Mill Valley Travel Guide

  • A view of Mt. Tamalpais
    A view of Mt. Tamalpais
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Mill Valley Things to Do

  • Muir Woods National Monument

    Located just 2.5 miles from Mill Valley and only 19kms north of San Francisco is the tranquil beauty of Muir Woods National Monument.Muir Woods is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and its 2.4km of paved trails provide a peaceful respite from the bustling world outside. You can if you have the time venture off the paved trails as...

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  • Mill Valley Art Galleries

    The beautiful town of Mill Valley has a very artistic feel and a number of art galleries to enjoy. One gallery I definitely recommend seeing is Robert Green Fine Arts in Throckmorton Ave. Different artists are highlighted throughout the year and the paintings are largely contemporary with an emphasis on colour which I personally love.During my stay...

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  • Waterfalls

    Winter is the best time to take the Steep Ravine hike. A good part of the hike goes along a creek. Because of change in elevation, most of the creek consists of cascading waterfalls. Sounds soothing - and would be, but the hike is moderately strenuous in parts due to steep elevation change.

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  • Spectacular Views

    I love the Steep Ravine hiking trail because the terrain is so diverse! Before descending into the ravine, the trail winds alongside the hills. Fabulous views of San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean will take your breath away!

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  • Forget the Stairmaster

    Steep Ravine hiking trail is only 3.5 miles long but it will give you a good workout. The trail has many steps - you will go down then up. It even has a ladder. The ravine is green and shaded all year round. We did the hike in 90 minutes.

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  • Beach, Hiking, Camping

    Mill Valley is the gateway to several fun activities:Drive to Stinson Beach and put a toe in the water. Too cold for much else than that. Hike or camp around Mt. Tam State Park. The hiking trails are gorgeous!Visit our famed Muir Woods - one of our redwood groves, which almost was destroyed when plans were made to build a rail line through it!

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Mill Valley Restaurants

  • Best food for well under $10 - a...

    When i travel, the only thing i miss is my Punjabi burrito. The owners are from the Punjab region of india and their food is prepared with love and care that you can taste! The burritos are wrapped in a naan bread with mango chutney, chick peas and a few other exciting tastes! It is a small restaurant with about three tables.You can also take your...

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  • The place to be seen in Mill Valley

    Piazza DÁngelo in the heart of Mill Valley is obviously the restaurant of choice for locals and tourists alike. I enjoyed a fabulous meal there recently but I would suggest booking ahead as this vibrant family run Italian eatery was packed with people mostly locals I would imagine.The restaurant has a fabulous Italian family dinner feel to it....

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  • Like in Italy

    This restaurant has been in the center of Mill Valley for almost 30 years. We went there when it first opened. The two brothers from Italy who started it are still there and doing a fabulous job! Just moved back to California and was excited it was still there, and was even better than I remember. It was absolutely packed with people. It looked...

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  • Marvelous food, intimate atmosphere

    Our first visit was for Valentine's Day. Instead of their standard, a la carte menu, they had a single prix fixe menu from which one could choose from a variety of tasty sounding dishes. The tables all had long-stem red roses, had heart-shaped confetti spread upon them and the ceiling was filled with red, white and heart shaped mylar baloons. The...

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  • Excellent food, poor service

    The Dipsea Cafe in Mill Valley is one of two restaurants in Marin County. It is named for the famous Dipsea Trail/Dipsea Race from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and it's good, local, hearty fare at a decent price. The restaurant is decorated in classic Americana and has a warm, open, friendly feel. I visited...

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  • Pizza in the heart of Mill Valley's...

    Stefanos is a wonderful pizzeria in the heart of downtown Mill Valley. A long time sponsor of Little League, Girlscouts and other charities, Stefanos not only serves a great pizza but does so with a conscious! Stefanos pizza is a local teen fave and kids often hang out during the weekends in or around Stefanos. The pizza, which can be bought by the...

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Mill Valley Shopping

  • Lots of Choice

    If you dont fancy a restaurant meal you can pick up something prepared and ready to eat from the Mill Valley Market. This gourmet market is a one stop shop for the weary traveller incorporating a supermarket, gourmet delicatessen and wine cellar. You can even buy gifts to take home.I chose a curry from the good variety of pre-prepared dishes. The...

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  • Vinyl Heaven!

    You may have never heard of it, but record collectors around the world know about Village Music. It is not uncommon to see the likes of Elvis Costello or (the late) Joe Strummer in here, digging throught the racks next to the local music nuts. The walls are covered with memorabilia from all eras, and the huge split level space is CRAMMED with...

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Mill Valley Off The Beaten Path

  • Some of the Mill Valley views

    Many of the Mill Valley homes are situated at the base of, or crawling up Mount Tamalpais, though of course there are homes in the valleys, themselves. An interesting point of fact is that streets for the hill homes are almost all very old, very narrow and filled with pot-holes. Funny, as the cost of a CHEAP house in Mill Valley (i.e. one that...

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  • Walk along the Tennessee Valley Trail

    One of my favorite walks. This is within the first half mile, where it's paved (for emergency vehicles). Not much farther towards the beach, the road becomes a trail. The trail ends at Tennessee Valley Beach, which is beautiful and wild and not somewhere you'd go swimming unless you had a death wish.This path was a favorite of my granny's, so we...

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