Posted in Blogging Marin on Thursday, December 12, 2019 by MCVB Staff
By Joe Kukura
As we ring in the new year, there’s nowhere better to set a healthy new path than the northern California destination of Marin County. With magnificently mild Mediterranean-style winters, the “sunny side of the Golden Gate Bridge” can nourish your soul with Pacific Ocean coastal hikes and mountain hiking trails.
Marin County can also transform your body and mind with ultramodern fitness facilities and a plethora of classes in yoga, Pilates, SoulCycle and more. You’ll find world-class spa facilities and massage practitioners, plus aromatherapy and essential oils.
And for the farm-to-table foodie experience, Marin County offers an eclectic mix of healthy restaurants and culinary tours. So whether you want to try a delicious new diet regimen, work up a sweat or take in a relaxing spa, here are some of the best ways to enjoy a new-year Marin County makeover for your mind or body.
Your Marin County fitness and wellness opportunities include some of the most beautiful natural gems in the world. A hike at Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s Marin Headlands features breathtaking sea cliffs and unbelievable views of the Golden Gate Bridge. For an invigorating 300-step leg workout, the Point Reyes Lighthouse recently underwent a $5.7 million renovation and is an unbeatable spot to watch the migrating winter whales. Guided tours from Coastal Walkers can hike you through the giant redwoods of Muir Woods or up the spectacular Mount Tamalpais.
You can also work it out with structured exercise regimens or alternative training. Experience outdoor yoga at NPK Yoga. You can take indoor yoga sessions at Larkspur’s destination shopping center Marin County Mart at YogaWorks, or develop your core at Mighty Pilates at Marin Country Mart, hit the stationary bicycle at SoulCycle at Marin Country Mart or visit the plaza’s 24-Hour Fitness. Practice the ballet barre method at Pure Barre at Strawberry Village or sculpt your body with the pros at The Bar Method at Bon Air Center. The Bay Club Marin at Town Center Corte Madera is an enormous workout facility with teams of trainers at the ready, the award-winning “Best Pool in Marin” awaits at Koret Center for Health & Fitness at Osher Marin JCC and the region’s top cardio spot is Orangetheory Fitness at Bon Air Greenbrae.
Rest and Relax
For relaxation, sensational spa facilities make Marin County a must-visit for body therapy.
Highly skilled masseuses are ready to work out your knots at Massage Envy at Vintage Oaks Novato and Greenbrae’s Elements Massage at Bon Air Center. Take a steam room or get luxury holistic treatments at International Orange at Marin Country Mart, which has both indoor and outdoor lounges. Expert estheticians and skincare technicians await at Bluemercury at The Village Corte Madera and Mill Valley’s SkinSpirit Skincare Clinic. Mill Valley’s destination shopping center Strawberry Village is also home to both the facial and waxing boutique EVO Spa and anti-aging peels and massage at Lavande Spa.
Botanical and essential oils are available at EO Exchange Mill Valley, which also offers courses on how to make them yourself.
Shop and Eat Healthy
If you want to shop and eat healthy foods in Marin County, Marin County farmers' markets are always in season. The Marin Civic Center Farmers Market put on by the Agricultural Institute of Marin offers a variety of fresh produce every Thursday and Sunday morning. The Marin Country Mart's Farmers Market brings the organic magic to the Marin Country Mart on Saturdays, while that same center’s Farmshop Marin offers both artisan and on-site dining seven days a week.
At an array of Marin County farm tours, see where the healthiest food in the world comes from and how they get it to be so good. Petaluma’s scenic McEvoy Ranch boasts 550 acres of orchards, olive trees, and gardens. Both cheese and oyster tours are on tap at Food & Farm Tours, which span all across the Marin County landscape. Cheese classes and tours make The Fork at Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese an artisan cheese lover’s hot spot, with more cheese tours and tastings available at Petaluma’s Marin French Cheese Company, Point Reyes’ Cowgirl Creamery & Cantina and the Nicasio Valley Cheese Company.
The whales, seals and sea lions always come through Marin County during the new year months, so find a place to stay in Marin County and join them for a new-you getaway. With Marin County’s famed spas, farms and restaurants, it’s easy to set good new year’s habits in high “resolution.”