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WINTER'S HERE: WARM UP AT THESE MARIN COUNTY COMFORT FOOD HOT SPOTS

Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By Joe Kukura

The northern California getaway hotspot of Marin County is a well-known feast for the eyes, with Pacific coasts, mountain views and the famed hiking trails of Muir Woods. But literal feasts are waiting for you...[Read More]
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’TIS THE SEASON FOR MUSIC AND MERRIMENT IN MARIN

Posted on Monday, December 3, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By John Egan
Known as the “sunny side of the Golden Gate Bridge,” Marin County is truly a destination for all seasons. And for the holidays, Marin is ho-ho-hosting festivities that’ll bring you plenty of music and merriment, ranging from concerts to a comedic catechism.

Here are six hand-picked Marin events that are sure to lift your holiday spirits.
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BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO HIKING IN MARIN: WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO WEAR, WHAT TO PACK

Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By Joe Kukura

Outdoor enthusiasts won’t find a better place for a breath of fresh air than the northern California getaway of Marin County. Known as “the backyard of the Bay Area” for its array of outdoor attractions, Marin County offers hiking experiences through Pacific Ocean shores, redwood forests, mountains and waterfalls. [Read More]
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MARIN COUNTY’S BEST COCKTAIL BARS

Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By Joe Kukura

Some of the finest mixed drinks of the emerging California craft cocktail movement are found on the rocks of the Pacific Coast in Marin County. Located straight up the Golden Gate Bridge across from San Francisco and just a dash south of wine country, Marin County is home to a premium list of swanky cocktail establishments and... [Read More]
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5 BONA FIDE FOODIE EXPERIENCES FOR THE FALL

Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By John Egan
All year ’round, Marin County serves up tasty experiences for foodies, and fall is no exception. An array of establishments in Marin County furnish tasty fall fare, from apples to mozzarella to olive oil to vino. We’ve rounded up five foodie experiences in Marin that are sure to please most any palate. [Read More]

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CHALLENGE YOURSELF: TRY A NEW SPORT IN MARIN

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By John Egan
No matter the time of year, Marin County delivers an array of outdoor opportunities, from attending concerts to strolling along beautiful beaches to hiking the area’s many trails. Yet if you’re yearning to be even more active (and adventurous), then why not relish the great outdoors and tackle a new sport in Marin? [Read More]

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LEARN SOMETHING NEW AT MARIN'S BEST MUSEUMS

Posted Monday, October 15, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By Joe Kukura
The wilder side of American museums is on permanent display just north of San Francisco in Marin County. Its museums are an eclectic collection of tributes to Northern California’s influence on American life...[Read More]
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A WEEKEND IN LARKSPUR: A WEALTH OF WONDER AND WELLNESS

Posted Tuesday, October 9, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By Joe Kukura
A classic California weekend getaway awaits in Larkspur, a laid-back yet up-and-coming Marin County destination that’s been a longtime favorite for rest and relaxation weekends. A weekend trip to Larkspur...[Read More]
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THE EASIEST BIKING TRAILS FOR KIDS IN MARIN

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By Joe Kukura
Family bike riding fun doesn’t get any better than in the “birthplace of mountain biking,” and scenic Marin County offers riders plenty of places to shift gears toward its beginner-friendly...[Read More]
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BEST FALL EVENTS IN FABULOUS MARIN COUNTY

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By John Egan
Although Marin County is perfect year-round for outdoor activities, such as hiking, cycling and kayaking, sometimes a little eating, drinking, culture, and politics is on the agenda and mind.
Marin County...[Read More]
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A WEEKEND IN NOVATO: NATURE, NIGHTLIFE AND NOSH

Posted Thursday, September 6, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By Joe Kukura
Northern Californians know that Novato is an ideal weekend getaway or staycation spot. It’s a sprawling natural setting with a wealth of museums and Marin County’s best shopping and live entertainment destinations....[Read More]
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THE MUIR WOODS RESERVATION SYSTEM, EXPLAINED

Posted Tuesday, August 21, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By Joe Kukura
The famous Marin County redwood forests of Muir Woods are an absolute must-visit for anyone who loves nature. But to keep this national monument pristine, the park instituted a Muir Woods...[Read More]
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BEAT THE HEAT AT THESE MARIN BEACHES FOR ALL INTERESTS

Posted Wednesday, August 8, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By John Egan
With summer in full swing, it’s prime time for some fun at one (or more) of these Marin County beaches, whether you’re in the mood for aquatic sports, family-friendly activities, a romp with...[Read More]
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A WEEKEND IN CORTE MADERA: MAJESTIC NATURAL ATTRACTIONS AND CHIC SHOPPING

Posted Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By Joe Kukura
Whisking away for a weekend is rarely as rewarding as it is in Marin County’s Corte Madera. Nestled between iconic Mount Tamalpais to the west and the scenic San Francisco Bay to...[Read More]
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3 SMART STOPS IN MARIN

Posted Friday, July 27, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By Joe Kukura
The sleek, new Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) system is a chic and very easy way to get around in Marin County. Its shiny, ultramodern green trains just hit the tracks last...[Read More]
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SUMMER’S BEST OUTDOOR MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT IN MARIN

Posted Thursday, July 12, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By John Egan
As the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson once said, summer means happy times and having fun. And you’ve got to admit that the Beach Boys are summertime experts.
So when you’re hunting for fun this...[Read More]
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WEEKEND IN MILL VALLEY: ROCK ’N’ ROLL, REDWOODS AND FINE DINING

Posted Monday, July 16, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By Joe Kukura
Mill Valley is no run-of-the-mill destination; it’s one of Northern California’s most scenic and charming getaways. Just 10 miles north of San Francisco, Mill Valley is nestled next to some of the...[Read More]
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THE BEST DINNER AND LIVE MUSIC IN MARIN COUNTY

Posted Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By John Egan
Everyone knows that a great food-and-wine pairing pleases the palate. But have you ever pondered a dinner-and-music pairing too?
Renowned for both its rich tradition in music and world-class food scene, Marin...[Read More]
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MARIN COUNTY’S MOST INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SPOTS

Posted Thursday, June 28, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By Joe Kukura
Rack up the likes while you “Marin-stagram” your scenic stay in this eye-catching Northern California vacation spot nestled between San Francisco and Napa Valley. The “sunny side of the Golden Gate Bridge” always...[Read More]
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ENTER FOR FREE TICKETS TO THE MARIN COUNTY FAIR

Posted Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by MCVB Staff
Enter to Win a Pair of Tickets to The Marin County Fair

Marin's favorite Summer event is back! Spend a day in the sun riding carnival rides, playing games and checking out the over...[Read More]
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A WEEKEND IN SAN RAFAEL: THE ARTS AND OPEN SPACES

Posted Monday, June 4, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By Joe Kukura
The arts and the great outdoors come together for a unique combination in San Rafael—the largest, oldest and most culturally diverse city in Marin County. While beautiful parks and wide-open spaces make up...[Read More]
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LAST-MINUTE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND GUIDE TO MARIN COUNTY

Posted Friday, May 25, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By Joe Kukura
The unofficial start of summer is already almost here, and Marin County, the “sunny side of the Golden Gate Bridge,” shines as a great getaway for your Memorial Day weekend enjoyment. Perfectly placed...[Read More]
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LEARN SOMETHING NEW THIS SPRING IN MARIN COUNTY

Posted Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By Joe Kukura
Sharpen your skills or discover a new craft in the culinary, creative and cultural arts by visiting Marin County, which attracts luminaries who live life to the fullest on the “sunny side of...[Read More]
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5 UNIQUE WAYS TO CONNECT WITH NATURE IN MARIN

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By John Egan
Conservationist and explorer John Muir, the namesake of Marin County’s spectacular Muir Woods National Monument, is alternately known as the “Father of Our National Parks,” the “Wilderness Prophet” and “John of the...[Read More]
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THE BEST SPRING FUN ON MARIN WATERS

Posted Thursday, April 5, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By Joe Kukura
As spring fever spreads sunshine, wildflowers and chances for outdoor activities, beach and water sports fans should get set to get wet in Marin County’s oceans and bays. Spring breakers...[Read More]
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EXPLORE THIS FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT MASTERPIECE IN MARIN

Posted Monday, April 16, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By John Egan
The Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael stands as a testament to arguably the most revered architect in American history.
As the last commissioned work by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the...[Read More]
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CELEBRATE MARIN'S EARTH DAY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Posted Thursday, April 26, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By Joe Kukura
The whole planet celebrates Earth Day on April 22, but Earth Day is actually every day! Even though the 22nd has come and gone, there are still activities to participate in throughout the...[Read More]
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11 BEST BRUNCH SPOTS IN MARIN COUNTY

Posted Monday, March 26, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By Joe Kukura
The Northern California getaway of Marin County has a reputation for great fresh food, with locally farmed eggs, fruits and cheeses and fresh-caught seafood straight from the Pacific Ocean or Bodega...[Read More]
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MARIN COUNTY: FINE-WINE DESTINATION

Posted Monday, March 12, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By Joe Kukura
Wine awards and distinctions are pouring in for Marin County, making the Northern California getaway spot an up-and-coming wine destination.
You may not think of Marin County as wine country, but that might be...[Read More]
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5 OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN MARIN AFTER DARK

Posted Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By John Egan
In Marin County, nighttime can be just the right time to explore the outdoors, thanks to the area’s mild—but a bit nippy—after-dark weather. And as luck would have it, a number of activities...[Read More]
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LGBT TRAVELER'S GUIDE TO MARIN COUNTY

Posted Monday, February 26, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By Joe Kukura
San Francisco may be known as the world’s gay mecca, but there’s a well-kept LGBT travel secret on the “sunny side of the Golden Gate Bridge.” Marin County is sort of the backyard...[Read More]
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5 OFF-THE-BEATEN-PATH HIKES IN MARIN

Posted Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By John Egan
Want to get outdoors but avoid the crowds? Marin County, just one famous bridge away from San Francisco, offers a wealth of breathtaking hiking trails and vistas. From rugged peaks to dazzling waterfalls...[Read More]
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5 BEST FOREST BATHING SPOTS IN MARIN

Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By Joe Kukura
Turns out that nature may be the best medicine, according to a wellness trend that’s sweeping the United States. It’s called forest bathing, and it’s not really new. In Japan, the treatment, called...[Read More]
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BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO BIKING IN MARIN

Posted Tuesday, January 30, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By Joe Kukura
Biking is built into the fabric and culture of Northern California’s famous getaway Marin County. Bike-friendly roads wind through the charming locales of Larkspur, Point Reyes, and Tomales Bay, and...[Read More]
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PLAN YOUR PERFECT VALENTINE’S DAY GETAWAY IN MARIN COUNTY

Posted Monday, January 15, 2018 by MCVB Staff
Plan Your Perfect Valentine’s Day Getaway in Marin County

By John Egan
A box of candy and a bouquet of flowers is one way to show love for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. But why not break...[Read More]
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START THE YEAR OFF WITH NEW EXPERIENCES IN MARIN

Posted Thursday, January 4, 2018 by MCVB Staff
Start the Year Off With New Experiences in Marin

By Joe Kukura
Sunshine and warm weather are the antidote to the post-holiday hangover, and the famed wine country destination of Marin County has plenty of both all...[Read More]
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