Marin County is home to a plethora of outdoor adventure opportunities including hiking and biking trails, beaches, and lighthouses spread across the diverse public lands. Though some of these areas can get crowded on weekends, there are also plenty of trails that are comparatively less traveled. Here are a few of our favorites.
Winter rains have left Marin’s grassy hills a brilliant emerald green, a paradise for happy herds of grazing Jersey, Guernsey and Holstein cows who produce some of the finest milk in the country. Tucked here and there in this bucolic landscape, several cheese factories use the rich, creamy milk to craft a pungent assortment of award-winning artisan cheeses. To the delight of fromage aficionados, several producers offer free tours and samples at their retail shops and tasting rooms—a perfect excuse for a tasty road trip.
Staycation will take on a whole new meaning once you've moved into this expansive Marin County fortress.
In a special case of coming full circle, Robin Williams, who got his start as the adorable rainbow-suspendered alien in Mork & Mindy, and who took full advantage of his celebrity to bring LGBT characters to the big screen (The Birdcage, Mrs. Doubtfire), now posthumously lends his name to the iconic rainbow tunnel that connects the Golden Gate Bridgewith his native Marin.
Whether you live north of the Golden Gate Bridge or are just looking to get out of the city, consider scoping out the creative communities of Marin and Wine Country. In addition to being home to some of our favorite hikes, there's plenty happening here, from art exhibits to food festivals. Here are five fun things you should check out this month.
If, like us, a few squares of dark chocolate are what get you through the day, then you'll be happy to know that the Bay Area boasts a tasty selection of locally made artisanal bars. Studies show that dark chocolate can have powerful health-promoting properties, so go ahead and enjoy these goodies guilt-free.
Calling all two-wheelers. If you haven't yet checked out Novato's Stafford Lake Bike Park, here's a look inside the wheelie-poppin' action.
Just north of Bodega Bay lies windblown Red Hill, where a clear day bestows 360-degree views of the Pacific as well as the mouth of the Russian River. Pack some goodies and head up Highway 1 for a hike and a picnic. Don't fret if the fog rolls in—the moss-shrouded trees and hazy vista will be just as magical.