Posted in Blogging Marin on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 by MCVB Staff
By Megan Eileen McDonough
Many travelers flock to Marin County for challenging hikes and spectacular views, but there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes. Marin is a cultural hub as much as it is an outdoor adventurer’s dream destination. From interactive museum exhibits and a printing studio that hosts workshops to working apple farms, there’s always an opportunity to learn something new. Here are five things you wouldn’t believe exist in Marin.
For parents of young children, this is a serious game changer. Geared toward traveling families, Kathleen and Meredith’s Babierge is the first tech platform that allows you to rent baby equipment that can be delivered and set up for you and your family. Through the service, parents can rent pretty much anything baby-related—full-size cribs, strollers, car seats, highchairs, Pack ’n Plays, toy packages and much more. Not handy? No problem! Their delivery team will do the heavy lifting.
As you might gather from its name, Ink.Paper.Plate is a printing studio and arts workshop based out of Point Reyes Station. They specialize in letterpress, linocut, monotype, etching, woodcut, screen printing and book arts. If you’re interested in the arts or eager to get your creative juices flowing, sign up for one of their workshops. Each session showcases artist-made goods and is suitable for all skill levels. Alternatively, attend one of their regularly scheduled community social gatherings.
Julia Adam Dance
While there’s no shortage of cultural attractions in Marin, an interactive tour with Julia Adam Dance is high on the list. Hailing from Canada, Julia Adam trained at the National Ballet School in Toronto and spent the next five years fine-tuning her craft at the National Ballet of Canada. Nowadays, she hosts an immersive, one-of-a-kind “elemental journey of the senses” that fosters community through art, food and the natural world. For example, this past July, “The Woodland Project” included a guided walk in the woods, a decadent feast and an unforgettable performance by world-class dancers—all outdoors.
Craving some fresh apple cider? We’ve got you covered. Located in Tomales, AppleGarden Farm specializes in heritage apple trees. Their popular estate hard cider is processed entirely on their farm. While life on the farm is always busy, AppleGarden does host weekend farm tours for locals and visitors. At only $5 per couple or $20 for groups of 15 or fewer (fee waived when you buy cider), you can sample their famous organic hard cider. You’ll also learn that apple picking is an artform for these farmers.
The Space Station Museum
While Marin’s Space Station Museum might seem random, it’s anything but. California is the birthplace of America’s spacecraft like the Apollo command module and the Hubble Space Telescope. Exhibits rotate periodically, with the majority being interactive. Kids love the museum because they learn about space exploration by stepping into scientists’ and astronauts’ shoes, so to speak. Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, the museum is the perfect reminder of how the United States is a leader in space travel.