MARIN COUNTY CALIFORNIA
OFFICIAL VISITORS AND MEETING PLANNERS GUIDE - 2023
COUNTY, you’ll love who you are when you get here...
Marin County is just a little out there.
As in one famous bridge away from San Francisco. And right next door to the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma. Closer than you could ever imagine to everything that’s unique in this clever corner of California.
So come take a vacation from the typical vacation. The question is, where do you want to start?
maps and highlights
Pages 14 - 27 What To Do Marin attractions include agritourism, farmers’ markets, outdoor adventures, the arts and museums Pages 28 - 33
Marin Communities Find
of Marin County towns: Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Larkspur, Novato, San Rafael, Fairfax/San Anselmo and Coastal Marin
pet-friendly hotels and hiking trails for you and your woof Pages 34 - 35 Tips on Driving Marin Roads When and how to drive Marin’s roads with points of interest and distances in miles and kms Pages 10 - 11 FEATURES Five Reasons to Visit Visit Marin Safely Muir Woods Reservations SMART Train Information “Only in Marin” and History Page 5 Page 4 Page 6 Page 7 Pages 8 - 9 TABLE OF CONTENTS
Pet Friendly Marin Find
Dining and Nightlife
Whether a beach side bungalow or a trusted favorite hotel, Marin has the perfect accommodation for you
Maps of Marin’s Parks Center Insert Find a Beach Pages 36 - 37 Meeting Information Pages 68 - 73 Index Page 74
Experience the highlights of Marin’s culinary secrets and where to go after dark
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Find the best of Marin’s shopping with name brand stores, convenient parking, and food courts
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Marin Adventures Outdoor activities, farm and family tours, romantic places, and girls’ day/night out on the town
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Travel Responsibly & Visit Marin Safely
We are fortunate here in Marin that there are a number of outdoor spaces and state parks available with so many things to do. As a visitor, your safety is our primary concern, so we urge you before visiting any area in Marin to educate yourself on local conditions and regulations. Closures and openings of venues change quickly, and it is up to you to plan ahead and. Also, v isit our Leave No Trace webpage!
Marin’s Current Virtual Art and Culture
The Downtown San Rafael Arts District is a state-designated arts and culture district. Find music performances, stream ing theater, special film screenings, author talks and book readings, online art exhibits, arts education resources, and so much more. For accurate and timely resource information please refer to our What is Open Now webpage
Shopping & Dining
The charm and character of Marin’s unique cities are reflected in its many neighborhood shopping districts and restaurants. Each community in Marin will offer something unique with either a one-of-a-kind purchase or a dining experience only unique to the County in representing its organic agricultural practices. Check our website prior to visiting any location for current updates on openings and closures.
Bike Mount Tamalpais
Locally referred to as Mt. Tam, it is recognized as the birthplace of mountain biking. The Old Railroad Grade fire road that begins in Mill Valley, once the right-of-way of the Mount Tamalpais Scenic Railroad, is the easiest route for traversing up the mountain to its peak of 2,571 feet (784 m) at East Peak.
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FIVE REASONS TO VISIT WEST MARIN
Marin County’s Wilder Side Five Items Not To Miss
Muir Woods National Monument
Visitors come from around the globe pay homage to nature in this cathedral of redwoods, just a short drive from the Golden Gate Bridge off Hwy 101. The park is very popular and reservations required. Consider using the Muir Woods Shuttle with pickup locations in Mill Valley and the Sausalito Ferry.
At Point Reyes National Seashore, you can walk right on top of the infamous San Andreas Fault. One easy place to locate it is on the short Earthquake Trail, which leads from the parking lot near the Bear Valley Visitor Center. See the fence that was moved a distance of 20 feet after the “Great Quake” that shook San Francisco on April 18, 1906.
Take a farm tour, watch cheese being made, attend a local farmers’ market, learn about beekeeping and making sparkling mead, harvest apples and pet sheep on preserved ranches, taste and purchase wonderful artisan and farmstead cheeses.
Point Reyes Lighthouse
The historic Lighthouse warned mariners of danger for more than a hundred years. After renovations, the lighthouse is open except for the observation tower. Visit Friday through Monday from 10:00am to 4:30pm. Take the 300 step descent from the visitor center to the lighthouse.
View the Wildlife
Explore the beauty of the area and experience local wildlife events such as Gray Whale migrations and Elephant Seal colonies from Chimney Rock. Visit the many tide pools, hike among local Tule Elk and explore premier birding locations.
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$9.00 per privately owned vehicle.
$3.50 per adult round trip ticket (16 years and older) Free for a child round trip ticket (15 years and younger) The shuttle runs on all weekends and holidays, year-round, and operates on weekdays during certain summer dates from June to August. Park Entrance Fee $15.00 per adult (16 years and older) Free for children (15 years and younger)
Entrance fees may be purchased in advance with your reservation or upon arrival to the park.
9:00 am to sunset 365 days a year. Visitor Center Hours 9:00 am to 30 minutes before the park closes. Muir Woods Trading Co. and Cafe Hours: 9:00 am to an hour before the park closes.
There is NO cell phone service or WiFi at or around Muir Woods National Monument. Please download your parking reservation or shuttle ticket in advance.
For shuttle pick-up locations and reservations, visit the GoMuirWoods.com website or by phone at (800) 410-2419 for advance and day-of reservations (dependent on the availability). Commercial carriers will be required to make advance permit reservations through a separate system managed by www.recreation.gov.
Make your visit to Muir Woods more enjoyable by reserving in advance.
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MARIN’S SMART TRAIN
The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) is the San Francisco Bay Area’s newest transportation option for travel, offering passenger rail service in Sonoma and Marin counties. SMART’s initial 43 miles of rail corridor includes 10 stations, from the Sonoma County Airport to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal. www.sonomamarintrain.org
Plan your stops along the Marin line if visiting from San Francisco or Sonoma and experience Marin’s wide variety of cultural entertainment.
Begin at Lark spur Landing’s Country Mart where visitors will find every item of interest. Downtown San Rafael of fers a number of shopping
and dining options within a short walk. At the Marin Center, shop the farmers’ market or stay for one of the cultural events. Visit Novato’s Old Town District along Grant Avenue with its sidewalk cafes and wine tasting rooms. Clipper Cards are available at most stations.
Ride the new rail from Sonoma County to Marin and discover our county’s fun!
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Marin French Cheese Company has been making cheese in Marin since 1865 when they first offered their original Break fast Cheese. It is the longest continually operating cheese company in America.
Nicasio Valley Cheese: Best known locally for their award winning Foggy Morn ing cheese. It’s soft with a very subtle tang. This cheese captures the true essence of West Marin.
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese: The Giacomini family has been making award-winning Point Reyes Original Blue Cheese for over a decade and expanded their collection with four new cheeses. They opened a culinary center called The Fork which offers focused cheese tastings, chef demonstrations, farm dinners and other special events.
Heidrun Meadery: Producing naturally sparkling varietal meads using the traditional French Méthode Champenoise. Bee Mead!
Marin Music: The county’s vibrant music scene has a rich history that goes back to the ‘60s and beyond. At one time or another, Marin has been home to musical legends such as the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane, musicians Huey Lewis, Bonnie Raitt, David Crosby, Carlos Santana, Sammy Hagar, Van Morrison, Lars Ulrich (Metallica), and many others.
MarinArts.org: As an important county-wide cultural events resource, the MarinArts online calendar makes it easy to discover and participate in creative and cultural events through out our community.
Mill Valley Film Festival: The festival has an impressive track record of launching new films and new filmmakers, and has earned a reputation as a filmmakers’ festival by celebrating the best in American independent and foreign films. Each year the festival welcomes more than 200 filmmakers, representing more than 50 countries.
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The Coastal Miwok People Sir Francis Drake probably first sighted and mapped the foggy coastline of the Marin Head lands in 1579, at which time he is thought to have camped along the beach which bears his name today. But before Drake came to California, the Coast Miwok people were the original inhabitants of what is now called Marin County. Visit “Kule Loklo” (meaning Bear Valley), a recreated village located a short walk from the visitor center.
1817: Mission San Rafael Arcangel is number 20 in a chain of 21 California missions. It was originally a sub-mission of San Francisco de Asís used as a place of recovery for local working natives.
1896: Mt Tamalpais Gravity Car: The Mount Tamalpais Scenic Railroad was dubbed by locals as the “Crookedest Railroad in the World” because of its 281curves curves in just over eight miles of track.
The Boyd House
Louise Arner Boyd was a prominent resident of San Rafael and the first woman to fly over the North Pole. For more information, visit the Falkirk Cultural Center in San Rafael.
1957: Frank Lloyd Wright at the age of 90, was commissioned to design Marin’s Civic Center. This was his last project before his death in 1959. Docent led tours are available weekly.
Home to Mountain Biking:
Mt. Tamalpais, the birthplace of mountain biking in the late 1970s, gave rise to legends such as Joe Breeze and Gary Fisher. In the late 1960s, a group of Marin teenagers known as The Larkspur Canyon Gang rode 1930s-40s vintage single-speed balloon tire bikes on Mt. Tamalpais. Their exploits spawned the birth of mountain biking.
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FEW HISTORICAL FACTS
County is expansive.
Below are a handful of traffic tips that will help you on the roads. There are also a variety of other transportation methods at your disposal, from bus and ferry service, to destination shuttles, airport transfers, and car rentals.
Marin County is located in Northern California, just across the Golden Gate Bridge, with San Francisco to the south, Sonoma County to the north, and Napa County to the north/ east. Highway 101, the main north/south artery, allows access to San Francisco and Sonoma Counties. Highway 1 takes you to the communities of West Marin/Point Reyes Seashore and the scenic Marin coast.
Commuter Traffic Tips
For the best use of your travel time keep in mind the commuter traffic times on Highway 101:
• Morning commute: 6:00am to 10:00am, southbound
• Evening commute: 3:30pm to 6:30pm, northbound
• Utilize public transportation: Muir Woods Shuttle service
runs every day from Memorial Day to Labor Day
• Golden Gate Transit/Ferry
Marin enjoys a temperate, Mediterranean climate year round. Winters are moderate with temperatures averaging 55 degrees, with occasional rain. Summers are warm and dry, with the strong possibility of morning and evening fog, especially in the Golden Gate area. The average summer temperature is 82 degrees. A light coat or jacket is recommended for summer evenings.
Marin is an estimated 1.5 hour drive from each of the following airports: San Francisco International Sonoma County Airport Oakland International
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Bear Valley Visitor Center 23mi/37km 40 min 1mi/15km 3min
Golden Gate Bridge 17mi/27km 20min 31mi/50km 50min
Muir Woods 14mi/23km 25min 22mi/36km 40min
Napa 38mi/60km 45min 47mi/76km 1h 5min
Olema Visitor Center 22mi/37km 35min
Point Reyes Lighthouse 42mi/68km 1h 14min 22mi/35km 40min
Point Reyes Station 25mi/40km 40min 3mi/5km 6min San Francisco Downtown 22mi/35km 35min 36mi/58km 1hour
San Rafael Visitor Center 22mi/37km 35min
Sonoma 23mi/38km 30min 33mi/54km 50min Stinson Beach 23mi/38km 45min 13mi/21km 20min
West Marin is the largest rural region of Marin County.
The West Marin Chamber of Commerce includes seven unincorporated communities:
Point Reyes Station, Olema, Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Tomales, Dillon Beach, and Inverness. West Marin is located on the Pacific Ocean side of Mount Tamalpais, west of Nicasio, and northwest of Muir Beach.
To San Rafal Visitor Center Driving Times To Olema Visitor Center Driving Times Marin Transport: www.marintransit.org (415) 256-8832 www.goldengatetransit.org (415) 455-2000 West Marin Stagecoach (415) 526-3239 www.angelislandferry.com (415) 435-2131 11 Official Visitors Guide | Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau DRIVING MARIN ROADS
Yosemite Village 212mi/337km 4hrs 228mi/367km 4h 30min
Marin County is home to hundreds of public events throughout the year. These include theatrical productions, under-the-radar festivals, farmers’ markets, musical concerts, historical re-enactments, art & crafts shows, educational events and on and on. Below is a sampling that will keep you busy throughout the year. YEAR-ROUND Farmers’ Market Marin Civic Center: Thursdays and Sundays Art Walks Mill Valley: First Tuesday of each month San Rafael: Second Friday of each month Marin Center Performing arts and music JANUARY to MARCH Egret Nesting Audubon Canyon Ranch Elephant Seals In Point Reyes National Seashore Whale Watching Point Reyes National Seashore APRIL Opening Day on the Bay View sail boats from the Headlands Point Reyes Birding Festival Marin Headlands MAY May Madness and Classic Car Parade Downtown San Rafael along Fourth Street DocLands Film Festival Smith Rafael Film Center JUNE Dipsea Footrace Starts at Mill Valley’s Depot Fairfax Festival Bolinas and Peri Parks in Fairfax Marin Outdoor Antique Market Marin Civic Center parking lot Mountain Play Mt. Tamalpais Novato Art, Wine and Music Festival Grant Avenue in old town Novato For more great events, visit our website 12 www.visitMarin.org | 866 925 2060 ANNUAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS
JUNE Mill Valley Wine and Food Tasting Old Mill Park Movies in Creek Park Each Saturday Through October in San Anselmo’s outdoor parks Western Weekend Point Reyes Station JULY Marin County Fair Civic Center Fairgrounds Corte Madera & Larkspur Parade Magnolia Avenue to the Town Center BreastFest Civic Center Fairgrounds Indian Big Time Celebration Point Reyes at Kule Loklo Village AUGUST Summer Outdoor Concerts Various locations through August Sand Sculpture Contest Drakes Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore Tule Elk Viewing Point Reyes SEPTEMBER and OCTOBER Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival Old Mill Park Fleet Week on the Bay Bay festivities and flying Blue Angels! Sound Summit Atop Mount Tam Mill Valley Film Festival Sequoia and Rafael Film Centers Tiburon Wine Festival Main Street Trick ‘o Treat Fourth Street in San Rafael Raptor Migration Hawk Hill - Marin Headlands NOVEMBER and DECEMBER Winter Wonderland and Parade of Lights Downtown San Ra fael on Fourth St. Lighted Boat Parade Along San Rafael’s Canal Shoreline Marin Ballet’s Nutcracker Marin Center Mill Valley’s WinterFest Downtown Plaza
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No other Bay Area community offers so much to so many, so close to San Francisco.
1 Floodwater: www.floodwatermv.com 152 Shoreline Hwy (415) 843-4545
A sprawling, indoor-outdoor eatery that offers California fare and cocktails in rustic-cool digs.
2 Piazza D’Angelo Ristorante: www.piazzadangelo.com 22 Miller Avenue (415) 388-2000
Serving wholesome Italian fare afternoons and evenings.
3 Fashionable boutiques, and cafes abound in the downtown Depot area. Strawberry Village, a local shopping haven with a Tuscan inspired ambiance is just off Hwy 101.
4 Take the bike trail through the Bothin Marsh preserve to the Golden Gate Bridge.
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5 Pick up a Steps Lanes and Paths map at the Library (375 Throckmorton Ave) and walk historic evacuation trails still in use today.
6 Old Mill Park, located in a redwood grove, houses part of the wood mill that gave Mill Valley its name. 7 The Marin Theater Company is a professional regional theater located at 397 Miller Avenue
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For more information: Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce 85 Throckmorton Avenue www.millvalley.com www.enjoymillvalley.com (415) 388-9700
The town of Corte Madera is a small, vital community reflecting an easy, outdoor lifestyle and well-known for shopping.
Within Corte Madera’s two main shopping centers, explore the varied dining features offered at each center such as
1 Pacific Catch: www.PacificCatch.com 133 Corte Madera Town Center (415) 927-3474 Serving Pacific Rim influenced soups, sandwiches, and seafood bowls.
2 The Cheesecake Factory and Boca Pizzeria at The Village. www.thecheesecakefactory.com www.bocapizzeria.com
1 Town Center Corte Madera: www.shoptowncenter.com
2 The Village at Corte Madera: www.villageatcortemadera.com
3 The Corte Madera Farmers’ Market is held every Wednesday, from 12:00pm to 5:00pm, year-round at the Town Center in Corte Madera. Farmers, food purveyors, bakers showcase their bounty in the courtyard.
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4 Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve: An easy two-mile loop taking hikers through seasonal wildflowers, and old live oaks to the highest spot of the preserve - Petroglyph Rock with Native American carvings. Hike begins at 5300 Paradise Drive
5 The Corte Madera Town Park: Newly renovated, the park spans 22.7 acres, is fence-enclosed, and features seven picnic and BBQ sites.
6 Old Town Square: visit a classic gazebo where events are held throughout the year, and then stroll along the boutiques on First Street.
For more information: Corte Madera Chamber of Commerce 129 Town Center www.cortemadera.org (415) 924-0441
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LARKSPUR - GREENBRAE
Located in the central part of Marin County, downtown Larkspur is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a typical turn-of-the-century California town.
Larkspur offers some very special places to play, shop, and dine. Here are some ideas:
1 Larkspur Loop: Larkspur Has it All Take a fun full-day walking tour of the downtown area by following the Larkspur Loop map on foot or bike!
2 Farmshop Marin: www.farmshopca.com 2233 Larkspur Landing Circle (415) 755-6700
3 Hog Island Oyster Company: www.hogislandoysters.com 2401 Larkspur Landing Circle (628) 253-5905 Known for their fresh oysters, clam chowder, and other locally sourced seafoods.
4 Left Bank Restaurant: www.leftbank.com is an authentic Parisian-style brasserie 507 Magnolia Ave (415) 927-3331
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5 Marin Country Mart: www.marincountrymart.com An open-air shopping and dining destination that features boutiques and farm-to-table eateries. EXPLORE
6 From Larkspur Landing take the ferry to San Francisco, an attraction all its own! The ride offers spectacular views of Mt. Tamalpais, Angel Island and the Golden Gate Bridge.
7 Walk the side streets in Old Town Larkspur for historic Victorian homes.
For more information: Larkspur Chamber of Commerce www.larkspurchamber.org (800) 596-0747
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NOVATO Discover Novato, the heart of Northern Marin and gateway to wondrous West Marin and the Wine Country. EAT/DRINK 1 Hopmonk Tavern: www.hopmonk.com 224 Vintage Way (415) 892-6200 2 In-N-Out Burger: A California Classic 216 Vintage Way (800) 786-1000 3 McEvoy Ranch: www.mcevoyranch.com 5935 Redhill Road (707) 778-2307 4 Ricky’s Restaurant: www.rickysrestaurant.com 250 Entrada Drive (415) 883-9477 5 Trek Winery Tasting Room: www.trekwines.com 1026 Machin Avenue (415) 899-9883 SHOP 6 Vintage Oaks at Novato: www.shopvintageoaks.com Home to more than 50 popular retailers and restaurants. 8 3 20 www.visitMarin.org | 866 925 2060 MARIN COMMUNITIES
7 Marin Museum of Contemporary Art www.marinmoca.org 500 Palm Drive (415) 506-0137
8 Stafford Lake Park contains a bike park and fishing lake with nature trails. 3549 Novato Blvd 9 Novato City Hall Built in 1896 as Novato’s first Presbyterian Church, it served as city hall from 1963 until 2005. 901 Sherman Avenue For more information: Novato Chamber of Commerce 807 De Long Avenue www.visitnovato.com (415) 897-1164
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San Rafael maintains its small town charm, with diverse dining, shopping and its fantastic Mediterranean climate. When it’s foggy in San Francisco, it is usually sunny in San Rafael!
1 Downtown 4th Street is the place for your dining and shopping needs. Restaurants abound with outdoor dining. www.downtownsanrafael.org
2 Il Davide: www.ildavide.net 901 A Street (415) 454-8080
3 Northgate Mall has all your dining needs covered with BJs, Chipotle, Mi Pueblo, Panera Bread and more. www.shopnorthgate.com
4 Art Works Downtown: www.artworksdowntown.org 1337 Fourth Street See resident artists at work! Also featured are new exhibits, events and classes every month as well as public art installations throughout San Rafael.
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5 The Mall at Northgate: www.shopatnorthgate.com The largest of three shopping centers in San Rafael. EXPLORE
6 Explore Movie Culture at the Smith Rafael Theater. For ten days in October the city is host to one of the best film festivals attracting a number of Hollywood celebs.
7 See the world famous Frank Lloyd Wright designed Marin Civic Center on a docent-led tour.
8 Explore the Marin Society of Artists where monthly exhibitions provide an environment to discover, develop and appreciate artistic expression. 1515 Third St at E St
9 Falkirk Cultural Center is a Queen Anne styled Victorian building exhibiting contemporary art in the upstairs galleries and public events. For more information:
San Rafael Chamber of Commerce 817 Mission Avenue (415) 454-4163 www.srchamber.com
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COASTAL WEST MARIN
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Home to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes National Seashore, West Marin offers a variety of amazing outdoor attractions and
EAT/DRINK 1 www.NicksCove.com: 23240 Highway 1, Marshall (415) 663-1033 2 www.Palace Market: 11300 Highway 1, Pt Reyes Station (415) 663-1016
www.SideStreetKitchen.com: 60 4th Street, Pt Reyes Station (415) 663-0303 4 www.StationHouseCafe.com: 11180 Highway 1, Pt Reyes Station (415) 663-1515 SHOP 6 Each town in West Marin is a small gem that has taken special care
unique local character and heritage. Visit Susan Hayes Point Reyes and find unique styling from local designers, fair trade companies, and
fashion made from sustainable and natural fibers. Located at 11101 Highway 1, Ste. 102, in Point Reyes Station.
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7 Blue Waters Kayaking: Explore Tomales Bay on water from either Marshall or Point Reyes Station.
Five Brooks Ranch for horseback outings on the beach just three miles south of Olema on Highway 1. (415) 663-1570
Heidrun Meadery: 11925 Highway 1, Point Reyes Station (415) 663-9122 For more information: West Marin Chamber of Commerce: (415) 663-9232 www.pointreyes.org
10 Tomales Point: Hike out to the Tule Elk Reserve at the end of Pierce Point Road.
Fairfax offers the best balance of work and play, while retaining its small town atmosphere, charm, and identity.
The countless miles of protected open space surrounding the town not only provide a beautiful backdrop for the town, but also the ultimate outdoorsman’s playground. There are simply more trails and open space than time in the day. If a bike adventure is your game, head to Camp Tamarancho, one of the few legal single track riding options available in Marin. Next, visit the Marin Museum of Bicycling at 1966 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
For more information visit: www.fairfaxchamberca.org (415) 785-7462
San Anselmo’s sunny climate, rich history, creek-side loca tion, and strong sense of community make it a wonderful place to visit and live.
Find your perfect spot along downtown streets with no parking meters, and lined with restaurants, coffee houses, and bakeries. Try a tasty margarita at a local favorite: Marinitas - 218 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, www.marinitas.net; or let your taste buds experience the pizza in town: Creekside Pizza & Taproom638 San Anselmo Ave, www.creeksidesa.com
For more information visit: www.destinationSanAnselmo.com (415) 454-2510
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TheTiburon Peninsula extends about four miles from Highway 101 into the San Francisco Bay with sweeping views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Sausalito hills, and Mount Tamalpais. So, if you are searching for quintessential views of Marin, Tiburon has it!
Tiburon’s downtown area has great dining and exploration options. The Lodge at Tiburon is on Tiburon Blvd, just a few blocks from the water and has a dog friendly restaurant, The Tiburon Tavern. For food and wine options, consider the Tiburon Tavern’s rustic elegance indoors and out, as one can experience a regionally sourced meal anytime of the day.
The Petite Left Bank is a traditional French café and bistro set in the downtown area. Whether grabbing an espresso and pastry in the morning, a glass of wine at the bar or on the patio, celebrating with a meal of French favorites, Petite Left Bank is a fun and lively experience for locals and visitors alike.
Caffe Acri sits on the Tiburon Ferry dock and serves top quality coffee, breakfast and lunch. The coffee beans are harvested and selected from sustain able farms and are blended and roasted in Marin, and the breakfast pastries are baked daily.
The Angel Island Ferry leaves from the dock on Main Street to Angel Island State Park. From Tiburon, you can also charter The Tamalpais, where you get lots of options: from an elegant, full-service water taxi to San Francisco or Jack London Square to an all-day excursion out to the Farallon islands.
For more information visit: www.destinationtiburon.org (415) 435-2298
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What To Do While Visiting
Agritourism in Marin County
offers Marin’s ranches and farms a creative way to educate visitors, promote farm products, and diversify operations while caring for the land that supports them. Join Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) on one of their scheduled hikes and get to know the celebrated farms and ranches of West Marin. Many MALT protected work ing farms are not open to the general public, so these rare events offer visitors a way to experience the vibrant rural places to connect with the food and farmers.
Other farmers sell their products at the weekday farmers’ markets, mostly operated by the Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM).
Did you know that there are 23 artisan and farmstead cheese makers in Sonoma and Marin, and that seven are located in Marin? The Marin French Cheese Company, the old est continuously operating cheese company in the US (since 1865), is located just outside of Novato. Look for the California Cheese Trail maps (www.CheeseTrail.org) available at our visitor center to find all the local cheese-tasting locations. Overall, there are over 100 different types of artisan cheese made in both Marin and Sonoma.
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The Sunday Marin Farmers’ Market at the Civic Center in San Rafael is the third largest farmers’ market in California and has long been considered one of the premier markets in the state. At summer’s peak, nearly 200 local farmers, specialty food purveyors and artisans come together to celebrate a vibrant local food movement. Tourists from all over the world join local shoppers each week, to explore and taste the best of Marin and the Bay Area. On Thursdays, the market is known as the Local Chef’s Market.
Corte Madera: Wednesday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm, Town Center courtyard All year~ TownCenter Farmers Market
Downtown San Rafael: Thursday, 6:00pm to 9:00pm on Fourth St. between B St and Lincoln from May to September Beginning 2023. sanrafaelmarket.org
Fairfax: Wednesday, 4:00pm to 8:00pm, Bolinas Park from May to October FairfaxMarket
Larkspur: Saturday, 9:00am to 2:00pm, Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle All Year~ MarinCountyMarket
Marin Civic Center: Thursdays behind the Civic Center at the Lagoon, 8:00am to 1:00pm, and Sundays at the Civic Center All Year~ agriculturalinstitute.org
Mill Valley: Friday, 9:30am to 2:30pm, CVS parking lot, Alto Shopping Center, 759 E. Blithdale Ave.
Novato: Tuesday, 4:00pm to 8:00pm, Grant Ave between First and Fourth Sts. May through October visitnovato.com
Point Reyes Station: Saturday, 9:00am to 1:00pm, Toby’s Feed Barn, 12250 Highway 1 June through November pointreyesfarmersmarket.org
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About Marin Culture
Marin County is well known for its arts, live music, entertainment and culture. The County is proud of its home-grown Marin Symphony that plays to sell-out audiences each season. The Marin Center in San Rafael is the main venue for national and international music, theater and dance productions and numerous exhibitions throughout the year.
Downtown San Rafael Art District is the center of business, culture, arts, and special events in Marin County. Located along the spine of Fourth Street, San Rafael serves as the hub of local business and community life. The area features numer ous arts-related organizations and a vibrant events schedule. www.artsanrafael.org
Art Works Downtown features three galleries, 35+ studios with artists at work, a jewelers guild, ceramic center, clothing boutique and more. Open to the public through multiple storefronts, hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm and until 8:00pm on the second Friday of every month for 2nd Fridays Art Walk. 1337 Fourth St (between C & D Streets) in San Rafael. (415) 451-8119 www.artworksdowntown.org
Marin Society Of Artists is a non-profit organization pro moting the arts in the Marin community by sponsoring ongoing programs at the Art Centre and in the community that promote cultural enrichment and the arts in all forms. 1515 Third Street in San Rafael (415) 454-9561 www.marinsocietyofartists.org
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Marin Symphony is one of the longest running, cultural organizations in Marin County. Marin Center Auditorium 10 Avenue of the Flags in San Rafael. (415) 479-8100 www.marinsymphony.org
Marin Theater Company is a leading professional theater in the Bay Area creating groundbreaking, nationally recog nized, socially relevant plays with a focus on new works for the American stage. 397 Miller Ave. in Mill Valley (415) 388-5208 www.marintheater.org
Marin Art and Garden is a special gathering place that celebrates learning, growth and the beauty of nature; a place to be inspired, educated and entertained. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Ross. (415) 456-9555 www.maringarden.org
O’Hanlon Center of the Arts is a unique communityfocused nonprofit artists’ colony created in the mid-1900s. 616 Throckmorton Avenue in Mill Valley (415) 388.4331 www.ohanloncenter.org
The Mountain Play is a great outdoor theater event that takes place annually each summer at atop Mt. Tamalpais State Park. 801 Panoramic Highway in Mill Valley. (415) 383-1100 www.mountainplay.org
The California Film Institute is a state-of-the-art theater exhibiting independent documentaries, classics, features, and international works. The theater also entertains film makers from around the world. 1118 Fourth Street in San Rafael. www.cafilm.org www.mvff.com
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Marin’s historical attractions offer visitors a plethora of activities to choose from at any time of the year. Visit State Parks that are scattered throughout the county such as China Camp and Olompali, check out local museums, walk the Earthquake Trail adjacent to the Bear Valley Visitors Center in Point Reyes, or discover historic downtown Larkspur with its turn-of-the century buildings.
Mission San Rafael Arcangel is a 1949 replica of the original Spanish mission, which was constructed in 1817 and is second-to-last in the California mission chain. The Mission Chapel is open for visitors Monday through Friday, 6:30am to 5:00pm, Saturday from 8:30am to 5:00pm, and Sunday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Self-guided tours are available. 1104 Fifth Ave, San Rafael (415) 456-3016 www.saintraphael.com
Mountain Bike Hall of Fame is a premier bicycle history museum and cultural center in Fairfax www.mmbhof.org 1966 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. (415) 450-8000
Marin History Museum From Marin County’s indigenous people and founding pioneers to neighborhood and family histories, the museum is an incredible resource by collecting and preserving artifacts central to Marin’s history. 1125 B Street in San Rafael (415) 382-1182 www.marinhistory.org
Marin Museum of Contemporary Art
The MMOCA is a vibrant arts center that connects art, com munity and artistic expression. The museum offers exception al contemporary art exhibitions that showcase local, nation al, and international artists, with new exhibits on view on a regular basis. Most exhibits are free. For details on hours and other important information please visit: 500 Palm Drive (415) 506-0137 www.marinmoca.org
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Marin’s Wilder Side
Marin County is a paradise for outdoor recreation. The weather allows visitors and residents to enjoy hiking, running, golfing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and all manner of water sports including sail-boarding, surfing, fishing, boating, kayaking, and canoing all year round.
Its also a wonderful place to discover the natural, wilder side. Seasonal phenomena like the migration of whales, butterflies, lady bugs, bird watching, and garden tours are unique features of Marin. Time your stay in Marin County to coincide with some of these natural phenomena that occur each year!
Northern Elephant Seals, harbor seals, and sea lions are found at South Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore during the winter months. After being absent for more than 150 years, elephant seals returned in the early 1970s and were in full force the Spring of 2019. From December through March a breeding colony of elephant seals can be observed from Elephant Seal Overlook near Chimney Rock, above Drakes Bay.
From the over look visitors can observe the behavior of the animals, includ ing the birthing of pups. During weekends and holidays, trained docents staff the Overlook. They have binoculars, spotting scopes and information to share with visitors. From the same place, watch migrating California Grey Whales on their way towards the warmer waters in Mexico in winter and then back in the spring towards the cooler waters off the Pacific North East.
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Marin’s Dog Parks Are Really Something to Bark About...
County is a great place to be a dog. Fresh air, sunshine, beaches, trails, and lots of aromatic wafts to whiff. There’s also an abundance of pooch-friendly parks where your dog can run free and act, well, like a dog!
Mill Valley’s Bayfront Park, located along the Sausalito-Mill Valley bike path, offers a million dollar view of Mount Tamalpais for both you and your pet. Adjacent to the park are shallow, bird-rich estuaries of Richardson Bay, and adjoining soccer fields.
Novato’s Dogbone Meadow Park is a great local dog park big enough to throw balls and frisbees. With a grassy poop-free area, the park has agility equipment to keep your dog happy. Located on Novato Blvd., the park is just west of the Equestrian Center at O’Hair Park and is open sunrise to sunset.
San Rafael’s Field of Dogs is located just across the street from the Civic Center. The park consists of a large fenced-in area with a smaller enclosure for smaller dogs to play in if they are not comfortable with larger dogs. Water bowls are provided as well as hoses to fill the bowls and to clean off your dog on those muddy days.
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San Anselmo’s Red Hill
Park is a scenic one-acre facility located at the Red Hill Community Park behind a Safeway. Just a few years old, the park is completely fenced-in field for some doggie off-leash fun. Entry and exit areas with double gates provide peace of mind for owners. Benches, picnic tables, two water fountains (one for canines, and one for humans), seasonal umbrellas, growing shade trees, trash cans and dog waste dispensers are all available.
Dogs in County Parks
Leashed dogs are permitted at all Marin County parks except McNear’s Beach and Stafford Lake. Dogs are also permitted off-leash but under direct, immediate control at portions of McInnis Park and Upton Beach at the north end of Stinson Beach.
Dogs on County Open Space Lands
Marin County’s regulations permit only three dogs per individual on open space lands. Dogs are permitted on open space lands when restrained by a 6’ (maximum) leash. Dogs may be off-leash on maintained fire roads only when under direct and immediate control of a responsible person. For trail maps visit www.marinopenspace.org
Dogs in Federal Park Lands
There are many trails and some beaches within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) that allow off-leash dogs. Due to changes in park regulations, please check the current rule for off-leash policy on park website:
For a complete list of pet-friendly trails, restaurants, and lodging, checkout our website.
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Point Reyes Abbotts Lagoon * 1.5 mile hike • Drakes Beach * drive-up access * cafe & visitor center • • • • Kehoe Beach * .6 mile walk • • Limantour Beach * estuary & wildlife • • • McClures Beach * downhill hike • • Palomarin Beach * strenuous hike • • • Santa Maria Beach • • Sculptured Beach • • Great Beach * 11 miles undeveloped beach walking • • Wildcat Beach * 5.5 mile hike • • • GGNRA Bolinas Beach • • • • • Kirby Cove * short downhill hike • • • Muir Beach a local favorite • • • • • Rodeo Beach * short downhill hike • • • • • Stinson Beach • • • • • • Tenneesee Valley Beach * 1.5 mile hike State Parks Angel Island SP • • • • • Beach Location Swimming Firepits and Campﬁ res Kayaking Surﬁ ng Tidepools Picnic Tables Restrooms Showers Dog Friendly 36 www.visitMarin.org | 866 925 2060 MARIN BEACHES
McNears Beach Park - San Rafael
Paradise Beach Park - Tiburon
Upton Beach Park
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Tomales Bay SP Heart’s Desire
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Ranch Beach - Tomales
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at north end of Stinson Beach
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From sleek and sophisticated to folksy and farm-fresh, Marin’s eclectic dining destinations have a reputation for variety and innovation, and cuisine prepared with locally sourced, sustainably produced ingredients. Find out for yourself why dining in Marin is such a treat!
Fresh From the Farm
Marin County is known throughout California and the nation for its premier organic agriculture, family farms, and fresh produce.
Farm To Table Comfort’s Cafe www.comfortscafe.com (415) 454-9840
Farmshop Marin www.farmshopca.com (415) 755-6700
Hog Island Oysters www.hogislandoysters.com (415) 927-1104
Mapcap www.mapcapmarin.com (415) 453-9898
Nick’s Cove www.nickscove.com (415) 663-1033
Petite Left Bank www.petiteleftbanktiburon.com (415) 910-1010
Side Street Kitchen www.sidestreet-prs.com (415) 663-0303 Station House Cafe www.stationhousecafe.com (415) 663-1515
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Eversince Alice Waters and Chez Panisse helped introduce the revolutionary concept of California cuisine, Marin restaurants have continued the refinement and evolution of this culinary philosophy, pairing fusion dishes made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients with creative presentation. Here’s where to find the best of California cuisine in Marin.
International Fare Creekside Pizza www.creeksidesa.com (415) 785-4450
Cucina San Anselmo www.cucina-sa.com (415 )454-2942
www.floodwatermv.com (415) 843-4545
Hillside Tavern www.fourpoints.com/sanrafael (415) 479-8800
Mountain Home Inn www.mtnhomeinn.com (415) 381-9000
Pacific Catch www.pacificCatch.com (415) 461-6358
Rancho Nicasio www.ranchonicasio.com (415) 662-2219
Tiburon Tavern www.tiburontavern.com (415) 435-5996
Il Davide www.ildavide.net (415) 454-8080
Insalatas www.insalatas.com (415) 457-7700
Left Bank Brasserie www.leftbank.com (415) 927-3331
Marinitas www.marinitas.net (415) 454-8900
Piazza D’Angelo Ristorante www.piazzadangelo.com (415) 388-2000
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Marin and music are synonymous and continue to thrive in venues that range from sleek and sophisticated to rustic and rowdy, offering a wide variety of musical styles from rock to reggae, jazz to folk.
Livemusic can be found in Marin on an almost daily basis, and, better yet, many music venues feature excellent food.
In downtown Fairfax, take in the local music scene most evenings with either a scheduled mic night or listen to some of Marin’s original homespun talent perform on various stages.
Rancho Nicasio Bar, located on the Town Square in Nicasio, has a history all its own. Hosting music out doors and indoors with large backyard BBQs on Summer weekends. It’s not only a music venue presenting topquality entertainment, its restaurant provides fresh farmto-table food that pays homage to the abundant varieties of fresh ingredients and homegrown creative talent we are lucky to have around the Bay Area. A healthy down-home all-American eatery merging music with food.
Novato’s Hopmonk is a sun-filled tavern that opens up onto a large beer-garden under large vintage oak trees. It is home to a summer cookout music series, and a yearround Session Room live music venue. Hosting a vibrant music scene, music will range from reggae to blues, to a rock&roll venue, all rolled into one!
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Hopmonk Tavern www.hopmonk.com/novato (415) 892-6200
Rancho Nicasio Bar www.ranchonicasio.com (415) 662-2219
Station House Cafe www.stationhousecafe.com (415) 663-1515
Bars/Food: Dugout at Log Cabin www.americanlegionlogcabin. com (415) 456-0834
Floodwater www.floodwatermv.com (415) 843-4545
Marinitas www.marinitas.net (415) 454-8900
Perry’s www.perrys.com (415) 927-1877
Piazza D’Angelo www.piazzadangelo.com (415) 388-2000
Rickey’s www.rickeysrestaurant.com (415) 883-9477
Tiburon Tavern www.tiburontavern.com (415) 435-5996
Trek Winery www.trekwines.com (415) 899-9883
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The Village at Corte Madera
From the madding crowds and bookended by Nordstrom and 618 Redwood Highway
FarMacy’s, The Village at Corte Madera is an outdoor shopping sanctuary. The very best retail - alongside abundant flowerpots,
whimsical fountains and even a fire pit - satisfies sophisticated shoppers close to home in beautiful Marin County. Store after store of top-tier names pack a stylish punch. Take a morning to stroll, shop and refresh your outlook. Or while away an afternoon in peace and find something to make you feel gorgeous later.
Corte Madera, CA 94925 (415) 924-8557 www.villageatcortemadera.com
Boasting a retail and restaurant mix perfect for even the most discerning consumer, The Village at Corte Madera offers an unparalleled shopping experience.
With more than 60 shops, eateries and department stores, The Village at Corte Madera offers the complete shopping, dining and entertainment experience. We feature fashion and destination leaders such as:
Macy’s, Nordstrom, Tesla, Lucid Motors, Johnny Was, Tommy Bahama, RH Marin, RH Rooftop Restaurant, Bonobos, Free People, Madison Reed, Jo Malone London, Polestar Marin, J. Crew, UNTUCKit, lululemon, athletica, Apple, Madewell, and The Cheesecake Factory.
Hours of operation: Monday through Thursday from 11:00am to 7:00pm, Friday and Saturday 11:00am to 8:00pm, and Sunday 11:00am to 6:00pm.
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Town Center Corte Madera
The Town Center is a charming lifestyle center that combines conventional retail and retail service uses to serve its community. The center is characterized by meandering
pedestrian passageways connecting the buildings and is highlighted by dramatic towers and outdoor plazas.
Plan to do your organic produce shopping on Wednesdays from 12:00pm to 5:00pm during the year-round farmers’ market. Purchase farm fresh produce and delicious baked goods. The center offers both outdoor summer concerts and winter holiday events for the whole family.
100 Corte Madera Town Center Corte Madera, CA 94925 (415) 924-2961 www.shoptowncenter.com
The 440,000 square-foot complex features popular retailers such as Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Crate & Barrel, Container Store, REI, and Sephora.
Restaurants include Flores, World Wrapps, Fieldwork Brewing Company, Pacific Catch, Pig in a Pickle, Blue Barn, and Il Fornaio.
Hours of operation: Most stores are Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 8:00pm, Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm, and Sunday 11:00am to 6:00pm.
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Northgate in San Rafael
From Northgate’s commanding location along Highway 101 in San Rafael, the Northgate Mall is the county’s old est and largest city Mall, and has been a part of the
local landscape for 45 years. Situated 16 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, Northgate today features an anchor lineup led by Macy’s, Kohl’s, Restoration Hardware Outlet, a 15-screen Century Theatre multiplex, services, stores and restaurants. Sbarro Pizza is inside and restaurants on the outdoor parameter include BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Chipotle, Mi Pueblo, Panda Express, Panera Bread, and Roadhouse BBQ. Ounces Outdoors is also open featuring craft beer, cider and wine around bocce courts and fire pits!
Please note that Northgate is in transition. The Mall is being completely re-imagined for the present and decades into the future; beginning with the transformation of the indoor mall into an inviting, open-air concept and community gathering place. Community and City feedback has directly influenced development and design for a neighborhood town center rather than a mall dominated by a single anchor tenant.
5800 Northgate Mall San Rafael, CA 94903 (415) 479-5955 www.shopatnorthgate.com
Hours of operation: Monday through Saturday from11:00am to 7:00pm, and Sunday from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. Restaurant and Department Store hours may vary. Special holiday hours apply.
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Vintage Oaks at Novato
Every Day Life Happens…… Vintage Oaks Shopping Center is a proud member of the Marin Com munity. A spacious open-air shopping destination and a
popular local shopping attraction featuring over 50 popular retailers, restaurants, and service establishments. A place to interact and connect with friends and family and express yourself. Conveniently located just off of Highway 101 at Rowland Blvd., Vintage Oaks has something for everyone.
208 Vintage Way Novato, CA 94945 (415) 897-9999 www.shopvintageoaks.com
Some of the many shopping highlights include Target, Costco, Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls, Ross Dress For Less, , DSW, Sports Basement, Petco, BevMo!, Banana Republic Factory, LOFT, Carters Osh Kosh, Old Navy, Gap Factory, Talbots and See’s Candies.
Fitness and beauty options include a Pure Barre, Club 9 Cyrotherapy, Club Pilates, F45 Training, Sephora, ULTA, Laser Away, and a Carbon Health.
Our dining venues include a wide variety of cuisines including HopMonk Tavern, Extreme Pizza, In-N-Out Burger, Jennie Low’s Chinese Cuisine, Panera Bread, SushiHolic, MOD Pizza, Tuttimelon, IHOP, ALOH-O Poke, and Starbucks. New additions include Nick’s the Greek, Jamba Juice, and Chipolte
Hours of operation: Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 9:00pm, and Sunday from 11:00am to 6:00pm.
Hours of anchor stores may vary, so please contact them directly.
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Marin Country Mart
The artisans and merchants of the Mart are passionate talented operators with a proven track record of excellence. Hand-selected for their quality products and communi ty-mindedness, our Country Mart family members are what set the Mart apart from a typical shopping center.
Located on Sir Francis Drake at the 101 Freeway, the Mart sits between the Larkspur Ferry Terminal and the SMART Train Station. The Country Mart serves the communities of South Central Marin as well as San Francisco locals who want a break from the city and arrive by ferry.
Marin Country Mart also hosts a Saturday Farmers’ Market from 9:30am to 2:00pm, rain or shine, with over 25 local farmers and vendors.
Anchor stores include a Mighty Pilates, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and Design Within Reach. Don’t miss the dining options of the Farmshop, Shake Shack, Johnny Doughnuts, Rustic Bakery, and Hog Island Oysters.
The Marin Country Mart is an unanchored, open air, modern village in Larkspur, that houses inde pendent shops, artisanal organic eateries, and fami ly-friendly events. 2257
Hours of operation: Many shops are open from 10:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Saturday and 11:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday; however, please see website for details.
Larkspur Landing Circle Larkspur, CA 94939 (415) 461-5700 www.marincountrymart.com
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Discover Marin’s local shopping haven with Tuscan inspired ambiance. Strawberry Village is a charming shop ping and dining destination featuring a distinctive blend of daily services, specialty shops, boutiques, eateries and leisurely al fresco dining. Easy access off and on the highway, to fit your busy lifestyle.
Local Flavor. On Your Way. Everyday Marin
You’ll find a wide variety of necessities (Safeway, dental care, banking options, shoe repair, urgent care and more). And you will enjoy an impressive collection of health & wellness options including Pure Barre, Orangetheory Fitness and StretchLab and dance and theater arts training for young artists.
We also feature three luxurious spas for pampering including Best Of Marin’s Evo Spa, SkinSpirit Skincare Clinic and Lavande Nail Spa. Our Specialty Shops and Boutiques include something for everyone: West Elm, Calico, California Girl Jewelry, Bella, Rims & Goggles and The Spanish Table.
Popular restaurants include Harmony Restaurant, Pizza Antica, Thep Lela Thai, Aloh-O Poke & Tea, In-N-Out Burger, and top it off with Noble Cow Creamery for a sweet ice cream treat anytime.
800 Redwood Hwy Frontage Rd Mill Valley, CA 94941 (415) 383-4343 www.strawberryvillage.com
ours of operation: For information about Strawberry Village Shopping Center opening hours please call the customer line.
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Boutique Shopping in Marin County
Inaddition to the regional and nationally-known retailers located in the shopping centers throughout the county, Marin hosts many local community shops. There are retail plazas strategically placed throughout the county with organic finds and eclectic shops scattered through the hills of West Marin and Point Reyes.
The town of Larkspur has several signature boutiques. There are 50+ retail stores in the downtown area along Magnolia Avenue. Sidewalk cafes and eateries are the most prominent category.
Downtown Mill Valley has many choices for the casual window shopper and expert shopper with a purpose. Mill Valley’s center is on Throckmorton and Miller Avenues. The shops here cover a full range of upscale establishments and casual, small boutique and artisan stores.
Downtown Novato along Grant Avenue boasts over 400 businesses, from boutiques to accountants, banks to contractors, automotive to building supplies, traditional services like shoe repair and a local Barbershop. Upscale boutiques, charming restaurants, ethnic food, bakeries, and cafes can all be found downtown.
There is always something happening in San Rafael. The downtown area is the center of city life and showcases its diverse and eclectic character. Fourth Street is packed with shops, businesses, art galleries, historical sites and restaurants.
The downtown area of San Anselmo is complete with galleries, creek-side cafes, restaurants and antique shops. You’ll find everything from 1930’s furniture to vintage wedding gowns, old maps and more along Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
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Interior of Marin County Civic Center, Fourth Floor (2008)
Marin County Civic Center by Frank Lloyd Wright This was the last building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his largest public project. It exemplifies Wright’s aesthetic of architecture in harmony with the landscape. Construction began in 1960 and the project was completed in 1962. It is a State and National historical landmark. VisitMarin.org
Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau, 2019. Illustration: Terry W. Barker
Many of the park’s Redwoods are over 600 years old. Photo: MCVB
Muir Woods National Monument Stroll among giant redwoods. Muir Woods is a grove of majestic old-growth redwood trees at the foot of famous Mount Tamalpias. Trails wind through the trees alongside of Redwood Creek. Ranger-led programs available to inform visitors about the grove and surrounding environs.
Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau, 2019. Illustration: Terry W. Barker
Mission San Rafael Arcángel Established in 1817 by San Francisco’s Mission Dolores as a hospital facility for their sick and for indigenous people. It became a stand-alone Spanish mission in 1822. The church was built in 1861 and the replica of the chapel is from 1949.
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® Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau, 2019. Illustration: Terry W. Barker
Youcan lounge on a beach. Or you can launch yourself from a mountain and soar 2,000 feet to the ocean’s break. Or you can visit the ranches and farms that supply some of the finest restaurants in the world. There’s no such thing as a typical Marin County vacation. Because there’s nothing “typical” in Marin. Plan your next trip and it will be like no other!
Food and Farm Tours
Many farms and ranches can be visited on farm tours organized by these Marin-based organizations who support and sustain our agricultural productivity.
Tours by advance reservation are offered at these locations as well as retail cheese sales.
AppleGarden Farm Tours www.applegardenfarm.com
McEvoy Ranch www.mcevoyranch.com
Heidrun Meadery www.heidrunmeadery.com
Marin Agricultural Land Trust www.malt.org
The Fork at Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company www.pointreyescheese.com
The Haven at Tomales www.tomaleshaven.com
Straus Home Ranch www.straushomeranch.com
Food & Farm Tours www.foodandfarmtours.com
Peacock Gap Golf Club: Enjoy gorgeous views of Marin County while playing on one of Northern California’s best heritage courses. Practice with every club in your bag on the championship level 18-hole course. Feel the difference real grass makes on Marin County’s only all-grass driving range. Try a golf lesson - courses are available for ages 6 and up and include all skill levels.
333 Biscayne Drive, San Rafael (415) 453-4940 www.peacockgapgolfclub.com
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County has miles of open space trails, including campsites at Mount Tamalpais State Park and Samuel P. Taylor State Park.
Take a guided Hike on Mt. Tam and surrounding Bay Area regions. Learn about local Native American history and geology while hiking quiet trails through redwood forests. Customize any number of hikes to fit your family’s interest and ability.
Coastal Walkers: www.coastalwalkers.com (415) 250-9941
Point Bonita YMCA hosts eight to ten Adventure Guide programs each year where the magic of nature, and most of all, having fun is the primary focus. www.ymcasf.org/locations/ point-bonita-ymca
Bay Model Visitor Center is a three-dimensional representation of San Francisco Bay and the Delta capable of simulating tides, currents, and river inflows.
Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) 981 Fort Barry Sausalito, 94965 (415) 331-9622
Hours of operation: 9:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Call for seasonal hours of operation. www.spn.usace.army.mil Marinship Way, Sausalito (415) 332-3870
Aquarium of the Bay Get get up close with more than 20,000 local marine animals. Interpretive naturalists are aways nearby to answer questions and guide you through handson animal encounters.
Hours of operation: Monday through Sunday 11:00am to 6:00pm
www.aquariumofthebay.org Pier 39 The Embarcadero at Beach St, San Francisco (415) 623-5300
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Explore Nature by Water
bays and beaches provide hundreds of possibilities to kayak, paddleboard, surf, kiteboard and much more. Kayakers enjoy easy access to San Pablo Bay and can be found enjoying the coastal waters surrounding China Camp State Park with its views of Mt. Tamalpais. Take your pick from any of the adventure outfitters listed below for a Marin experience.
Tomales Point Exploration
This full day tour will take you to the waters where Tomales Bay opens up to the Pacific Ocean, an area with an abundance of wildlife, and an extremely low level of human infringement. Marine mammals such as seals and sea lions are commonly seen.
Schooner Seaward provides Bay Area youth an opportunity to sail traditionally rigged vessels and to learn maritime history and the marine environment. They offer
Blue Waters Kayaking
11401 Highway 1 Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 (415) 669-2600 www.bluewaterskayaking.com
a variety of programs for all ages and corporate retreats.
Call of the Sea 3020 Bridgeway #278 Sausalito, CA (415) 331-3214 www.callofthesea.org
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Explore Nature by Water
101 Surf Sports is a full service water sports shop specializing in Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), windsurfing, kiteboarding, surfing, and kayaking on Marin County waters as well as the San Francisco Bay. They also offer a full range of lessons, gear
rentals, board repair, kayak storage, guided tours, and retail shop.
101 Surf Sports 115 Third St San Rafael, CA 94901 (415) 524-8492 www.101surfsports.com
Schooner Freda B
1001 Bridgeway Sausalito, CA 94965 (415) 331-0444 www.schoonerfredab.com
Buy your ticket to sail the San Francisco Bay aboard an elegant tall-ship with a professional captain and crew. Enjoy the Bay’s iconic sights from the special vantage of the water!
Angel Island Tiburon Ferry, California’s only family owned and operated ferry service since 1959, offers seasonal and annual events to the discriminating adven turer: Fireworks and Sunset Bay Cruises, Whale Watching and Wildlife Tours, Fleet Week Cruises, and tours around Alcatraz Island to name just a few. Check their year ‘round schedule for departures from Tiburon to Angel Island as well. www.angelislandferry.com (415) 435-2131
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Explore Nature by Land
Audubon Canyon Ranch
The preserve’s frontage along Bolinas Lagoon brings more than 60 species of waterbirds and shorebirds into view: from sandpipers to Osprey to pelicans, as well as some of the resident harbor seals. The preserve is open seasonally for visitors and school children to explore.
Explore Point Reyes on horseback. Five Brooks Stable is a full-service riding stable for the whole family. There are activities for all ages and kinds of buckaroos and buckarettes who wish to enjoy the magnificent Point Reyes National Seashore in the
During the spring, summer and fall, the preserve is open to all visitors, while in the fall and spring the preserve hosts its nature education programs.
Martin Griffin Preserve 4900 Shoreline Highway Stinson Beach, CA 94970 (415) 868 9244 www.egret.org
company of their equine pals. The ranch offers private and guided trail rides for all ages.
Five Brooks Ranch 8001 State Route Highway 1 Olema, CA 94950 (415) 663-1570 www.fivebrooks.com
Point Reyes Safari Tours
Wild is Waiting as you join wildlife photographer Daniel Dietrich on an unforgettable experience seeing and photographing the amazing wildlife and scenic lands of Point Reyes National Seashore. The Park holds incredible wildlife viewing opportunities
with bobcats, tule elk, coyotes, badgers, raptors, owls, and shorebirds, as well as many varied marine animals. Lunch is included with Daniel’s packages.
Point Reyes Safari Tours (303) 929-8443 www.pointreyessafaris.com
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Explore Marin’s Civic Center
“In Marin County you have one of the most beautiful landscapes I have seen, and I am proud to make the buildings of this county characteristic of the beauty of the county. Here is a crucial opportunity to open the eyes not of Marin County alone, but of the entire country, to what officials gathering together might themselves do to broaden and beautify human lives.”
Frank Lloyd Wright
10 Avenue of the Flags San Rafael, CA 94903
The Marin Cultural Association advocates for and serves as a catalyst to increase participation, advance collaboration and optimize resources for culture in Marin County. Proceeds help us with our mission to support arts and culture in Marin County and are used to underwrite programming, education and tickets for underserved youth and to upgrade our facilities. Visit
Every Wednesday at 10:00am Second Floor Cafe, Room 233 www.marincenter.org These tours will resume soon
the art galleries within the Marin Center that showcase rotating exhibits throughout the year:
Marin Center Exhibit Hall. Open Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm and select weekends.
Redwood Foyer Gallery
Located in the Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, the gallery is open during performances or by appointment.
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Just the Two of Us - Romantic Places
Sunset Cruise for Two
Just the two of you and your private captain on the Bay. Pack some local Marin-made cheeses with wine then head to a secluded cove to watch the sun set behind Mount Tamalpais.
Suggestion: Stay at Nick’s Cove and enjoy a Tomales Bay Sailing excursion.
Steal a Kiss atop the Marin Headlands with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline - the perfect place to propose.
Taste Fresh Oysters
Pack a picnic basket and grab a bag of the freshest oysters you will ever have at either Tomales Bay Oyster Co. or Hog Island Oysters. With that special person in tow, head out to the closest picnic area with a romantic view of Tomales Bay to consume with a bit of wine.
Surround Yourselves in Wildflowers
Spring in Marin is one of many romantic times to be here. Pack a picnic lunch and head to our seasonally green hills bursting with the wild colors of nature.
Full Moon, Sunset, or Bioluminescence Paddle Tour Evening is a great time to paddle on the bay where you can experience the tranquility and magic of a sunset and moon-rise over the water. Snug in your kayak, you’ll watch the day change to dusk, watch the sun set and the moon rise across the calm waters.
Suggestions: Blue Waters Kayaking, and 101 Surf Sports for events on the water.
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Girls Day and Night Out
Hike and Yoga Day
Plan a guided half or full day hiking retreat and yoga class with your best friend or group of besties. Connect through nature, physical challenge, and mental awareness in beauti ful Marin.
Ulrike will help you design a customized program that fits your personal goals and schedule.
Uli K Hike and Yoga (415) 828-2218 www.ulikhikeandyoga.com
Dinner and a Show Spend time with your BFF at a local supper club or Indie Theater. Sip on champagne, and listen to live music, all while dining on scrumptious food.
Suggestions: Hopmonk Tavern, Rancho Nicasio, Smith Rafael Theater
A Day at the SPA Marin has a number of ways to keep you and your friends fit and beautiful. Start at SkinSpirit in Mill Valley for a facial then head to Mighty Pilates in Larkspur to finish.
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Best Western Corte Madera Inn
Full Service Lodging
56 Madera Boulevard Corte Madera, CA 94925 (800) 777-9670/(415) 924-1502 www.cortemaderainn.com
A lush, five acre resort-like setting in the heart of Marin County, just minutes from the excitement of San Francisco and the beauty and natural wonders of Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties.
Best Western PLUSNovato Oaks Inn
Full Service Lodging 215 Alameda del Prado Novato, CA 94949 (800) 625-7466/(415) 883-4400 www.novatooaksinn.com
Recognized by Best Western International as one of the top quality hotels in the chain, the Best Western Novato Oaks Inn is ideal for the leisure or corporate traveler.
Embassy Suites Hotel
Full Service Lodging
101 McInnis Pkwy
San Rafael, CA 94903 (800) 362-2779/(415) 499-9222 www.sanrafael.embassysuites.com
An all-suite hotel located 15 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge and 15 minutes south of Sonoma and Napa wine country. Complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and Nightly Manager’s Reception.
Four Points by Sheraton
Full Service Lodging 1010 Northgate Drive San Rafael, CA 94903 (800) 235-3535/(415) 479-8800 www.fourpoints.com/sanrafael
Just minutes away from San Francisco, the Four Points by Sheraton San Rafael is the ideal destination for business and leisure travelers alike. Centrally located in Marin County. Complimentary high-speed Internet access.
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Inn Marin and Suites
Full Service Lodging
250 Entrada Drive Novato, CA 94949 (800) 652-6565/(415) 883-5952 www.innmarin.com
Inn Marin offers a charming lodging experience for business or leisure travelers. Nestled on five acres it is minutes to major sightseeing attractions, shopping, restaurants and recreational activities.
The Lodge at Tiburon Full Service Lodging
1651 Tiburon Boulevard Tiburon, CA 94920 (800)762-7770/(415)435-3133 www.lodgeattiburon.com
Relax and retreat by the Bay in well-appointed guest rooms and suites, private outdoor heated pool and hot tub and on-site Tiburon Tavern. Lo cated near Main Street, The Lodge overlooks Alcatraz, Angel Island, and the Bay.
2500 Larkspur Landing Circle Larkspur, CA 94939 (800) 321-2211/(415) 925-1800 www.courtyard.com/sfoll
Welcome to “Marin County’s Best Kept Secret!” In a quiet and central location, and only ten miles north of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, with a short drive to the Wine Country.
1400 North Hamilton Pkwy Novato, CA 94949 (800) 321-2211/(415) 883-8950 www.marriott.com/sfonv
Close to the excitement of San Francisco and the beauty of Wine Country, the Courtyard by Marriott Novato is in the perfect location and only18 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge.
MarriottLarkspur Select Service
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Days Inn by WyndhamSelect Service
8141 Redwood Blvd Novato, CA 94949 (415) 897-7111 www.wyndhamhotels.com
A true bargain for Marin with a heated spa and solar heated pool. Every room has a televi sion with VCR. Deluxe Continental breakfast served daily. Pets are allowed at $10 per night.
Extended Stay America
1775 East Francisco Blvd San Rafael, CA 94901 (800) 804-3724/415-451-1887 www.extendedstayhotels.com
The Extended Stay Deluxe Hotel is designed especially for longer stays with studios featuring fully-equipped kitchens and plenty of work space. Newly renovated rooms.
Holiday Inn ExpressMill Valley Select Service
160 Shoreline Hwy Mill Valley, CA 94941 (800) 285-3894/415-332-5700 www.hiexpress.com
Enjoy the outdoor pool, fitness center, and a hot breakfast buffet at this quaint Inn. Located near the base of Mt. Tamalpais, overlooking majestic mountains, peaceful wetlands and bike paths.
45 Tamal Vista Blvd Corte Madera, CA 94924 (800) 362-3372/(415) 924-3608 www.marinsuites.com
Located just minutes north of San Francisco, Marin Suites is the premier lodging choice for leisure, corporate, relocation and extended stay needs in the North Bay area.
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Acqua Hotel Boutique Lodging
555 Redwood Hwy Mill Valley, CA 94941 (888) 662-9555/(415) 380-0400 www.marinhotels.com
Inspired by elements of sky and water, the Acqua Hotel in scenic Mill Valley, melds stylish city sophistication with the natural beauty which surrounds it.
Mill Valley Inn Boutique Lodging
165 Throckmorton Ave Mill Valley, CA 94941 (800) 595-2100/(415) 3896608 www.marinhotels.com
A charming, boutique hotel, located in the heart of down town Mill Valley. Though it is less than a block from restaurants, cafés, and shops, it feels as if it is in a world of its own.
Bed & Breakfast
4 Bayview St San Rafael, CA 94901 (800) 899-3993/(415) 547-3993 www.panamahotel.com
The Panama Hotel is a charming and historic bed & breakfast inn that includes a popular neighborhood restaurant. The restaurant features fine dining, jazz nights and patio dining.
Mountain Home Inn
Bed & Breakfast
810 Panoramic Hwy Mill Valley, CA 94941 (415) 381-9000 www.mtnhomeinn.com
The intimate warmth of a rustic mountain inn...In a spectacular setting of mountain scenery, towering redwood forests and famous ocean beaches.
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Corte Madera Budget
706 Meadowsweet Drive Corte Madera, CA 94925
This hotel is undergoing a remodel and will be closed until completion in 2023. Located a few miles north of San Francisco, they are a small, friendly inn that offers a casual atmosphere, guest-friendly amenities and comfortable rooms.
America’s Best Value Inn Novato Budget
7600 Redwood Blvd Novato, CA 94945 (800) 578-7878/(415) 892-7500 www.americasbestvalueinn.com
Located close to Napa and Sonoma, the inn offers suites with in-room Jacuzzis. The outdoor pool and spa area are the perfect place to relax and soak up some California sunshine.
Marinwood Inn and Suites Budget
275 Alameda del Prado Novato, CA 94949 (415) 883-2406 www.innnovato.com
Nestled in a serene Novato neighborhood, and conveniently located close to both the downtown area and Highway 101. Non-smoking guest rooms have been recently renovated and suites have the atmosphere of a bed-and-breakfast.
Muir Woods Lodge Budget
155 Shoreline Blvd Mill Valley, CA 94949 (415) 332-1732 www.MuirWoodsLodge
The Muir Woods Lodge provides comfortable and affordable accommodations for business and vacation travelers. It is conveniently located along Hwy 101 and just three miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Marin Lodge Budget
1735 Lincoln Ave San Rafael, CA 94901 (888) 785-2111/(415) 453-9188 www.marinlodge.com
Welcome to Marin Lodge where you receive hotel comfort at motel prices; all within a few miles of San Francisco, and just 21 miles south of the Wine Country. Try the newly renovated guest rooms.
737 East Francisco Blvd San Rafael, CA 94901 (415) 453-3450 www.motel6.com
Motel 6 San Rafael, is located off of Highway 101 in Central San Rafael. Restaurants are within walking distance and shops are nearby. The Golden Gate Bridge is only 12 miles. Free WiFi is available in all guest rooms.
North Bay Inn Budget
855 East Francisco Blvd
San Rafael, CA 94901 (415) 456-8620 www.northbayinn.com
Welcome to the North Bay Inn, overflowing with bed and breakfast style charm. Featuring stylish accommodations and first–class service, surround yourself with redwood groves, wine county, and the bright lights of San Francisco.
Tamalpais Motel Budget
680 Redwood Hwy Mill Valley, CA 94941 (415) 381-4775 www.tamalpaismotel.com
Conveniently located near major businesses and shopping centers, along with a wide variety of family attractions. Rooms come with free WiFi and cable TV/HBO.
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by Wyndham - Mill Valley Budget
707 Redwood Hwy Mill Valley, CA 94941 (415) 569-3948 www.wyndhamhotels.com/travelodge
The Travelodge by Wyndham
Mill Valley is a non-smoking property located near the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, yet only 15-20 minutes from downtown San Francisco.
SureStay Hotel by Best Western - San Rafael Budget
865 East Francisco Blvd San Rafael, CA 94901 (415) 454-9470 www.bestwestern.com/sanrafael
The SureStay Hotel San Rafael is conveniently located nearby historic downtown San Rafael. We offer a variety of room types including kitchenettes, in-room Jacuzzis and large family rooms.
Villa Inn Budget
1600 Lincoln Ave San Rafael, CA 94901 888-845-5246/415-456-4975 www.villainn.com
The Villa Inn has been providing no frills accommodations in Marin County for many years. Included is free WiFi and complimentary Continental Breakfast. The Inn is located 11 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge.
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COASTAL WEST MARIN
Coastal Marin is the region directly north of Point Reyes including bayside towns of Marshall, Tomales, and Dillion Beach. Marshall has long been known for dairy cows, but nowadays it is mostly known for oysters and clams. Three miles north of Tomales is Dillion Beach, best known for its ideal surfing.
Our Marin Visitors Center West is currently closed, but will reopen in Spring of 2023. 9940 Highway 1 Olema, CA 94950 www.staypointreyes.com
All our West Marin properties are listed here on the following pages. Plan your adventure!
Coastal Marin and Point Reyes Seashore Lodging
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3875 Tomales Petaluma Rd Tomales, CA 94971 707-878-9152 www.applegardencottage.com
AppleGarden Cottage is a very private bed-and-breakfast located on a working farm just outside the historic small town of Tomales. This is the perfect place for a romantic vacation or a quick weekend getaway for two!
Bear Valley Cottage
Highway 1 at Bear Valley Rd Olema, CA 94950 (415) 663-1777 www.bearvalleycottage.com
Expect the home away from home feeling with privacy where you can relax after visiting the area. This is a self-catering unit with a small kitchenette. The cottage is stocked with coffee and tea making supplies, and tasty granola and yogurt. Great for people seeking privacy.
Inn at Roundstone Farm
9940 Sir Francis Drake Blvd Olema, CA 94950 (415) 663-1020 www.roundstonefarm.com
Enveloped in ten acres of rolling hills, this five guest-room bed and breakfast inn is a place of serenity where guests discover the pleasurable company of new friends, the sights and sounds of nature’s harmonies, and delightful fresh breakfasts.
Nick’s Cove and Cottages
23240 Highway 1 Marshall, CA 94940 (415) 663-1033 www.nickscove.com
Nick’s Cove and Cottages is a nostalgic and welcoming gathering place with luxurious waterfront accommodations on Tomales Bay. Private Cottages offer the ultimate in luxury, with a rustic style design, aesthetic, and elegant amenities.
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Straus Home Ranch
22888 Highway 1 Marshall, CA 94940 (415) 335-6630 www.straushomeranch.com
The ranch is a beautifully renovated and furnished 150 year old farmhouse, overlooking 160 acres of organic pastures and Tomales Bay. Perfect for weekend getaways, retreats, events and small private gatherings with a private beach.
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Inventory of Marin Hotels Corte Madera Rooms 1. America’s Best Value Inn 18 Closed through 2022 for remodel 2. BW Corte Madera Inn 110 4. Marin Suites Hotel 100 Larkspur Rooms 5. Courtyard by Marriott 146 Mill Valley Rooms 6. Acqua Hotel 49 7. Muir Woods Lodge 27 8. Holiday Inn Express 100 9. Mill Valley Inn 25 10. Mountain Home Inn 10 11. Tamalpais Motel 22 12. Travelodge by Wyndham 58 Novato Rooms 13. BW Plus Novato Oaks Inn 107 14. Courtyard by Marriott 136 15. Days Inn by Wyndham 56 16. Inn Marin & Suites 67 17. Marinwood Inn & Suites 47 18. America’s Best Value Inn 55 San Rafael Rooms 19. Motel 6 66 20. Extended Stay America 112 21. Embassy Suites 235 22. Four Points Sheraton 235 23. Marin Lodge 17 24. North Bay Inn 19 25. Panama Hotel 10 26. SureStay Hotel by BW 32 27. Villa Inn 60 Tiburon Rooms 28. The Lodge at Tiburon 105 Coastal West Marin Rooms 29. AppleGarden Cottage 1 30. Bear Valley Cottage 1 31. Inn at Roundstone Farm 5 32. Nick’s Cove 12 33. Straus Home Ranch 1 69 Official Visitors Guide | Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau ACCOMMODATIONS
Corte Madera Bn Th Cl Cn Re U O Best Western Corte Madera Inn 110 6 120 200 110 65 200 35 150 Marin Suites Hotel 100 3 40 50 35 25 - 25Larkspur Courtyard by Marriott 146 3 40 24 22 45 27 Mill Valley Acqua Hotel 49 3 120 100 50 40 80 60 120 Holiday Inn Express 100 5 100 100 70 50 150 50 20 Mill Valley Inn 25 1 20 12 40 Mountain Home Inn 10 3 70 100 100 Novato Best Western PLUS Novato Oaks Inn 108 4 75 150 65 40 150 40 Courtyard by Marriott 136 2 30 50 24 30 50 24 Days Inn 56 3 150 150 125 35 150 30 250 Inn Marin & Suites 68 4 120 150 75 40 200 35 400 San Rafael Embassy Suites by Hilton 235 13 520 500 350 36 642 45 100 Four Points by Sheraton 235 9 250 300 186 15 300 65 85 Panama Hotel 10 2 60 150 75 Tiburon Lodge at Tiburon 105 7 120 200 110 40 120 55 120 West Marin Nick’s Cove Restaurant 12 3 60 60 40 25 60 25 70 Straus Home Ranch House 2 175 175 175 175 175 175 Hotels and Meeting Room Venues Guestrooms Event Space Banquet Theater Classroom Conference Reception U-Shape Outside Event Let us help organize an event for your group or business. 70 www.visitMarin.org | 866 925 2060 HOTEL MEETING ROOM VENUES
PLAN A MARIN EVENT
An Event in Marin is an Event Remembered.
When you hold an event, you want it to be remarkable. Marin has the people, landscape, and facilities you need to make your event shine.
And remember, when in doubt, we’re here to help you with any event.
Compare the unique features and services of each hotel and meeting room event space here in sunny Marin County, California. Submit an RFP for your upcoming event by going to our website at www.visitMarin.org
Planning a Marin Wedding?
Get married with Ema Drouillard. She is a local wedding officiant serving San
Francisco, Marin, and Sonoma.
She received her Doctorate from University Life Church in 1998. Eventually she founded MySF Wedding specializing in San Francisco Destination Weddings. She started offering wedding packages amid the historical sites of the city and in the wine country. Above all Ema, loves standing in the center of love with couples from around the world. (415) 302-0444
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Fairfax Bn Th Cl Cn Re U O Marin Museum of Bicycling 1 80 100 100 100 120 300 Mill Valley Bn Th Cl Cn Re U O Piazza D’Angelo 100 40 20 35 130 50 Novato Bn Th Cl Cn Re U O Hopmonk Tavern 2 125 60 40 160 30 175 Marin County Club 3 180 250 200 50 300 100 Sports Basement The Key Room 2 125 150 12 250 Trek Winery 3 150 22 150 100 Unity of Marin 6 200 300 150 75 250 60 380 Ross Bn Th Cl Cn Re U O Marin Art and Garden Center 9 400 250 200 50 350 30 400 San Anselmo Bn Th Cl Cn Re U O American Legion Log Cabin - 2 175 250 150 150 175 - 75 SF Theological Seminary 70 4 110 70 40 25 170 20 170 San Rafael Bn Th Cl Cn Re U O California Film Institute 339 80 80 Dominican Univ 15+ 300 800 40 75 120 75 300+ City and Conference Center Lodging Event Space Banquet Theater Classroom Confer- ence Reception U-Shape Outside Event 72 www.visitMarin.org | 866 925 2060 MEETING ROOM VENUES
San Rafael Bn Th Cl Cn Re U O Marin Center & Fairgrounds 4 600 315 150 400 800 50 6000 Marin Veterans Memorial 1 1911 The Clubhouse at Marin Yacht Club 2 135 135 135 The Clubhouse at Peacock Gap 7 941 605 562 478 257 1,411 VenturePad 5 48 50 30 30 60 40 Sausalito Bn Th Cl Cn Re U O Call of the Sea 2 Boats 60 Point Bonita YMCA Dorm 5 150 150 150 SF Bay Adventures 18 Boats 149 The Bay Model 2 600 250 250 1500 1500 Tiburon Bn Th Cl Cn Re U O Angel Island Ferry 3 Boats 150 300 300 Lodge at Tiburon 105 7 120 200 110 40 120 55 120 West Marin Bn Th Cl Cn Re U O McEvoy Ranch 6 200 150 40 40 300 25 400 Rancho Nicasio 4 250 160 160 160 25 300 The Fork at Point Reyes 1 40 40 40 40 60 30 100 The Haven at Tomales 4 300 500 500 500 300 100 500 City and Conference Center Lodging Event Space Banquet Theater Classroom Conference Reception U-Shape Outside Event 73 Official Visitors Guide | Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau MEETING ROOM VENUES
G Girls Out..........57 Golf..................50 H Hiking..............54 History.............9 Hotels..............58 L Larkspur..........18 M Marin Maps.Insert Muir Woods ........6 Meetings..........70 Mill Valley.........14 Museums......32 Music............40 N Nature............. 33 Nightlife........40 Northgate.........44 Novato.............20 O Only in Marin......8 P Pet Info.............34 Postcards.........46 R Restaurants.....38 Romantic.........56 S San Anselmo.....27 San Rafael........22 Shopping.........42 SMART Train.....7 A Adventures......50 Agritourism..... 28 Arts..................30 Attractions....... 28 B Bars.................41 Beaches...........36 Biking......4,9,21 Boutiques.........49 C Calendar...........12 Civic Center......55 Climate............10 Country Mart....47 Corte Madera....16 Culture.............30 D Dining..............38 Dog Beaches.....36 Dog Parks.........34 Driving.............11 E Explore Marin by Water...............52 Explore Marin by Land................54 F Fairfax.............26 Family Tours.....51 Farmers’ Markets..29 Farm To Table...38 Farm Tours.......50 5 Good Reasons...4 T Tiburon.......27 Town Center.....43 Transportation....11 V Venues.............72 The Village........42 Vintage Oaks....45 W Water Sports.....52 Weddings.........71 West Marin.......24 ALPHABETICAL INDEX 74 www.visitMarin.org | 866 925 2060
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