Visitors to San Francisco will find a different world just a few miles north of the Golden Gate bridge where charming communities boast recreation opportunities you might find in a state or national park.
That’s why Marin County is an attractive place to live — as much as half the acreage is in open space, so residents enjoy an endless selection of trails and visitas, all quite clost to home. It’s expensive to live here, all right, but then how many places offer you a multi-cultural city of sophistication on one side of the bridge, and quiet trails and solitude on the other? If you crave recreation in the Great Outdoors but drive a Mercedes, you just might be a Marin County resident.
What’s nice is that any of us can stop by and experience — for a weekend, anyway — this lifestyle for ourselves. We took a little time to visit the southern part of the county, setting up our base of operations at the San Anselmo Inn, a charming European-style lodging in Northern California’s antiquing capital, San Anselmo. It was easy to drive short distances from there to explore many nearby attractions and communities;
The San Anselmo Inn is on San Anselmo Avenue, an especially enchanting downtown street that gently winds its way through the town’s historic buildings. The streets in this area are narrow and buildings close together, so the European feeling extends well beyond the inn itself. On a bright fall weekday, a wide variety of shops and stores