View from Mt. Tam

Summer is upon us and for many Marin families that means one thing—road trip! Associate editor Mimi Towle packs up her two daughters, her husband, Flat Stanley and a bagful of electronic diversions, then points the family vehicle south, exploring California from the giant sequoias to Death Valley and, finally, a welcoming pool in La Quinta. Join her for the ride. On another type of journey, Karyn Millet tells us how to do London like a local, starting with ensconcing yourself in Number 16, the charming South Kensington hotel that needs no sign. And in Go, Ben Davidson describes the new Las Vegas happening on the Strip.

Here in Marin, editor-at-large Tim Porter marks the centennial of the Marin Humane Society with a photo gallery starring the society’s four-legged clients and a look at how the organization grew from its humble save-the-horses beginnings to a national model for animal care.

In Home, P. J. Bremier explores a trio of Marin kitchens whose owners are brimming with color confidence. From a Tiburon home imbued with Caribbean hues to a Marinwood California modern bedecked with burnt oranges and Euro blues, designers show that functional kitchens need not be bland.

People, people, people. So much of this month’s magazine is dedicated to those who make Marin so special. We meet Inverness artist Andrew Romanoff, a descendant of Russian royalty and author of The Boy Who Would Be Tsar. We visit with Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, those cowgirls with the yummy creamery in Point Reyes Station. We admire the vintage inventory of third-generation San Rafael auto man Jack Hunt, whose showroom floor is crammed with classic Detroit chrome. And in Dialogue we talk with Jeff Lerman, president of the Marin County Bar Association, about why he chose Marin County as a place to call home.

Also in this issue, meet the eco-conscious dads (happy Father’s Day, guys!) behind your local biodiesel station, explore the narrow roads of Tam Valley in Microclimate to find a self-contained community the size of Sausalito, and taste the best of AVA in San Anselmo with Erika Lenkert.

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