Now that the weather is getting warmer and nature is coming alive, it’s the perfect time to get the girls together for a weekend getaway just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. What’s great is that passports aren't needed, nor are long flights to different time zones. Just across the bridge is a wonderland of new experiences that are just an hour away. Because of the bevy of options that Marin County has to offer, it’s easy to create the perfect weekend for a group of like-minded friends. Here is a list of spectacular sojourns that cater to different types of girlfriends—from restful weekends to cardio-charged getaways, Marin has got it all.
Mountains and Massages
Known for pampering guests and their 105-year-old restaurant, the Mountain Home Inn is an iconic destination loved by both locals and global jet setters. It is a beautiful property perched on a mountain ridge overlooking Muir Woods and Mount Tamalpais. Four of the suites have Jacuzzi tubs in the rooms, along with fireplaces. They also have two resident massage therapists that can be booked for in-room body treatments. So, for the ultimate weekend of sweet luxury and self-care, there is no place better in Marin than this slice of heaven. It is perfect for girlfriends who want to spend the day active with hiking and biking, as well as for friends who just want mountain air and massages.
Blissful Bed & Breakfast
The Inn at Roundstone Farm was lovingly built by an Irish family that wanted to offer guests a truly peaceful getaway. Each room has a fireplace and plush beds. The property is home to horses, a pond filled with frogs, native birds, and sweeping views. The inn is ideally situated at the gateway to the Point Reyes National Seashore. Girlfriends can spend the weekend exploring the miles of sandy beaches or for those who prefer art, they can join a Point Reyes Art Tour. Also, local stables rent horses and schedule daily trail rides. Kayaking is another favorite pastime of the area. Innkeeper Frank Borodic prepares a full country breakfast each morning. Breakfast includes fresh fruit, juices, homemade breads, and egg dishes. The inn feels like a home away from home with an expansive living room with its 16-foot ceilings, skylights, and huge glass windows overlooking the valley. It is the perfect place to end an evening with girlfriends.
Pool Party Weekend
For a retro weekend of cocktails by the pool, a stay at the Inn Marin is in order. The expansive inn has 70 pet-friendly guest rooms and suites on a resort-like setting in Novato. Spend a weekend poolside with drinks and meal service provided by Rickey’s Restaurant & Bar. No need to leave the property because not only do they offer room service, but the rooms also have kitchenettes, and there is 24-concierge service, as well as a fitness center. When the weather is nice, there is no place better than lounging by the pool with magazines and a fruity drink.
Tucked away in a wild English garden, near the coast is the Bear Valley Cottage. It is a quaint and quiet destination ideal for a low-key getaway for four girlfriends. The cottage comes equipped with a kitchen, which is perfect for girlfriends who are looking forward to a true escape from the outside world. For those who want to get out and explore, the area is rich in outdoor activities. One of the favorite tours for guests is the West Marin Food to Farm Tour, which offers private entry into places that are not open to the public. Epicurean delights abound as well. Just walking distance from the cottage is the Olema Farm House restaurant. Breakfast of fresh eggs, homemade yogurt, coffee, and muffins are provided every morning.