A landmark Olema hotel and restaurant that serve as a prominent gateway to the Point Reyes National Seashore have been listed for sale for nearly $10 million as the owner prepares to retire.

"I've put a lot of love into it, a lot of thinking, and so it's waiting for the next steward to bring it to the next step," said owner Jeff Harriman, 68, of Woodacre.

Harriman built the 21-room Point Reyes Seashore Lodge in 1988 at the corner of Highway 1 and Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. In 2005, he purchased the adjacent Farm House restaurant, bar and deli, a historic business dating to 1865.

Now he is selling a 4.4-acre complex that includes the lodge, Farm House and two cottages for $9.8 million.

In addition to the Olema businesses, Harriman owns Tomales Bay Resort in Inverness and McNear's Saloon and Dining House and Mystic Theatre in Petaluma. He said he is selling the Olema businesses after an unsuccessful attempt to find an operating partner.

"I look forward to riding horses and cross-country skiing and doing some other things," he said of his retirement.

The lodge and restaurant are along the Olema Creek, just outside the boundaries of the Point Reyes National Seashore. In addition to a restaurant, bar and hotel, the site serves as a popular wedding venue.

In 2000, Harriman proposed expanding the lodge with an additional 17 rooms and separate conference building, but the plans were rejected by the Marin County Planning


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Commission, according to a county planning staffer.

The project application is on hold and would need an environmental report to move forward, Harriman said.

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