Posted in Blogging Marin on Monday, October 17, 2016 by MCVB Staff
By Megan Eileen McDonough
Heading to Marin this season? Make sure to download our Visit Marin app for the insider scoop, exclusive deals and, best of all, endless inspiration. Marin County can feel like a tough nut to crack—with dozens of hiking, biking and horseback-riding trails, restaurants galore, plus innovative art galleries and cultural institutions—but we like to think of it more as a clever challenge.
Make the most of your Marin trip by filtering activities based on your interest, budget or travel dates. Then, once you’ve sorted out your wishlist, skip the line with in-app deals. Here are a few of the app’s biggest perks.
Share the love. Marin love, that is.
This means choosing from Marin’s top activities, whether it be kayaking in Tomales Bay or exploring Point Reyes National Seashore. Each activity features inspirational photos and plenty of travel information to help you make the most of your trip. You can also share your Marin wishlist with friends via the app.
Earn points with every discovery.
As mentioned above, you can invite your friends to join your adventures via the app. Plus, you’ll earn rewards the more active you are on the platform. For each person who signs up from your invite, you’ll earn 1,000 points. So be social and share the app with your loved ones so they can follow along on your journey.
Yup, it’s kind of like a game! The more attractions you visit (say, monuments, hikes or even dining out), the more points you earn. Of course, this isn’t to say visiting Marin should feel like a competition, but it should be fun.
Find the locations of all your favorite Marin County activities, restaurants, events and more.
Similar to discovery apps, Visit Marin has all the essential info for just about any excursion. From browsing local tour operators and sports classes to making reservations at the hottest restaurant in town, everything you need to know is stored within the accompanying listing. If you don’t have a particular activity or restaurant in mind, you can simply search for nearby locations on the app’s interactive map.
Gain access to exclusive offers.
This perk is more helpful than you know, especially because Marin County doesn’t really have a low season (you can thank its year-round great weather)! So gaining access to exclusive offers, whether hotel deals or restaurant specials, will save you time and, more than likely, money.
In addition to exclusive deals, you can also browse items in the in-app marketplace. Naturally, you’ll earn points for any purchases. A few items currently up for grabs are Marin tote bags, the North Bay Farmers Markets Cookbook and a subscription to Edible Marin & Wine Country magazine.
Be the first to learn about exciting Marin County events, news and promotions.
In addition to gaining access to exclusive deals, the Visit Marin app ensures that you’re one step ahead of the crowd. For example, if you’re planning to visit Marin during the fall, you’ll be the first to learn of special winery dinners, harvest events and more.
A few of our personal favorites? Definitely Art Works Downtown, a monthly event that brings together locals, tourists and gallery owners for a fun-filled night of wine, snacks, music and, of course, art. You’ll also find plenty of upcoming festivals that only occur once a year, like the 60th annual Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival.