Marin Blog

Read our blog to learn more about Marin County. Our local area bloggers provide a wide range of content on various attractions, events, festivals and other local activities that are a tradition in Marin. We are right next door to the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma. Closer than you could ever imagine to everything that’s unique in this clever corner of California. As in, one famous bridge away from San Francisco. Getting curious? 

Meet our Bloggers:

Ben DavidsonWriter and photographer Ben Davidson is a Mill Valley native and former Sunset Magazine travel editor. Ben has covered travel stories across the globe for over twenty-five years, but his favorite sights, scenes and travel discoveries are right here at home in Marin County, California. 



Karen Pavone

Farminista’s Feast is a farm-to-table culinary adventure blog about eating fresh, locally sourced foods and connecting with the farmers, ranchers,bakers, cheesemakers, chefs and others who are at the root of what we eat. Karen Pavone is a journalist and photographer who is a passionate advocate for sustainable agriculture and artisan food & beverage producers in California's beautiful North Bay and beyond.



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Marin’s Top Waterfall Hikes

The rainy season has finally hit Marin and the county’s highest peak—Mount Tamalpais—recorded a whopping 20 inches of precipitation from the first big storm of the season. For nature-lovers, the big rainfall means great waterfall...[Read More]

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Marin Blog, February 2014: Romantic Escapes

Valentine's Day is Friday, 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...[Read More]

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Marin Blog, December 2013: Wine Tasting

Barrels of Fun: Discovering Marin's new wine and mead-making scene

Marin has very modest wine-producing production when compared to neighboring Napa and Sonoma counties. But the lack of quantity is made up by Marin vintners' uniqueness...[Read More]

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Holiday shopping in Marin's historic town centers

Holiday shopping has reached a frenzied pitch and the Bay Area's malls are bursting at the seams. It's a fine time to explore the more peaceful shopping opportunities here in Marin, where historic, small town...[Read More]

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Get in shape for the holidays in Marin

The holidays are upon us and an abundance of favorite foods, usually rich and filling, is about to be served.  To prepare for the annual calorie avalanche, we suggest five scenic workout spots in Marin...[Read More]

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Discovering Marin’s Open Space Preserves

Marin owes its natural charm to an abundance of parks and preserves. While most locals and visitors head to Mount Tamalpais, the Marin Headlands and Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin’s open space preserves are truly...[Read More]

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Marin Blog, October 2013: Cheese Tasting

Pastoral picnics at the Marin French Cheese Company

Tucked away in the grassy farmland of rural Marin, the Marin French Cheese Company, founded in 1865, is the oldest operating cheese company in America. Using fresh milk...[Read More]

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Al Fresco Marin

September's Indian summer weather invites diners to enjoy an abundant array of al fresco eateries here in Marin County. From Mill Valley to West Marin, we've found five great spots to savor fresh-air meals this...[Read More]

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Marin Blog, September 2013: Mt. Tam Mountain Biking

Whisking down scenic Mount Tamalpais on a mountain bike is a sweet reward for cyclists who climb to the top of Marin's iconic 2,571-foot peak. The classic route to the top is the eight-mile-long Old...[Read More]

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Marin Blog, August 2013: Tomales Bay State Park

Point Reyes' Quiet Side: Tomales Bay State Park

Forty miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, just past Inverness and on the way to Point Reyes' esteemed lighthouse, there's a diversion not to be missed: [Read More]

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Best Marin Beach Walks, Summer 2013

Top Five: Marin Beach Walks

July is beach time in Marin. With San Francisco socked-in with summer fog and the inland areas baking in heat, Marin offers easy coastal escape and refreshing beach walks.

Stinson Beach.  Less...[Read More]

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Marin Blog, July 2013: Hiking

Top of Tam: Marin's Verna Dunshee Trail 

I'm high atop Mount Tamalpais on the Verna Dunshee trail and the Bay Area spreads out below me in miniature. It's a magical view:  lush ridges, hills and valleys,...[Read More]