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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?
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THE BEST WINTER ACTIVITIES IN MARIN COUNTY

Posted Monday, December 12, 2016 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough
Marin County may be home to the famous Mount Tamalpais and a picture-perfect national seashore of over 80 miles, but don’t limit your trip to the spring and summer. Due...[Read More]
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EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF THE HOLIDAYS—MARIN STYLE

Posted Monday, December 5, 2016 by MCVB Staff
Experience the Magic of the Holidays—Marin Style

By Whitney Butler
In 1899, the San Francisco Call, a newspaper that served the Bay Area between 1890 and 1913, reported some unusual winter news in Marin:
“Snow fell for over...[Read More]
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GOURMET GIFT GUIDE: ONLY IN MARIN

Posted Tuesday, November 22, 2016 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough
The winter holidays are fast approaching! Don’t let the stresses of shopping get you down this year; gift your loved ones the one thing that makes everyone happy: food! From artisan cheeses and...[Read More]
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MARIN COUNTY’S BEST HIKING TOURS AWAIT

Posted Monday, November 14, 2016 by MCVB Staff

By Whitney Butler
From atop Mount Tamalpais, gray whales can be seen in migratory patterns, as seal pups learn to swim where the sand meets the surf. In the grasslands near the ridgeline, tule elk graze...[Read More]
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THE BEST OF DOG-FRIENDLY MARIN

Posted Thursday, November 3, 2016 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough
Marin isn’t just for families and couples; there’s room for everyone, including your dog! From pet-friendly beaches and businesses to hotel tips and restaurant recommendations, here is your ultimate guide to touring...[Read More]
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: CULINARY PROGRAMS AND TOURS IN MARIN

Posted Wednesday, October 26, 2016 by MCVB Staff

By Whitney Butler
With rolling hillsides and picturesque views of the ocean and the bay, Marin County and its roughly 160,000 acres of agricultural farmland provide much more than just crops, dairy and meats. Locals...[Read More]
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GET CONNECTED WITH OUR VISIT MARIN APP

Posted Monday, October 17, 2016 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough
Heading to Marin this season? Make sure to download our Visit Marin app for the insider scoop, exclusive deals and, best of all, endless inspiration. Marin County can feel like a...[Read More]
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THE BEST PLACES TO STAY ON MARIN’S OCEAN SIDE

Posted Tuesday, October 11, 2016 by MCVB Staff
The Best Places to Stay on Marin’s Ocean Side

By Megan Eileen McDonough
Marin’s ocean side is home to some pretty serene spots, so you’ll want ample time to experience the area’s rolling hills, winding roads,...[Read More]
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SAY CHEESE! AND DISCOVER MARIN COUNTY’S BEST CHEESEMAKERS

Posted Monday, September 19, 2016 by MCVB Staff

By Whitney Butler
The California Gold Rush helped spur the dairy industry in Marin. Once a thriving countryside of Mexican cattle ranches and Miwok Indians, today Marin is a hub for farm-fresh food and culinary...[Read More]
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BEST BIKING ADVENTURES IN MARIN COUNTY

Posted Friday, September 30, 2016 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough
Whether visiting in spring, summer, fall or winter, Marin’s outdoor adventures are only a bike ride away. The sport of mountain biking actually started here (more on that later!), but...[Read More]
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Fall Culture Guide to Marin County

Posted Tuesday, September 6, 2016 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough

Summer may be winding down, but there’s plenty of fun in store this fall. From film festivals and live theatrical performances to flights upon flights of cold brews, autumn is a very...[Read More]

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Best Places to Dance the Night Away in Marin

Posted Monday, August 29, 2016 by MCVB Staff

By Whitney Butler

There’s a reason Marin’s nightlife is so authentic, and that’s because the area is home to several famous musicians, and is the birthplace of many more. Classic rockers like Sammy Hagar, Phil Lesh...[Read More]

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Best Road trips in Marin County

Posted Monday, August 22, 2016 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough

The open road awaits. If you’ve never taken a road trip, now’s your chance. With cascading views of the San Francisco Bay, fauna in every color of the rainbow and rare...[Read More]

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Find the Right Hike for You in Marin

Posted Monday, August 15, 2016 by MCVB Staff

Find the Right Hike for You in Marin

By Megan Eileen McDonough

Marin is home to a stunning array of wildlife and breathtaking vistas with mild weather year-round, so getting outdoors here is a must....[Read More]

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Best Craft Cocktails in Marin County

Posted Friday, July 15, 2016 by MCVB Staff

Best Craft Cocktails in Marin County

By Whitney Butler

It’s been argued that today’s renaissance of classic cocktails, like the Old Fashioned, Gimlet and Manhattan, is a result of shows like AMC’s Mad Men, which spotlight retro drinks in...[Read More]

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The Best Farm-to-Table Experiences in Marin County

Posted Tuesday, July 12, 2016 by MCVB Staff

By Whitney Butler

Today’s farm-to-table scene means different things to different people. In fact, the very concept—the use of locally sourced products with little alteration—has become a commodity in and of itself. Even global food chains...[Read More]

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How to Release Your Inner Child in Marin

Posted Tuesday, July 5, 2016 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough

If there was ever a place to release your inner child, Marin is it. The county has much to offer in terms of fascinating history, immersive culture and wind-in-your-hair...[Read More]

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First-Timer’s Guide to the Marin County Fair

Posted Thursday, June 23, 2016 by MCVB Staff

First-Timer’s Guide to the Marin County Fair

By Megan Eileen McDonough

Pack your bags! The 75th annual Marin County Fair is only weeks away, and we've got the lowdown on this year's top attractions. From crafts...[Read More]

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Outdoor Events to Enjoy This Summer in Marin County

Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2016 by MCVB Staff

By Whitney Butler

Summer in Marin County is the best time to enjoy the outdoors. Savor farm-fresh produce at local farmers’ markets, hike a sunny trail atop Mount Tamalpais, or stroll along the coast on...[Read More]

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Festival Season Kicks Off in Marin County

Posted Thursday, June 2, 2016 by MCVB Staff

Festival Season Kicks Off in Marin County

By Megan Eileen McDonough

Festival season is on the horizon, and we’ve rounded up seven of our favorites. From beer and wine to crafts and film, there’s something for every...[Read More]

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Marin's Best Kayaking Spots and What to Look For

Posted Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by MCVB Staff

Marin's Best Kayaking Spots and What to Look For

By Megan Eileen McDonough

When in Marin County, do as the locals do and dip your toes in a little adventure. Challenging yet surprisingly easy to get the...[Read More]

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We are now on Snapchat!

Posted Tuesday, May 17, 2016 by MCVB Staff

We are now on Snapchat!

Stay up-to-date with all things in Marin by following us on Snapchat! [Read More]

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CENTENNIAL EVENTS: CORTE MADERA CELEBRATES 100 YEARS

Posted Monday, May 16, 2016 by MCVB Staff

By Whitney Butler
On Jan. 13, 1913, snow fell and covered the tiny town of Corte Madera. It was three years before Corte Madera officially incorporated. The land was mostly marshes, with a few...[Read More]
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BEST MOTHER’S DAY RESTAURANTS IN MARIN COUNTY

Posted Monday, April 18, 2016 by MCVB Staff
Best Mother’s Day Restaurants in Marin County

By Whitney Butler
Did you know that Mother’s Day is one of the most popular days to dine out? A quarter of Americans will celebrate with mom by going out...[Read More]
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Best Picnic Spots in Marin

Posted Tuesday, April 5, 2016 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough

Time to get your picnic baskets at the ready. Spring is here and we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite picnic spots to celebrate the changing of seasons. From historic landmarks...[Read More]

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5 Ways to Experience Marin on a Budget

Posted Wednesday, March 30, 2016 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough
Northern California might have a reputation for being on the pricey side, but there are plenty of immersive ways to experience Marin County without breaking the bank.
To stay within your budget, just...[Read More]

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The Best Easter Celebrations in Marin County

Posted Thursday, March 17, 2016 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough

Easter’s almost here and it's time to start rounding up our favorite brunches, hunts and special events. Springtime in Marin is always a beautiful time to connect with nature, and come Easter,...[Read More]

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The Best Spring Wildflower Walks in Marin County

Posted Wednesday, March 9, 2016 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough

Come springtime, Marin County comes alive with thousands of wildflowers that pop up in valleys, plains and meadows. Everywhere from Marin Headlands’ ridges to the sand dunes is covered in...[Read More]

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New Year, New You in Marin County

Posted Monday, February 29, 2016 by MCVB Staff

New Year, New You in Marin County

By Megan Eileen McDonough

Amping up for a fit and fabulous 2016? While sticking to a new workout routine can be tough, a trip to Marin County will make fitness...[Read More]

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Guide to Marin County's Most Exotic Wildlife

Posted Wednesday, February 24, 2016 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough

It’s no secret that Marin County has some pretty fantastic viewpoints, but did you know that it is also home to some of the world’s rarest living species? It’s true! While...[Read More]

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The 32rd Annual American Indian Art Show – Marin

Posted Friday, February 12, 2016 by MCVB Staff

By Whitney Butler
Did you know that until European contact in the 1600s, nearly one-third of all Native Americans in the United States lived in California? What’s more, early California American Indians were a broad,...[Read More]

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Guide to Point Reyes/Coastal Marin

Posted Tuesday, January 26, 2016 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough
Point Reyes is easily one of Marin County’s most scenic highlights, and you won’t want to skip town without spending ample time exploring the park grounds. One of the perks of winter...[Read More]

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Take in the Game at These Marin County Spots

Posted Thursday, February 25, 2016 by MCVB Staff
Take in the Game at These Marin County Spots

By Megan Eileen McDonough
The Bay Area is a sports fan’s paradise. Love football? We’ve got the Raiders and 49ers. Big Baseball fan? Check out the A's and Giants. Plus the...[Read More]

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

Posted Friday, January 8, 2016 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...[Read More]

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