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Three Magical Ways to Appreciate Nature in Marin

Three Magical Ways to Appreciate Nature in Marin

As a realtor working in Marin, I often find myself talking to clients about the many things that make life in Marin special. Today, I thought I’d share a few treasured places that bring an appreciation for life through nature. One that’s well known, one that’s a little more of a hidden treasure, and one that highlights the flavor of Marin Living in a fresh and distinct way.

For many, Muir Woods is Marin County’s top must-visit location. This scenic nature preserve is home to awe-inspiring old-growth redwood trees, and was declared a National Monument in 1908, by President Theodore Roosevelt. The park is open every day of the year, with visitors from around the world arriving on bus tours to take in the majestic experience. You can spend $10 on the entrance fee, but smart Marin residents know that an annual pass, admitting the passholder and three other adults (16 or older) is only $40, and if you are taken by the beauty of the redwoods, it’s a great investment. Come early in the morning or towards the end of the day (the park is open 8am till sunset), and you’re more likely to have the kind of peaceful experience that is part of the joy of living in lovely Marin County.

For more information, visit the National Park Service website.

The Point Bonita Lighthouse

Photo credit Don De Bold, used under Creative Commons license (Attribution 2.0)

From the North Bay side of the Golden Gate Bridge and all along the Marin headlands, you’ll find breath-taking views. Many are simple (and stunning) sights made possible by nature’s creations. But there are also a few memorable man-made sights. The Point Bonita Lighthouse is one of those. The third lighthouse to be built on the West Coast, the Point Bonita Lighthouse can be found along a half-mile trail that can be challenging in parts. Access is only available at limited times — Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 12:30pm till 3:30pm. If Muir Woods offers an opportunity to soak up the quiet majesty of nature, Point Bonita is a place where you can appreciate the power of the elements, and the bravery of those who chose to navigate the very edge of our coastline.

For more information, visit the National Park Service website.

Tomales Bay Oyster Company

Photocredit Eugene Kim used under Creative Commons license (Attribution 2.0)

From peaceful trees to wide-open ocean waters, there are opportunities to experience nature in the raw throughout our coastline and all around Marin County. You can also experience a briny taste of nature with Tomales Bay oysters, a local delicatessen that can be found on restaurant menus throughout the Bay. However, many Marin residents would tell you that they’re best enjoyed picnic style. You can buy direct from the Tomales Bay Oyster Company on Friday afternoons, and through the weekend, or visit the Marshall Store and Oyster Bar and enjoy seafood fresh from our own Marin shores.

Check ahead of time for hours and availability with the Tomales Bay Oyster Company, where you can also check out some recommended picnic locations nearby (the Oyster Company no longer offers its own picnic tables). You can also visit the Marshall Store online.

These are Marin experiences that many save and travel to enjoy on vacation. For those of us who live in Marin, they’re local treasures that merit sharing with friends and visitors, and reminders of what makes Marin a special place to call home.

Laura Slanec
Marin County Real Estate Agent
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Drysdale Properties

Telephone: +1 415.606.1466
Fax: +1 415.479.5067

DRE #: 01914618

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