EAT. Temper your craving for a European vacation with a quick drive from Kentfield to Ross, where you’ll find culinary treats from countries like Italy and France for far less than the cost of a plane ticket.
1. AMBROSIA (pictured)
Ambrosia offers traditional Italian fare in the kind of family-friendly restaurant the county is known for. Owner Mark Leslie brings his passion for pizza, pasta and premium wines by the glass to the restaurant’s new Kentfield location. facebook.com/ambrosiapizza
2. MARCHÉ AUX FLEURS
Named for a popular farmers’ market in the south of France, Marché aux Fleurs has a menu built from local, seasonal offerings. The French eatery, located in Ross, complements its menu with wines from small family-run vineyards. marcheauxfleursrestaurant.com
3. TRATTORIA FRESCO
The ideal spot for an Italian-style date night. The Ross trattoria’s house-made pastas, traditional Italian salads, grilled meat dishes and pastries are made with local organic ingredients; owner/chef Marco Franceschini will likely stop by your table to check in. 415.464.0915
4. KEEP LEARNING: College of Marin
For high school students looking to get ahead, college kids hoping to transfer to a four-year university and adults continuing their education, College of Marin’s Kentfield campus provides a wealth of academia — and pretty spectacular views of Mount Tamalpais. The newly remodeled school attracts professors looking to live and teach in the county, and the result is a pool of high-caliber classes in a wide variety of subjects that will prepare you for whatever future you choose. The college is also home to soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming, track and field, baseball and softball teams. marin.edu
A Day for Play
PLAY. With all the ways to play in and around the bay, the options can be overwhelming. Here are three opportunities for rowing, cycling and biking — all you have to do is step out the front door.
5. CORTE MADERA CREEK PATH
Don’t let the name fool you — this all-purpose path will connect you with numerous parks, paths and schools throughout Greenbrae, Ross and Kentfield. Our favorite stop is Hal Brown Park, across from Marin General Hospital.
6. MARIN ROWING ASSOCIATION (pictured)
Greenbrae’s nonprofit Marin Rowing Association gives veteran and newbie rowers of all ages a space to hone their skills. Take up sculling (oar in each hand) or sweep rowing (one oar, both hands) — even join one of the competitive teams. marinrowing.org
7. PHOENIX LAKE
This spot in Ross is a mecca for runners, hikers and wanderers. The moderate loop provides ideal terrain for a leisurely stroll through the woods, with beautiful views of the lake at every turn. Be sure to get there early on weekends, as parking is limited.
The Big Day
SHOP. In need of all things borrowed and blue? Marin is full of resources for the wedding of your dreams, from the proposal to the reception. Check out these local establishments for the ultimate engagement ring, tasty and tasteful cake options and an ideal spot to say “I do.”
8. JOHANN PAUL
272 Bon Air Center (Greenbrae), 415.461.1866, johannpauljeweler.com
9. MARIN ART AND GARDEN CENTER GAZEBO
30 Sir Francis Drake (Ross), 415.455.5260, magc.org
310 Bon Air Center (Greenbrae), 415.461.2253, susiecakes.com