Welcome to Mill Valley
An untouched, cultural paradise within the treetops
Protected beneath the towering canopies of ancient redwood treetops, Mill Valley is a popular spot for Northern California’s trendy crowd to call home. The neighboring Muir Woods National Monument, mysterious fog, and downtown district reminiscent of a mountain ski town play host to a variety of cafes, local shops, theaters, parks, and festivals. Homes are hidden among the treetops on winding streets, while their residents gather at the center of town for events and days out and about, where the hillside meets the Bay.
Mill Valley is San Francisco’s artsy, hip cousin north of the Bay. An abundance of trendy cafes, markets, and exotic eateries line the streets near local parks, which often host vibrant festivals. Since 1929, the Canepa family has run Mill Valley Market, an old-fashioned grocery store featuring a butcher, fresh produce, gourmet pantry staples, and deli counter, offering freshly made sandwiches, wraps, and more. Bungalow 44 is a favorite place for other American classics. Since 2005, Bungalow 44 has made great strides to be the community’s number-one casual eatery for fried chicken, short ribs, and pork chops served in comfortable digs. Sol Food, located on Miller Avenue, specializes in flavorful Puerto Rican dishes. This unpretentious stop has built a loyal following for their pollo, bistec, and sandwiches, all served with their famous Pique hot pepper sauce.
For a breath of fresh air, you’ll often find Mill Valley residents hiking through Muir Woods National Monument. Consisting of 554 acres and six miles of trails, some of the largest trees in the nation are located here. Many sequoias and redwoods are between 600 and 800 years old, lining the trails leading high up to sky-scraping mountaintops. Closer to town, Strawberry Village is the anchoring point to many local lifestyle services like spas, home decor boutiques, and several fitness studios. Mill Valley residents enjoy access to several parks and green spaces spread throughout town, like Boyle Park. Boyle Park has recently undergone extensive renovations on its tennis courts and lawn areas. The addition of the park’s tennis program has been an unexpected pleasure in the community’s center.
Mill Valley is also plentiful with culture. The Throckmorton Theatre is a local institution presenting a lively collection of concerts, comedy lineups, and plays. The Cushing Memorial Amphitheater, which is often referred to as The Mountain Theater, is an open-air, 4,000-seat venue in nearby Mount Tamalpais State Park. Greek plays and Broadway musicals are frequent presentations. In the fall, the Mill Valley Film Festival showcases the best new films from around the world over 11 days for nearly 50 years.
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