It might still be a bit chilly in San Francisco but in Marin county, it’s warming up with the sweet aroma of romance. The area has a variety of experiences and romantic offerings for lovebirds looking to escape for a night or two. Leave your cares behind and head north for a memorable getaway with the one you adore. From sea to city, redwoods to romance, we have you covered with these four incredible destinations in Marin.
Mill Valley Inn
If you blink, you could easily miss this remarkably well-appointed inn located in the bustling heart of Mill Valley. From the outside, all that is visible is a driveway and a single door, but beyond that is a magical piece of land complete with towering redwoods, creek, and romantic bridge. Along with 22 charming rooms, two cottages, there is a main lounge that hosts nightly wine and cheese hours for guests. Every morning the lounge serves a wonderful complimentary breakfast as well. Ask for the sunny Creek House Penthouse Suite or a Balcony King room where you’ll get a private balcony and fireplace. For a super cozy stay, book one of the cottages. Mill Valley has a delicious cornucopia of restaurants to choose from, but for a truly romantic evening set your sights on Piatti with delicious Italian cuisine and waterfront views.
The Panama Hotel & Restaurant
Don’t let the name fool you. The hotel is nowhere near Panama, actually, it is in downtown San Rafael. Since 1926 the hotel has been in operation and its name was changed to The Panama Hotel by a bohemian couple who loved the 1942 movie “Panama Hattie.” Since 1984, the hotel has been owned by Dan Miller and his family who have kept the eclectic vibe alive and well. Brunch at the hotel has been a local favorite for generations. For a super romantic stay, book the Bordello Room or Honeymoon Room.
The Lodge at Point Reyes
Built by a master craftsman, the Lodge is a superb example of leveraging the beauty of nature through design. Each room has been thoughtfully created using wood, seashells, stone, and driftwood. With cathedral windows in many of the suites, it is easy to believe that your room is an extension of nature’s magnificence. You can’t go wrong with any room, but for the romantics, I suggest the Casa Olema Cottage, where you have your own private hot tub overlooking the creek and cozy fireplace. For a spectacular view from your bed, request the 2-story Sir Francis Drake Suite with its dramatic chandelier and opulent king size bed. The place to dine is the legendary Sir and Star, which is just across the street. There, you’ll experience a world-class meal with a preset 4-course meal created weekly depending on what’s in season. Sir and Star offers the most darling rooms upstairs, each decorated with a zeal for style and old school rustic charm. Truly impressive.
For the ultimate romantic getaway, steal away to Nick’s Cove perched on the edge of Tomales Bay. Everything that you could possibly want is at Nick’s. On arrival, a platter of Nick’s signature BBQ oysters are delivered to your room and your luxurious adventure begins. Before sunset, grab a cocktail and stroll down to the pier to the Boat Shack and indulge in a scrumptious meal created with locally sourced protein, homegrown produce, honey, and eggs. End the evening with s'more’s around the bonfire. In the morning, breakfast is delivered to your cottage. Many couple’s favorite cottages include Al’s and Fly Fisherman’s.