View from Mt. Tam

With global warming sadly turning much of arctic ice into open water, adventurers seeking the great frozen north had better head south—to Antarctica. Dave Bartruff takes us on a visually stunning journey aboard a polar ice boat to the southernmost continent, where he finds long summer days, an abundance of wildlife and hearty bonhomie among his fellow travelers.

For vacationers whose idea of a hazard is a sand trap rather than an iceberg, Cori Brett searches the American West to find luxury gourmet golf destinations—from Troon North in Scottsdale to Pelican Hill in Newport Beach to Ko‘Olina Golf Club on O‘ahu—where the dining at the 19th hole is as good as the golf on the first 18. Don’t miss the resort-by-resort guide.

Here in Marin, writer Jonathan Rowe tells the story of the ink-stained skirmish going on between two community newspapers in West Marin—the venerable Point Reyes Light and the upstart West Marin Citizen. At stake are longtime readers, advertising dollars and, by all accounts, the soul of small-town journalism.

In Home, P. J. Bremier takes us inside the lovely Dominican-area home of Marin interior designer Amy Weaver and finds a home whose emotional pull is as strong as the century-old timbers from which it was built.

Among the other people we meet this month are Susan Kennedy, chief of staff for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (in Conversation), Emmy Award–winning broadcaster Cheryl Jennings (in Dialogue) and local surfer Katharine Carter (in Play).

Also in this issue, Microclimate visits the communities of Kentfield and Kent Woodlands, FYI Causes spotlights the caring work of WildCare in San Rafael and Go provides a roundup of family travel ideas in both Southern California and Hawai‘i.

As always, our wish is for your good reading. Enjoy Marin Magazine, as we continue to celebrate this extraordinary place!

Lisa Shanower, Publisher
Nikki Wood, Editorial Director
Jim Wood, Executive Editor