La Playa Carmel by the Sea, built in 1905 by artist Christian Jorgenson as a gift for his wife, a member of the Ghirardelli family, is celebrating its 110th anniversary by offering a special buy-out package, wherein guests can make the grande dame their own private estate for one week for $110,000, or couples who have honeymooned or spent an anniversary there can return for $110 per night for up to two nights (photos are acceptable proof). laplayahotel.com
Mimi Towle has been the editor of Marin Magazine for over a decade. She lived with her family in Sycamore Park and Strawberry and thoroughly enjoyed raising two daughters in the mayhem of Marin’s youth sports; soccer, swim, volleyball, ballet, hip hop, gymnastics and many many hours spent at Miwok Stables. Her community involvements include volunteering at her daughter’s schools, coaching soccer and volleyball (glorified snack mom), being on the board of both Richardson Bay Audubon Center. Currently residing on a floating home in Sausalito, she enjoys all water activity, including learning how to steer a 6-person canoe for the Tamalpais Outrigger Canoe Club. Born and raised in Hawaii, her fondness for the islands has on occasion made its way into the pages of the magazine.