Marin County Day Trippers: You'll Want to Stay!
When you're planning a trip to San Francisco you're going to come across this advice: plan to spend a few hours in Marin. Go for lunch or a short hike. There, you've done Marin! Ahem. Before you plan only a few hours here, first please see our posts on The Top 10 Things To Do in Marin.
Here's the deal. You'll arrive in Marin via the Golden Gate Bridge or over the water by Ferry. On the trip over, the WOW moments begin. Marin's beauty will wrap you up. Spend a few minutes here, say at the Marin Headlands (a good first stop if you're driving here from San Francisco) and it starts to sink in - this feels right. Darn it, we should have planned to stay the night.
Or maybe you plan to head directly to Muir Woods. Great choice! NB: Make Reservations. On the way there you you note signs for: Marin Headlands, Sausalito, Mill Valley, Stinson Beach, Muir Beach and it's it's overlook, and Point Reyes National Seashore. You want visit all of those places! Oh look at Proof Lab Surf Shop, we want to stop there! Do we have time to go to Heidrun Meadery in Point Reyes Station? What about the original Heath Ceramics in Sausalito? Okay wait, $1 oysters at Bungalow 44! Hold the phone, Pizzeria Pico - some say the best pizza in the country - is located in Larkspur!? We should have planned to stay a night or two!
We've been hoteliers in Marin for 25 years, we see this all the time. Our advice: plan ahead. Book a room at Waters Edge Hotel, Acqua Hotel, or Mill Valley Inn. And let those two or three days in Marin stretch out ahead of you filled with big nature, small towns, and inspiration.
Enjoy your stay!
p.s. We wanted to remind you that we are not commercially affiliated with any of the companies, people, or places we mention on our blog. We don't receive commissions or any sort of compensation. We mention them simply because we believe they have something special to offer you, our guests!