by Carolyn
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Bay to Breakres Day is a pretty cool and traditional thing here in San Francisco. But I’m personally not a big fan of huge crowds. Watching it from a wayside is fine, but being part, that’s not my thing. Quite, less crowded and relaxed surroundings sound more like a perfect Sunday. Yeah, pretty stuffy, I know. Anyway, we spent the whole Sunday far away from the crowd in the middle of Mill Valley. It was my second time to Mill Valley and I really enjoyed spending time in this small, dreamy town only 30 minutes drive away. You can hike for hours through the woods, see beautiful houses, smell eucalyptus trees and enjoy some good food at the local restaurants. Last time I didn’t have my camera with me, but this time I was prepared to show you guys some of my favorite spots and take you on a small virtual trip with my co-guide Jake, the pup.

Stroll into the cute stores around the old railroad plaza and allow yourself some pretty treat.

The Tyler Florence Shop : for the chef in you, everything a foodie heart is craving for. You must try the Napa Smokes olive oil. Best I ever had.
Summer House Antiques : Beautiful fabrics, whimsical home decor with coastal style touch.
Summer House @57 : Interior design and home furnishing.
Benni’s : modern, nautical clothes and accessories with a pop up hair dresser salon. Such a bright space.
Moss & Moss : Treasures from past decades.

Feast yourself through many delicious restaurants this small city has to offer

Champagne : Small french café with delicious sweet & savory bites.
Beerworks : Brewery and best pastrami sandwich far and wide.
Mill Valley Market : TIP -> Instead of looking for fancy restaurant my first spot for good food are local markets. Grab some fresh soup and enjoy the small town feeling outside on a bench.
Beth’s community kitchen : Organic local homemade pastry & breads

Fairytale-like hidden backyard of El Paseo restaurant.

If you like the nature you will love Mill Valley. I cannot describe how relaxing it is to wander around redwoods, hearing nothing but the birds and smelling all the trees and plants.
Explore the Cascade Canyon neighborhood with its sprinkled houses. Have a walk on the Richardson Bay shore and if you are fit enough take the 7.6 miles trail to Stinson beach. You will be rewarded with great views.

And finally some pictures of my co-guide, Jake. He is a really good guide, he goes where he wants.

Always on a hunt for insider tips. Share with us you favorite small town in the comments.

Have a relaxed start into the week, folks!

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