Where the shores of Richardson Bay meet the slopes of Mount Tamalpais, about 14 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll find Mill Valley. The mid-sized town is equal parts urban and laid back, with eclectic restaurants, vibrant nightlife and unforgettable scenery.
Tourists come from around the world for Mill Valley’s food, hiking and cultural events. Here are a few of the main attractions.
Mill Valley Farmer’s Market. Sample local fare and buy the freshest fruits, vegetables and cheese every Friday year-round.
The Mountain Play. Mill Valley is home to one of the longest running theater groups in the county. They have been producing annual outdoor musicals in the Mt. Tam amphitheater since 1913.
Mill Valley Parks. 85 percent of Marin County is devoted to parkland, watersheds and agricultural use. Mill Valley’s parks have hiking trails, picnic areas and opportunities for biking.
Museums and historical sites. The Mill Valley Air Force Station was active during the Cold War. The Bolinas Museum gives glimpses into Mill Valley history. The Walt Disney Family Museum is all about Walt Disney.
Mill Valley and Wine Country
Mill Valley lies south of Napa and Sonoma wine countries, but it has the same rich soil. Mill Valley farmers are achieving their own worldwide notoriety for local wine and cheese. The Mill Valley Wine and Gourmet Celebration is a festival celebrated every summer since 1981. Every year it sells out because of tasting from premium wineries and breweries and food from local restaurants and chefs. Fine wine connoisseurs frequent Point Reyes Vineyards or enjoy the unique selection at Vintage Wine and Spirits.
Residents plan their weekends around the events that happen year-round. The Mill Valley Film Festival is an 11-day event by the California Film Institute that uses film to educate, entertain and inspire. The Mill Valley Philharmonic performs each summer throughout June honoring composers from around the world. The Marin Designers Showcase is an annual event where Mill Valley’s interior designers turn a Marin home into a showplace.
Mill Valley has a Mediterranean climate with damp winters and arid summers. It’s pleasant, but residents still need reliable heating, cooling and plumbing. Ongaro and Sons repairs furnaces, air conditioners, boilers and plumbing fixtures in Mill Valley and throughout the Bay Area. for friendly service and quality products.