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Marin County just across Golden GateAs if the sights and sounds of San Francisco was not enough to keep visitors completely enthralled, Mother Nature invites you to drive just a few minutes north of the city, across the Golden Gate Bridge and into a suburban area that seems like the other side of the planet from downtown.
Of course that is why people live in Marin County, where as much as half the land is open space and there are so many trails and vistas you might think you were in a national park. It is expensive to live here, all right, but then how many places offer you a multi-cultural city of sophistication on one side of the bridge, and quiet trails and solitude on the other? If you crave recreation in the Great Outdoors but drive a Mercedes, you just might be a Marin County resident.
Marin County Lodging
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Marin County Convention and Visitors Bureau
One Mitchell Boulevard, Suite B
San Rafael, CA 94903
Marin County is located between San Francisco and the Napa and Sonoma Wine Country. Our warm, sunny climate makes it possible to enjoy an incredible array of outdoor attractions year 'round. Surrounded by water on three sides, visitors can explore scenic beaches, go sailing and windsurfing in San Francisco Bay, and marvel at the ancient redwood forest on legendary Mt. Tamalpais. Music, art, film festivals, wine tasting, antique shopping and historical and cultural venues like the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Civic Center attract people from all over the world.
Novato is the bay Area's smartest tourist destination. Why? Because it provides proximity to world-class hot spots while letting you get away from it all. We're just 20 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco, ten minutes from world-class wineries in Napa and Sonoma Counties, and a hop, skip and a jump from some of California's premier State Parks and National Recreation Areas. Our family-oriented atmosphere means that there's something here for everyone. Enjoy our friendly downtown! There's always something to see or do in the San Francisco Bay Area... Novato is where the fun starts!
Point Reyes Seashore Lodge
An elegant country inn adjoining the Point Reyes National Seashore the Lodge is an ideal location to begin exploring miles and miles of some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Featuring two acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, the 21 room Lodge and Casa Olema Retreat offer a scenic and restful setting. Behind the lodge a rolling lawn slopes to a meandering creek, while flowers and pathways trace the grounds and connect the Lodge to Casa Olema. The grounds are suitable for special events if scheduled ahead of time.
Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa
Nestled into a hillside overlooking San Francisco Bay, Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa is a luxury Sausalito hotel that seamlessly combines vintage architecture with modern hospitality and Golden Gate charm. Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa guest rooms and suites are located in three distinct areas on our hillside property overlooking Sausalito and Richard's Bay. Each is located
either in the Victorian Mansion, among the Historic Individual Mini-Casitas, or within the Hotel Style Contemporary Room structures. Bay-view rooms boast private balconies and the famed Spa At Casa Madrona is on property.
Napa Valley Wine Train
1275 McKinstry Street
Napa, CA 94559
Ph: 800-427-4124 Fx: 707-251-5264
The Napa Valley Wine Train is one of Napa's most distinctive restaurants. Enjoy gourmet dining, exclusive Napa Valley winery tours, and special wine events all aboard beautifully restored antique rail cars. Lunch trains leave at 11:30 am and return at 2:30 pm. Dinner trains leave at 6:30 pm and return at 9:30 pm. The Napa Valley Wine Train provides a relaxing 3-hour, 36 mile round-trip from Napa, passing through the towns of Yountville, Oakville, and Rutherford on its journey through one of the world's most well known wine valleys to the quaint village of St. Helena, and back.