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Marin Blog

Read our blog to learn more about Marin County. Our local area bloggers provide a wide range of content on various attractions, events, festivals and other local activities that are a tradition in Marin. We are 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. As in, one famous bridge away from San Francisco. Getting curious?

Meet our Bloggers:

Ben DavidsonWriter and photographer Ben Davidson is a Mill Valley native and former Sunset Magazine travel editor. Ben has covered travel stories across the globe for over twenty-five years, but his favorite sights, scenes and travel discoveries are right here at home in Marin County, California. 

 

 

Karen Pavone

Farminista’s Feast is a farm-to-table culinary adventure blog about eating fresh, locally sourced foods and connecting with the farmers, ranchers,bakers, cheesemakers, chefs and others who are at the root of what we eat. Karen Pavone is a journalist and photographer who is a passionate advocate for sustainable agriculture and artisan food & beverage producers in California's beautiful North Bay and beyond.

 

 

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Marin's Best Fare to Feast on This Spring

By Whitney Butler

 

With 167,000 acres, or 50 percent of the total land, dedicated to farms and ranches in Marin County, early spring is an important harvest period for some of the area’s most delicious offerings:...[Read More]

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The Best Foodie Spots in Marin

By Whitney Butler

 

The late Julia Child once said, “People who love to eat are always the best people.” While I tend to agree with this sentiment, I also think it must be twice as true...[Read More]

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The Best Wedding Venues in Marin

By Megan Eileen McDonough

 

Did your special someone popped the very important question this Valentine's Day? Whether you’re newly engaged or considering a destination wedding someplace warm, here are five of Marin County’s best indoor and outdoor...[Read More]

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Best Places to Spot Winter Wildlife in Marin

By Megan Eileen McDonough

 

One of the best perks of living in Marin is the county’s pleasant weather year-round. For visitors, summer might seem like an obvious choice for a visit, but don’t underestimate the beauty...[Read More]

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Experience the Romance of Marin County

By Megan Eileen McDonough

 

While the holidays are a great time to reconnect with friends and family, don’t forget to pay extra attention to your special someone. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, now is the...[Read More]

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Experience the Magic of the Holidays—Marin Style

Experience the Magic of the Holidays—Marin Style

By Whitney Butler

 

In 1899, the San Francisco Call, a newspaper that served the Bay Area between 1890 and 1913, reported some unusual winter news in Marin:

 

“Snow fell for over...[Read More]

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Gourmet Gift Guide: Only in Marin

By Megan Eileen McDonough

 

The winter holidays are fast approaching! Don’t let the stresses of shopping get you down this year; gift your loved ones the one thing that makes everyone happy: food! From artisan cheeses and...[Read More]

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Marin County’s Best Hiking Tours Await

By Whitney Butler

 

From atop Mount Tamalpais, gray whales can be seen in migratory patterns, as seal pups learn to swim where the sand meets the surf. In the grasslands near the ridgeline, tule elk graze...[Read More]

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The Best of Dog-Friendly Marin

By Megan Eileen McDonough

 

Marin isn’t just for families and couples; there’s room for everyone, including your dog! From pet-friendly beaches and businesses to hotel tips and restaurant recommendations, here is your ultimate guide to touring...[Read More]

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The Best Places to Stay on Marin’s Ocean Side

The Best Places to Stay on Marin’s Ocean Side

By Megan Eileen McDonough

 

Marin’s ocean side is home to some pretty serene spots, so you’ll want ample time to experience the area’s rolling hills, winding roads,...[Read More]

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Fall Culture Guide to Marin County

By Megan Eileen McDonough

 

Summer may be winding down, but there’s plenty of fun in store this fall. From film festivals and live theatrical performances to flights upon flights of cold brews, autumn is a very...[Read More]

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Best Places to Dance the Night Away in Marin

By Whitney Butler

 

There’s a reason Marin’s nightlife is so authentic, and that’s because the area is home to several famous musicians, and is the birthplace of many more. Classic rockers like Sammy Hagar, Phil Lesh...[Read More]

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Best Road trips in Marin County

By Megan Eileen McDonough

 

The open road awaits. If you’ve never taken a road trip, now’s your chance. With cascading views of the San Francisco Bay, fauna in every color of the rainbow and rare...[Read More]

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Best Craft Cocktails in Marin County

Best Craft Cocktails in Marin County

By Whitney Butler

 

It’s been argued that today’s renaissance of classic cocktails, like the Old Fashioned, Gimlet and Manhattan, is a result of shows like AMC’s Mad Men, which spotlight retro drinks in...[Read More]

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The Best Farm-to-Table Experiences in Marin County

By Whitney Butler

 

Today’s farm-to-table scene means different things to different people. In fact, the very concept—the use of locally sourced products with little alteration—has become a commodity in and of itself. Even global food chains...[Read More]

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Festival Season Kicks Off in Marin County

Festival Season Kicks Off in Marin County

By Megan Eileen McDonough

 

Festival season is on the horizon, and we’ve rounded up seven of our favorites. From beer and wine to crafts and film, there’s something for every...[Read More]

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Marin's Best Kayaking Spots and What to Look For

Marin's Best Kayaking Spots and What to Look For

By Megan Eileen McDonough

 

When in Marin County, do as the locals do and dip your toes in a little adventure. Challenging yet surprisingly easy to get the...[Read More]

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We are now on Snapchat!

 

We are now on Snapchat! 

 

Stay up-to-date with all things in Marin by following us on Snapchat! [Read More]

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Best Mother’s Day Restaurants in Marin County

Best Mother’s Day Restaurants in Marin County

By Whitney Butler

 

Did you know that Mother’s Day is one of the most popular days to dine out? A quarter of Americans will celebrate with mom by going out...[Read More]

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Best Picnic Spots in Marin

By Megan Eileen McDonough

 

Time to get your picnic baskets at the ready. Spring is here and we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite picnic spots to celebrate the changing of seasons. From historic landmarks...[Read More]

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5 Ways to Experience Marin on a Budget

By Megan Eileen McDonough

 

Northern California might have a reputation for being on the pricey side, but there are plenty of immersive ways to experience Marin County without breaking the bank.

 

To stay within your budget, just...[Read More]

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The Best Easter Celebrations in Marin County

By Megan Eileen McDonough

 

Easter’s almost here and it's time to start rounding up our favorite brunches, hunts and special events. Springtime in Marin is always a beautiful time to connect with nature, and come Easter,...[Read More]

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New Year, New You in Marin County

New Year, New You in Marin County

By Megan Eileen McDonough

 

Amping up for a fit and fabulous 2016? While sticking to a new workout routine can be tough, a trip to Marin County will make fitness...[Read More]

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Take in the Game at These Marin County Spots

Take in the Game at These Marin County Spots

By Megan Eileen McDonough

 

The Bay Area is a sports fan’s paradise. Love football? We’ve got the Raiders and 49ers. Big Baseball fan? Check out the A's and Giants. Plus the...[Read More]

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The 32rd Annual American Indian Art Show – Marin

By Whitney Butler

 

Did you know that until European contact in the 1600s, nearly one-third of all Native Americans in the United States lived in California? What’s more, early California American Indians were a broad,...[Read More]

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Guide to Point Reyes/Coastal Marin

By Megan Eileen McDonough

 

Point Reyes is easily one of Marin County’s most scenic highlights, and you won’t want to skip town without spending ample time exploring the park grounds. One of the perks of winter...[Read More]

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Foodie Guide to Novato

By Megan Eileen McDonough

 

Located 30 miles north of San Francisco in Marin County, Novato is a picturesque city that boasts an impressive culinary scene. Besides a stunning year-round landscape, the city is quickly becoming...[Read More]

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Marin in Winter: The Best Things to See and Do

By Megan Eileen McDonough

 

While Marin County is a picturesque destination any time of the year, winter can be especially appealing. There are fewer tourists around, so you’re likely to get better deals on flights and...[Read More]

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Scenic Stops in Picture-Perfect Fairfax

By Megan Eileen McDonough

 

Fairfax, California, doesn’t always get the credit it deserves, but it’s actually one of Marin County’s most picture-perfect towns. The downtown area is small and quaint, while the outskirts are vast and...[Read More]

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First-Timer’s Guide to San Rafael

By Megan Eileen McDonough

 

San Rafael might not be at the top of your travel wish list, but it should be! As one of the original Spanish mission settlements, the city has quite a fascinating history....[Read More]

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Marin County’s History of Mountain Biking

By Megan Eileen McDonough

 

Did you know that Marin County is the birthplace of mountain biking? It was right here in Marin that some of the first ever mountain bikes (aka "klunkers") raced down Repack Road....[Read More]

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Plan Ahead: A Seasonal Guide to Marin County Events

By Megan Eileen McDonough

 

Having trouble locking down dates for your Marin County vacation? Thanks to Northern California’s near-perfect year-round weather, there’s never a wrong time to visit. That said, if you’re hoping to celebrate an...[Read More]

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6 Reasons to Attend Oktoberfest Corte Madera

 

By Whitney Butler

 

Is that polka music? Why, yes, it is, which means Oktoberfest is just around the corner.

 

The annual and original Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, is a celebration that dates back to the early 1800s....[Read More]

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The Best Sweet Indulgences in Marin

By Megan Eileen McDonough

 

Marin County might be best known for its hiking trails, but its culinary scene is just as thrilling. There is no shortage of farms in and around Marin, making it easy to...[Read More]

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A Camping Guide to Marin County

By Megan Eileen McDonough

 

When it comes to campsites, Marin County has you covered (literally). Home to towering redwood trees, quaint beaches dotting the coast and exotic wildlife that goes for miles, there's a trail...[Read More]

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8 Delicious Restaurants in Mill Valley

By Megan Eileen McDonough

San Francisco is known for its creative food scene, and we’re not just referring to the city itself. In fact, some of the Bay Area’s best eateries are located in Marin County....[Read More]

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5 Scenic Ways to Explore Marin County

By Megan Eileen McDonough

 

Boasting year-round perfect weather and a close-knit community of creatives, it’s hard to find fault with Marin County. Just a hop, skip and a jump from both San Francisco and picturesque vineyards,...[Read More]

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A Guide to Live Music in Marin County

by Whitney Butler

 

Live music is a great way to catch a city’s vibes—connect with the people over shared interests, a cold beer or great food. It’s a time to let loose, kick up your heels...[Read More]

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Movies You Never Knew Were Filmed in Marin

By Megan Eileen McDonough

 

Calling all Star Wars fans! Did you know that Lucasfilm, the company that produced Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, hitting theaters later this year, is actually headquartered in...[Read More]

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5 Family Friendly Ways to Explore Marin

by Megan Eileen McDonough 

Kids have boundless energy and sometimes it can feel like you'll never keep up with them. Luckily, Marin County has more than enough activities to quench their appetite and their curiosity. From...[Read More]

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A Guide to Wine in Marin County

By Whitney Butler

 

The art of fine wine and dining in Marin County is all about slowing down to appreciate nature’s bounty around a table or in the field and from a bottle.

 

Marin’s cool coastal breezes,...[Read More]

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Marin’s Best Beach Experience

By Megan Eileen McDonough

Located in the North San Francisco Bay Area, it's only natural that Marin County is a year-round beach destination. While summer is definitely high season for locals and tourists alike, many outdoor...[Read More]

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Farm-to-Table Marin County

Meet Your Makers: Marin County Farmers Grow a Food Community

By Whitney Butler

 

From artisanal cheeses and handpicked produce to aquaculture and fermented foods, Marin County is a shining example of traditional methods yielding quality results.

 

Since the...[Read More]

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Tap Into Marin County at the California Beer Festival

By Whitney Butler

 

There are few things more authentic to California than craft beer. It’s refreshing, has great body and style, and celebrates the unique passions of each individual brewer.

 

With a love for local ingredients, hard...[Read More]

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Marin County Fair 2015

 

Fair Fun for Everyone! Marin County Fair Celebrates 74 Years

By Whitney Butler

 

It’s “On With the Show” this year at the Marin County Fair. From a solar-powered carousel to a festival of independent...[Read More]

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Marin Blog, May 2015: Art in Marin

Feed Your Inner Artist at Marin’s May Events

By Whitney Butler

 

The job of an artist is to lead by inspiration—to see the invisible, to imagine the impossible. As part of its history, culture and community, Marin...[Read More]

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Find Your True Romance in Marin

By Maryann Tobin

 

Spending time with the person who means the most to you can take on many forms. Whether couples are looking for a cozy B&B, a new nature trail adventure or just some of...[Read More]

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The Novice Guide to Marin

Article by Bailey Anne Vincent

 

Whether you’re traveling from near or far, Marin County is that hidden diamond of a trip that you are looking for.  Cradled on the sweeping scape of the San Francisco Bay...[Read More]

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Get into the Holiday Spirit in Marin

Getting festive in Marin is easy and fun with the following holiday happenings:

 

Twirl and swirl 

Ice-skating has returned to Northgate Mall with Marin on Ice, Marin’s only holiday ice skating rink. This outdoor rink at Oak...[Read More]

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Paddling Marin

Interested in trying the hot new sport of stand- up paddleboarding (SUP for short)? There there's no better place to learn and rent boards than 101 Surf Sports in San Rafael. The expansive paddlesports shop...[Read More]

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November Blog, 2014: The Coastal Trail

The Marin Headlands are a perfect destination for hiking any time of year. In the fall and early winter, when the weather is moody and mixed, there's no better place to take in refreshing Pacific...[Read More]

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Marin's First People

Marin’s First People: The Coast Miwok

For Marin’s earliest inhabitants, the Coast Miwok Indians, fall was an important season for acorn harvesting, a time to store food before the onset of winter.

Autumn is also a perfect...[Read More]

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Film in Marin

Fall is film festival time in Marin, with the glitterati and paparazzi jetting in for the world-renowned Mill Valley Film Festival from October 2 through 12. The wildly popular, Italian Film Festival, now it its...[Read More]

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Marin blog: High Tech Travel To Marin

A cool way to plan a trip to Marin can start right from your smartphone or tablet computer. From hiking trails to artisan cheese excursions, there are a growing number of apps that provide a...[Read More]

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Marin's Free Music & Film

One of the great things about Marin in the summer and fall is the plentitude of free music performances and movie showings. Pack a picnic and a couple of lawn chairs and enjoy the unique ambiance...[Read More]

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Get Married in Magical Marin

With its stunning natural beauty and clement weather, Marin is an ideal year-round choice for wedding celebrations. From redwood-shaded glens to artfully landscaped garden settings, Marin’s delightful variety of wedding venues will allow you to...[Read More]

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Marin Blog, July 2014: Five Brooks Ranch

Mid-summer is one best times to visit Point Reyes National Seashore. Foggy early mornings typically clear by noon, revealing the sparkling, sun-splashed landscape of Point Reyes, the crown jewel of the Golden Gate National Recreation...[Read More]

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Marin Blog, June 2014: Biking China Camp

Marin is the birthplace of the mountain bike and the sport of mountain biking. Not surprisingly, some of the finest mountain biking trails in the Bay Area are found in Marin, including a superb single...[Read More]

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Marin's Top Bridge and Fireworks Viewpoints

With Independence Day coming up in a few weeks, now is the time to plan a trip to Marin County and stake out a site to take in the fireworks show over San Francisco Bay. ...[Read More]

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Farmers’ Markets in Marin

Looking for farm fresh kale or fresh artisan cheeses?  Organic raspberries or stone fruit? Fresh chard or fresh-pressed olive oil? 

It’s all presented in delightful seasonal variety, direct from the producers, at the third largest farmers'...[Read More]

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Marin Blog: Celebrating Moms in Marin

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 11 and Marin is the perfect getaway for a leisurely meal with mom. Here are our suggestions for Marin eateries offering special brunches, some with live music, in celebration of...[Read More]

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Marin's Top Easter Events

Easter in Marin

Easter is upon us (April 20th this year) and Easter egg hunts, photos and breakfast with the Easter Bunny and other special events are starting to happen throughout Marin. Here's where to...[Read More]

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Marin Blog, March 2014: Marin Wildflower Walks

Spring brings a dazzling wildflower show to the hills and valleys of Marin. Starting in February and peaking in mid-April, the county's park and open space lands are speckled in white, red, pink, orange, yellow...[Read More]

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Marin's Top Dog Parks

Marin's Dog Parks are Something to Bark About

Marin 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...[Read More]

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Marin’s Top Waterfall Hikes

The rainy season has finally hit Marin and the county’s highest peak—Mount Tamalpais—recorded a whopping 20 inches of precipitation from the first big storm of the season. For nature-lovers, the big rainfall means great waterfall...[Read More]

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Marin Blog, February 2014: Romantic Escapes

Valentine's Day is Friday, February 14 and there’s no better place in the San Francisco area to celebrate romance than in scenic Marin County. 

Romantic Dining 

From steak houses to fine Italian, Marin offers an...[Read More]

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Holiday shopping in Marin's historic town centers

Holiday shopping has reached a frenzied pitch and the Bay Area's malls are bursting at the seams. It's a fine time to explore the more peaceful shopping opportunities here in Marin, where historic, small town...[Read More]

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Marin Blog, December 2013: Wine Tasting

Barrels of Fun: Discovering Marin's new wine and mead-making scene

Marin has very modest wine-producing production when compared to neighboring Napa and Sonoma counties. But the lack of quantity is made up by Marin vintners' uniqueness...[Read More]

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Get in shape for the holidays in Marin

The holidays are upon us and an abundance of favorite foods, usually rich and filling, is about to be served.  To prepare for the annual calorie avalanche, we suggest five scenic workout spots in Marin...[Read More]

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Marin Blog, October 2013: Cheese Tasting

Pastoral picnics at the Marin French Cheese Company

Tucked away in the grassy farmland of rural Marin, the Marin French Cheese Company, founded in 1865, is the oldest operating cheese company in America. Using fresh milk...[Read More]

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Discovering Marin’s Open Space Preserves

Marin owes its natural charm to an abundance of parks and preserves. While most locals and visitors head to Mount Tamalpais, the Marin Headlands and Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin’s open space preserves are truly...[Read More]

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Marin Blog, September 2013: Mt. Tam Mountain Biking

Whisking down scenic Mount Tamalpais on a mountain bike is a sweet reward for cyclists who climb to the top of Marin's iconic 2,571-foot peak. The classic route to the top is the eight-mile-long Old...[Read More]

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Al Fresco Marin

September's Indian summer weather invites diners to enjoy an abundant array of al fresco eateries here in Marin County. From Mill Valley to West Marin, we've found five great spots to savor fresh-air meals this...[Read More]

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Marin Blog, August 2013: Tomales Bay State Park

Point Reyes' Quiet Side: Tomales Bay State Park

Forty miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, just past Inverness and on the way to Point Reyes' esteemed lighthouse, there's a diversion not to be missed: [Read More]

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Best Music Venues, Autumn 2013

Live Music in Marin

Marin has long been a hot spot for music and musicians (The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Carlos Santana and many other rock legends have lived and played here.) Live music continues to...[Read More]

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Marin Blog, July 2013: Hiking

Top of Tam: Marin's Verna Dunshee Trail 

I'm high atop Mount Tamalpais on the Verna Dunshee trail and the Bay Area spreads out below me in miniature. It's a magical view:  lush ridges, hills and valleys,...[Read More]

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Best Marin Beach Walks, Summer 2013

Top Five: Marin Beach Walks

July is beach time in Marin. With San Francisco socked-in with summer fog and the inland areas baking in heat, Marin offers easy coastal escape and refreshing beach walks.

Stinson Beach.  Less...[Read More]

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Spotlight on Fairfax

A cool little town and gateway to gorgeous West Marin

There aren't many "real" towns left in über wealthy Marin County these days, but Fairfax is one of them. This laid-back community, situated on the far end...[Read More]