Central location offering the best of California: coast, city and even Wine Country
Walking distance to Mill Valley’s shops, restaurants and cafés
Unwinding on the wraparound deck or patio
A free wine reception each evening
What To Know
You’ll want a car to get to this off the beaten track inn, 25 miles north of SFO
There's no room service, gym, or spa on site, but in-room spa treatment can be booked with their offsite partnerships
Parking on site
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Intimate, European-style pied-à-terre in scenic Mill Valley, just over San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge
Mill Valley Inn is a nature-lover's dream, with central location that offers the best of the Bay Area: city and coast, natural splendor, and vast vineyards are all within striking distance. About 25 minutes north of San Francisco, it sits tucked in a little redwood grove at the base of Mount Tamalpais, while each of the 25 sweetly decorated rooms (think warm color palettes, French doors, pillow-top beds and unique handcrafted furnishings) feel more like arriving at a friend’s house than a hotel—and that’s the point. Romantics will love the wood-burning fireplaces and soaking tubs with boutique bath salts in select rooms, while environmentally-conscious travelers will be happy to know the inn practices what it preaches: as a designated “green hotel,” all rooms have synthetic-free bath products, optional linen services, and shower amenities in biodegradable bottles. The vibe here is all about taking in the unparalleled beauty of Marin County’s nature, which is why the inn provides complimentary mountain bikes to explore on your own. After a day rolling through forests on biking paths, hiking Muir Woods, or bodyboarding at Stinson Beach, mingle with other guests on the terrace lounge for the evening wine and cheese reception. Breakfasts here are also a hook—including waffles, steel-cut oatmeal with walnuts and raisins, organic yogurt, and fresh pastries, paired with an espresso bar.
In the Area
The quaint bohemian village of Mill Valley is at your fingertips. For dinner, there are many options within walking distance. Bungalow 44 is a favorite local haunt for its hearty fine-dining fare like pan-roasted scallops and local Niman Ranch pork chop, all served in a romantic stone courtyard (get there early), as is Balboa Cafe, where American bistro cuisine is served with classic cocktails amid dark wood accents. JS Tip: Request an outdoor table. Don’t miss a show at the iconic Sweetwater Music Hall, where up-and-coming acts as well as headliner musicians play almost nightly. For stand-up comedy buffs, the Throckmorton Theater showcases local talent and national sensations.