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OFFICIAL VISITORS AND MEETING PLANNERS GUIDE

MARIN COUNTY CALIFORNIA

CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU visitMarin.org

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Marin isn’t as far away as it feels...

MARIN COUNTY, you’ll love who you are when you are here...

it’s just a little out there.


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arin 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?


TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S Five Reasons to Visit

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Muir Woods Reservations

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SMART Train Information

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“Only in Marin” and History

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FEATURES Tips on Driving Marin Roads

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When and how to drive Marin’s roads with points of interest and distances in miles and kms

Marin Communities

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What To Do

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Pet Friendly Marin

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Find maps and highlights of Marin County towns: Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Larkspur, Novato, San Rafael, Fairfax/San Anselmo and Coastal Marin

Marin attractions include agritourism, farmers’ markets, outdoor adventures, the arts and museums

Find pet-friendly hotels and hiking trails for you and your woof


Dining and Nightlife

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Experience the highlights of Marin’s culinary secrets and where to go after dark

Marin Shopping

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Marin Adventures

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Marin Hotels

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Find the best of Marin’s shopping with name brand stores, convenient parking, and food courts

Outdoor activities, farm and family tours, romantic places, and girls’ day/night out on the town

Whether a beach side bungalow or a trusted favorite hotel, Marin has the perfect accommodation for you

DIRECTORIES Calendar of Events

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Find a Beach

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Maps of Marin’s Parks

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Meeting Information

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Index

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FIVE REASONS TO VISIT MARIN COUNTY

Shopping

The charm and character of Marin’s unique cities are reflected in its many neighborhood shopping districts. Each community in Marin offers shoppers something unique.

Dining and Nightlife

From cozy and casual to elegant and refined, Marin County is home to more than 500 restaurants. Every region of the world is represented with its own rich and diverse cuisine. The Bay Area has always been a fertile ground for music and nightlife. Many renowned artists from the Grateful Dead to Metallica have made their musical mark in Marin.

Art and Culture

Fall is film festival time in Marin, with glitterati and paparazzi jetting in for the world-renowned Mill Valley Film Festival. Winter abounds with seasonal art and craft sales, summer offers a variety of open air concerts and street fairs.

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.

Location, Location, Location

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. 4

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FIVE REASONS TO VISIT COASTAL 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 so parking is limited. Consider using the Muir Woods Shuttle with pickup locations in Mill Valley and the Sausalito Ferry.

Earthquake Trail

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.

Agritourism Activities

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 and other specialty foods.

Point Reyes Lighthouse

The historic Lighthouse warned mariners of danger for more than a hundred years. Open year-round, Thursday 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. Official Visitors Guide

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MUIR WOODS RESERVATIONS

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ake your visit to Muir Woods more enjoyable by reserving in advance.

Fees Parking Reservation $8.00 per privately owned vehicle. Shuttle Reservation $3.00 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 $10.00 per adult (16 years and older) Free for children (15 years and younger)

Operating Hours Park Hours: 8:00 am to sunset 365 days a year. Visitor Center Hours 8:00 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.

Entrance fees may be purchased in advance with your reservation or upon arrival to the park.

www.GoMuirWoods.com 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. 6

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ide the new rail from Sonoma County to Marin and discover our county’s fun!

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 Downtown San Rafael.

www.sonomamarintrain.org Plan your stops along the Marin line from Sonoma and visit a wide variety of culture and entertainment. The San Rafael stop has a number of shopping and dining options within walking distance. Stop at the Marin Center to visit the farmer’s market and

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cultural events. Explore museums at the Novato Hamilton stop - all under a mile walk or short bike ride. On a hot summer day, take a plunge in the community pool with easy access by bike or Uber. Clipper Cards are available at most stations.

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ONLY IN MARIN The Food

The Arts

Marin French Cheese Company has been making cheese in Marin since 1865 when they first offered their original Breakfast Cheese. It is the longest continually operating cheese company in America.

Marin Music: The county’s

Cowgirl Creamery Cheese: Best known locally for their award winning Red Hawk triple cream cheese made with wild bacteria native only to Point Reyes. 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. 8

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 throughout 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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FEW HISTORICAL FACTS Sir Francis Drake and the Coastal Miwok People Sir Francis Drake probably first sighted and mapped the foggy coastline of the Marin Headlands 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. “Kule Loklo” (meaning Bear Valley) is a recreated village in Point Reyes.

1955: 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.

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.

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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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TRAVEL TIPS

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arin 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.

Location

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 10

runs every day from Memorial Day to Labor Day • Golden Gate Transit/Ferry

Climate

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.

Airport Transportation www.MarinAirporter.com www.PureLuxury.com www.ShawTransportationManagement.com

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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To San Rafal Visitor Center

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DRIVING MARIN ROADS

Bear Valley Visitor Center

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Golden Gate Bridge

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Muir Woods

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Napa

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Point Reyes Lighthouse

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Point Reyes Station

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San Francisco Downtown

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Sonoma

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Stinson Beach

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Yosemite Village 212mi/337km

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.

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ANNUAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS For more great events, visit our website

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arin 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

Whale Watching Point Reyes National Seashore APRIL Opening Day on the Bay View sail boats from the Headlands

San Rafael: Second Friday of each month Marin Center Performing arts and music JANUARY to MARCH Egret Nesting Audubon Canyon Ranch

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JUNE Dipsea Footrace Starts at Mill Valley’s Depot Fairfax Festival Bolinas and Peri Parks in Fairfax Italian Street Painting Festival Downtown San Rafael on A Street Mountain Play Mt. Tamalpais

Vintage Car Race Sonoma Raceway MAY May Madness and Classic Car Parade Downtown San Rafael along Fourth Street DocLands Film Festival Smith Rafael Film Center

Marin Outdoor Antique Market Marin Civic Center parking lot Novato Art, Wine and Music Festival Grant Avenue in old town Novato

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ANNUAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS

JUNE Mill Valley Wine and Food Tasting Old Mill Park

Film Night in the Park Through September in various Marin outdoor parks Western Weekend Point Reyes Station JULY Marin County Fair Civic Center Fairgrounds

Sand Sculpture Contest Drakes Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore SEPTEMBER and OCTOBER Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival Old Mill Park

Fleet Week on the Bay Bay festivities and flying Blue Angels!

Corte Madera & Larkspur Parade Along Magnolia Avenue to the Town Center

Sound Summit Atop Mount Tam

BreastFest Civic Center Fairgrounds

Mill Valley Film Festival Sequoia and Rafael Film Centers

Indian Big Time Celebration Point Reyes at Kule Loklo Village Official Visitors Guide

AUGUST Summer Outdoor Concerts Various locations through August

Oktoberfest Gazebo Square in Corte Madera

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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 Rafael on Fourth St. Lighted Boat Parade Along San Rafael’s Canal Shoreline Marin Ballet’s Nutcracker Marin Center Mill Valley’s WinterFest Downtown Plaza Dickens Family Victorian Holiday San Rafael’s Falkirk Cultural Center Holiday Candlelight Concerts Marin Center

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No other Bay Area community offers so much to so many, so close to San Francisco. EAT/DRINK 1 El Paseo Restaurant: www.elpaseomillvalley.com 17 Throckmorton Avenue (415) 388-0741 Sammy Hagar’s American comfort food located in a cozy space hidden down a brick path. 2 Frantoio Ristorante: www.frantoio.com 152 Shoreline Hwy (415) 289-5777 Serves delectable Italian cuisine in a comfortable and elegant ambiance. 3 Piazza D’Angelo Ristorante: www.piazzadangelo.com 22 Miller Avenue (415) 388-2000 Serving wholesome Italian fare afternoons and evenings. SHOP 4 Fashionable boutiques and eclectic shops such as EO Exchange fill the downtown area along Throckmorton Ave. 14

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8 EXPLORE 5 Take the bike trail through the Bothin Marsh preserve to the Golden Gate Bridge. 6 Pick up a Steps Lanes and Paths map at the Library (375 Throckmorton Ave) and walk historic evacuation trails still in use today. 7 Old Mill Park, located in a redwood grove, houses part of the wood mill that gave Mill Valley its name. 8 The Marin Theater Company is a professional regional theater located at 397 Miller Avenue For more information: Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce 85 Throckmorton Avenue www.millvalley.org www.enjoymillvalley.org (415) 388-9700 Official Visitors Guide

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The town of Corte Madera is a small, vital community reflecting an easy, outdoor lifestyle and well-known for shopping. EAT/DRINK Within Corte Madera’s two main shopping centers, explore the varied dining features offered at each center such as 1 Marin Pizza at the Town Center www.marin.pizza 2 The Cheesecake Factory and Boca Pizzeria at The Village. www.thecheesecakefactory.com www.bocapizzeria.com 3 Benissimo Ristorante: 18 Tamalpais Drive www.benissimos.com SHOP 1 Town Center Corte Madera: www.shoptowncenter.com 2 The Village at Corte Madera: www.villageatcortemadera.com 4 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. EXPLORE 5 Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve: An easy two-mile 16

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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 with the trailhead leading into San Clemente Park. 6 The Corte Madera Town Park: Newly renovated, the park spans 22.7 acres, is fence-enclosed, and features seven picnic and BBQ sites. 7 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 Official Visitors Guide

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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. EAT/DRINK Larkspur offers some very special places to play, shop, and dine. Here are some ideas: 1 Farmshop Marin: www.farmshopca.com 2233 Larkspur Landing Circle (415) 755-6700 2 Fisher’s Cheese: www.fisherscheese.com 2201 Larkspur Landing (415) 779-2201 3 The Melting Pot: www.meltingpot.com 125 E Sir Francis Drake Blvd (415) 461-6361 A premier fondue restaurant where guests can enjoy a choice of fondue cooking styles. SHOP 4 Marin Country Mart: www.marincountrymart.com An open-air shopping and dining destination that 18

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features boutiques and farm-to-table eateries. 5 Bon Air in Greenbrae: www.bonair.com 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. 8 Bike the Larkspur/ Corte Madera Path. For more information: Larkspur Chamber of Commerce www.larkspurchamber.org (800) 596-0747 Official Visitors Guide

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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 Rickey’s Restaurant: www.rickeysrestaurant.com 250 Entrada Drive (415) 883-9477 3 Trek Winery Tasting Room: www.trekwine.com 1026 Machin Avenue (415) 899-9883 4 Wildfox Restaurant: www.wildfoxrestaurant.com 225 Alameda del Prado (415) 883-9125 SHOP 5 Vintage Oaks at Novato: www.shopvintageoaks.com Home to more than 50 popular retailers and restaurants. 6 Old Town Novato is a charming shopping haven with boutiques, antique stores, spas, salons, cafes, restaurants and distinctive businesses - all located along one mile of Grant Avenue. 20

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EXPLORE 7 Museum of the American Indian is devoted to Native American culture and is the only one of its kind in the Bay Area. www.marinindian.com 2200 Novato Blvd (415) 897-4064 8 Stafford Lake Park contains a bike park and fishing lake with nature trails. 3549 Novato Blvd 9 Novato City Hall: Built in 1896, it served as Novato’s city hall until 2005. 901 Sherman Avenue For more information: Novato Chamber of Commerce 807 De Long Avenue www.visitnovato.com (415) 897-1164 Official Visitors Guide

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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! EAT/DRINK 1 Green Chile Kitchen: www.greenchilekitchen.com 1335 4th Street (415) 521-5691 2 Il Davide: www.ildavide.net 901 A Street (415) 454-8080 3 Terrapin Crossroads: www.terrapincrossroads.net 100 Yacht Club Drive (415) 524-2773 4 Vin Antico: www.vinantico.com 881 Fourth Street (415) 721-0600 SHOP 5 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. 22

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6 The Mall at Northgate: www.shopatnorthgate.com The largest of three shopping centers in San Rafael. EXPLORE 7 Visit the world famous Frank Lloyd Wright designed Marin Civic Center on a docent-led tour. 8 Visit one of California’s historical landmark missions - the Mission San Rafael Archangel founded in 1822. For more information: San Rafael Chamber of Commerce 817 Mission Avenue www.srchamber.com (415) 454- 4163 Official Visitors Guide

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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 amenities. EAT/DRINK 1 www.CowgirlCreamery.com: 80 Fourth St., PR Station (415) 663-9335 2 Farm House: 10021 Highway 1, Olema (415) 663-9000 3 www.Fogs Kitchen.com: 12938 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Inverness, (415) 669-9696 4 www.Marin French Cheese.com: 7500 Red Hill Road, Petaluma (800) 292-6001 5 www.Nick’s Cove.com: 23240 Highway 1, Marshall (415) 663-1033 SHOP 6 Each town in West Marin is a small gem that has taken special care to maintain its unique local character and heritage. Visit Susan Hayes Handwovens boutique in 24

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Point Reyes Station next to Cowgirl Creamery for unique and local American made clothing. EXPLORE 7 Bear Valley Visitor Center: For information on programs, exhibits, camping, tide conditions, weather, and services. 8 Five Brooks Ranch for horseback outings on the beach just three miles south of Olema on Highway 1. (415) 663-1570 9 Blue Waters Kayaking and Point Reyes Outdoors: Explore Tomales Bay on water from either Marshall or Point Reyes Station. 10 Tomales Point: Hike out to the Tule Elk Reserve at the end of Pierce Point Road. For more information: West Marin Chamber of Commerce www.pointreyes.org (415) 663-9232 Official Visitors Guide

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airfax offers the best balance of work and play, while retaining its small town atmosphere, charm, and identity. EAT/DRINK Fairfax’s multiple venues have offered nightly live music for more than 30 years! It is truly a unique setting for local and touring musicians to jam. Experience great variety of music and nightlife along Broadway Blvd.

SHOP Locally-owned independent book stores, clothing and gift shops of the Fairfax Variety offers something for everybody. The seasonal (June-September) Farmers’ Market is held each Wednesday evening in the Fairfax Park and is a gathering place for the entire community. EXPLORE 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 singletrack riding options available in Marin. Next, visit the Marin Museum of Bicycling at 1966 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Then, in June, be sure not to miss the Annual Summer Fairfax Festival! For more information visit: www.fairfaxchamber.org (415) 785-7462

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an Anselmo’s sunny climate, rich history, creek-side location, and strong sense of community make it a wonderful place to visit and live. EAT/DRINK 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 French food: L’Appart - 636 San Anselmo Ave, www.lappartresto.com SHOP With safe, friendly, walkable centers around a classic, century-old Carnegie library and Town Hall, San Anselmo is the all-American downtown! If antiques and eclectic shops are what you are after, spend a day exploring the many vintage and contemporary boutiques, and spas along San Anselmo Avenue. EXPLORE San Anselmo’s Creek Park is perfect for picnics, and the site has outdoor movies during the town’s warm, fogfree summer evenings. Within walking distance from downtown, visit the “Castle on the Hill” of the SF Theological Seminary patterned after the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Stop by Imagination Park at 535 San Anselmo Avenue to feel “The Force” of statues Yoda and Indiana Jones that George Lucas donated to the town. For more information visit: www.sananselmochamber.org (415) 454-2510

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ATTRACTIONS What To Do While Visiting Agritourism in Marin County

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gritourism 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 hikes, or Tours & Tastings and get to know the celebrated farms and ranches of West Marin. Many MALT protected working farms are not open to the general public, so these events offer visitors a way to experience these 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 21 artisan and farmstead cheese makers in Sonoma and Marin, and that four are located in Marin? The oldest continuously operating cheese plant in the US (since 1865) is just outside of Novato at the Marin French Cheese Company. Look for the California Cheese Trail maps (cheesetrail.org) available at our visitor center for local cheese-tasting locations. Overall, there are over 100 different types of artisan cheese made in both Marin and Sonoma.

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ATTRACTIONS Farmers’ Markets

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he 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. Downtown San Rafael: Thursday, 6:00pm to 9:00pm on Fourth St between B St and Lincoln from April to September. sanrafaelmarket.org Fairfax: Wednesday, 4:00pm to 8:00pm, Bolinas Park.

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. visitnovato.com Point Reyes Station: Saturday, 9:00am to 1:00pm, Toby’s Feed Barn, 12250 Highway 1. pointreyesfarmersmarket.org

Larkspur: Saturday, 9:00am to 2:00pm, Marin Country Mart, Tam Valley: Tuesday, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle. 3:00pm to 7:00pm, Shoreline Shopping Center, Marin Civic Center: 219 Shoreline Highway, Thursday at the Lagoon, Mill Valley. 8:00am to 1:00pm, and Sunday behind the Civic Center. agriculturalinstitute.org

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ATTRACTIONS About Marin Culture

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arin 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.

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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 Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts has been presenting a stunning lineup of world-class performances since 1990. Venues include the grand Hoytt Theater, and the intimate Kurland Lounge. Swig Field is the outdoor venue nestled against the hills of Marin and is home to their celebrated Summer Nights festivals. 200 North San Pedro Rd. in San Rafael. (415) 444-8000 www.marinjcc.org Marin Theater Company, founded in 1966, is a leading professional theater in the Bay Area creating groundbreaking, nationally recognized, 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 30

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ATTRACTIONS The Arts

Marin Symphony The Marin Symphony Association is one of the longest running, most prestigious, cultural organizations in Marin County and the Bay Area. The orchestra was founded by a small group of professional and amateur musicians who wished to bring classical music, performed by local artists, to the people of Marin. Marin Center Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags in San Rafael. (415) 479-8100 www.marinsymphony.org Ross Valley Players offers a main stage season with six plays, plus a bi-annual Ross Alternative Works (RAW) program for a total of 34 weeks of live theatre annually. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Greenbrae. (415) 456-9555 www.rossvalleyplayers.com The Mountain Play is a great outdoor theater event that takes place annually each summer at The Mountain Theater atop Mt. Tamalpais State Park. 801 Panoramic Highway in Mill Valley. (415) 383-1100 www.mountainplay.org The California Film Institute is a beautifully restored, state-of-the-art, three-screen theater exhibiting independent documentaries, classics, retrospectives, features, and international works. Additionally, the theater hosts special events with filmmakers from around the world year-round including the internationally acclaimed and star-studded Mill Valley Film Festival in October. 1118 Fourth Street in San Rafael. (415) 383-5256 www.cafilm.org www.mvff.com Official Visitors Guide

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ATTRACTIONS Museums

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arin’s historical attractions offer all 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 West Marin, 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 was 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 The Bolinas Museum reflects regional interests and the remarkably rich talent pool of artists from Coastal Marin. 48 Wharf Road (415) 868-0330 www.bolinasmuseum.org Novato Museum Association Make a day of art and culture in Novato with six museums.

Coast Miwok Village at Olompali

Hamilton Field History Museum & Art Center

Museum of the American Indian

Marin Museum of Contemporary Art

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ATTRACTIONS Marin’s Wilder Side

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arin 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!

Watch a Butterfly Migration. Every fall Monarch butterflies west of the Rocky Mountains move to coastal California. Marin County has its share of Monarch butterfly overwintering sites: Elizabeth Terwilliger Grove off Highway 1 at Muir Beach close to the Pelican Inn, Monarchs flock to eucalyptus trees around the bank of Highway 1 at the north end of Stinson Beach, and in the town of Bolinas they can be found in the trees at Park Drive and Terrace Ave. www.openspace.org

During winter months, Elephant seals congregate at Chimney Rock in Point Reyes National Seashore. Meet up with a docent-led tour and learn the mating habits of these interesting mammals. 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. Official Visitors Guide

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A PET’S LIFE Marin’s Dog Parks Are Really Something to Bark About...

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arin 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. 34

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A PET’S LIFE San Anselmo’s Red Hill Dog 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: www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/dog-friendly-areas.htm

For a complete list of pet-friendly trails, restaurants, and lodging, checkout our website.

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Point Reyes * 1.5 mile hike

Drakes Beach

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Kehoe Beach * .6 mile walk

Limantour Beach

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McClures Beach * downhill hike

Palomarin Beach * strenuous hike

Great Beach

Wildcat Beach

* 11 miles undeveloped beach walking * 5.5 mile hike

* short downhill hike

Muir Beach

a local favorite

Rodeo Beach

Stinson Beach

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Tenneesee Valley Beach * 1.5 mile hike

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Kirby Cove

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Sculptured Beach

Bolinas Beach

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Santa Maria Beach

GGNRA

Showers

Abbotts Lagoon * drive-up access * cafe & visitor center

Restrooms

Picnic Tables

Tidepools

Surfing

Kayaking

Firepits and Campfires

Swimming

Beach Location

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Heart’s Desire Beach

Indian Beach

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Dog Friendly

Restrooms

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Picnic Tables

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Surfing

Kayaking

Swimming

China Camp SP

Firepits and Campfires

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Tomales Bay SP * 1/2 mile loop hike * interpretive trail

Pebble Beach Shell Beach

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Dillon Beach

* $8 parking fee * restaurant

Marin County Open Space Agate Beach Park - Bolinas, CA

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Bolinas Lagoon * birdwatching

Black Point Boat Launch - Novato

Miller Boat Launch - Marshall, CA

Paradise Beach Park - Tiburon

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Chicken Ranch Beach - Tomales

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McNears Beach Park - San Rafael * sheltered cove * pool, fishing * snack bar

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Upton Beach Park * at north end of Stinson Beach

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MARIN DINING Bon Appetit

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rom 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 outstanding organic agriculture, family farms, and fresh produce.

Farm To Table Farm House www.thelodgeatptreyes.com (415) 663-1264

Station House Cafe www.stationhousecafe.com (415) 663-1515

Farmshop Marin www.farmshopca.com (415) 755-6700

Terrapin Crossroads www.terrapincrossroads.net (415) 524-2773

Fisher’s Cheese + Wine www.fisherscheese.com (415) 779-2201

Vin Antico www.vinantico.com (415) 721-0600

Marin Pizza www.marin.pizza (415) 891-8788 Nick’s Cove www.nickscove.com (415) 663-1033 Side Street Kitchen www.sidestreet-prs.com (415) 663-0303 38

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MARIN DINING

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ver since 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 Benissimo Ristorante www.benissimos.com (415) 927-2316 Frantoio Ristorante www.frantoio.com (415) 289-5777

California Cuisine

Il Davide www.ildavide.net (415) 454-8080

L’Appart Resto Grille 101 at Embassy Suites www.lappartresto.com www.grille101.com (415) 256-9884 (415) 479-1623 Marinitas Hillside Tavern www.marinitas.net www.fourpoints.com/sanrafael (415) 454-8900 (415) 479-8800 Piazza D’Angelo Ristorante Mountain Home Inn www.piazzadangelo.com www.mtnhomeinn.com (415) 388-2000 (415) 381-9000 Panama Hotel www.panamahotel.com (415) 457-3993 The Melting Pot - Fondue www.meltingpot.com (415) 461-6358 The Range Cafe at Peacock Gap www.rangecafe.net (415) 454-6450 Wildfox Restaurant www.wildfoxrestaurant.com (415) 883-9125 Official Visitors Guide

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MARIN DINING And Nightlife...

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arin 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.

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ive music can be found in Marin on an almost daily basis, and, better yet, many music venues feature excellent food.

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t L’Appart Resto in downtown San Anselmo, take in local musicians every

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ovato’s Hopmonk is a tavern, beer garden and live music venue hosting a vibrant music scene, from reggae to rock.

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nd Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael is not only a state-of-the-art nightclub and presenting nationally recognized, top-quality entertainment, its restaurant provides fresh farm-to-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

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MARIN NIGHTLIFE Live Music/Food: Hopmonk Tavern www.hopmonk.com/novato (415) 892-6200

Station House Cafe www.stationhousecafe.com (415) 663-1515

L’Appart Resto www.lappartresto.com (415) 457-3993

Terrapin Crossroads www.terrapincrossroads.net (415) 524-2773

Panama Hotel www.panamahotel.com (415) 457-3993 Rickey’s www.rickeysrestaurant.com (415) 883-9477

Trek Winery (415) 899-9883 www.trekwine.com

Bars/Food: Dugout at Log Cabin www.americanlegionlogcabin.com (415) 456-0834

Piazza D’Angelo www.piazzadangelo.com (415) 388-2000

Farm House www.thelodgeatptreyes.com (415) 663-1264

Vin Antico Wine Bar www.vinantico.com (415) 721-0600

Frantoio Ristorante www.frantoio.com (415) 289-5777

Wildfox Restaurant www.wildfoxrestaurant.com (415) 883-9125

Grille 101 www.grille101.com (415) 479-1623 Il Davide www.ildavide.net (415) 454-8080 Marinitas www.marinitas.net (415) 454-8900 Nick’s Cove www.nickscove.com (415) 663-1033

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SHOPPING DESTINATIONS The Village at Corte Madera

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ar From the madding crowds and bookended by Nordstrom and Macy’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.

618 Redwood Highway Corte Madera, CA 94925 (415) 924-8557 www.villageatcortemadera.com The Village at Corte Madera offers an extraordinary shopping experience. The area’s upscale shoppers will find luxury, high-end shopping, including Macy’s, Nordstrom, The Apple Store, Coach, Abercrombie & Fitch, Anthropologie, Lululemon Athletic, Kate Spade, Tumi, Tesla Motors, Microsoft Store, and Michael Stars.

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With more than 65 shops, eateries, and department stores, The Village at Corte Madera invites you to enjoy a complete shopping, dining, and entertainment experience during your visit.

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 9:00pm, Saturday 10:00am to 7:30pm, and Sunday 11:00am to 6:00pm.

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SHOPPING DESTINATIONS Town Center Corte Madera

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he 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.

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lan 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 and restaurants such as Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Crate & Barrel, the Container Store, REI, Marin Pizza, Pig in a Pickle, Blue Barn and Il Fornaio.

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Stop by every Sunday from June to August, 12:00pm to 2:00pm for the outdoor Summer Music Series with music ranging from cool jazz to fiery rhumba flamenco. 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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SHOPPING DESTINATIONS Northgate in San Rafael

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orthgate features exciting interior and exterior designs: a multitude of new retail stores geared towards the interests of Marin County residents. Northgate is the only enclosed regional mall and the largest family oriented shopping destination in Marin County. The center utilizes new features that blur the boundaries between the indoors and the outdoors, including a courtyard gathering place called the Oak Plaza, open-air dining areas and an indoor-outdoor food court near the Century Theatre. 5800 Northgate Mall San Rafael, CA 94903 (415) 479-5955 www.shopatnorthgate.com Northgate today features an anchor lineup led by Macy’s, Kohl’s, a 15-screen Century Theatre multiplex, specialty stores, services and restaurants, as well as a popular food court. This broad-based mix makes Northgate the largest, enclosed family oriented shopping destination in Marin County.

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From July through August, local bands perform their summer concert series Under the Oaks from 6:00pm to 8:00pm every second Friday of each month. Hours of operation: Monday through Saturday from10:00am to 9:00pm, and Sunday from 11:00am to 6:00pm. Restaurant and Department Store hours may vary. Special holiday hours apply.

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SHOPPING DESTINATIONS Vintage Oaks at Novato

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intage Oaks at Novato is home to more than 50 of the most popular retailers, restaurants, and service providers in Marin. Service providers include Sprint, Verizon Wireless, AT&T Cellular, H & R Block, Patelco Credit Union and Bank of America. Conveniently located just off of Highway 101 at Rowland Boulevard and with over 600,000 square feet, Vintage Oaks has something for everyone.

208 Vintage Way Novato, CA 94945 (415) 897-9999 www.shopvintageoaks.com Anchor stores include Target, Costco, and Sports Basement. Other stores are Nordstrom Rack, Ann Taylor LOFT, Sephora, Bath and Body Works, DSW Shoes, Pier 1 Imports, Gymboree, Petco, Ross Dress for Less, Marshalls, Old Navy, and GameStop.

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Dining venues include Chevy’s Fresh Mex, IHOP, Hopmonk Tavern, In-NOut Burger, Jennie Low’s Chinese Cuisine, Panera Bread, and SushiHolic. 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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SHOPPING DESTINATIONS Bon Air Center in Greenbrae

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on Air is Greenbrae’s gathering place for shopping, dining, playing and relaxing. Choose from over 50 specialty merchants, family-friendly restaurants and essential services conveniently located in the heart of Marin. For 65-years and counting, Bon Air’s welcoming outdoor spaces and spectacular Mt. Tam views have provided a sense of place for special events and the community. Local roots. Local spirit. Throughout the year the center hosts community events that showcase local interests and activities. New family-friendly activity areas include a bocce ball court and dedicated children’s play areas to engage all ages to stay, relax and play. For serious shoppers, there are outdoor gathering areas with comfortable outdoor seating, fire pits and more. Try the newly opened Gott’s Roadside for their signature California-inspired dishes. Thirsty Third Thursdays: Craft beer tasting and live bluegrass from Thursday, June 21, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. through Thursday, August 16, followed by Outdoor Family Movie night at 8p.m. Food Truck Lunch: Try the collection of specialty food trucks every Friday for lunch at 11:30am. Hours of operation: Times vary between types of stores. Check the website for individual store hours of restaurants, retail, specialty and service shops.

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50 Bon Air Center Greenbrae, CA 94904 (415) 461-0200 www.bonair.com

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SHOPPING DESTINATIONS Marin Country Mart

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arin Country Mart is an open-air shopping and dining destination that features a noteworthy collection of appealing boutiques, farmto-table eateries

and convenient services enhanced by myriad special events for adults and children, including Friday Night Jazz and the Folkish Festival series. Merchants are known for luxurious, locally sourced offerings that are unavailable elsewhere in Marin or San Francisco. For many merchants, Marin Country Mart is their only location in the San Francisco Bay Area. Marin Country Mart also hosts a Saturday Farmers’ Market from 9:00am to 2:00pm, rain or shine, with over 25 local farmers and vendors. Kids love to come along on these shopping excursions for the pony rides, petting zoo, children’s crafts, face painting, and live music. Anchor stores include 24 Hour Fitness, YogaWorks, and a Bed, Bath & Beyond. Don’t miss the dining options of the Farmshop, Fisher’s Cheese & Wine, Rustic Bakery, the long-standing Marin Brewing Company, and many others. On Sundays from 11:00am to 3:00pm, “Off the Grid” food trucks cruise up to Larkspur for the largest gathering in Marin.

2257 Larkspur Landing Circle Larkspur, CA 94939 (415) 461-5700 www.marincountrymart.com

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SHOPPING DESTINATIONS Strawberry Village

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iscover Marin’s local shopping haven with Tuscan inspired ambiance. Strawberry Village is a charming shopping and dining destination featuring a distinctive blend of daily services, specialty shops, boutiques, eateries and leisurely al fresco dining. All 49 storefronts have an easy off and on highway accessibility which caters to your active life style!

Local Flavor. On Your Way. Everyday Marin Anchored by a Safeway, many lifestyle services abound with several banks scattered throughout, dry cleaning and shoe repair, health & wellness options and featuring three high-end spas for pampering. Specialty Shops and Boutiques include something for everyone: West Elm, Calico, PB Teen, Title Nine, Rims & Goggles and The Spanish Table. Popular restaurants include Harmony Restaurant, Pizza Antica, Thep Lela Thai, In-N-Out Burger, and The Whisk + Skillet, perfect for breakfast, lunch and brunch.

800 Redwood Hwy Frontage Rd Mill Valley, CA 94941 (415) 383-4343 www.strawberryvillage.com

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Hours of operation: For information about Strawberry Village Shopping Center opening hours please call the customer line.

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SHOPPING DESTINATIONS Boutique Shopping in Marin County

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n addition 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, cafes, a Whole Foods Market 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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MARIN ADVENTURES

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ou can 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!

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 marked with an (R).

Marin Agricultural Land Trust www.malt.org (R)

AppleGarden Farm Tours www.applegardenfarm.com

The Fork at Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company www.pointreyescheese.com

Cowgirl Creamery (R) www.cowgirlcreamery.com

Straus Home Ranch (R) www.straushomeranch.com

McEvoy Ranch (R) www.mcevoyranch.com

West Marin Food & Farm Tours (R) www.foodandfarmtours.com

Heidrun Meadery (R) www.heidrunmeadery.com

Golf 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 FORE! 50

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MARIN ADVENTURES Family Tours

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arin 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 The Bay Area Discovery Museum is recognized as Marin’s leading children’s museum dedicated to developing childhood creativity. Hours of operation: 9:00am to 4:00pm on

Tuesday, 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, closed on select Mondays.

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: 9:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Call for seasonal hours of operation.

Slide Ranch has programs where you and your family can milk a goat, collect eggs from chickens and explore organic gardens and coastal trails. Family programs include Toddler Days, Family Farm

Days, a Family Campout and a Harvest Festival. Call for hours of operation.

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Fort Baker 557 McReynolds Rd Sausalito (415) 339-3900 www.bayareadisoverymuseum.org

www.spn.usace.army.mil Marinship Way, Sausalito (415) 332-3870

2025 Shoreline Highway Muir Beach 94965 (415) 381-6155 www.slideranch.org

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MARIN ADVENTURES Explore Nature by Water

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arin 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.

Blue Waters Kayaking 12944 Sir Francis Drake Blvd Point Reyes Station, CA 94933 (415) 669-2600 www.bluewaterskayaking.com

Point Reyes Outdoors offers Sea Kayaking Tours, kayak classes, and overnight trips in the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Point Reyes Outdoors 11401 State Route 1 Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 (415) 663-8192 www.pointreyesoutdoors.com

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MARIN ADVENTURES 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

Enjoy a Tomales Bay sailing adventure tour, while sightseeing and bird watching at the same time! See local wildlife from this guided tour aboard a safe and stable catamaran. Schooner Freda B 1001 Bridgeway Sausalito, CA 94965 (415) 331-0444 www.schoonerfredab.com

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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

Tomales Bay Sailing Captain Brett Miller Point Reyes Station, CA (415) 787-4886 www.tomalesbaysailing.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!

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MARIN ADVENTURES 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.

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.

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

company of their equine pals. The ranch offers private and guided trail rides for all ages.

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.

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Martin Griffin Preserve 4900 Shoreline Highway Stinson Beach, CA 94970 (415) 868 9244 www.egret.org

Five Brooks Ranch 8001 State Route Highway 1 Olema, CA 94950 (415) 663-1570 www.fivebrooks.com

Point Reyes Safari Tours (303) 929-8443 www.pointreyessafaris.com

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MARIN ADVENTURES 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

Docent-Led Tours 10 Avenue of the Flags San Rafael, CA 94903 (415) 473-3762

Every Wednesday at 10:00am Second Floor Cafe, Room 233 www.marincenter.org

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the art galleries within the Marin Center that showcase rotating exhibits throughout the year: Bartolini Gallery Marin Center Exhibit Hall. Open Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm and select weekends.

he 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 Official Visitors Guide

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Redwood Foyer Gallery Located in the Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, the gallery is open during performances or by appointment.

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MARIN ADVENTURES Just the Two of Us - Romantic Places A Morning Hike to Muir Woods. If you start early enough, you may catch the valley shrouded in fog, view rarely seen owls overhead, hear the sounds of a distant coyote, or walk alongside the local deer. How romantic is that?

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.

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. 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, Point Reyes Outdoors, and 101 Surf Sports for events on the water. 56

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MARIN ADVENTURES Girls Day and Night Out

A Day at Heidrun Meadery Taste naturally sparkling varietal meads that use the traditional French Méthode Champenois. Heidrun’s Champagne-style of mead is light, dry, delicate and refreshing, with subtle exotic aromas and flavors found only in the essence of honey. Call ahead to reserve a tour and tasting, every day from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Or simply enjoy a glass of mead on the patio. 11925 Highway 1 Point Reyes Station (415) 663-9122 www.heidrunmeadery.com

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Dinner and a Show Spend time with your BFF at a local supper club. Sip on champagne, and listen to live music, all while dining on scrumptious food. Suggestions: The Panama Hotel, and Terrapin Crossroads NPKyoga Outdoors Step out of your typical yoga studio to practice outside in Marin’s nature. With toes wiggling in soft sand, create a custom beach or hiking yoga adventure to enhance your regular practice. www.npkyoga.com

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Best Western Corte Madera Inn Full Service Lodging 56 Madera Blvd 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 PLUS- Novato 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

Four Points by Sheraton Full Service Lodging 1010 Northgate Dr San Rafael, CA 94903 (800) 235-3535/(415) 479-8800 www.fourpoints.com/sanrafael

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.

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 Dr Novato, CA 94949 (800) 652-6565/(415) 883-5952 www.innmarin.com

Courtyard Marriott- Larkspur Select Service 2500 Larkspur Landing Circle Larkspur, CA 94939 (800) 321-2211/(415) 925-1800 www.courtyard.com/sfoll

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.

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.

Courtyard Marriott- Novato Select Service 1400 North Hamilton Pkwy Novato, CA 94949 (800) 321-2211/(415) 883-8950 www.marriott.com/sfonv

Days Inn by Wyndham Novato Select Service 8141 Redwood Blvd Novato, CA 94949 (415) 897-7111 www.wyndhamhotels.com

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.

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A true bargain for Marin County with a heated spa and solar heated pool. Every room has a television with VCR. Deluxe Continental breakfast served daily. Pets are allowed at $10 per night.

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Extended Stay America Select Service 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 Express Mill 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.

Marin Suites Select Service 45 Tamal Vista Blvd Corte Madera, CA 94924 (800) 362-3372/(415) 924-3608 www.marinsuites.com

Acqua Hotel Boutique Lodging 555 Redwood Hwy Mill Valley, CA 94941 (888) 662-9555/(415) 380-0400 www.marinhotels.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.

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.

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Mill Valley Inn Boutique Lodging 165 Throckmorton Ave Mill Valley, CA 94941 (800) 595-2100/(415) 389-6608 www.marinhotels.com

Mountain Home Inn Bed & Breakfast 810 Panoramic Hwy Mill Valley, CA 94941 (415) 381-9000 www.mtnhomeinn.com

A charming, boutique hotel, located in the heart of downtown Mill Valley. Though it is less than a block from restaurants, cafĂŠs, and shops, it feels as if it is in a world of its own.

The intimate warmth of a rustic mountain inn...In a spectacular setting of mountain scenery, towering redwood forests and famous ocean beaches.

Panama Hotel Bed & Breakfast 4 Bayview St San Rafael, CA 94901 (800) 899-3993/(415) 547-3993 www.panamahotel.com

America’s Best Value Inn Mill Valley Budget 155 Shoreline Blvd Mill Valley, CA 94949 (415) 332-1732 www.millvalleylodging.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.

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The Best Value Inn 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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America’s Best Value Inn Corte Madera Budget 1595 Casa Buena Dr Corte Madera, CA 94925 (415) 924-3570 www.bestvalueinn.com

America’s Best Value Inn Novato Budget 7600 Redwood Blvd Novato, CA 94945 (800) 578-7878/(415) 892-7500 www.americasbestvalueinn.com

Just a few miles north of San Francisco, this Best Value Inn is a small, friendly inn that offers a casual atmosphere, guest-friendly amenities and comfortable rooms.

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.

Budget Inn Budget 706 Meadowsweet Dr Corte Madera, CA 94925 (415) 924-3680 www.budgetinn.com

Marinwood Inn and Suites Budget 275 Alameda del Prado Novato, CA 94949 (415) 883-2406 www.innnovato.com

Offering affordable rates for great accommodations, the motel consists of rooms with both double and queen size beds. Non-smoking and smoking rooms are available upon request. Close to two shopping centers with easy freeway access.

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.

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Marin Lodge Budget 1735 Lincoln Ave San Rafael, CA 94901 (888) 785-2111/(415) 453-9188 www.marinlodge.com

Motel 6 Budget 737 East Francisco Blvd San Rafael, CA 94901 (415) 453-3450 www.motel6.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.

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

Tamalpais Motel Budget 680 Redwood Hwy Mill Valley, CA 94941 (415) 381-4775 www.tamalpaismotel.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.

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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TraveLodge by Wyndham Mill Valley Budget 707 Redwood Hwy Mill Valley, CA 94941 (415) 569-3948 www.wyndhamhotels.com/travelodge

TraveLodge by Wyndham San Rafael Budget 865 East Francisco Blvd San Rafael, CA 94901 (415) 454-9470 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.

The TraveLodge by Wyndham 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 800-424-4777/415-456-4975 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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oastal 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 west of Tomales is Dillion Beach, best known for its ideal surfing.

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COASTAL WEST MARIN

Coastal Marin and Point Reyes Seashore Lodging When visiting the West Marin coastal area, contact our Marin Visitors Center West 9940 Highway 1 Olema, CA 94950 www.staypointreyes.com All our West Marin properties are listed here on the following pages. Plan your adventure!

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AppleGarden Cottage 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!

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Bear Valley Cottage

Inn at Roundstone Farm

Highway 1 at Bear Valley Rd Olema, CA 94950 (415) 663-1777 www.bearvalleycottage.com

9940 Sir Francis Drake Blvd Olema, CA 94950 (415) 663-1020 www.roundstonefarm.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.

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 delightfully fresh breakfasts.

Nick’s Cove and Cottages

Straus Home Ranch

23240 Highway 1 Marshall, CA 94940 (415) 663-1033 www.nickscove.com

22888 Highway 1 Marshall, CA 94940 (415) 335-6630 www.straushomeranch.com

Nick’s Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar 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.

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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The Lodge at Point Reyes

Tomales Bay Resort

10021 Highway 1 Olema, CA 94950 (415) 663-9000 www.thelodgeatptreyes.com

12938 Sir Francis Drake Blvd Inverness, CA 94937 (415) 669-1389 www.tomalesbayresort.com

Surrounded by romantic gardens and bordering the Point Reyes National Park, the Lodge is the perfect place for corporate or leisure travelers. All rooms have private bathrooms and many include Jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces. Conference rooms available.

Located on the shores of Tomales Bay, in the heart of the Point Reyes National Seashore, Tomales Bay Resort features 35 newly remodeled rooms, dining on the bay, conference facilities, boat marina, swimming pool, and kayak rentals.

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ACCOMMODATIONS Inventory of Marin Hotels Corte Madera

Rooms

San Rafael

Rooms

1. America’s Best Value Inn 18

19. Motel 6

2. Corte Madera Inn

20. Extended Stay Deluxe

112

21. Embassy Suites

235

22. Four Points Sheraton

235

110

3. Budget Inn

18

4. Marin Suites Hotel

100

23. Marin Lodge

17

146

24. North Bay Inn

19

Rooms

25. Panama Hotel

10

Larkspur

Rooms

5. Courtyard by Marriott

Mill Valley 6. Acqua Hotel

49

7. America’s Best Value Inn 27 8. Holiday Inn Express

26. Travelodge by Wyndham 32 27. Villa Inn

60

100

9. Mill Valley Inn

25

10. Mountain Home Inn

10

11. Tamalpais Motel

22

12. Travelodge by Wyndham 58

Novato

66

Rooms

Coastal West Marin Rooms 28. AppleGarden Cottage

1 1

13. Novato Oaks Inn

107

29. Bear Valley Cottage

14. Courtyard by Marriott

136

30. Inn at Roundstone Farm 5

15. Days Inn by Wyndham

56

16. Inn Marin and Suites

67

17. Marinwood Inn & Suites 47

31. Nick’s Cove 32. Straus Home Ranch

12 1

33. The Lodge at Point Reyes

24

34. Tomales Bay Resort

35

18. America’s Best Value Inn 55

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Corte Madera

Outside Event

U-Shape

Reception

Conference

Classroom

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Banquet

Event Space

Guestrooms

Hotels and Meeting Room Venues

HOTEL MEETING ROOM VENUES

Bn

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Cl

Cn

Re

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O

Best Western Corte Madera Inn

110

6

120

200

110

65

200

35

150

Marin Suites Hotel

100

2

-

30

25

25

-

-

-

146

3

-

40

24

22

45

27

-

Acqua Hotel

49

3

120

140

80

60

200

40

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

Best Western PLUS Novato Oaks Inn Courtyard by Marriott

107

4

75

150

65

40

150

40

-

136

2

30

50

24

30

50

24

-

Days Inn

56

3

150

150

125

35

150

30

250

Inn Marin

68

4

120

150

75

40

200

35

400

Embassy Suites by Hilton Four Points by Sheraton

235

13

520

500

350

36

642

45

100

235

9

250

300

186

15

300

65

85

Panama Hotel

10

2

60

-

-

-

150

-

75

12

3

60

60

40

25

60

25

70

24

3

150

40

40

40

150

20

150

35

1

45

45

35

35

45

30

150

1

-

1

-

-

-

-

100

Larkspur Courtyard by Marriott

Mill Valley

Novato

San Rafael

West Marin Nick’s Cove Restaurant The Lodge at Point Reyes Tomales Bay Resort

Straus Home Ranch House

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hen 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

Rev. River will help you design a ceremony that reflects who you are as a couple and your visions for your married life. You may Planning a Marin choose something Wedding? traditional, or create Get married with something wholly Rev. Elizabeth yours alone. River, Interfaith (415) 669-9968 Minister and www.marincoastweddings.com Wedding Officiant. Official Visitors Guide

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Corte Madera Corte Madera Community Center

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1

Larkspur Farmshop Marin

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1-3

Mill Valley

Outside Event

U-Shape

Reception

Conference

Classroom

Theater

Banquet

Event Space

Lodging

City and Conference Center

MEETING ROOM VENUES

Bn

Th

Cl

Cn

Re

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30

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Piatti Mill Valley

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4

110

100

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44

175

25

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Piazza D’Angelo

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100

40

20

35

130

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50

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Th

Cl

Cn

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U

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Novato Hopmonk Tavern

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2

125

-

60

40

160

30

175

Marin County Club

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3

180

250

200

50

300

100

-

The Key Room

-

2

125

150

-

12

250

-

-

Trek Winery

-

3

250

-

-

22

100

-

100

Unity of Marin

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6

200

300

150

75

250

60

380

Wildfox Restaurant

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2

70

-

30

-

70+

50

70+

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Th

Cl

Cn

Re

U

O

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250

200

50

350

30

400

Bn

Th

Cl

Cn

Re

U

O

Ross Marin Art and Garden Center

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9

San Anselmo American Legion Log Cabin SF Theological Seminary

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2

175

250

150

150

175

-

75

70

4

110

70

40

25

170

20

170

Bn

Th

Cl

Cn

Re

U

O

San Rafael Desire to Inspire

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2

-

60

18

20

180

32

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Dominican Univ

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15+

300

800

40

75

120

75

300+

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Reception

Conference

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Theater

Banquet

Event Space

Lodging

City and Conference Center

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Bn

Th

Cl

Cn

Re

U

O

Falkirk Cultural Center

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2

70

60

30

14

100

-

125

Marin Bocce Federation

-

3

60

-

-

-

100

-

350

Marin Center

-

4

600

315

150

400

800

50

-

Marin Veterans Memorial

-

1

-

1911

-

-

-

-

-

Marin County Fairgrounds

-

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

6000

Terrapin Crossroads

-

5

350

-

175

-

450

-

150

The Clubhouse at Peacock Gap

-

7

941

605

562

478

1,600

257

1,411

Unitarian Congregation-Marin

-

5

200

250

75

40

250

40

200

VenturePad

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5

40

50

30

30

60

40

-

Bn

Th

Cl

Cn

Re

U

O

2

600

250

250

-

1500

-

1500

5

150

-

-

-

150

-

150

Bn

Th

Cl

Cn

Re

U

O

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140

96

35

-

35

-

Bn

Th

Cl

Cn

Re

U

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Sausalito The Bay Model

-

Point Bonita YMCA Dorm

Tiburon Bay Conference Ctr

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3

West Marin McEvoy Ranch

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5

200

150

40

40

300

25

400

Slide Ranch

-

3

36

36

36

36

110

36

150

The Fork at Point Reyes

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1

40

40

40

40

60

30

100

The Haven at Tomales

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4

300

500

500

500

300

-

500

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ALPHABETICAL INDEX

A Adventures......50 Agritourism..... 28 Arts..................30 Attractions....... 28 B Bars.................41 Beaches...........36 Biking......4,9,21 BonAir.............46 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

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G Girls Out..........57 Golf..................50

T Town Center.....43 Transportation....11

H Hiking..............54 History.............9 Hotels..............58

V Venues.............72 The Village........42 Vintage Oaks....45

L Larkspur..........18

W WaterSports.....52 Weddings.........71 West Marin.......24

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 R Restaurants.....38 Romantic.........56 S San Anselmo.....27 San Rafael........22 Shopping.........42 SMART Train.....7

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