Marin County is just one bridge away from San Francisco and right next door to the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma. It is an outdoor recreation wonderland filled with wonderful spaces that you can just stumble upon. Nearly half of Marin is permanently preserved with world-renowned destinations like Muir Woods and Point Reyes, and the lodging in Marin is as diverse as the land. You can sleep next to nature or in the lap of luxury. From the dense woods to the wild ocean, here are five reasons to visit the County of Marin.
- Access to outdoor activities: Where to even begin with all the national parks in Marin County? The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is more than 80,000 acres of ecologically and historically significant areas in Marin County, including Muir Woods National Monument, the Marin Headlands, Stinson Beach, and Fort Baker (my personal favorite place to see the Golden Gate bridge) among them. Beyond the GGNRA, there’s also Pt. Reyes National Seashore, one of the most beautiful spots in Northern California to see the spring wildflowers and miles of unspoiled beaches. Any county would be lucky to have just one of these — we have them all and more. Perhaps our abundance of outdoor activities is the reason Realtor magazine named Marin County as one of the top 10 places in the country where Americans live the longest.
- The Weather: Average temperature is 75 degrees. Whether you enjoy the warmer weather of Novato or the cooler weather found on the bay in Sausalito, there truly is a climate for everyone in Marin. The weather in Marin is very different from the famous city to the south, featuring more sunny days and less fog (or “low clouds” as they call it there). It makes moving to Marin very attractive for San Franciscans who spend the summer shivering and cold.
- Access to daycations - close to San Francisco, Napa, beaches, Tahoe, Santa Cruz, and West Marin. Only 45 minutes to the “wine country” with landscapes that remind us of Tuscany.
- Small Town Feel In A Major Metropolitan Area: As the Connecticut suburbs are to New York City, Marin is to San Francisco. Our assortment of towns runs the gamut from the European feel of Mill Valley to the refined prestige of Belvedere and Tiburon to the bustle of San Rafael. Towns like Fairfax revel in their “hippie heritage” while Larkspur has worked hard to preserve its downtown character. No two towns are alike — each has its own distinctive personality.
- Best Commute Option In The Bay Area: While Marin County does not have the vast ferry network that a city like Seattle, Washington does, we do have three very nice ferry services in Marin: The Larkspur Ferry, the Sausalito Ferry, and the Tiburon Ferry. You can even take the Giants Ferry to see the San Francisco Giants play at AT&T Park. The ferries are one of the most civilized commuting options out there, and some even feature bars and informal “happy hours” on the way home. It’s also a great way to go into the city for dinner. One of my favorite things to do is take the ferry into the Slanted Door at the San Francisco ferry building from Larkspur.
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