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Celebrate a Safe Valentine’s or Galentine's Day in Marin

Posted in Blogging Marin on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 by MCVB Staff

Plan Your Perfect Valentine’s Day in Marin County

A box of candy and a bouquet of flowers is one way to show love for your sweetheart or partner on Valentine’s Day. Why not break away from the everyday and treat that special someone to a romantic getaway! Here are just a few extraordinary Valentine’s Day options in Marin County for activities, dining and lodging that are available this week and next while moving through the colored Tiers of Covid-19 safety protocols.

What to Do

A Romantic Dinner, Champagne, and a RomCom

Take your pick: Order take-out from any of our listed and ready-to-go restaurants, or be creative on your own! Either way, make it romantic with candles, a card, and maybe something champagne-ee. Heidrun Meadery has some great ideas for a bubbly celebration of love.
Curl up on the couch with your special partner, friend, or even by yourself and throw all thoughts away to watch a great movie. Movies are the cure-all for most things, so feel free to binge all your favorite love stories. Here are some great ideas for those sappy RomComs
Rafael@Home has a number of eclectic films to choose from. Make the perfect selection and settle in for a night of entertainment and intrigue. The Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center brings theatrical streaming exclusives to you while we all stay safe at home.


Valentine Streaming Events with MarinArts

Celebrate all things LOVELY – Poetry, Music, Dance: presented by the O'Hanlon Center for the Arts' - Sunday LOVE Salon with Tim Hockenberry and more.
Valentine's Day Benefit Concert presented by Jazz in the Neighborhood. Send some love to Bay Area jazz musicians by tuning in and donating to a marathon livestream concert.
A French Valentine with Claude Debussy: Presented by the Mill Valley Philharmonic, explore two masterpieces by the beloved French composer Claude Debussy, La Mer and Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.
Now through February 21, the MarinMOCA  presents "Here and Now", a stimulating exhibit featuring 90 local artists who have created work that is meaningful, hopeful and beautiful. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Drive, Novato CA.

"Creativity is what lifts us out of dismay and helps us to better understand each other."
MarinArts founder, Mary O'Mara

In Fairfax 

Outdoor Valentine’s weekend pop-up shop featuring sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, cards, textiles, glass and paintings by local artists. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Reservations recommended. 31 Bolinas Ave.; 415-456-5870. Feb. 13 and 14

Plan a Day on the Bay

Nothing says romance more than a private sail on the bay. Gather no more than 12 of your closest and most loved "family" members and set out on the water for a three- hour chartered tour on the Schooner Freda B. Soak up the sights, including the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and the glittering San Francisco skyline as you make a toast to l-o-v-e. Launching departures are from Marin County’s Sausalito Yacht Harbor, San Francisco's Pier 40, and in Richmond. Please call for details.

Hike a "Sweetheart Trail" to a Beach

Heart's Desire Beach - sounds pretty romantic, yes? Located just north of Inverness in Tomales Bay State Park, Heart's Desire is considered to be the HEART of the park. With warm beach waters and a sheltered cove, couples can walk hand-in-hand along the shore to take in a sunset view over the water or just watch some local wildlife. It has a grass area to spread out on and picnic tables as well to make spending an afternoon more romantic.


Where to Eat


The Country Mart Food Trucks at Larkspur Landing

Show someone you love them by visiting the Country Mart on Sunday, February 14th! Shop for specialty valentine-shape cookies, cards, clothing, and specials on fresh oysters. Refresh with local and loving prepared foods at the Sunday Food Truck from 11:00am to 3:00pm while "songs for sweethearts" linger about.


The French Market Marin

"Experience the atmosphere of a French Street Market" right here in Marin at the Outdoor Antique Market where folks can Listen to live French music, grab a bite to eat, greet your favorite exhibitor with "Bonjour", and come home with a treasure or two. Enjoy a Sunday stroll through aisles of interesting antiques, while practicing social distancing and donning fashionable mask apparel.


Marin County Farmers Market at the Civic Center

February 14th from 8:00am to 2:00pm, rain or shine: Bring your family, friends, or a special someone to the Sunday Marin Farmers Market to experience the third largest farmers market in California. Specialty prepared foods and handmade art add to the magic of the marketplace. Discover San Rafael's best lunch venue and glean some inspiration from Bay Area chefs who loyally shop the Marin Farmers Market.


The Mill Valley Depot & Bookstore

Newly opened and restyled, visit the Depot Cafe and try their Happy Hippie Salad for lunch, then take a bench in the sun and people watch on the Square. The Cafe has outdoor dinning now from 7:00am to 2:00pm daily!


Where to Stay

Best Western PLUS Novato Oaks Inn

Need an idea for Valentine’s Day? This will be one of the most challenging Valentine’s Day’s we have ever faced. That does not mean that you should not celebrate your love! Plan a special night out with your special someone! Stay at the award winning Best Western PLUS Novato Oaks Inn at a romantically low rate of $99 + tax. Available Friday, February 12th – 15th to relax and unwind with your loved one. 


Corte Madera Inn - Best Western

Beat quarantine fatigue and Get Out of the house for a safe, physically distant, socially responsible road trip! Drive to Marin County and enjoy our bounty of beautiful open space and beaches. Hotel rates will never be this low! Book a special $139 + tax nightly rate now using promotional code: GETOUT.


Mountain Home Inn

Deluxe Romance Package: If you are searching for a romantic getaway, look no further than our Inn on top of Marin’s Mt. Tamalpais. Make one call to us and we’ll take care of all the arrangements to ensure a memorable night of peace..


ps... not sure what Galentine's Day is? Galentine's Day is celebrated on February 13, the day before that other made-up holiday (ahem, Valentine's Day). It's a day for celebrating the love you have for your lady friends, whether they're single or not. 


For all you need to plan your Marin County vacation, visit the Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website or Facebook page.