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Romantic Escapes

Posted in Blogging Marin on Monday, January 3, 2022 by MCVB Staff

Valentine's Day is always 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 abundance of choices for romantic dining. Here are some Marin eateries that will satisfy your senses—and warm your heart.

The Boat Oyster Bar at Hog Island, Marshall, slurping oysters while sitting outdoors at communal (shared) tables by the bay where all the oysters are grown. Enjoy new friends and share the freshest oyster experience imaginable.

The Mountain Home Inn Restaurant, Mill Valley, set high on a ridge on Mount Tamalpais, the inn has day and evening views that are as extraordinary as their cuisine.

The Farmshop Marin, in the Country Mart, is a culinary beacon on the bay sitting a stone's throw from the Larkspur Landing ferry dock offering up a full-flavored experience with style, finesse and comfort.

Il Davide, San Rafael, one of Marin’s finest Italian restaurants, romantic Il Davide is renowned for its house-made pasta and extensive wine list.

Lodges with a flair for romance

For a romantic getaway under redwood trees, retreat to the Mill Valley Inn. Choose one of the cottages nestled under the trees and treat yourself to a convenient stroll through downtown Mill Valley with plenty of sidewalk eateries, theaters, and boutiques.

The Lodge at Tiburon overlooks Alcatraz, Richardson Bay, and the San Francisco skyline where guests are just a few steps from downtown Main Street. Plan an additional day trip with easy access to the Angel Island Ferry and boats to San Francisco from the lodge's convenient location. 

West Marin is the rural heart of Marin County and offers wonderful options for romantic escapes. Check out the special romance packages and seasonal specials at the Cottages at Nick’s Cove. For other romantic West Marin lodges, cottages, and B&B’s, see

Lovers’ Leaps: Marin’s most romantic viewpoints

Mount Tamalpais’ East Peak, the Ring Mountain Preserve, Angel Island State Park, and the Marin Headlands along Conzelman Road are just a few of Marin’s most romantic viewpoints. For a lovely beach walk, try Drake’s Beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore. The Pacific views and ocean breeze will surely stir your heart.


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