Above: San Francisco Theological Seminary
Posted in Blogging Marin on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 by MCVB Staff
By Whitney Butler
Great things really do come in small packages. Don’t believe me? Then you should plan a visit to San Anselmo, located just 20 miles north of San Francisco in Marin County. This pocket-sized community of less than three square miles with a population of about 12,500 people delivers abundant culture, history and art distinct to this area of Marin.
Twentieth-century architecture and old California mission styling transports visitors through sensory experiences enjoyed at many beloved local attractions. From the San Anselmo Historical Museum to the Carnegie Library, visitors can learn about local history at nearly every intersection along the famous Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Along this street you’ll also find more than 130 antique vendors showcasing treasures from the past. San Anselmo has earned a reputation among locals and visitors alike as the best in the West for antiquing.
San Anselmo was voted the best non-mall shopping town in Marin County by the Pacific Sun. This magazine has also honored Pavilion Antiques by naming it the best antique store in Marin County for its eclectic collections by more than 45 quality dealers. Get lost in this 8,000-square-foot showroom and enjoy curated sections of fine china, kitchenware, toys and collectibles as well as silver, books and fine jewelry.
Dove Place Antiques and Consignment
With more than 25 years of history in San Anselmo, Dove Place is the ideal destination for collectors with distinct style and discerning taste. If they don’t have what you’re looking for in the store, they will help you find it! Dove Place specializes in tabletop antiques like porcelain, silver stemware and precious metals.
Celebrate American nostalgia and worldly antiques at this upscale antique store located inside the historic Tamalpais Theatre. Serious collectors will love exploring the fine collection of American country furniture, old European pine, garden pieces, wicker and vintage textiles. Don’t miss this gem located on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard on your visit to San Anselmo.
San Anselmo Historical Museum
The vibrant culture that developed in this area of Marin County is due in part to the beginnings of the North Pacific Coast Railroad, the relocation of the San Francisco Theological Seminary and the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge. You can learn all about the pastoral beginnings of San Anselmo and more at the San Anselmo Historical Museum, located on Tunstead Avenue.
Dig a bit deeper into history at the Carnegie Library and explore the beautiful building and its unique history. You’ll find this landmark across from the town hall building on Tunstead Avenue. The library is regularly used by the community and operates every day of the week, excluding Sundays and holidays.
There are so many unique ways to explore history in San Anselmo. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly day of fun or enthusiastic about antique shopping, you’ll find several ways to make the most of your time in this small town with a big reputation.
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.