Welcome to Fairfax
Funky, fresh, and friendly vibes in a scenic, hillside gem
Just over three miles northwest of San Rafael and 20 miles north of downtown San Francisco, Fairfax is a groovy, eclectic, green paradise nestled between ancient trees on stunning hillsides. Several homes feature multiple levels and are built right into the hills, offering striking views of the distant mountains and redwoods. Named for Sir Charles Snowden Fairfax, a descendent of English lords, Fairfax first became an incorporated town in 1931. Today, it is a fine community closely located to several state and national parks, one of the nation’s most prosperous business districts, and dozens of locally owned and operated businesses that have helped preserve a vital sense of charm over the years.
Life in Fairfax is funky and hip. Locals have made very deliberate decisions to better preserve the stunning beauty surrounding the community. Within just a few miles of Fairfax, locals can visit the Muir Woods National Monument, Mount Tam, White Hill Preserve, or China Camp State Park to hike among towering redwoods, experience once-in-a-lifetime panoramic views, enjoy seaside camping, and challenge themselves on invigorating biking trails. When not out on the trails, locals congregate downtown at one of the many bars or restaurants. Stillwater, located on Broadway Boulevard, has struck a fine balance between American classics, refined for modern tastes. Fried chicken sandwiches, fish tacos, and fresh oysters go well with their expansive cocktail and beer menu. FairFix Café is one of downtown’s most inviting, cozy eateries. Their bagels, pastries, and fresh coffee drinks are the perfect way to start the day, the salads and sandwiches are popular lunch options, and their midday wine selection isn’t half-bad either. Nearby, Peri’s is a long-standing live music institution known for its open mic nights and relaxed atmosphere. This local pool hall boasts an excellent food menu, friendly bartenders, and the coolest Elvis-themed ladies’ room. A favorite way for locals to top off a day spent wandering downtown is shopping at one of the several local boutiques or eclectic thrift shops, like Magpie or Grace Thrift Shop. This friendly community also hosts a number of events like dodgeball nights, menorah and tree lightings, and Fairfax Brewfest, the kick-off to the local microbrewery tasting season. Held at The Pavilion, the brewmasters themselves are the ones pouring and serving their creations, vying for votes in the annual tasting competition.
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