Posted in Blogging Marin on Monday, August 28, 2017 by MCVB Staff
By Megan Eileen McDonough
Summer’s not over just yet! Soak up the sun, sand and surf this year (and maybe even stop to shop) in Marin County, where you’ll have your pick of activities. From horseback riding to gazing at the stars, you’re in for a real treat. Here are four of our favorite ways to enjoy Labor Day weekend in Marin...even if you’re planning last minute!
Try a New Sport
Just because it’s a holiday weekend doesn’t mean local attractions are closed. In fact, Labor Day is the perfect time of the year to try something new, especially a hobby or sport. Five Brooks Ranch, a full-service riding stable, offers a fun activity for the whole family and a scenic way to find the best views from Point Reyes National Seashore.
Alternatively, take a golf lesson at San Rafael’s Peacock Gap Golf Club, which has renovated greens and updated practice facilities that help create an exceptional golf experience. All skill levels are welcome. Afterward, reward yourself with a classic cocktail or ice-cold beer at the relaxed RangeCafe.
Indulge in Oysters and Mead
What better excuse to indulge in oysters and mead than a weekend holiday. On Sunday, Sept. 3, Heidrun Meadery is hosting a special mead tasting served alongside oysters on the half shell or grilled. The tour and tasting cost $25 per person, while the tasting alone only sets you back $15. Oysters are $3 each, making this a perfect pre-lunch or afternoon snack break. Tours kick off at 11:30 a.m. and last about four hours. For an even more charming afternoon, plan a picnic at the meadery.
Shop ’Til You Drop
Calling all souvenir seekers! Marin’s towns and cities are a colorful representation of the local culture, with each neighborhood shopping district more distinctive than the last. On any given day, you’ll find a little bit of everything: antiques, fine arts, one-of-a-kind crafts, handmade gifts and home furnishings. ArtWorks Downtown in San Rafael is a good starting point as it features four galleries, 28 studios, a jewelers’ guild and more. You’ll even be able to see several artists working on their latest creations.
Strawberry Village in Mill Valley is a go-to spot for savvy shoppers, and for good reason. There are home and decor stores, specialty shops, boutiques for well-being, spas and salons, and eateries with al fresco dining options. Shop for souvenirs and local products in the morning, and then recharge over an organic lunch.
Stargaze at the Space Station Museum
Did the solar eclipse spark an interest in space? Well, if you’ve ever wanted to see the stars up close, now’s your chance. The Space Station Museum in Novato is hosting one of its special telescope nights on Sept. 2, Labor Day weekend. There are two viewing slots: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. It can get chilly at night, so dress warmly! Telescopes will be set up ahead of time in the plaza outside the museum, so all you have to do is show up and be ready to stargaze. There are only a couple of telescope nights throughout the year, so don’t miss out!