Welcome to our blog. We're Marin Hotels, a collection of boutique hotels in Marin County California. Perched Bayside or nestled amongst the Redwoods, guests at our hotels immerse in Marin's famous natural environment at each of our properties.

Join us as we share our adventures, insights, and insider tips about this special place. We hope you find some inspiration for a wonderful visit to the county and of course we hope to see you at one of our hotels.

There's so much to do here. You're going to want to say awhile!

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Proof Lab: An only-in-Marin Surf Shop and More

Proof Lab: An only-in-Marin Surf Shop and More

If you want to soak in a classic Marin County surf shop vibe, Proof Lab in Mill Valley is a must do. Even if you’re not a surfer or skateboarder. This spot is ineffable. Which is why a this video created by Surfer is perfect:


To add to the experience, consider biking to Proof Lab on one of our complimentary bikes. From Acqua Hotel, it’s an 11 minute ride, from Mill Valley Inn it’s 14 minutes, from Waters Edge Hotel, it’s 37 minutes.

If you can, plan your trip around an event — music, film night, product demo. The photo at the top of this post was taken during a Van’s 50th anniversary event at the store a few years ago: local kid musicians, food, merch from Van’s, a super-fun evening with a local crowd. Just what you’re looking for when you’re on vacation! To get advance notice of events, sign up for the newsletter.

No event on the schedule? Plan an hour or so to hang out with a coffee and shop for clothing, stickers, gear, plants, pottery, and more. And, if you skate there’s a ramp at Proof Lab with your name on it.

If you want to go all in, check out Proof Lab’s list of recommended instructors for private lessons for surf and skate lessons. Be those people who do that!

See you out there!

The Winter Edit: Exploring The Waterfalls of Marin

The Winter Edit: Exploring The Waterfalls of Marin