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karenincalifornia Says: I like these trails because they follow well maintained fire roads, and aren't outrageously steep like the killer hills closest to my house. Not all the trails permit bikes, so make sure you know where you are going. As a general rule, you are fine on any of the fire roads....
karenincalifornia Says: Just north of Novato are hundreds of acres of open space with beautiful hiking trails. I like the Mount Burdell area because of its natural beauty and feeling of being in a remote area. The hike goes through bay laurel forests, over streams, and through grassy meadows dotted...
karenincalifornia Says: Las Guitarras has pretty good Mexican food, although like most Bay Area Mexican restaurants, the food it serves is not spicy. However, it is tasty enough, and the margaritas are fairly good. The restaurant is located in a small cottage (not your typical stucco building). It...
The park is located three miles north of Novato on U.S. 101. The entrance is accessible only to southbound traffic from Highway 101. Northbound vehicles should continue north past the park and make a safe U-Turn at San Antonio Road, in order to travel south and enter the park.
Written Oct 4, 2002
On Tuesdays, from 4 to 7, during the Summertime, a few blocks off of Grant Avenue are closed for the Farmer's Market. There you can buy the freshest fruits, vegetables, baked goods and some delicious roasted chickens or barbecue... a great way to do your shopping!
What to buy: Whatever is fresh and sweet and ripe.
What to pay: Less than the grocery stores
Written Jun 27, 2004
karenincalifornia Says: Marin County is made up of 19 separate public school districts. Like the rest of Marin County, Novato strongly supports its public school district and is willing to tax itself to supplement the substandard funding provided by the State of California. Novato recently passed a...
There are numerous horse stables in Novato, but my favorite is Willow Tree Stables. There you can take lessons in Western and English style riding, as well as rent horses for a trail ride (the stables provides a leader for the trail ride). In the Summer, they have Sunset rides where you can ride up the hills and along the ridges to watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean.
Monte, the owner, is a great teacher and skilled horsewoman. Highly recommended!
Equipment: Wear boots with a heel, so your feet can be snug in the stirrups and wear long pants. A hat and sunscreen are good if you're riding in the sun a lot.
Written Jun 17, 2004
Address: 2901 Vineyard Road, Novato, CA 94947
Phone: (415) 897-8212
Favorite thing: Novato, California is the northernmost city in Marin
County, approximately twenty-nine miles north of San Francisco
and thirty-seven miles northwest of Oakland. Novato covers twenty-eight
square miles. As of the 2000 Census, Novato has a population of 47,630
which is 76.3% White, 13.1% Hispanic, 5.1% Asian, 1.9% Black and 3.6%
all other races.
The highest point in Novato is Mt. Burdell at 1,558 feet. The
elevation in downtown Novato is 18 feet. The mean annual temperature
is 67 degrees, with an average minimum of 46 degrees and an average
maximum of 71 degrees. Rainfall averages approximately 27.5 inches
per year. Novato is California's 151st largest city.
The City of Novato was incorporated on January 20, 1960 as a general
law city. The City Council is made up of five members, elected
at large, serving four-year terms. The Mayor is selected for a
one-year term from among the members of the City Council. The
City operates under a council-manager form of government. The
City Council appoints the City Manager, City Attorney and City Clerk.
*Picture courtesy of marin.org.
Updated Jun 17, 2004