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Go Where North Bay Locals Eat, Shop And Play

Discover local hidden gems, wineries, the best places to shop, eat, drink, relax and recreate. Then, top off the day with an evening of live entertainment! Mimi Towle of Marin Magazine helped come up with this list of some of the best spots in the wine country, West Marin and Marin.
The Magic Flute
182 Northgate One
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 479-3112 or (800) 200-3112

The Magic Flute has everything for the musician -- instruments, sheet music, lessons, and more. Even the pros come here! Carlos Santana, Journey and The Grateful Dead are customers.

Spirit Rock
(415) 488-0164

Spirit Rock Meditation Center is founded to create an enduring dharma retreat, practice, community and study center rooted in the Buddhist tradition.

Sea Trek Paddle Board
85 Liberty Ship Way
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 488-1000

Learn how to standup paddle board at Sea Trek Paddle Board. It's as easy as riding a bike. Whether you are paddling for the first time or you are a veteran, you will find the Sea Trek staff ready to help make your paddling experience a great one.


The Petrified Forest
4100 Petrified Forest Road
Calisotga, Ca 94515
(707) 942-6667

Step back in Time, over 3 million years, and follow the trail of majestic petrified redwood giants arrayed before you in a fascinating grove in beautiful California wine country.


Old Faithful Geyser of California
1299 Tubbs Lane,
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-6463

California's Old Faithful Geyser is a spectacular, nature-directed performance and one of three geysers in the world with the designation "old faithful." These amazing geysers perform at regular intervals shooting a tower of thousands of gallons of water into the air.

Mill Valley Beerworks
173 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 336-3596

Mill Valley Beerworks brews onsite and also has a large selection of imported and craft microbrews. In addition to beer, they offer lunch and dinner services.


Buena Vista Winery
18000 Old Winery Rd
Sonoma, CA
(707) 938-1266

Founded in 1857, Buena Vista is California's oldest premium winery. Just outside the town of Sonoma, the original winery is now a California Historic Landmark.

Dutcher Crossing Winery
8533 Dry Creek Road
P.O. Box 910
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(866) 431-2711

Dutcher Crossing Winery is the perfect place to spend the afternoon away from the crowds, just outside of Healdsburg. Bike and dog friendly, Dutcher Crossing check out the cellar and winemaking facility, or join a vineyard tour. Private tastings are also available.

h2hotel and Spoonbar
219 Healdsburg Avenue
Healdsburg, CA 95448

The h2hotel boasts 36 eco-chic rooms—all with private balconies or patios. The Spoonbar's mediterranean farm-fresh menu is affordable, yet fabulous.

Surfers Grill
Stinson Beach Park Hwy 1 ·
Under life guard tower on the beach
Stinson Beach
(415) 868-1777

The Surfers Grill is the perfect place for lunch. It is the only restaurant located on the three mile beach and serves up delicious burgers, fries and fish.


Osteria Stellina Restaurant
11285 Hwy 1
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
(415) 663-9988

Located in downtown, Point Reyes Station, Osteria Stellina is bursting with local goodness.


Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch
738 Main Street
St. Helena, CA
(707) 963-9181

Farmstead Restaurant features an authentic farm-to-table menu highlighting local, sustainable and organic ingredients at their peak freshness. Monday through Friday from 4 PM to 6 PM stop in for the "Growers' Happy Hour" with specially-priced cocktails, beer, and wine and a tasty special bar menu.

Weezy's Grass Fed Shed
621 A Del Ganado
Terra Linda, CA 94963
(415) 479-7433

Weezys Grass-Fed Shed serves big burgers with grassfed beef. For non-meat eaters, try their Garden Burger made with 20 different ingredients.


M Clothing
381 Healdsburg Ave
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 431-8738

M Clothing is the North Bay's premiere women's clothing boutique, featuring dozens of today's top designers.

Item Shoes
1102 Magnolia Ave ·
Larkspur, CA 94939
(415) 925-0109

Owner Joy Goldberg has a wonderful selection of shoes and accessories from Milan, New York, Los Angeles, and other major markets.

23592 Highway 121
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 996-7956

Zipper is a retail store in Sonoma, a catalog and a website, Zipper melds the old with the new, art with commerce and humor with beauty and elegance.

Live Water Surf Shop
3448 Shoreline Hwy
Stinson Beach, CA 94970
(415) 868-0333

Live Water Surf shop, a great place to get all your beach essentials, surf boards, wetsuits, boogie boards, rentals and more.

1127 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, CA 94939
(415) 461-6462

You'll find sustainable organic fashions at Embodies in Larkspur to help you maintain an eco-lifestyle, inside and out.

216 Strawberry Village
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 383-3223

EVO Spa in the Strawberry Shopping Center is a spa-boutique that offers everything from relaxing treatments, to skincare products, jewelry, and shoes.

1020 Magnolia Ave
Larkspur, CA 94939
(415) 464-1808

Founded in 1999 by interior designer Linda Bradshaw Allen, PEARL Wonderful Clothing was conceived as a haven for shopping enthusiasts looking for the best of the best in contemporary fashion, in an intimate setting. Kevin Bacon, Sandra Bullock, Michelle Pfeiffer and Reese Witherspoon, are just a handful of the celebrities who have discovered items to treasure at this award winning boutique.

No Name Bar
757 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 332-1392

Celebrating over 50 years, the no name has been a hangout where poets mingle with movie stars and musicians, and locals. Opened in 1959, it's one of the last of the old Southern Marin saloons and hosts some of the best live music in Marin.

Rancho Nicasio
1 Old Rancheria Rd
Nicasio, CA 94946
(415) 662-2219

All summer Rancho Nicasio hosts Music & Barbecue on the Lawn. They are also the perfect venue for private parties, weddings & receptions. This historic roadhouse, established in 1941, is situated in the geographical center of Marin County.

142 Throckmorton Theatre
142 Throckmorton Ave.
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 383-9600

You never know who will be onstage at 142 Throckmorton. Dana Carvey and Robin Williams have been know to stop in. 142 Throckmorton Theatre is founded on the philosophy that theatre, music, dance, film, poetry, visual and related arts are essential components of a rich and rewarding life.

Marin Magazine

Mimi Towle
Senior Editor of Marin Magazine
(415) 332-4800 ext: 101

Ready for your next adventure? Head over to Eye on the Bay's Travel & Outdoors section and discover the best of the Bay.


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