Where to Eat

With hundreds of dining options in Marin County, we’ve broken it down for you by town. If we missed your favorite let us know.

Where to Eat: Novato

Novato lies on the northern edge of Marin, with the advantage of being two steps to Sonoma County.

Where to Eat: Ross and San Anselmo

Ross and San Anselmo may appear a bit way out of the way on the map, but for those in the know, they’re just the right size, offering plenty of options for dining out.

Where to Eat: Sausalito

Easily dismissed as a tourist destination (and a worthy one at that), Sausalito is also home to an eclectic mix of families, artists, house boaters, and retirees.

Where to Eat: East Bay and San Francisco

Suffice it to say that the Bay area has no shortage of phenomenal dining options: street food, diners, ethnic eateries, celebrity chef and Michelin starred restaurants.

Where to Eat: Larkspur

Larkspur’s cozy downtown and Marin County Mart provide an impressive array of fine dining, trendy hot spots, wine bars, and al fresco dining.

Where to Eat: San Rafael

Sprawling, gritty, and gentrified, San Rafael's dining activity centers mostly in the downtown grid and waterfront enclaves, with outliers trickling towards Miracle Mile and north to suburban Terra Linda.

Where to Eat: Fairfax

Perched on the line between Central and West Marin, the small town of Fairfax comfortably straddles new and old Marin with a mix of bohemian hippies, young families, and trendy hot spots.

Where to Eat: Tiburon

Once you drive down the peninsula to the Tiburon tip, you will ask yourself why you don’t go there more often.

Where to Eat: Mill Valley

Stretching from Baltimore Canyon to the San Francisco Bay, with mountains, flats, and Highway 101 in between, there are good eats to be had for every appetite.

Calendar of Events

Aug
12
Mon
Vive @ Novato, California
Aug 12 2019 – Nov 24 2020 all-day
Vive @ Novato, California | | |

A free style dance where you can feel free to move the way you like. All the family is welcome

Oct
16
Wed
Sustainable Success Summit @ Virtual
Oct 16 2019 – Oct 1 2020 all-day
Sustainable Success Summit @ Virtual | | |

Explore What’s Possible

Be part of the movement of women who receive more by doing less, while honoring their ambition and using their voice as a vehicle for change.

Get to know a dynamic group of female entrepreneurs who are doing things differently

In this virtual summit, we explore self-care by slowing down, trusting ourselves, and getting off the hamster wheel to create a life of our own making.

Jan
27
Mon
Dharma and Yoga Teacher Training @ Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – May 3 @ 5:00 pm
Dharma and Yoga Teacher Training @ Spirit Rock Meditation Center

A five-month training program for meditation and mindfulness practitioners and aspiring yoga teachers.

This immersive training program addresses body, mind, and heart through the study of mindful asana, pranayama, anatomy, mindfulness principles, meditation, and the wisdom teachings of yoga and Buddhism.

Fulfills the requirements for the Yoga Alliance 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification.

Emphasis on the integration of meditation and mindfulness with movement.

Incorporates non-residential silent retreat practice and the joy and support of building community together.

Minimum of a two-year yoga and mindfulness practice required.

TEACHING TEAM: Djuna Mascall, Leslie Booker, Mark Coleman, Anne Cushman, Sean Feit Oakes, and Tias Little

DJUNA MASCALL teaches Prajna Yoga nationally and internationally. She is a leader of the Spirit Rock Dharma and Yoga Teacher Training Program and a certified yoga therapist in private practice. Her offerings combine meditation and dharma study with asana training designed to cultivate sensory awareness and embodied wisdom.

LESLIE BOOKER brings her heart and wisdom to the intersection of dharma, embodied wisdom, and activism. She worked with vulnerable populations in New York City for over a decade and shares her experience nationally speaking at conferences. She has contributed to several publications. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation training (2012) and Community Dharma Leaders’ Training (2017) and will complete Spirit Rock’s Teacher Training in 2020.

MARK COLEMAN, MA, has been teaching Insight Meditation retreats since 1997. He also leads wilderness meditation retreats, integrating mindfulness meditation with nature, and is the author of Awake in the Wild, Make Peace with Your Mind, and From Suffering to Peace.

ANNE CUSHMAN is a pioneer in the integration of mindfulness, embodied meditation, and creative expression. A member of the Teachers’ Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, she founded the first Buddhist meditation training for yoga teachers. Her books include The Mama Sutra, Enlightenment for Idiots, and Moving Into Meditation.

TIAS LITTLE synthesizes classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhist studies, anatomy, massage, cranial-sacral therapy, and trauma healing. He has studied the meditative arts and Buddhism for 30+ years and has an MA in Eastern Philosophy. Tias is the author of The Thread of Breath, Meditations on a Dewdrop, and Yoga of the Subtle Body.

SEAN FEIT OAKES, PhD, teaches Buddhism and Yoga focusing on the integration of meditation, trauma resolution, and social justice. He received teaching authorization from Jack Kornfield and wrote his dissertation on extraordinary meditative states. His current research explores identity, ancestry, and rebirth, and working with the body in contemplative inquiry.

Feb
29
Sat
Elmer Bischoff: A Survey of Paintings and Drawings @ Marin Museum of Contemporary Art
Feb 29 – Apr 19 all-day
Elmer Bischoff: A Survey of Paintings and Drawings @ Marin Museum of Contemporary Art

Elmer Bischoff: A Survey of Paintings and Drawings
Exhibit Dates: February 29 – April 19

Art Talk: Feb. 29, 4-5pm
Reception: Feb. 29, 5-7pm

“Elmer Bischoff: A Survey of Paintings and Drawings, 1937 – 1972,” is an exhibit that includes 38 expressive works that illustrate Bischoff’s visual journey from abstraction to figuration, and back again, over the course of four decades. Bischoff was a Bay Area painter deeply engaged in the practice of putting paint on canvas in a way that kept him constantly searching for something just out of his reach. His paintings are sensual and lyrical, with marks and compositions influenced by his love of music, including New Orleans Jazz and classical music.

The exhibit is comprised of rarely-viewed paintings and drawings, loaned from private collections and from members of Bischoff’s family. MarinMOCA is grateful for the expert assistance of George Adams, Bischoff Estate representative and owner of the George Adams Gallery, located in New York. Mr. Adams explains, “This exhibition is not so much about Elmer Bischoff becoming a painter as it is about his being a painter who pursued something essential in each work through many transformations of subject and process. One could say that he listened to his paintings and responded honestly until he could no longer hear what they were saying, whereupon he made the necessary switch to another genre. This approach fulfilled Bischoff’s desire to keep his work “alive and in the present.” This exhibit furthers the Bischoff legacy and illuminates an artist who remains one of our 20th century Bay Area legends.

Exhibit Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65+ and students 18-21. Free for members.

Adult Docent Tours: Thursdays at 11:00 am and Saturdays at 2:00 pm, beginning on March 5

An exhibition catalog featuring an essay by former Stanford Cantor Arts Center curator Hilarie Faberman will be available for purchase.

Learn about Bischoff in the Art Talk:

Meghan O’Callaghan, visiting art scholar from Toronto, will present an art talk about Bischoff on Sat., Feb 29, at 4pm in the upstairs gallery. She will present insightful background information that will make your gallery visit much more meaningful. The Opening Reception follows from 5pm – 7pm.

“Beyond Nature,” and “Deconstructed /Reconstructed” @ Desta Gallery
Feb 29 – Apr 11 all-day
“Beyond Nature,” and “Deconstructed /Reconstructed” @ Desta Gallery

Desta Gallery is pleased to announce two concurrent solo exhibitions: “Beyond Nature,” paintings by Chris Hayman and “Deconstructed / Reconstructed,” Collage by Marlene Walters, on view from February 29 to April 11, 2020, and a reception for the artists on Saturday, March 7, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Chris Hayman received her BA in Art History at the University of Maryland and a second degree in Art at the University of Reno, Nevada where she started her investigation in painting. Hayman has exhibited actively with several galleries nationwide. Her work can be found in numerous private and corporate collections.

In her paintings, Hayman concerns herself with space. She is interested in how forms are energized by the space around them, especially when incorporated into paintings with vivid contrasting colors and thick painterly textures.

Marlene Walters earned a B.A. in Art from Mills College and became an award-winning corporate graphic designer. She returned to oil painting and studied with many notable painters including Van Waldron, in the lineage of Russian master painter Sergei Bongart. She exhibits throughout the Bay Area and beyond and has grown a loyal following of collectors, nationally and internationally.

Walters’ most recent work extends her exploration into complex assemblages of archival prints of her own paintings.

About Desta Gallery
Desta Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery in downtown San Anselmo, featuring emerging, mid-career, and established artists. The gallery hosts artist receptions, art-related conversations, poetry readings and speaking engagements highlighting socially relevant themes. To learn more, please visit www.destagallery.com

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