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Vine to Wine Napa and Sonoma Day Trip with Tastings and Organic Winery Tour
"After pickup from your San Francisco hotel relax on a comfortable drive north to wine country. Travel across the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoy sweeping views of San Francisco Bay Alcatraz and the city skyline. Wind through the coastal mountains of the Marin Headlands and along the base of Mt Tamalpais leaving the rush of the city behind and setting the pace for a relaxing day out in the country. Get ready for a day of wine tastings in Sonoma and Napa Valley!Once in Sonoma County admire the rolling hills and beautiful valleys that have supplied the world with fantastic wines for more than 60 years. Your professional guide will describe the region and its wine in detail so that you can truly appreciate your experience.Your where you'll hop on a 45-minute tram tour to enjoy up-close views of the biodynamic vineyards fermentation facility and crush pad. This intimate tram tour lets you follow the winemaking process from the roots to the glass and see how wine is made
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"Explore Marin County: Private Sausalito
Muir Woods and Seaplane Tour""Explore Marin County: Private Sausalito Muir Woods and Seaplane Tour from San Francisco ""Your luxurious morning expedition begins with pickup from your hotel in the San Francisco area. Start your day with complimentary coffee or tea and a croissant bagel or scone made locally in Marin. Enjoy a narrated drive to Sausalito where your private group will board a comfortable seaplane. Have photos taken with your plane before taking to the skies over San Francisco. Your pilot shares facts and anecdotes a see more of the Marin Headlands by private vehicle including Hawk Hill and Mount Tamalpais
From $222.00
 
Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour by Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
"This Muir Woods tour takes you across the Golden Gate Bridge into the picturesque coastal town of Sausalito and to the famous redwood trees of Muir Woods. Enjoy a scenic ride through the Marina neighborhood of San Francisco before stopping at the Palace of Fine arts for a great photo opportunity.Feel the w smell the salt in the air and get the best view of the San Francisco Bay as you cross the 1.7 mile span of the Golden Gate Bridge. Another photo opportunity awaits at the northernmost part of the Golden Gate Bridge before heading into the beautiful coast especially for their artistic community galleries shopping and restaurants.Following Sausalito the tour winds up through the scenic Highway 1 past Mount Tamalpais and through the hills and forests of Marin County. In Muir Woods National Monument Park
From $60.00

Marin County Center Tips (6)

Library

Public library at the Marin County Civic Center. Not a spectacular collection, but what a great spot for a library, the room is right underneath the cupola of this amazing building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright! By the way, not sure if 'my' library (Radboud University) had these machines back then in 2009 but if not we have since bought exactly the same 3M lending machines.

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Apr 17, 2016

Exterior #3

Exterior of the Marin County Civic Center at San Rafael, California by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Such an impressive sight. A bit of a cliche perhaps, but to me it made the impression of a stranded intergalactic spaceship (it was indeed a film location for the sci-fi movie Gattaca in 1997).

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egonwegh
Nov 13, 2015

Exterior #2

Another picture of the exterior of the Marin County Civic Center at San Rafael, California by Frank Lloyd Wright. Here you can see how the building is situated in a park like landscape and yet it is easily accessible by car.

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egonwegh
Nov 13, 2015

Restaurant

Restaurant at the Marin County Civic Center. Notice the architectural details, the round windows that are one of the typical features of this building can also be seen in this picture. I had soup with Mexican meatballs for lunch here.

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Nov 13, 2015
 
 
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Marin County Center

The Center is hard to miss. Just off Hwy 101 in San Rafael the large peach colored building with the blue roof sticks out like a sore thumb. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, he is said to have taken the idea from the surrounding landscape. Once you try to see the building as a hill and the roof as the sky it kind of makes sense. This is the only Wright building I have been in and the cohesiveness of design is the first thing to strike you. From the lights outside to the door handles to the atrium and gardens there is nothing over looked or left out of the overall design. Though this is a working government building there are docents available to give tours. We just did a quick walk through and even that was impressive. If you want to see Wright in action this is a good place to visit.

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Oct 29, 2006

Model of the Marin County Civic Center

Model of the Marin County Civic Center, to be found inside the building in one of the corridors. It shows the center itself and the way it is constructed to blend in with the surrounding landscape.

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Mar 03, 2010

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Things to Do Near Marin County Center

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San Rafael Mission

Originally a sub mission to San Francsico's Mission Dolores, San Rafael Arcángel was established as an independent mission in 1822. In 1834 San Rafael's mission was the first to be secularized by the...
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China Camp Park

Buckeye Point is part of China Camp State Park. I like this spot, kinda, because it is a short walk to the water, and it has an outdoor shower. Also a restroom. It's hardly used so there normally are...
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Muir Woods

LOOKING UP AT THE TREES ACTUALLY MADE ME DIZZY ...LOVED OUR LITTLE WALK TO LOOK AROUND BEFORE WE WENT TO SAN FRAN. THE TREES ARE HUGE AND NO PICTURE CAN DO THEM JUSTICE. IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG .. I...
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Sausalito

Riding over the bridge, the views are expansive over the harbour (pic 4) and when you reach the other side you can look back and see the bridge from a different angle (pic 5). So, as you descend the...
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Golden Gate Bridge

During the Civil War, advances in artillery proved that masonry forts in the style of Fort Point were unable to withstand bombardment by heavy ordinance. Consequentially, the period following the war...
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Alcatraz

It's a must do, in San Francisco - the visit to Alcatraz. For those acquainted to its history, the audio tour hits the purpose of, more than describing the place, to create a vivid sense of the old...
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