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  • Mill Valley Under the Radar

    Despite its quasi-suburban and “under the radar” rep, Mill Valley has always drawn creative types. Here are some current faves to explore.

    • Feb 2017
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  • Creative History

    Smith & Hawken opened their first store here, as did Banana Republic and Tyler Florence, though it's far from a big-box suburb – parts of the town came into existence in the 1830s, when California was still Spanish territory and the area was used by ranchers and for logging. That old spirit is still palpable.

  • Mountain Home Inn

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    Hotel

    With it's stunning panoramic views, yummy food, and tons of trails as it sits right on Mt Tam, this spot is worth the 20 minute drive into town.

  • The Mill Valley Inn

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    Arcade

    Looking for a boutique hotel right in town? This is the perfect spot!

  • Mount Tamalpais State Park

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    Park

    Mt, “Tam,” as locals call it, has stunning views. Favorite bike trial: Hoo-Koo-e-Koo. Favorite hike/run: Blithedale Open Space, or the Dipsea/Sun Trail.

  • Mt Tam Protip

    The Dipsea trail takes you on a historical route – the 2nd oldest footrace in the United States goes along the Dipsea steps, which roughly trace a highly frequented historical foot route by local Miwok Native Americans between the Bay and the ocean.

  • Ambatalia

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    Gift Shop

    Embrace the "non-disposable life" with these lovely textiles. There's also a fire pit nearby for relaxing by in the evening!

  • Mint

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    Boutique

    Darling, sophisticated and funky - inspiring for aesthetes, young and old

  • Seven on Locust

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    Boutique

    Best chic boutique for clothes, accessories & interesting home goods. Nadine (the owner) has her finger on the boho-glam vibe. She's our local Kelly Wearstler!

  • Henrybuilt

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    Design

    Totally inspiring showroom (in a former light-bathed auto garage) for warm, beautiful, clean cabinetry and furniture.

  • El Paseo Restaurant

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    American

    The outdoor courtyard is cozy in the summer when the fog is rolling in and the small dining room has a terrific, old English tavern vibe.

  • Equator Coffees & Teas

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    Coffee Shop

    Good food, coffee and inspiration. Check out Proof Lab next door. They can hook you up with wetsuit rentals for Stinson or a sweet T shirt or flannel.

  • Molina

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    New American

    Feels like a Swedish alpine pub but w/ sophisticated SF food. Sit at the bar to admire the open cook fire & check the vintage album art to see what's spinning.

  • Mill Valley Beerworks

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    Brewery

    Best spot for a late night date - dark, minimal but cozy interiors featuring amazing small plates. Large scale seasonal brunches & florals lend an earthy vibe.

  • Throckmorton Theatre

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    Comedy Club

    Pop in for Tuesday comedy nights with Mark Pitta. Local resident Dana Carvey has headlined & Robin Williams used to perform (unannounced) regularly.

  • Sweetwater Music Hall

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    Concert Hall

    Steeped in Grateful Dead history, as well as performances by Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello and Carlos Santana. Come here see a local band, have drinks & eats.

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