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Romance in Marin County: Find Your Perfect Valentine’s Day Getaway

Posted in Blogging Marin on Monday, January 29, 2024 by MCVB Staff

By Whitney Butler


The holidays can be taxing, and sometimes New Year’s resolutions incite more anxiety than change. This year, why not focus on what really matters? Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so ignite some romance with a couple’s retreat to Marin County.

Here are a few tips to help get your Valentine’s Day romantic getaway underway:


Where to Stay

Tucked away in a beautiful redwood forest, the perfect retreat is waiting for you and yours at the Mill Valley Inn. Located a short walk away from downtown Mill Valley, this intimate hotel rests at the foot of Mount Tamalpais, where visitors can enjoy hiking, biking and other outdoor recreational activities.

For a uniquely private bed-and-breakfast experience, you’ll only find in Marin County, reserve the single AppleGarden Cottage located on a farm and cidery known for producing some of Marin’s finest hard ciders. Modern furnishings, including a private kitchen, are perfect amenities to enjoy being surrounded by the rural countryside of the farm. Take a tour of the cidery to learn more about the natural food systems that make Marin County a leader in sustainable agriculture.

The Tomales Hotel is another rustic and romantic choice for couples interested in intimate accommodations. Nestled in the tiny town of Tomales on coastal Route One is a bit of California history. Stay in one of the roomy-rooms of this rare grande dame of a hotel from the 1800s.  The Tomales Hotel offers that elusive combination of unhurried charm and modern comfort. Take a gentle and short drive from here out to Dillion Beah and stroll arm-in-arm at sunset, then return to appreciate the small amenities of downtown Tomales!

For a very different experience, the AC Hotel in San Rafael is one of Marin's newest hotels. Plan to experience Above Fifth on the rooftop for seasonal food and beverages (weather pending) to take in a bird's eye view of downtown San Rafael.  Enjoy the day shopping along Fourth Street or visit any number of the sidewalk cafes and restaurants that are open. Be sure to plan your stay with the Romantic Getaway Package being offered from February 1st through the 29th. 


What to Eat and Drink

When it comes to romance, one thing is for certain — it should always include good food and drink. The farm-to-table scene is strong in Marin County, celebrating a mindful and intimate approach to food that reflects local products and global lifestyles. 

At the Heidrun Meadery, also located in Point Reyes Station, couples can explore the picturesque farmlands where naturally sparkling meads are produced using a traditional French technique called méthode champenoise. Enjoy a tasting or pack a picnic and enjoy a bottle al fresco.

If meads don’t get you excited, other native varietals at Trek Winery in downtown Novato certainly will. Enjoy the casual tasting room while sampling award-winning wines like the 2010 Dry Creek Valley Syrah. This family-owned winery is a great place to warm up with local wines and live entertainment scheduled almost every night of the week. Check the schedule for details about live music and comedy performances.


What to Do

While in Marin County, be sure to stop by Art Works Downtown in San Rafael for an inspired (and romantic) look at local works in mediums of all kinds. In addition to several storefronts, enjoy collections inside one of several galleries open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sometimes igniting romance is as simple as a change of perspective. Angel Island Tiburon Ferry offers Marin County visitors a chance to get out on the water for bay cruises. Bring your own picnic lunch or dinner and plan a day enjoying Angel Island State Park, or enjoy a different view of Marin County on one of their seasonal and event bay cruises.

Couples interested in learning more about locally produced wine, cheese, meats or produce should definitely consider booking a West Marin Food & Farm Tour. This customizable food experience offers a behind-the-scenes look at some of the best of West Marin’s food purveyors while providing tidbits on local culture and history.

Before you leave Marin County, make sure to enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty at one of many nearby national parks. Hike to the romantic views overlooking Point Reyes Lighthouse, or bike a mountain trail at Mount Tamalpais State Park. Getting your heart pumping while enjoying Marin’s natural wonders is a great way to gear up for a new year of romance.


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

More information on featured attractions:

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Art Works Downtown, Inc.

Art Works Downtown Inc. is a premier nonprofit art center in a 40,000 sq.ft historic building in the heart of downtown San Rafael on Fourth Street.  Featuring...[Learn More]

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Point Reyes Lighthouse

The Point Reyes Lighthouse is located at the western-most point of the Point Reyes Headlands. Due to concerns that Point Reyes’ heavy fog could obscure the lighthouse, it...[Learn More]

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Mount Tamalpais State Park

Magnificent Mt. Tamalpais has 6,300 acres of redwood groves and oak woodlands with spectacular views from its 2,500 foot peak. It is a hikers and bikers paradise. The...[Learn More]