Coffee, Cafés & Connections

Coffee, Cafés & Connections

Living in Marin is life writ small. Many of us flock here for the natural beauty and for the village-like towns. Part of the allure can be the immediate sense of connection that is fostered in these small communities. People do seem to come together whether it’s bound by children, schools, cultural institutions, places of worship or sports and other activities. The town square can be a connection point and increasingly, an important connection point is the coffee spot. Marin is full of them. Each with their own flavor and attracting their own tribe or denizens. Here are a few of my favorites spread across the county...

MOMS AND DADS. OUR UNSUNG HEROES

MOMS AND DADS. OUR UNSUNG HEROES

Moms and Dads are our unsung heroes. They kiss our boo boos and say it will be alright. They read us bedtime stories and correct our homework. They wire us money to pay our rent and may even allow us to move back in after college. Their parenting never stops. Let’s celebrate Moms and Dads by giving them a much needed day off. If they’re up for a fun activity, we’ve got you covered around the North Bay with some unique adventures.

TO VOLUNTEER IS TO LOVE

TO VOLUNTEER IS TO LOVE

“What is the essence of life? To serve others and do good,” so said Aristotle over 2300 years ago. In Marin County, where many of us are fortunate to live amongst such beauty and comfort, there are still many who struggle daily and causes that need our attention and support. There are no shortages of ways to volunteer and make a difference. Herewith is a cross section of organizations that benefit both the communities they serve and the volunteers who serve them.

BE HERE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

BE HERE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

'Tis the season of rampant consumerism and over indulging. As we rush about, the magic of the holiday often gets lost. What are some of things that make the holidays special? The sparkling and colorful lights, the decorations, the pageantry and the music. All of these things are available and often for free around Marin County (and one in San Francisco). Here are some special outings that bring you back to the mystery and the beauty of the holidays:

DIVE RIGHT IN. COOL POOLS IN MARIN.

DIVE RIGHT IN.  COOL POOLS IN MARIN.

Summer is officially here! The days are hot, sunny and long. Where does one cool their heels when the temperature climbs? If you don’t have a pool in your backyard and aren’t a member of a private club, what do you do? Fortunately, in Marin, there are many options for a refreshing swim and other summertime activities from one end of the county to the other. Here are some of the best watery oases to dip into in Marin…

MARIN IS AWESOME. SO IS ITS STUFF.

MARIN IS AWESOME. SO IS ITS STUFF.

We all know that Marin has an amazing outdoor backdrop where you can run, bike, paddleboard and surf to your heart’s content. There are also plenty of good restaurants, bars, cafes and breweries. But did you know that Marin is also the home to a few homegrown businesses that manufacture their products here? Here are some favorite Marin-made companies that are working their magic locally…