Monday, June 23, 2008

Daytripping: Marin County

Last weekend we decided to hit the coast to get free of the smoke filled air brought on by the many recent wildfires in the Sacramento area. We took the dog, a picnic of roasted chicken sandwiches and fruit from the Sacramento Farmer's Market and hit the road.

Muir Beach in Marin County was our first destination. We love it because dogs are very welcome off leash, and Cooper was in dog heaven. After a good two hours of running him ragged and soaking up the sun, we settled in for a great picnic lunch.

If you are ever in the area, you have to stay at the Pelican Inn. Originally built in Surrey in 1673, it was dismantled and rebuilt at Muir Beach where it has been providing a touch of England for over 20 years. Be sure to check out their website for pictures of the authentic Tudor style rooms. If you are daytripping like we were, stop at the pub for an ale and a game of darts.

After a quick stop for ice cream, we did some shopping for antiques in one of my favorite towns, Mill Valley. I suggest Maison Reve if you get the chance:

They specialize in French antiques and garden accessories. So pretty!

Next stop: Sausalito on the San Francisco Bay

There is a beautiful town square, with a fountain guarded by these two handsome elephants. I had to take this for you Courtney!

Full of beautiful Victorian architecture....

And creative people.....

Sausalito is one of my favorite cities by the Bay. It was a glorious day....so to top off out trip we had to eat at one of my all time favorite seafood restaurants:

FISH is located right on the Marina in Sausalito and specializes in fresh fish. A very casual atmosphere, drinks are served in Mason Jars and you sit outside at picnic tables:

But do not let that fool you into thinking that the food is less than excellent. I had a white bean and tuna salad with Kalamata olives, red onions, carrots, celery, and lots of other goodies. And there was clam chowder all around. Here is a picture of the Portuguese Red Chowder, rich and spicy:

Be sure to check out their really clever website here. You will be very entertained.

So...we had a very good day by the Bay.

I am recharged and ready to do some more blogging about one of my many design crushes, so I hope you visit tomorrow!

16 comments:

maison21 said...

what a great day! cooper looks like he couldn't be any happier! (handsome fellow, btw).

katiedid said...

Hi M21! It was an excellent day, and I think Cooper and your doggie would be the best of friends!

Cote de Texas said...

looks wonderful - especially the store with the French things :)

SimplyGrove said...

looks gorgeous!!!

Poppy said...

I am almost refreshed just reading about your fabulous day out!

London Calling said...

Looks like a wonderful day!

Neutral Dwelling said...

What a wonderful day!

Paloma said...

I'm so jealous! I wish I were that close to such beautiful places. I love the bay area. It looks like you had a lovely day.

Pigtown-Design said...

I was at a meeting in SF a few years ago and had to go to a party in Sausalito. I took the ferry and then walked (much longer than i anticipated), but loved every step because it's just so different from the east coast! Thanks for sharing your wonderful day.

Janet said...

Sausalito is beautiful, I have loved it since I was there on vaca as a kid. The Portuguese Red Chowder looks delish.

Style Court said...

Thank you Katie. Just gave you a little secretary-related shout out too :)

Very thoughtful of you! Lovely post.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Gosh, what a gorgeous day! Edward sends a hearty hello to Cooper! Love your blog,by the way!

Marie Louise said...

Make me a reservation at FISH! I have been to San Fran but never made it to Sausalito. What a great weekend - I'm totally jealous.
I spent it mowing my lawn!

Anonymous said...

Dogs and ice cream! Yay!

Domestic Goddess..Diva sometimes said...

I am so jealous! I haven't been to San Francisco for years and I live in Sacramento! :( I hope this air that we are having will get better soon. Love your pics!

Petunia Face said...

That's my hometown! Glad you had a great time!