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IT’S OUR FAVORITE time of year. The time when we eat, drink and shop our way around Marin looking for what makes this county unique. And after doing all that hard work, we wrap it up for you with more than 100 choices presented in 21 pages as part of the 2014 Editors’ Choice feature. This year we arranged the choices by town so you can see what is close to you or plan to explore another part of the county. From burgers and beer to live music and alfresco dining, we found some great things you’ve just got to try.

Next up in features we keep it all in the family. Writer Laura Hilgers looks at four families who have worked together for generations. She uncovers the challenges and the benefits of working with your relatives and finds out what it means when you trade the boardroom for the Thanksgiving table.

Up front we include a roundup of places to get a free workout, an update on the Stafford Lake Bike Park, a look at some great apps for personal organizing, details on a very generous gift received by the Marin Shakespeare Company and more. We also introduce you to female surfing champion Bianca Valenti, a ferryboat captain and the cofounder of Big Sur’s Esalen.

"We eat, drink and shop our way around Marin looking for what makes this county unique."

In Destinations, we invite you to strap on a flotation device and join Ben Davidson for chills and spills on the American River. We’ve also got some great getaway ideas in Travel Buzz, and in Journey we race through the streets of Kolkata with Joseph and Anna Schell as they discover the lesser-traveled sections of the city via motorbike tour.

With summer drawing to a close and Indian summer on the horizon, there is still plenty of time to take advantage of the nice weather and explore all things Marin. If you aren’t sure where to start, our Editors’ Choice features plenty of ideas.


Photos by Tim Porter


In these outtakes for the Bianca Valenti shoot at Tim Porter’s photo studio, you can see the surfing star posing with fans and holding the Big Wave World Tour trophy. She was the first female to win it. You can read more about her in this month’s Q&A.