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Modern Life In & Around Marin County 2012


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When asked to select their favorite cultural icons, design hubs, and independent businesses, Dwell and Marin Magazine editors chose the following destinations as a guide for those on the Marin Home tour wishing to further explore Marin’s uniquely modern side.  To explore these modern destinations either scroll down or click on one of the following categories: Art & Architecture, Shops, Food, and Nature & Nightlife.

Share your favorite modern Marin County spots by clicking HERE. To see what other visitors have recommended either scroll down or click on the following: From Our Readers.


From Our Editors

Art & Architecture

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ART WORKS DOWNTOWN

The place “where artists and community connect” through exhibits, events, and classes.

artworksdowntown.org

1337 Fourth Street
San Rafael,CA

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AXE

A sleek modern space invites a Zen-like meal with organic, minimal dishes. 

axerestaurant.com

1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice,California

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BINOCULARS BUILDING

Frank Gehry’s famous building features binoculars designed by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. 

http://www.yelp.com/biz/binocular-building-venice

Main St & Rose Ave
Venice,California


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HEADLANDS CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Through artists’ residencies and public programs, this Sausalito non-profit seeks to “build understanding and appreciation for the role of art in society.”

headlands.org

944 Simmonds Road
Sausalito,CA

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HOTEL ERWIN

Stop for a cocktail and people-watching on the rooftop of this beachy boutique hotel

hotelerwin.com

1697 Pacific Ave
Venice,California

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MARIN COUNTY CIVIC CENTER

This Frank Lloyd Wright–designed structure in San Rafael was designed in 1957 and includes a dizzying skylit atrium and the famous golden spire.

co.marin.ca.us

3501 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael,CA

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MARIN SOCIETY OF ARTISTS

Each month, the Marin Society of Artists shows new paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography, jewelry, wood, and other media.

marinsocietyofartists.org

30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Ross,CA

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MILL VALLEY LIBRARY

Housed in a 1960s building by San Francisco architect Donn Emmons (known for his work on BART and Ghirardelli Square), the library hosts regular art lectures and creative writing workshops, and includes a special collection on sustainability.

millvalleylibrary.org

375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley,CA

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O’HANLON CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Founded in 1969 on a converted dairy farm in Mill Valley, the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts hosts exhibitions within several acres of woodland.

ohanloncenter.org

616 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley,CA


Food

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AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTE OF MARIN

Buy local. The institute manages eight farmers markets, including the third-largest in the state, the Sunday farmers’ market located just behind the Marin Civic Center.

agriculturalinstitute.org


San Rafael,CA

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BAR BOCCE

Pizza, beer, and po’ boys on the water in Sausalito. Plus a fire pit and a bocce ball court.

barbocce.com

1250 Bridgeway
Sausalito,CA

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CABLE CAR COFFEE

Along Redwood Highway in Mill Valley is a little red cable car doubling as a drive-through coffee bar with such menu items as Cream Delight and Double Yin Yang.

cablecarcoffee.com

773 Redwood Hwy
Mill Valley,CA

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FAIRFAX SCOOP

Head to Broadway Street in Fairfax for homemade Vanilla Honey Lavender, Mexican Chocolate, or other organic delights they fancy making that day. Cash only.



63 Broadway Blvd
Fairfax,CA

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FISH

Eating sustainable seafood is the mantra of Fish in Sausalito, which serves seafood and organic produce—simply consult the daily fish board.

331fish.com

350 Harbor Drive
Sausalito,CA

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GREEN GULCH FARM & ZEN CENTER

Also known as Green Dragon Temple (Soryu-ji), the Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center contains an organic farm and offers Zen meditation, Dharma talks, and tea ceremonies.

sfzc.org

1601 Shoreline Hwy
Muir Beach,CA

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JOE’S TACO LOUNGE

This year, the bustling local hangout celebrates 20 years of serving dishes that reference the flavors of Puerto Vallarta, San Miguel de Allende, and the Yucatán.

joestacolounge.com

382 Miller Avenue
Mill Valley,CA

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LYDIA’S KITCHEN

A colorful, sunny place to get your raw food on. Their cooked menu includes everything from crepes to curry.

lydiasorganics.com

31 Bolinas Road
Fairfax,CA

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SOL FOOD

Owner Sol Hernandez serves up authentic Puerto Rican cuisine, from free-range Pollo al Horno to plátanos and flan.

solfoodrestaurant.com

901 Lincoln Avenue
San Rafael,CA

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SUPER DUPER BURGER

Super Duper Burger has just arrived in Mill Valley—no need to cross the bridge for their Niman Ranch beef and garlic fries.

superdupersf.com

430 Miller Avenue
Mill Valley,CA

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SUSHI-RAN

A friendly Sausalito eatery offering a vibrant fusion of traditional Japanese and Pacific cuisine, with nods in both Michelin and Zagat.

sushiran.com

107 Caledonia Street
Sausalito,CA

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WEEZY’S GRASS FED SHED

Known for their delicious sliders, Weezy’s makes their burgers with grass-fed, antibiotic-free beef from Prather Ranch. Located in the Scotty’s Shopping Center in San Rafael.



621 A Del Ganado
San Rafael,CA


Nature & Nightlife

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MUIR WOODS

This stunning national monument is dominated by coastal redwoods and dotted with alders, California big leaf maples, tanoaks, and Douglas fir, and home to endangered coho salmon, Pacific wren, woodpeckers, owls, and deer.



Muir Woods National Monument
Mill Valley,CA

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STINSON BEACH

Avid hikers will want to start at Muir Woods, take the ancient Miwok trail through the redwoods and emerge at Stinson Beach, known for its houses right on the sand.

www.stinsonbeachonline.com


Stinson Beach,CA

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SWEETWATER MUSIC HALL

Just reopened thanks to backing from locals like Bob Weir, Sweetwater is vibrant again with live music.

sweetwatermusichall.com

19 Corte Madera Avenue
Mill Valley,CA


Shops

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CAESAR’S CYCLERY OF MARIN

Caesar Sr. has been in the biking business since 1968, and his sons now help him run the shop, which carries everything from mountain bikes to cruisers.

marinbikeshop.com

29 San Anselmo Ave.
San Anselmo,CA

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ERIC SCHOENBERG GUITARS

This tiny Tiburon haven, where the aim is to find “the right instrument for each customer,” offers an ever-changing stock, from an 1893 Martin to an electric Alembic Jerry Garcia tribute guitar.

om28.com

106 Main Street
Tiburon,CA

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FIG GARDEN

A favorite local stop on San Anselmo Avenue for modern home furnishings, jewelry, clothing, and bath products.



421 San Anselmo Avenue
San Anselmo,CA

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HEATH CERAMICS

From their factory in Sausalito, Heath Ceramics has been handcrafting and firing one-of-a-kind pieces for more than half a century, and has always prided itself on its familial atmosphere.

heathceramics.com

400 Gate Five Road
Sausalito,CA

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MILL VALLEY CANDLE WORKS

For this boutique’s handmade candles, Michael and Marni Salit use sublime waxes, essential oils, and botanical essences, with linen wicks imported from Germany.

mvcandleworks.com

202 Rosemont Avenue
Mill Valley,CA

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MINT

Adorable children’s clothes, chic accessories, and a gallery corner featuring local artists meld seamlessly in this Mill Valley boutique.

mintdesignplay.blogspot.com

167-B Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley,CA

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RUBY LIVING DESIGN

Selecting furniture from manufacturers dedicated to an eco-friendly philosophy, Ruby Living is a solid go-to for Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Safavieh, and Jonathan Adler.

rubyliving.com

1 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley,CA

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THE DEPOT BOOKSTORE AND CAFE

Located in the historic train depot in the heart of Mill Valley, the Depot Bookstore and Cafe is family owned and operated. Good selection of magazines.

depotbookstore.com

87 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley,CA



From Our Readers

Submit yours

Food

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CIBO
Reviewed by: Alex Moyle
A wonderful spot to grab a quick coffee, but an even better spot to enjoy a leisurely breakfast of brunch. The bright, open space is perfect for enjoying a newspaper or book on a Sunday morning.
http://cibosausalito.com/


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TAMALPIE PIZZA
Reviewed by: Sarah
Recently opened - the pizza and the space are great! Cannot get enough of that crust!
http://tamalpiepizza.com/


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