As we ring in the new year, there’s nowhere better to set a healthy new path than in Marin County.Whether you're looking to try a delicious new diet regimen, work up a sweat, or take in a relaxing spa day, here are some of the best ways to enjoy a new year makeover for your mind and body in Marin.
With magnificently mild Mediterranean-style winters, the “sunny side of the Golden Gate Bridge” can nourish your soul with Pacific Ocean coastal hikes and mountain hiking trails. A hike at Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s Marin Headlands features breathtaking sea cliffs and unbelievable views of the Golden Gate Bridge. For an invigorating 300-step leg workout, the Point Reyes Lighthouse recently underwent a $5.7 million renovation and is an unbeatable spot to watch the migrating winter whales. Guided tours from Coastal Walkers can hike you through the giant redwoods of Muir Woods or up the spectacular Mount Tamalpais.
You can also work it out with structured exercise regimens or alternative training. You can take indoor yoga sessions at Larkspur’s destination shopping center Marin County Mart at Love Story Yoga, or develop your core at Mighty Pilates at Marin Country Mart, hit the stationary bicycle at SoulCycle at Marin Country Mart or visit the original high-energy, calorie scorching, cardio and strength interval training at Barry's Outdoors.
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Rest and Relax
For relaxation, sensational spa facilities make Marin County a must-visit for body therapy. Highly skilled masseuses are ready to work out your knots at Massage Envy at Vintage Oaks Novato and Greenbrae’s Elements Massage at Bon Air Center. Take a steam room or get luxury holistic treatments at International Orange at Marin Country Mart, which has both indoor and outdoor lounges. Expert estheticians and skincare technicians await at Mill Valley’s SkinSpirit Skincare Clinic. Mill Valley’s destination shopping center Strawberry Village is also home to both the facial and waxing boutique EVO Spa and anti-aging peels and massage at Lavande Spa.
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Shop and Eat Healthy
For a farm-to-table foodie experience, Marin County offers an eclectic mix of healthy restaurants and culinary tours. The Marin Civic Center Farmers Market, put on by the Agricultural Institute of Marin, offers a variety of fresh produce every Thursday and Sunday morning. The Marin Country Mart's Farmers Market brings the organic magic to the Marin Country Mart on Saturdays, while that same center’s Farmshop Marin offers both artisan and on-site dining seven days a week.
With an array of Marin County farm tours, see where the healthiest food in the world comes from and how they get it to be so good. Both cheese and oyster tours are on tap at Food & Farm Tours, which span all across the Marin County landscape.
With Marin County’s famed spas, farms and restaurants, it’s easy to set good new year’s habits in high “resolution.” // visitmarin.org