Posted in Blogging Marin on Monday, December 12, 2016 by MCVB Staff
By Megan Eileen McDonough
Marin County may be home to the famous Mount Tamalpais and a picture-perfect national seashore of over 80 miles, but don’t limit your trip to the spring and summer. Due to Marin’s microclimate, temperatures never drop too low, so all you need is a warm sweater and coat. Plus, many of Marin’s top attractions aren’t as crowded in the winter, so you’ll likely have a more personalized and intimate experience. Here are five activities to keep you warm and full of wonder this winter.
Warm Up With a Wildlife Walk
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the great outdoors. Marin doesn’t get all that cold, but there’s definitely a cool chill in the air. Warm your body up with a walking tour. Coastal Walkers offers a few different routes that take participants to some of Marin County’s best viewpoints—the Muir Woods, Mount Tamalpais, Sausalito and Baker Beach, to name a few. Remember to wear comfortable walking shoes, as you’ll be walking on different terrain throughout, and layer up to keep warm.
Make Time for ‘Tea Time’
Marin County has no shortage of cute and cozy cafes to pop into throughout the day. That said, Desta Art & Tea Gallery is something truly special. Located in the heart of downtown San Anselmo, the gallery features artwork from local artisans and designers, with an emphasis on teaware. A stroll through the gallery takes you past a mixture of paintings, photography, sculpture, pottery and handblown glass. Take things a step further by arranging a private tea tasting. Your body will be warmed up in no time.
Wine and Dine Your Way Warm
Sometimes the only thing you need to warm up is a hearty meal and a glass of wine. Marin’s proximity to wine country coupled with many farm-to-table restaurants means you’re in for a real treat…literally. Gourmet Food & Wine Tours currently offers four tours, each in a different location: Sonoma, Sausalito, Napa and Tiburon. Tours are all inclusive, meaning you’ll receive half a glass of local wine at every stop, not to mention plenty of delicious bites. If you’re only interested in food, there’s a food-only rate.
Get Cultured at Marin MOCA
Even though Marin never gets too cold, winter is the perfect excuse to check out some of the county’s indoor attractions. There are a handful of museums in Marin, the Museum of Contemporary Art being among the most frequented. MOCA has both permanent and temporary exhibits, so there’s always the opportunity to get schooled in a new art form. For something a bit more interactive, sign up for an immersive art class, like the Monday Painting Group.
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth on a Chocolate Tour
Come the new year, most people try their best to cut sweets from their diet, but you’ll want to make an exception in Marin. Walk Marin has its very own chocolate tour that takes participants to some of the county’s best cafes in two quaint towns. Sip on chocolate espresso, sample spicy dark chocolate and immerse yourself in Marin’s other magical desserts. Tours typically start at 1 p.m. and finish up at 4:30 p.m.