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Best Bicycle Shop

Whether you live in Marin or are just passing through, you’ll quickly learn that here, two wheels are better than four. The area’s breathtaking scenery makes taking to the streets on a pedal-ready — and emission-free — frame a joy as well as a supremely green choice, and the area’s smattering of bike shops are here to keep you rolling. Ahead-of-the-curve inventory and unbeatable expertise makes rethinking your commute a no-brainer.

BICYCLE ODYSSEY
1417 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.3050, bicycleodyssey.com

CITY CYCLE MARIN
13 San Clemente Drive, Corte Madera. 415.927.7433, citycycle.com

FAIRFAX CYCLERY
2020 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 415.721.7644, fairfaxcyclery.com

MIKE'S BIKES
1 Gate 6 Road, Sausalito, 415.332.3200; 836 Fourth St, San Rafael, 415.454.3747; mikesbikes.com

PEDEGO ELECTRIC BIKES
10 Main St, Tiburon. 415.900.5090, pedegoelectricbikes.com

TAM BIKES
357 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.389.1900, tambikes.com

THE NEW WHEEL ELECTRIC
14 E Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Larkspur. 415.524.7362, newwheel.net

VILLAGE PEDDLER
1111 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.461.3091, villagepeddler.com

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Best Dancing

Whether you seek an infusion of energy, a dose of culture, a pastime for your children or a fun take on fitness, Marin’s lauded dance studios offer classes designed to transform lives as well as bodies.

HAPPY FEET
This family-owned institution provides instruction in tap, jazz and ballet from toddlerhood to adulthood. (Mill Valley) happyfeetmillvalley.com

LOVE2DANCE
Classes are offered over three “semesters.” All ages and experience levels welcome. (Novato) love2dance.biz

PAAM
Workshops in hip-hop, ballet, theater arts and more with options for ages 3 and up. (Mill Valley) paamarts.com

ROCO DANCE AND FITNESS
The studio celebrates myriad disciplines, with variations open to kids and adults. (Mill Valley and Fairfax) rocodance.com

STAGE DOR
This unique company specializes in jazz and theatrical styles for high school students and adults. (Various locations) stagedor.com

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Best Yoga

Come back to an awareness of your breath, give your brain a break and ensure you have a real rationale for that ever-expanding legging collection with a visit to one of Marin’s best yoga studios. Find the practice, instructor and space that fit your flow. Namaste.

MARIN POWER YOGA
141 Tunstead Ave, San Anselmo. 415.683.1191, marinpoweryoga.com

NOW: NEW OM WORLD
67 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.891.3764, newomworld.com

RED DRAGON
438 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, 415.381.3724; 1701 Fourth St, San Rafael, 415.306.7904; reddragonyoga.com

SOME LIKE IT HOT YOGA AND BOUTIQUE
408 Ignacio Blvd, Novato. 415.234.6727, somelikeithotyoga.com

YOGAWORKS
650 E Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley, 415.318.7650; 2207 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, 415.925.2440; 7320 Redwood Blvd, Novato, 415.408.6565; yogaworks.com

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Best Live Music

Marin’s music scene is a storied one, and the county’s best-loved live music venues intend to keep it that way. Lend them your ears: with diverse bookings, good vibes and plenty of room for getting down, you’ll be glad you did.

19 BROADWAY BAR AND NIGHT CLUB
This understated establishment is a go-to for fans of relaxed, close-quarters shows. Reggae, funk, rock and soul make grooving a given. (Fairfax) 19broadway.com

HOPMONK TAVERN
Tucked conveniently into the Vintage Oaks Shopping Center, this good-times tavern features standing-roomonly shows with Americana, rock and more, with open mic nights thrown in for good measure. (Novato) hopmonk.com

PERI'S SILVER DOLLAR BAR
When a dive bar brings in bands, everyone wins. Rock, blues and soul play well with pool tables and an unassuming scene. (Fairfax) perisbar.com

RANCHO NICASIO
All backroads lead to the tiny town of Nicasio and a live show at the West Marin atmospheric venue. Enjoy local eats and memorable shows. (Nicasio) ranchonicasio.com

SWEETWATER MUSIC HALL
This 1970s-era mainstay found new form — and an upgraded location — in 2012, with the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir at the helm. Danceable genres, high ceilings, strong drinks. (Mill Valley) sweetwatermusichall.com

TERRAPIN CROSSROADS
Up Highway 101, you’ll find another musical space dreamed up by a Grateful Dead member. Phil Lesh’s spot is both venue and restaurant, with a menu of all-American eats supplementing good vibes and rock ’n’ roll shows. (San Rafael) terrapincrossroads.net

THE FENIX
San Rafael’s supper club makes live music and dining a simultaneous experience. Pull up a chair and enjoy a meal along with intimate concerts from varied performers. (San Rafael) fenixlive.com

THROCKMORTON THEATRE
A true theatrical venue, Throckmorton features full-scale musicals along with classical concerts and local rock. (Mill Valley) throckmortontheatre.org

Photo of Terrapin Crossroads by Tim Porter

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Best Water Sports

Marin’s waters demand a dive-in. Glide with stand-up paddleboards, make gentle waves aboard a kayak or surf the bigger ones atop a longboard — just don’t stay on the shore; the water is calling.

101 SURF SPORTS
Windsurfing, kitesurfing, kayaking, SUP — Surf Sports has it all. The water’s-edge retailer offers rentals, lessons, demos and more. (San Rafael) 101surfsports.com

LIVE WATER SURF SHOP
Make your visit to Stinson Beach a more memorable one with a stop at Live Water: rent (or buy) a wetsuit and a board (boogie, soft-top, SUP) and take to the waves. (Stinson Beach and Fairfax) livewatersurfshop.com

PROOF LAB SURF SHOP
Marin’s surf and skate culture finds a home in Proof Lab. Stock up on surfboard and gear, and get your kids on the water with private lessons or summertime’s Big Dog Surf Camp. (Mill Valley) prooflab.com

SEA TREK
Ply the waters of Richardson Bay on a rented SUP or kayak. Get comfortable with an introductory class, or add some adventure to your workout with OnBoardSUP Yoga and fitness classes. (Sausalito) seatrek.com

 

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