352. Hike to Muir Beach Overlook on Coastal Trail

The California Coastal Trail is a network of trails along the California coastline that, when complete, will stretch for 1,200 miles over 15 counties from one end of the state to the other. There is a section of the Coastal Trail immediately south of Muir Beach with little peninsulas of land jutting out into the Pacific with especially dramatic views. It is accessible from the southern end of Muir Beach via a steep approximately 20-30 minute climb (depending on your pace and how frequently you stop to take photos).

My friend, Beth Taska, told me that this hike is one of the favorites of all of the out-of-state visitors she has. So, I figured I had to check it out, and was really glad I did. Here’s my video from the overlook and, by the way, note how silent it is – amazing! Video from Muir Beach overlook on the Coastal Trail

Parking is free and easy in the Muir Beach parking lot. Cross the new (and gorgeous) bridge and then follow the signs to the coastal trail rather than to the beach.

Where: Coastal Trail from Muir Beach to the south, Muir Beach, CA 94965 (map)

FREE Barbershop Quartet TODAY at Bill’s Barbershop at 4:30

How often do you get to hear a old fashion barbershop quartet? Come today and check out an outstanding Barbershop Quartet at Bill’s Barbershop at 4:30. (12/18/14)

It’s free! Bill’s is located at 475 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur

And while your there – get a haircut – He’s a 4 1/2 star on Yelp.

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415-924-2116

348. Vasco

My colleague, Kathy Bloodworth, of Kathy Bloodworth Interior Design, and I wrapped up our meeting with a new client today and made a last minute decision to grab a quick and early dinner in downtown Mill Valley; she suggested Vasco. Since Mill Valley is long her stomping grounds, she’s been here countless times over the years and knows both the owner, Paul, and his brother-in-law and bartender, Steve. Kathy describes it as “a real locals’ hang-out”, which I feel is among the highest compliments a restaurant can get.

Vasco has been a successful restaurant for over a dozen years, replacing several restaurants that didn’t stand the test of time. It has built a loyal following by having a solid and tasty Italian menu with high quality ingredients and very friendly service. I like being able to eat at a bar where you can order anything from the menu, not just drinks and appetizers, and if you feel like hot mint tea (which I did), they’ve got that, too. It feels very cozy and pub-like in that way.

We enjoyed their crunchy fried calamari first and then split their pizza verdura, which had just the right roasted veggies and tangy tomato sauce. I look forward to my next visit!

Where: 106 Throckmorton Street, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (map)

Hours:

  • Sun – Thur: 5:00 – 10:00
  • Fri – Sat: 5:00 – 11:00

Phone: 415.381.3343

website: www.vascomillvalley.com (currently down – hope to see it back up soon!)

Time to Train Your Dragons for FREE – December 22nd

Ok, if you have missed taking your kids to see How to Train Your Dragon 2 in the movie theater you have another chance!

Mill Valley Library is hosting a FREE viewing on December 22nd from 2:30-4:00.  The library is located at 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley.

This is the second installment in a trilogy. When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Rated PG. 102 Minutes. All Ages.

Free popcorn!

Marin Men’s Chorus and SF Glee Kids Chorus This Sunday!

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I know we are all busy running from party to party but if you have time this is a great event!

The Marin Mens Chorus will be joined by over 50 children from the San Francisco Glee Kids Chorus for their annual high spirited holiday concert.

The event will be at the Marin Showcase Theater, #10 Avenue of the Flags in the Civic Center. It will be from 1-5 on Sunday 12/14/14.
Cost – $10 and Children 12 and under are FREE!

Come get in the spirit!

More information at:

http://www.marin.org/calendar/event_desc.cfm?mockey=24327

Come bring the Kids to the Mill Valley Winterfest

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The Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce has rescheduled the 2014 Enjoy Mill Valley Winterfest event to Sunday, December 7, 11am–Sunset in the downtown Depot Plaza.
You will enjoy  a fun snow hill, live entertainment, an array of family-friendly activities and great food and drinks from the likes of Piazza D’Angelo, Sweetwater Café, and Equator Coffees & Teas

There will even be a tree lighting!

Check it out on: http://www.enjoymillvalley.com/winterfest.html

The Birds will be Grateful!

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Come bring the whole family for a morning of fun and work in one of the most beautiful places in Marin. You will not only get to be right on the water but you can stare at the magnificent Lyford House and the San Francisco bay while you’re working away.  But the best part is how grateful the birds will be to you!
On November 22, 2014 – 9:00am12:00pm come for a morning of restoration and clean-up at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary.  You may be removing trash, invasive plants, or helping with restoration projects.
Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. No animals
Adult and child liability release forms are available on our website. FREE program. RSVP: 388-2524.
Phone:

RSVP: (415) 388-2524

Location

Richardson Bay Audubon Center

376 Greenwood Beach Road

Tiburon, CA