View from Mt. Tam

Ah, Marin—the land of coveted views of city and sea, comforting groves of redwood and oak and churlish neighbors ready to sue over one or both. In Think, Lili Weigert takes us through the forest of Marin County laws governing trees and all things arboreal, rules that change from city to city.

For a view that doesn’t involve lawyers, travel with photographer Alissa Everett in Journey, up Alaska’s Inland Passage in search of glaciers, bears and scenery worth risking your camera for. For those whose comfort zone doesn’t include an ursine experience of any kind, Mandy Behbehani provides a tempting guide to the best of the new spas in the West, from Sausalito to Santa Fe.

If you can’t decide between getting away and staying home—do both. In Home, P. J. Bremier entertains us with the tale of Marin’s David Schwartz, whose life straddles the worlds of Belvedere and Puerto Vallarta. Andale!

Also in this issue, Somer Flaherty discovers local stories of love found online in FYI Romance; Conversation meets Mary Jane Burke, Marin’s Superintendent of Schools; Dialogue queries broadcaster Ross McGowan; and Microclimate ventures into the town of Greenbrae.

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