Establishment neighborhood
goop Marin
2215 Larkspur Landing Cir, Unit 25A, Larkspur, CA 94939
When thinking about where we wanted to settle in Northern California after a too-long stint away, only one place truly felt right: the Marin Country Mart. Designed in collaboration with Orange County–based firm ViaClover—using a team of best-in-class vendors, including Fromental, Stuga Studio, Volker Haug Studio, Zia Tile, and Haus Plant—our 1,300-square-foot space is everything we dreamed of and more. Stacks of G. Label sweaters sit next to casual-cool accessories, like Janessa Leone hats, classic Ray-Bans, and big-buckle Birkenstocks. Gems from Nancy Runsdorf, Hoorsenbuhs, and Eriness sparkle from within illuminated glass cases. And in the center of the store, a light-filled beauty room—complete with a bespoke travertine sink—brims with bottles of Sleep Milk and Peptide Serum, along with other cult-favorite products from Augustinus Bader, Dr. Barbara Sturm, Vintner’s Daughter, and more.
The Junction
226 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley
San Francisco is a city to revel in the nature that envelops it. Hikes, bike rides over the bridge, general outdoorsy behavior is what weekends in Northern California are all about. The Junction hits the jackpot when it comes to a big, family-friendly beer garden with fantastic food and brews on tap. Pile around an outdoor table after a long hike and order a slew of pizzas from Pizza Hacker (they’re amazing, promise). Images courtesy of Jess Paul.
Point Reyes
About an hour and a half north of San Francisco proper, Point Reyes is a popular day trip for great hiking and sea kayaking (there's also good camping here, though campsites can only be reached by foot so it's best to steer clear unless you have some backpacking experience). The park is famous for its historic lighthouse, which also happens to be an excellent place to whale watch and see elephant seals in the summer months. Point Reyes is home to some of the area's best hiking—we like to send first-timers to the Bear Valley Visitor Center, where you can find an education center and plenty of rangers to fill you in on interesting facts and help you get your bearings when it comes to the many hiking trails that leave from that point. History geeks might want to take a detour near the town of Inverness on the way up, where you can explore the beached remains of the SS Point Reyes, which shipwrecked in Tamale Bay more than 100 years ago. Remember to bring some cash to cover entrance fees.
Tennessee Valley
Tennessee Valley Rd., Marin
The Tennessee Valley is in the same direction as Muir Beach (over the Golden Gate bridge and along Highway 101), and its' encyclopedic list of hiking trails is another excellent way to explore the Golden Gate Recreation area. Advanced hikers can explore the hills around the valley while beginners and families can take the almost two-mile trek to a little cove—locals know it's best to time a hike with the low tide when you can actually see the shipwrecked engine of the SS Tennessee, which sunk near the beach in 1853. In the spring, the valley is home to gorgeous wildflowers, including buttercups and poppies, and in the summer and through early fall you can find fruit on the blackberry bushes. Remember: No dogs allowed.
Muir Beach
Highway 1, Marin
Just across Highway 101 and over the Golden Gate Bridge, Muir Beach is an easy (but still totally idyllic) day trip from the city. The beach itself is a classic Northern California cove, with tall rocks and green hills on either side and boulders jutting up from the shallows—the surrounding area is home to plenty of wildlife, too. In the colder months, take the long pedestrian trail from the parking lot to the coastal trail and hike along the cliffs, which offer gorgeous views of the beachfront; be sure to pack layers, as winds can get cold. In the warmer months, it's perfect for sunbathing, and there's even a clothing-optional sunbathing and skinny dipping area past the line of rocks on the northernmost end of the beach. Afterwards, grab lunch at the Pelican Inn, a traditional English-style pub in the tiny nearby town.
International Orange Marin
2421 Larkspur Landing Cir., Marin
We love this sleek, supremely restful spa. The facials are superb; the In Fiore Facial starts with a deep cleanse, followed by their coveted Slap, Tap, and Roll facial massage and a brightening peel.. And we’re equally obsessed with Bright Eyes, a powerful collagen-supporting therapy for the undereye area that soothes and tightens. The lounge has a cozy fireplace, as well as organic teas and delightful chocolates to nosh on while relaxing. The outside deck, with its lounge chairs and incredible view of the bay, is a blissful way to ease back into reality post-treatment.