Explore Nature's Bounty for Less in Marin County

Posted September 11, 2009 by Jamie Moore

Ca-muirbeach-def Marin County is bursting with so many spectacular natural attractions that you can easily spend a few days here without spending much money. Settle in at a sustainable inn and then head out for an adventure on Marin's wild Pacific beaches. And be sure to take time to visit a seaside deli for an oyster feast you'll never forget.

Inn Marin: An extensive renovation recently earned this charming inn a "Bay Area Green Business" designation. You'll breathe easy in rooms painted with low VOC paint and fitted with beautiful and sustainable bamboo flooring. Snuggle into your bed covered in the softest bamboo duvet then start your day with a refreshing wash under the rainfall showerhead. The best part is the inn's location, just minutes away from Marin County's gorgeous beaches and mountains. Rooms usually start at about $135.

The Marshall Store: There's one way to recognize the tiny Marshall Store—the huge pile of oyster shells outside. Inside you'll find a menu featuring local oysters harvested from the beautiful bay just beyond the restaurant's balcony. Try them raw, Rockefeller style or, the favorite, barbecued. If oysters aren't your thing, dig into herbed clam chowder or a chunky deli sandwich made with local bread and cheese.

Muir Beach: One of the best places to explore Marin's wild Pacific wonder is along Muir Beach, a sandy strip located in the heart of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. On either end of the beach are towering cliffs, one with a lookout intrepid hikers can reach for spectacular 180-degree views. For an even better view, head to nearby Mount Tamalpais, famous for its redwood groves, 2,571-foot peak, and the Mountain Play, an annual performance in a one-of-a-kind mountain peak amphitheater. There's even a watering hole called The Pelican Inn, where locals and visitors go to recount the day's adventures, unwind over a pint, and indulge in authentic English pub food

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