Hotel at a Glance: Best Western Plus Novato Oaks Inn
Tucked between Sonoma and Napa Valley’s hillside vineyards and the misty metropolis of San Francisco County, California’s Marin County enjoys one of northern California’s most advantageous spots for tourism. A TripAdvisor 2017 and 2018 Certificate of Excellence winner, Best Western Plus Novato Oaks Inn offers guests a convenient home base for seeing the region, located less than half an hour from world-class attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Muir Woods National Monument.
- In-room amenities: a flat-screen TV, complimentary WiFi, and either a private patio or hillside views
- Fresh seafood and seared steaks are on the menu at the onsite Wildfox Restaurant and can be paired with wines from the restaurant’s extensive wine list.
- Morning food complimentary continental breakfast.
- Driving distance to wineries: 15 minutes (Sonoma), 30-60 minutes (Napa).
- Find reading material at the onsite lending library.
Marin County, California: Scenic Beauty Beyond the Golden Gate Bridge
Most people know the Golden Gate Bridge starts at the northern tip of San Francisco Peninsula and rises—quite dramatically—over the San Francisco Bay. But where does the bridge lead? The answer is Marin County, San Fran’s equally affluent but less crowded neighbor, home to dense forests, spectacular coastlines, and George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch.
When Bay Area residents need a peaceful day trip away from the city, they head to Marin County’s trio of scenic powerhouses: Muir Woods National Monument, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and Point Reyes National Seashore. John Muir himself described Muir Woods as “the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world,” a green playground of redwoods reaching up to 250 feet tall. Golden Gate National Recreation Area draws tourists to the Marin Headlands, a clifftop point on a peninsula with beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Point Reyes requires about an hour drive north from the Bridge, but it’s worth it. You can listen to the ocean’s cacophonous tides, hike out to the 145-year-old Point Reyes Lighthouse, and admire deer at an elk reserve.