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