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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?

Foodie Guide to Novato

Posted Tuesday, December 29, 2015 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough

Located 30 miles north of San Francisco in Marin County, Novato is a picturesque city that boasts an impressive culinary scene. Besides a stunning year-round landscape, the city is quickly becoming...[Read More]

Shop Antiques and More on a Trip to San Anselmo

Posted 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...[Read More]

Marin in Winter: The Best Things to See and Do

Posted Wednesday, December 9, 2015 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough

While Marin County is a picturesque destination any time of the year, winter can be especially appealing. There are fewer tourists around, so you’re likely to get better deals on flights and...[Read More]

Scenic Stops in Picture-Perfect Fairfax

Posted Friday, December 4, 2015 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough

Fairfax, California, doesn’t always get the credit it deserves, but it’s actually one of Marin County’s most picture-perfect towns. The downtown area is small and quaint, while the outskirts are vast and...[Read More]

’Tis the Season! Holiday Musical Performances Not to Be Missed in Marin County

Posted Monday, November 16, 2015 by MCVB Staff

By Whitney Butler

Marin County is no stranger to the arts. Well known for its live music scene, local visual artists and weekly arts events, Marin is a wonderful place to get inspired, especially during the...[Read More]

First-Timer’s Guide to San Rafael

Posted Thursday, November 5, 2015 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough

San Rafael might not be at the top of your travel wish list, but it should be! As one of the original Spanish mission settlements, the city has quite a fascinating history....[Read More]

Plan a Trip to Larkspur for Your Next Weekend Getaway

Posted Thursday, October 22, 2015 by MCVB Staff

By Whitney Butler

Sometimes when you need to get away from it all, it’s not how far you go; it’s just the feeling of getting away that makes it special. Located just north of San Francisco,...[Read More]

Marin County’s History of Mountain Biking

Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2015 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough

Did you know that Marin County is the birthplace of mountain biking? It was right here in Marin that some of the first ever mountain bikes (aka "klunkers") raced down Repack Road....[Read More]

Plan Ahead: A Seasonal Guide to Marin County Events

Posted Thursday, October 1, 2015 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough

Having trouble locking down dates for your Marin County vacation? Thanks to Northern California’s near-perfect year-round weather, there’s never a wrong time to visit. That said, if you’re hoping to celebrate an...[Read More]

6 Reasons to Attend Oktoberfest Corte Madera

Posted Monday, September 14, 2015 by MCVB Staff

By Whitney Butler

Is that polka music? Why, yes, it is, which means Oktoberfest is just around the corner.

The annual and original Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, is a celebration that dates back to the early 1800s....[Read More]

The Best Sweet Indulgences in Marin

Posted Thursday, September 10, 2015 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough

Marin County might be best known for its hiking trails, but its culinary scene is just as thrilling. There is no shortage of farms in and around Marin, making it easy to...[Read More]

Shop ’Til You Drop in Marin County

Posted Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by MCVB Staff

By Whitney Butler

There are so many reasons to fall in love with Marin County: local farm-to-table dining, beautiful landscapes, outdoor activities, fantastic culture and friendly people.

There’s another great reason to love Marin County,...[Read More]

A Camping Guide to Marin County

Posted Wednesday, September 2, 2015 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough

When it comes to campsites, Marin County has you covered (literally). Home to towering redwood trees, quaint beaches dotting the coast and exotic wildlife that goes for miles, there's a trail...[Read More]

8 Delicious Restaurants in Mill Valley

Posted Friday, August 21, 2015 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough

San Francisco is known for its creative food scene, and we’re not just referring to the city itself. In fact, some of the Bay Area’s best eateries are located in Marin County....[Read More]

Insider’s Guide to the Mill Valley Film Festival

Posted Wednesday, August 12, 2015 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough

Calling all movie buffs! This year’s Mill Valley Film Festival is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before. Celebrating the best in independent and world cinema across multiple...[Read More]

Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau releases Visit Marin App

Posted Wednesday, August 5, 2015 by MCVB Staff

by Rick Vacek

San Rafael, CA -- There's a new way for visitors to enjoy the sights and delights of Marin County, and it's as easy as 1, 2, free.

The new Visit Marin app, just released...[Read More]

Marin Visitor Bureau Launches Mobile App, Spotlights Mill Valley

Posted Thursday, July 30, 2015 by MCVB Staff

In its ongoing efforts to develop a sustainable visitor base to Marin County and enhance the visitor experience in Marin, the Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau (MCVB) has launched a new "Visit Marin"...[Read More]

5 Scenic Ways to Explore Marin County

Posted Thursday, July 16, 2015 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough

Boasting year-round perfect weather and a close-knit community of creatives, it’s hard to find fault with Marin County. Just a hop, skip and a jump from both San Francisco and picturesque vineyards,...[Read More]

Tee Time Marks the Start of Your Next Great Golfing Getaway

Posted Thursday, July 9, 2015 by MCVB Staff

By Maryann Tobin

Playing golf is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors, especially on the exceptional golf courses in Marin County, where friends, fresh air and sunshine team up perfectly on the greens. Tee...[Read More]

Doyle Drive Closure: It's Time for a Staycation in Mill Valley, 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Style

Posted Wednesday, July 8, 2015 by MCVB Staff

by Jim Welte

Doyle Drive is closed July 9–13, which means that the area around the Golden Gate Bridge will likely be a no-go bottleneck for much of this weekend. This gives us the...[Read More]

A Guide to Live Music in Marin County

Posted Friday, June 26, 2015 by MCVB Staff

by Whitney Butler

Live music is a great way to catch a city’s vibes—connect with the people over shared interests, a cold beer or great food. It’s a time to let loose, kick up your heels...[Read More]

Movies You Never Knew Were Filmed in Marin

Posted Thursday, June 25, 2015 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough

Calling all Star Wars fans! Did you know that Lucasfilm, the company that produced Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, hitting theaters later this year, is actually headquartered in...[Read More]

A Guide to Wine in Marin County

Posted Tuesday, June 23, 2015 by MCVB Staff

By Whitney Butler

The art of fine wine and dining in Marin County is all about slowing down to appreciate nature’s bounty around a table or in the field and from a bottle.

Marin’s cool coastal breezes,...[Read More]

5 Family Friendly Ways to Explore Marin

Posted Tuesday, June 23, 2015 by MCVB Staff

by Megan Eileen McDonough

Kids have boundless energy and sometimes it can feel like you'll never keep up with them. Luckily, Marin County has more than enough activities to quench their appetite and their curiosity. From...[Read More]

Marin’s Best Beach Experience

Posted Friday, June 19, 2015 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough

Located in the North San Francisco Bay Area, it's only natural that Marin County is a year-round beach destination. While summer is definitely high season for locals and tourists alike, many outdoor...[Read More]

Farm-to-Table Marin County

Posted Tuesday, May 26, 2015 by MCVB Staff

Meet Your Makers: Marin County Farmers Grow a Food Community

By Whitney Butler

From artisanal cheeses and handpicked produce to aquaculture and fermented foods, Marin County is a shining example of traditional methods yielding quality results.

Since the...[Read More]

Discovering Culinary Marin (Part Two): Marin French Cheese Company

Posted Thursday, May 21, 2015 by MCVB Staff

This is the second in a multi-part series of blogs about my day exploring some of Marin County’s premier culinary destinations with the Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau. Please click here for the second part...[Read More]

Discovering Culinary Marin (Part One): Touring the Marin Civic Center Farmers Market

Posted Friday, May 15, 2015 by MCVB Staff

We would like to introduce our new culinary blogger FARMINISTA'S FEAST with 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,...[Read More]

Tap Into Marin County at the California Beer Festival

Posted Monday, May 11, 2015 by MCVB Staff

By Whitney Butler

There are few things more authentic to California than craft beer. It’s refreshing, has great body and style, and celebrates the unique passions of each individual brewer.

With a love for local ingredients, hard...[Read More]

Marin County Fair 2015

Posted Friday, May 8, 2015 by MCVB Staff

Fair Fun for Everyone! Marin County Fair Celebrates 74 Years

By Whitney Butler

It’s “On With the Show” this year at the Marin County Fair. From a solar-powered carousel to a festival of independent...[Read More]

Marin Blog, May 2015: Art in Marin

Posted Monday, May 4, 2015 by MCVB Staff

Feed Your Inner Artist at Marin’s May Events

By Whitney Butler

The job of an artist is to lead by inspiration—to see the invisible, to imagine the impossible. As part of its history, culture and community, Marin...[Read More]

Get Back to Nature in Pet-Friendly Marin County

Posted Monday, May 4, 2015 by MCVB Staff

By Whitney Butler

Marin County is home to a bounty of ecological treasures—oak-bay woodlands, savannas, grasslands, salt marshes and coastline.

For outdoor enthusiasts who also have pets, Marin offers plenty of recreational room to run. Whether...[Read More]

Find Your True Romance in Marin

Posted Saturday, April 18, 2015 by MCVB Staff

By Maryann Tobin

Spending time with the person who means the most to you can take on many forms. Whether couples are looking for a cozy B&B, a new nature trail adventure or just some of...[Read More]

Marin Blog, April 2015: A Night Owl’s Guide to Cocktails in Marin County

Posted Wednesday, April 8, 2015 by MCVB Staff

by Whitney Butler

Those who make the trip to Marin County know that sometimes the real fun doesn’t begin until the sun starts to set. The unexpected pleasures of nightfall can be found all around you,...[Read More]

Marin Blog, March 2015: Gear up for the Mountain Biking Adventure of a Lifetime in Marin County

Posted Tuesday, March 17, 2015 by MCVB Staff

by Maryann Tobin

Imagine the feel of a fresh breeze gliding across your face as you ride through the legendary trails that inspired the sport of mountain biking. The exhilaration is topped only by the breathtaking...[Read More]

The Novice Guide to Marin

Posted Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by MCVB Staff

Article by Bailey Anne Vincent

Whether you’re traveling from near or far, Marin County is that hidden diamond of a trip that you are looking for. Cradled on the sweeping scape of the San Francisco Bay...[Read More]

Explore the Pristine Beauty of Marin County’s Nature Trails

Posted Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by MCVB Staff

Article by Maryann Tobin

When it’s time to leave the stresses of the city life behind, there is no better place to explore the pristine beauty of the Bay Area than Marin County’s nature trails. Nestled...[Read More]

Experience the Fresh Farm to Table Difference in Marin County

Posted Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by MCVB Staff

Article by Maryann Tobin

Eating fresh, locally sourced food is about more than just leading a healthier lifestyle. It’s about the entire cycle of food production from seeds to dinner tables. When you eat food produced...[Read More]

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