Welcome to Mill Valley
A hip and upbeat town close to San Francisco and minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge
Mill Valley is an affluent small town with lots of character and rich history and is situated at the base of Mt. Tamalpais. Its chic and funky vibe is reflected in its diverse collection of architecture that lines its quaint streets. Easy access to San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge makes it a convenient location for commuters. It features neighborhoods of luxurious custom hillside homes with remarkable views and homes that sit on flat land. Natural creeks run endlessly throughout the town.
Downtown Mill Valley features a collection of family-owned businesses, including cozy coffee shops, trendy clothing boutiques, and locally sourced eateries. Residents tend to be heavily community-oriented, and local business is cherished. An abundance of natural beauty provides plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation, including hiking, biking, golfing, and kayaking, as well as easy access to the beach. It is an excellent place for families seeking a small-town feel among Marin’s sylvan rolling hills.
What to Love
Hip shopping and dining
Lowkey and upbeat atmosphere
Luxury custom hillside homes
Plenty of outdoor recreation
Minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge and close to San Francisco
Easy access to the beach
Mill Valley residents enjoy access to an abundance of indoor and outdoor recreational activities that are fun for the whole family. Outdoor activities like hiking, biking, golfing, and kayaking are especially popular. Annual local arts festivals bring the community together to celebrate the town’s enduring creative spirit.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Mill Valley is known for offering a myriad of hip eateries. Watershed Mill Valley is a unique restaurant in a historic sawmill that sits over a creek. It specializes in serving delicious and innovative California cuisine using only the finest locally sourced ingredients. Popular menu items include the Hanger Steak Salad and the “Herbaceous Pizza.” Boo Koo Restaurant also prides itself on strictly using locally sourced ingredients. It serves cuisine inspired by Southeast Asian street food. Diners go crazy for menu items like the Miso Glazed Mahi Mahi and the Norcal Pad Thai.
Piazza D’Angelo is a popular family-owned restaurant that specializes in southern Italian cuisine. It is known for its wood-fired pizza, fresh pasta, antipasti, prime meats, and fresh, locally sourced fish. Tamalpie is an artisan pizzeria and Italian restaurant with a full craft beer and signature cocktail bar. It strictly uses locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, except for the flower that is imported from Italy! Buckeye Roadhouse is another culinary gem in Mill Valley. Diners enjoy rustic lodge-style dining, a full bar, and a menu full of delicious eats. Specializing in traditional American fare with a local twist, standout dishes include the Bacon Wrapped Petit Filet Mignon and the Spiced Rubbed Salmon.
Things to Do
Mill Valley residents enjoy access to an abundance of recreational activities and fun events for the whole family. The Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival is a longstanding tradition in the community. Every year, locals and visitors from all over the Bay area gather at historic Old Mill Park to celebrate the community’s creative spirit in an exhibition of local art, live music, and food. Old Mill Park is set in a Redwood grove and is a popular family destination. It is the site of the first lumber mill in the SF Bay area and features a playground, an amphitheater for theater and music performances, a picnic area and barbeque equipment, and the historic Reed Mill. Mill Valley Film Festival is another fun annual event that celebrates Mill Valley’s artistic flair.
Camino Alto Open Space Preserve is just a six-minute commute from downtown. It offers residents and visitors the opportunity to explore and enjoy Mill Valley’s scenic natural landscape of 170 acres of preserved natural habits, including grasslands and woodlands. Hikers, bicyclists, and horseback riders enjoy picturesque scenes of horses grazing the hillsides and views of Mt. Tam and San Francisco.
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