Cast Your Vote for Best of the County 2021 — Your Picks for Marin and the Bay Area

Best of the County

Over the years, Best of the County has highlighted the best our community has to offer, from where to eat to beauty to outdoor activities.

We’ve done things a little differently this year. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the pandemic, it’s that we’re part of a community. In that spirit, we’re opening up our voting entirely to you, our readers. In addition to that, we’re expanding our scope to include the wider Bay Area, so for each category, we’re asking you to cast your vote not only for the best of Marin, but the best of our whole community, including San Francisco and the East Bay.

Here are the new voting categories for this year — click on the category to cast your vote. We can’t wait to see your top picks!

Arts & Events

Your favorite places to take in the arts or see a show.


Spas, hairdressers and everything else for looking good.


The best places to eat in the county and beyond.


Where to go for virtual or in-class learning.

Health & Fitness

Online fitness

Where to get out and work out.

Home & Design

Everything you need for your home.


Activities, toys and more.


Marin Gives Back

Virtual fundraisers and opportunities to give back.


Help for practical needs.


The best place for retail therapy.

Last Year’s Winners

Previous Best of the County Winners Share Their Thoughts on Business During Covid-19

Checking in with the county’s business owners to see how they have been coping with the challenges of 2020.

The Best Ways to Entertain Yourself in Marin During Covid-19

Faced with no alternative, now is the time to think outside the box — even if that sometimes means staring at a laptop.

The Best Cocktails to Get To-Go

Just because you can’t go on a night out doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some of the intoxicating cocktails whipped up by Marin’s best mixologists.

Marin’s Best Places for Outdoor Drinks

Support local businesses with a safe, distanced drink at one of Marin’s great outdoor drinking destinations.

Best Pre-Pandemic Product: 2019 Marin Water Rosé

All about a uniquely Marin beverage.

Marin’s Best Outdoor Family Recreation

The top spots in Marin County for outdoor family fun.

The Best Camp Alternatives This Summer

With no chance of sending the kids to camp this summer, Donna Glass shares the best alternatives in Marin County.

Where to Play in Marin: The Best Places to Explore, Youth Sports Groups and Playgrounds

Paul Austin, founder of PlayMarin, shares tips on top spots to play and explore in the county.

Marin’s Best Streaming Workouts

Plenty of instructors and studios throughout Marin started streaming to satiate those of us who crave fitness.

Marin County’s Best Burgers

With the county’s plethora of excellent burgers, we’ve done some research to save you some time.