While Marin County is a picturesque destination year-round, winter can be especially appealing—fewer tourists can mean better deals.
Here are six unique activities to see and do this winter.
Take a Food and Farm Tour in West Marin
Sustainability is very important to the people of Marin and everyone, from farmers to foodies, does his part to keep it that way. To learn how your food gets from the fields to your plate, sign up for one of West Marin's interactive food and farm tours. Not only will you see beautiful landscapes like the Point Reyes National Seashore, but you'll learn the tips and tricks of maintaining a sustainable lifestyle. Plus, there's lots of eating! The Oyster Lover's Tour is one of West Marin's most popular offerings, as is the Wine & Cheese Tour.
Go on a Safari in Marin County
You don't have to travel all the way to South Africa to get a safari experience. Marin County is home to the Point Reyes National Seashore, a park preserve that stretches more than 71,000 acres and is home to extensive plant and animal diversity. On any given day, you can spot several of the 85 mammals that live within the park. Calling all birdwatchers! More than half of North America's bird species have been spotted in these skies. Excursions are limited to three people, with options of a half-day or full-day safari.
Take a Hike in Marin
One of the perks of visiting Marin County in winter is that the weather never really gets too cold. In fact, if you're from the East Coast, you'll find Marin remarkably warm in comparison. Take advantage of the mild year-round weather and join Coastal Walkers for a guided walk along San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. During the half-day tour, you'll stroll through the city's scenic shoreline, take photos from the best viewpoints and discover secret spots few know about. Trips are limited to 10 people per walk.
Get Cozy in Marin's Boutique Hotels
Mill Valley Inn.
(Courtesy of Visit Marin)
Winter is the perfect excuse to snuggle up by the fire and rejuvenate the spirit with a hot cup of tea. For great views and easy access to historical landmarks, book a room at one of two boutiques across from the Golden Gate Bridge: the Acqua Hotel or the Mill Valley Inn. The Acqua Hotel offers stunning views of Mount Tamalpais. For something even more serene, spend a night at the Mill Valley Inn, which is scenically located in a redwood forest.
Tour Muir Woods and Wine Country in Style
It's no secret that Northern California is a food and wine destination. If you're eager to sample wines in luxury, Pure Luxury Tranpsortation is your best bet. Rooted in hard work, customer service and innovation, Pure Luxury Transportation is the first executive full service transportation company to be Green Certified in the North Bay. Since 1991, they have been providing everything from airport transportation, group shuttles, and board retreats to winery tours, dinner celebrations, and golf transfers.
Take Cooking Classes in Point Reyes
If farm-to-table tours aren't quite your thing, consider signing up for a cooking class instead. The Fork at Point Reyes can accommodate guests for hands-on and demo-style cooking classes as well as tastings. The Fork will completely customize your educational event to fit your needs. They offer full catering, team building, educational programs and more to make your educational experience truly memorable.
// This article was written by Megan Eileen McDonough for the Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau. For all you need to plan your Marin County vacation, go to visitmarin.org, Facebook, or download the mobile app.