Marin in Winter: The Best Things to See and Do


Posted in Blogging Marin on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 by MCVB Staff

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 hotels. Here are six unique activities to see and do this winter.


1. Take a Food and Farm Tour

Sustainability is very important to the people of Marin, and everyone, from farmers to foodies, does his part to keep it that way. To learn about how your food gets from the fields to your plate, sign up for one of West Marin's interactive food and farm tours. Not only will you see beautiful landscapes like Point Reyes, but you'll learn the tips and tricks of maintaining a sustainable lifestyle. Plus, there's lots of eating! The Oyster Lover's Tour is one of West Marin’s most popular offerings, as is the Wine & Cheese Tour.


2. Go on a Safari

You don't have to travel all the way to South Africa to get a taste of a safari experience. Marin County is home to the Point Reyes National Seashore, a park preserve that stretches more than 71,000 acres and boasts extensive plant and animal diversity. On any given day, you can spot several of the 85 mammals that live within the park. Calling all birdwatchers! More than half of North America's bird species have been spotted in these skies. Excursions are limited to three people, with options of a half-day or full-day safari.


3. Take a Hike

One of the perks of visiting Marin County in winter is that the weather never really gets too cold. In fact, if you’re from the East Coast, you'll find Marin remarkably warm in comparison. Take advantage of the mild year-round weather and join Coastal Walkers for a guided walk along San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. During the half-day tour, you'll stroll through the city's scenic shoreline, take photos from the best viewpoints and discover secret spots few know about. Trips cap out at 10 people per walk.


4. Get Cozy in Your New Abode

Winter is the perfect excuse to snuggle up by the fire and rejuvenate the spirit with a hot cup of tea. For great views and easy access to historical landmarks, book a room at one of two boutiques across from the Golden Gate Bridge: the Acqua Hotel or the Mill Valley Inn. The Acqua Hotel offers stunning views of Mount Tamalpais. For something even more serene, spend a night at the Mill Valley Inn, which is scenically located in a redwood forest.


5. Tour Muir Woods and Wine Country in Style

It's no secret that Northern California is a food and wine destination. If you're eager to sample wines in luxury, Rixos Limousine & Wine Tours is your best bet. Rixos currently offers three tours: Muir Woods and Sausalito, Wine Country, and Woods and Wine. If you opt for the Wine Country tour, you'll have a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge on your way to the wineries. We all deserve a little pampering once in a while, and this is definitely it! Prices start at $58 per person and go up depending on the vehicle.


6. Brush Up on Your Cooking Skills

If farm-to-table tours aren't quite your thing, consider signing up for a cooking class instead. Taste Kitchen & Table offers several courses throughout the year, and based on previous classes, there's no entrée too sweet or savory for the menu! Events range from artisan demos and lectures to dinner-to-go nights, so there's plenty of opportunity to get in on the action. If you can’t commit to an entire class, you can still sample innovative cuisine at any of Marin’s restaurants, where chefs focus on in-season fare.


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

More information on featured attractions:

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Food & Farm Tours

Since 2012, Food & Farm Tours has been a beloved experience for Bay Area locals and out-of-towners looking to experience the bounty of Marin and Sonoma Counties through...[Learn More]

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Point Reyes Safaris



On a Point Reyes Safari, you will be joining professional wildlife photographer Daniel Dietrich on an unforgettable experience seeing and photographing the amazing wildlife and scenic...[Learn More]

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Coastal Walkers

Coastal Walkers introduces visitors and locals alike to the dramatic wild north coast of San Francisco and the Golden Gate. Our expertly guided, half-day walking tours are infused...[Learn More]