tree Inn from 1 to 5 on December 11 and 12, you can join a wreath-making workshop on Saturday or an herbal gift-making workshop on Sunday. Fee is $10 each day; for reservations, call 663-1554.

On December 17, 18, and 19, you can attend workshops on making wreaths, potpourri, ornaments, or package wrappings at the inn called Ten Inverness Way. Classes run from 10 to 1; the cost of each, for participants not staying at the inn, is $10 to $15. On those same dates, Christmas storytelling sessions ($5 for non-guests) start at 8 in the evening. To sign up for a workshop or storytelling evening, call (415) 669-1648. The Olema Inn will serve elaborate five-course Christmas Day dinners ($25 to $30 per person). For reservations, call 663-8441. And on December 27, the inn will offer a tour of an oyster farm and a champagne and oyster dinner ($45); call 927-0410.

At the Dance Palace Christmas Crafts Fair, to be held December 6, 7, and 8 in Point Reyes Station, some 20 west Marin craftspeople will sell their pottery, jewelry, toys, weavings, and more. The fair is open, free, from 5 to 9 on Friday and 10 to 5 Saturday and Sunday and takes place at the Dance Palace Community Center on Main Street.
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