In gorgeous Marin, located across San Francisco's famous Golden Gate Bridge, you begin the start of the "Redwood Empire" of Northern California. Activities in Marin include scenic forests, Mountain Hiking, access to the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco Bay, and metropolitain San Francisco, even the famous Napa Valley, minutes away.
Prestigious Marin County, located across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, has more protected land than any other city in the USA. Fought for and preserved by generations of nature advocates, an unprecedented 4 state parks, 2 National Recreation Areas, 1 national monument, and thousands of acres of protected water shed land are available to the people for recreational use and enjoyment. Large open space areas can be accessed via the National, State and County Parks. The Golden Gate National Recreation area covers not just San Francisco, but Marin County as well. Leave "the city" (San Francisco), drive or bike, or walk across the Golden Gate Bridge to reach recreational paradise.
Follow the Golden Gate Bridge, North from San Francisco, to beautiful Marin County!
Visit Marin and enjoy Marin Headlands, Point Reyes National Seashore, Muir Woods National Monument, Mount Tamalpais State Recreation area, Samuel P. Taylor Park, Olompali State Park and China Camp State Park - just to start.
Marin Headlands, Point Reyes National Seashore, Tomales Bay, Muir Woods National Monument, Mount Tamalpais, Samuel P. Taylor Park, Olompali State Park and China Camp State Park are just some of the few areas available for nature or View enthusiasts. Marin is also is very known for it's devotion to organics. Out in beautiful West Marin, local organic agriculture is showing the world how it is done.
Great off beat activities like rock climbing, bouldering, hang gliding, wind surfing, surfing, skim boarding, car racing, and whale watching are just some of Marin's appeal. Other, less demanding activities like top notch golf, amazing hiking, fishing, mushroom as well as something simple as wildflower exploring.
Surfers outside Fort Point, San Francisco, facing Marin County, California.
Activities extreme, mellow, or high end are all available in Marin. Try shopping for example. Shop top notch stores like Nordstrom, or unique boutiques in Ross downtown. Perhaps just dine on Sausalito's waterfront. Perhaps something more causal, but hip? Try Sam's Anchor Cafe in Tiburon on the weekends. Go for Antique's in charming San Anselmo.
Heading out doors is always enjoyable here; the nature offers so much. Horseback riding along Rush creek in Novato is a treat. Kayak central Marin or Tomales Bay, maybe Sail the San Francisco Bay; or if your that type, Kite Surf under the Golden Gate Bridge! Sign up for the "escape to Alcatraz" race and swim to Marin!!
Visitors often come here to indulge in outdoor activities like hiking, sea kayaking, cycling, & sailing, to bird watching, whale watching, and flower hunting. Incredible beaches like Stinson Beach are readily close by. Enjoy State and National Parks like world renowned Muir Woods National Monument, Pt Reyes National Seashore, and gorgeous Mt Tamalpais, just to name some of the many amazing and different possibilities.
The Marin Vista House, Retreat Vacation Home that sleeps up to 20, has lots of room. If you are a fan of outdoor recreation be sure to bring your mountain bike along with your hiking boots. Boat and Kayaking rental is available in and around Marin! In addition to the nearby neighborhood open space trails, there is China Camp State Park offering riches of bird species, plants, and views, even world class mountain biking trails! All this is easily accessible from your Marin Vacation Retreat Rental home.
Several public and private golf courses can be accessed in Marin County. Take advantage of of Marin’s beautiful, varied terrain, in a variety of settings, from the foot of Mt. Tamalpais in Mill Valley, to the wetlands near the Bay Shore in Novato, all while getting a great game “in”.
The Lagunitas Watershed, located in Marin, has spectacular seasonal salmon viewing. Join experienced naturalists on Lagunitas Creeks. Learn about salmon ecology while observing them in the wild, and learn how you can help preserve and restore these magnificent creatures for future generations. Come see a salmon run when staying in Marin at the Marin Vacation Home.
Marin Vista House, Retreat Vacation Home, is a perfect home base from which to tour the Napa Valley wineries, such as Mondavi , Clos du Bois, & Fetzer. Arrive in central Napa Valley or even Sonoma Valley (another great adjacent wine region) in just 30 minutes or less. More interestingly, visit Marin’s cheese farms , such as Cowgirl Creamery. Marin is very well known for its organic Pey-Marin Pinot Noir, due to the unique climate conditions for that grape- now that is living-organically! Who can’t handle that?