Beach wedding, Marin County, California
Beach wedding, Marin County, California.

Marin County, California, is a very popular event/ wedding destination.   Unique landscape with surreal scenery of San Francisco, the Pacific Ocean, coupled with the wines of Marin, Napa Valley and Sonoma, it is no wonder it makes a fantastic destination.   

The Marin Vista Vacation Retreat Home is very spacious and makes a great retreat getaway.  Throughout the home, unbelievable local views of Lucas Valley Mountains and end of SF bay can be enjoyed.  There is a fun loft area above the living room space that makes a great hang out, yet still being with everyone in the common areas. It also is in a very central Marin location making it easy for accessing the many things to do here in Marin, San Francisco and the Bay area. ( It takes just 15 minutes to the Golden Gate Bridge, 11 min's to Berkley (via Richmond Bridge) and 25 minutes into the Wine Country.)  The home is very child friendly with plenty of space to explore safely.

Just a note about "Events" at the house:  
* This home is available year-round, and out of respect for the neighbors, all event activity must be limited to house allowed numbers.
    * 20 are welcome at the home, on contract (*22 with permission/extra fee).  
* Caterer's are allowed, but must be on a list for release of liability.
* If having a celebration, with catering, etc, extra trash fee of $45 does apply.
* Max, with personnel visiting daytime, 25people at the home.   


If want to bring your own caterer: Please:
* Notify Manager of caterer you would like so that they can be contacted/ placed on contract.
* Note: $75 fee applies due to pre-approval, coordinating, and liability confirmation.
    *  General Liability Policy: needed covering products, property damage, and bodily injury with coverage of at least $500,000.

Already approved Catering Options:

1.  Food Glorious Food - #(415) 479-0924 • Website:  Special package for the Marin Vista Vacation Home guests (groups of 20).


2. Delores Organic Catering Offering -
To be catered / or delivered at the Marin Vista House: $27.50 each person, catered / Dropped off - $20 person

  • Example:  (other options available!) 
    • Appetizer: - Deviled Potatoes - Sausage puffs/ Mushroom puffs - Cheese platter
    • Buffet: - Green Salad/ Caesar - Fresh Fruit - Fried Chicken/ Roasted Chicken - Macaroni Cheese/ Mashed Potatoes - Broccoli


3. A Fork Full of Earth Organic Catering (415) 448-7060

  • Angela Ginsburg, Executive Chef and Owner -contact sales manager Jasmine -
    • Example 3 day menu: -- Fri: Dinner / Sat: Breakfast,Lunch, & dinner /Sun: Brunch
      • 'Day 1 :
        • Evening dinner •
          • Dinner Curry Crusted Halibut (vegetarian ~ Curried Roasted Tempeh, Radicchio and Baby Kale)
          • • Jasmine Rice, Chive and Nigella Seed Pilaf
          • • Roasted Sunburst Squash with Toasted Mustard Seeds and Opal Basil
          • • Bibb Lettuce Salad w/ Tarragon, Currants, Almonds and Roasted Onion Dressing
          • • White Nectarine Upside Down Cake with Ginger Whipped Cream
      • Day 2: Full Day Catering.
        • • Breakfast
          • • Four Grain Cereal with Roasted Blueberries
          • • Seasonal Fruit, Yogurt and Granola
          • • Hard/Soft Boiled Eggs, Artisan Bread and Jams
          • • Orange Juice, Coffee, Loose Teas and Home Made Chai
          • • Saturday Lunch
          • • Sweet Pea Falafel with Pita Bread, Pickled Onions, Minted Yogurt, Tahini Sauce
          • • Herbed Quinoa Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Feta
          • • Roasted Carrots with Dill and Shiso Leaf
          • • Mixed Green Salad with Strawberries and Chevre, White Balsamic Vinaigrette
          • • Saturday Dinner • Spring Lamb, Lemon Thyme and Giant White Bean Cassoulet
          • • (vegetarian ~ Giant White Bean and Rosemary Stew) • Crusty French Baguettes and Butter
          • • Steamed Artichokes with Summer Savory Aioli
          • • Arugula and Radish Salad with Champagne Citrus Vinaigrette
          • • Flourless Chocolate Cake
      • Day 3:
        • Brunch Only
          • • Sunday Brunch
          • • Summer Greens Frittata w/ Roasted Potato, Manchego and Basil
          • • Aidells’s Breakfast Sausages • Roasted Sweet Potato Cakes
          • • Cinnamon Fig Sweet Bread
          • • Baby Spinach Salad with Red Grapes, Gorgonzola Cheese, and Apple Fennel Vinaigrette
          • • Coffee, Loose Tea, Chai


Compiled below is a list of possible event locations nearby that are recommended  because they exemplify "Classic Marin".  :) 

Perhaps a wedding out in West Marin, in a small, artistic town of Olema calls your name? Olema Inn & Restaurant could be just your place.   .  Maybe you want head on amazing views of the San Francisco City, Tiburon and Alcatraz to help dazzle your day effortlessly? Well, The Spinnaker Restaurant would be just your place!  Thousands flock to Muir Woods and want to get married in this special Redwood Forest, or somewhere close along california's shores.  Getting married in Muir Woods would be nobody's mistake. :)

Classic Marin Venues with classic “Marin” atmosphere or views:

Places like the "Falkirk Mansion" in San Rafael or the "Lyford House" in Tiburon would definately be on this list!   However, there are Restaurants/dance facilities like "Rancho Nicasio", out in West Marin, that deserves to be on this list just out of pure popularity and longevity, not to mention "Classic Marin" atmosphere

Marin Golf Club/ Yacht/ Community center venues with views:
Amazing golf clubs and recreation centers grace the marin landscape. It all is up to your mood. Perhaps a beautiful and glamourous celebration, with amazing San Francisco Views and Tiburon Marina elegance is calling you, then Corintian Island Yacht Club would probaby be just your place. Need just a great cummunity hall , Mill Valley Recreational Center can answer that call. Then there is Sausalito Yacht Club or Peacock Gap Golf and Community Center, always wonderful places!


Community center venues

- Mill Valley Community Center - Mill Valley, CA (415) 383-1370 -
- Strawberry Recreation Center, Mill Valley, Ca. (415) 383-6494 -

Country Club Venues: (no golf / Views):
Harbor Point Country Club, Mill Valley, Ca. 415.381.6400 -

- Empress Events:

Yacht Clubs:
- Corinthian Yacht Club - Tiburon, CA 415-435-4812 -
- Golden Gate Yacht Club- Sausalito:
- Presidio Yacht Club - Sausalito -
- Corinthian Yacht Club - Sausalito -
-St. Francis Yacht Club - San Francisco -

Marin Restaurant Venues

-Frantoio Ristorante - Mill Valley, CA (415) 289-5777 -
-Olema Inn & Restaurant - Olema, CA (415) 663-9559
-The Spinnaker :
-Pelican Inn - Muir Beach, CA (415) 314-5050 -
-Ondine - Sausalito, CA (415) 331-1133 - -Incredible city views
-Servino's Resturant - Tiburon, CA 415-435-4079 - -waterfront in Tiburon
-Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael (along the canal - beach and water atmosphere)

Marin Church/Temple/Ceremony sites with amazing natural atmosphere:

-St Luke Presbyterian Church - San Rafael, CA (415) 454-2705
-Old St. Hilary's Church - Tiburon, CA (415) 435-1853
-San Anselmo Theological Seminary -
-Unity Center - Novato, CA (415) 883-0846 -
-Sausalito Presbyterian Church - Sausalito, CA (415) 332-3790 -
-Osher Marin JCC - San Rafael, CA (415) 444-8084 -

Hotel Venues: (Embassy and Sheraton are just 4minutes from home)

-Acqua Hotel - Mill Valley, CA (415) 380-0400 -
-Embassy Suites Hotel - San Rafael, CA (415) 499-9222 -
-Four Points Sheraton Hotel - San Rafael, CA (415) 479-8800 -
-Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa - Sausalito, Ca. (415) 332-0502 -

Marin natural /outdoor ceremony locations:

- Art & Garden Center -1870, Tiburon, -
- Compass Rose Gardens - Bodega Bay, CA -

Stinson Beach:
Muir Beach: (Adjacent to Muir Woods):
Pt Reyes National Seashore:


National/State Park settings:
-China Camp State Park (see below)
-Muir Woods National Monument
-Angel Island State Park:


Marin County Parks and Open Space:

-Lagoon Park (3mins from Marin Vacation Home)
At Marin Civic Center Lagoon - very nice setting. Large open grass spaces - lagoon as background.  

-McNears Beach (10 mins from Marin Vacation Home)  

-McInnis Park (5 mins from Marin Vacation Home)

China Camp State Park: (4 mins from the Marin Vacation Home)
3 Reservable Picnic Sites
           Buckeye Point & 2. Weber Point: day use areas along San Pablo Bay , water views.   Both can be reserved for up to 50 people.  Each site has BBQs, picnic tables and flush toilets.  - To reserve:

          Miwok Meadows Picnic Area = grassy meadow of Oak and Bay woodlands.  BBQs, picnic tables, a horseshoe toss area, and chemical toilets (no running water).  It can accommodate up to 200 people.
-If you are interested in reserving Miwok Meadows please contact Friends of China Camp.
------For more information on special events and weddings:  Friends of China Camp at (415) 488-5161 or e-mail

Muir Wood National Monument: All ceremonies must be conducted before10am or after 4:30.

Mt. Tamalpais State Park:
2 official and popular places to tie the knot:

- Trojan Point, located above the Pantoll Ranger Station
- Amphitheater, Top of Mt. Tamalpais: located in the western forested ridges.

-Cushings Memorial Stadium Amphitheater, East Peak, Bolinas Ridge, Mill Valley, Ca.  415.388.2070
Best Inexpensive (Yet Unforgettable) Spot for a Wedding
High atop beautiful, mystical Mt. Tamalpais sits the Cushing Memorial Amphitheater.  Features eye-bugging views, and the enormous ring of carved-stone with theater seats - very mythic Marin! Great place to hold a wedding!  
Call Pan Toll Ranger Station at #(415) 388-2070

What you get:
Incredible Panoramic Views out to San Francisco bay, San Francisco, Marin.  Amazing.
Spectacular, mythic like location - perfect for vows of a lifetime! :)
Supports Mt. Tam and opens people to the magic of the environment. :)
Fantastic Price!! Entire spot can be rented, all day, at great price! (approx all-day-price: $100!)

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BUT, expect:
bit of a trek from the parking lot - but level.
no fancy dressing rooms
if you choose to hold the reception here, Caterer has got to be willing to tackle a logistical challenge! The Kitchen Magician in San Anselmo is known for doing this before and with style! Call 415.459.3033