Located at the gateway to Homestead Valley, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Mill Valley, our cottage is on a quiet street a block from the Miller Avenue shopping district, around the corner from Whole Foods Market, Marin Theater Company, and a variety of interesting shops and tasty restaurants including Mexican food at Joe’s Taco Lounge and Grilly’s , Japanese at Samurai, breakfast at funky Mama’s Royal Cafe and Mill Valley Coffee Shop, dessert at Swirl Frozen Yogurt.
Kids will enjoy Sycamore Park playground, swimming at the Mill Valley Community Center indoor pool with its giant water slide or outdoors May-October at the Homestead Valley pool.
A Golden Gate Transit bus stop is a block away, with service throughout the county and to San Francisco directly or via the Sausalito Ferry.
It’s a 3 minute drive or pleasant walk to Mill Valley’s charming downtown, with boutique shopping, dining, movie theater, bookstore, library, redwoods & playground at Old Mill Park and live music, theater & stand-up comedy. Annual events include the Dipsea Race, the oldest trail race in America; the Mountain Play at Mt. Tam’s splendid outdoor Greek theater: Shakespeare, film nights and the Fall Art Festival in Old Mill Park; and the celebrated Mill Valley Film Festival.
Sports & Outdoor Activities
We’re at the foot of Mt. Tamalpais, with many miles of gorgeous hiking, running and mountain biking trails. Hillside paths and steps link much of Mill Valley; with several on our street offering lovely & aerobic walks. The level, scenic multi-use San Francisco Bay Trail links Mill Valley to the picturesque bayfront towns of Tiburon and Sausalito. Premium mountain bike demo models can be rented a block away at Mt. Tam Bikes; less expensive bikes can be rented along the bike path in Sausalito and Tiburon. A yoga studio is a block away. Golf, tennis, indoor & outdoor swimming pools are all nearby; kayaking & sailing on the bay and swimming & surfing at the ocean are 15-40 minutes at most. Surfing lessons and rentals are available in Bolinas, a beautiful 40 minute drive. We’re close to Muir Woods and many beaches, including Muir Beach, Tennessee Valley, Rodeo Beach, Stinson Beach and the Marin Headlands. From bird watchers to whale watchers, the region is a haven for nature lovers.
Exploring the Bay Area
Napa and Sonoma wine country and the beautiful coast of West Marin are within 20 minutes to an hour. All the cultural attractions of San Francisco are just 9 miles away, across San Francisco’s number one tourist attraction, the Golden Gate Bridge.The East Bay cities of Berkeley and Oakland are 30-45 minutes.
We’re an hour from both San Francisco Airport, with bus transport to Mill Valley’s Manzanita Parking Lot, a 5 minute cab ride from the cottage; and Oakland Airport, with bus transport to central San Rafael, a 15 minute cab ride. Door-to-door van service is also available to both airports.