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There is Magic in Marin – escape the City

Looking for  a new date destination for this weekend?

Try Marin.

Drive over the Golden Gate Bridge

leave the City behind.

Enjoy multi-faceted and fun Marin County.

Mount Tamalpais is the “go to“ destination for millions of visitors every year. People come from all over the world to hike, bike, hang glide, go paddle-boarding,  try kayaking, ride horses, bird watch, photograph, study plants, flowers, trees and explore walk around or dine around. The magnificent views absolutely take your breath away…as do a number of the scenic and strenuous hiking trails.

Marin is magical – there are myriad choices for entertainment, wandering and playing. Famed Mill Valley saloon and music venue, Sweetwater,  has risen – like a phoenix, and is booking great shows. 

Circle Your Calendar for: The Mill Valley Art Festival is Saturday, September
Saturday, 15th 10AM – 5PM • Sunday, 16th 10AM – 5PM
$10 General Admission, $5 Students and Seniors,  Free for kids under 12 years

Bring your Bike: Hop the Ferry from San Francisco to Tiburon and explore Marin.

Of course, you can go walk, jog, stroll, hike around or dine around;  or – see a first-run movie at the wonderful Rafael Theater.  The Best Bookstore: Book Passages has a wide array of outstanding Author Events this weekend

Here are 10 “Don’t Miss” Tips for Marin

When in Marindo as the Marinites do:

Drop in at one the most talked about restaurants: Insalatas – in San Anselmo.

Try:  Roasted Honey Pomegranate Glazed Duck Breast, spinach, bulgur pilaf with pistachios, rhubarb-ginger chutney
Grilled Mustard Pomegranate Glazed Duroc Pork Chop, yukon gold mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, shallot and bacon sauté, caramelized cipollini onions

Grilled Salmon, on asparagus-nettle puree, roast fingerlings, preserved lemon and saffron vinaigrette  and, do not miss: the exquisitely decadent Caramel Toffee Gelato Parfait.

Beach Party: Point your car or bikes towards Point Reyes – Be prepared to be impressed with dramatic rocky headlands, jade green ocean breakers crashing on shore; beautiful expansive, beaches and grasslands, brushy hillsides, and forested ridges; Marin’s version of Eden –   Point Reyes offers visitors over 1500 species of plants and animals to discover. Bring a picnic, a beachball, Frisbee, sunscreen and a hat. Stop in the at Station House Café.

Take a Hike!

Barry Spitz and

Four Great Hikes

Mr Marin County – hiking authority, lecturer, author and ‘man about town’, Barry Spitz, is the go- to-guy for any and all information about majestic (6400 acres) Mount Tamalpais. His recent book, Tamalpais Trails is a bible to legions of  hikers and Marin residents.

Try one these Marin hikes:

  1. Best- to the beach- short Hike- Mill Valley Tennessee Valley Valley – Pack a picnic and enjoy land and sea.
  2. Best Hike @ 0900 Sunday – Ross – Phoenix Lake  2.33 miles and is considered a little rigorous, vigorous and spectacular.
  3. Best -here we go around the lake – Mt Tam has five man made lakes. Try  Alpine Lake – for a start.
  4.  Best Hike Tiburon – Ring Mountain – You can’t see Russia – however, you can see three counties. There are acres and acres of hills, trails and try to find the petroglyph’s. Bring water and binoculars.   Pick up a picnic at the yummy and upscale Paradise Market.

Take the ferry to Marin County …Welcome to Marin – any day of the week.

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