In Marin we’re surrounded by beauty: it’s always right in front
of us. But sometimes it’s nice to see the splendor from another
perspective. Here are three great ways to shake it up.
78 BAY MODEL You don’t have to go by boat or plane (although those are great options too — see below) for expansive views of the bay. The free U. S. Army Corps of
Engineers display in Sausalito — which is massive — is a working hydraulic scale model of the
San Francisco Bay and Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta System.
Just as some places (Mount Tamalpais,
Stinson Beach) are more quintes-
sentially Marin than others, certain
consumable combinations likewise mix
setting and flavor for a memorable expe-
rience you won’t find any where else.
79 SEAPLANE ADVENTURES Since 1945 this outfit has provided tourists and locals with one-of-a-kind bird’s-eye views of the bay. Choose from Golden Gate, champagne sunset, greater Bay Area, Northern California or winery tours. seaplane.com
80 TIBURON FERRIES Leaving the dock in Tiburon on the Blue & Gold Fleet ferry (pictured) to San Francisco, you immediately notice the view is stunning: suddenly
you’re seeing the hillside homes of Tiburon and, in the distance, the sparkling city skyline.
And if a trip to Angel Island is your thing, the Angel Island Ferry can get you there in just 10
minutes from the same dock. blueandgoldfleet.com, angelislandferry.com
81 FISH ’N’ CHIPS AT SAM’S ANCHOR CAFE Seagull alert. Keep your fish
in front of you and your chips under wraps,
because gull skullduggery is all part of the
fun on Sam’s big back deck in Tiburon,
where sunny-day views extend from Angel
Island to San Francisco. samscafe.com
82 MARTINI AT THE BUCKE YE ROADHOUSE The classic martini
is an adult drink. No muddling, no veggies,
no froufrou liqueurs. The Buckeye bar in
Mill Valley is dark, cozy and wrapped in
red leather, and it’s where to go when you
have the need to say these words: Sapphire
martini up, very cold, very dry, with a twist.
83 TOMALES BAY OYSTERS Highway 1 north of Point Reyes Station could
be called the Oyster Trail. Bivalve buffs can
picnic on the briny mollusks or buy sacks of
them to go at Tomales Bay (pictured) and
Hog Island oyster companies, or they can
park themselves on a roadside stool at the
Marshall Store and savor a steaming plate of
oysters Rockefeller. tomalesbayoysters.com;
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