Small Market Meetings

MAY 2017

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www.smallmarketmeetings.com 24 Destination Showcase LOCATION San Francisco Bay area ACCESS Oakland International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, U.S. Highway 101 MAJOR MEETING SPACES Embassy Suites by Hilton San Rafael, Four Points by Sheraton San Rafael, Marin Civic Center HOTEL ROOMS 2,500 OFF-SITE VENUES Nick's Cove and Cottages, Cowgirl Creamery, Farmstead Cheese Company, El Paseo Restaurant, Terrapin Crossroads, Acqua Hotel CONTACT INFO Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau 415-925-2060 www.visitmarin.org A Bay Area Beauty By Savannah Osbourn Photos courtesy Marin CVB M A R I N C O U N T Y , C A L I F O R N I A W hen travelers cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, they find themselves in the lush coastal region of Marin County, California, a nature lovers' paradise with over 250 hiking trails and two national parks. "We're known for outdoor adventure," said Christine Bohlke, sales and marketing manager at Marin County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Marin County is also celebrated as the birthplace of mountain biking. The move- ment first took root during the 1970s on Mount Tamalpais, which was favored by bikers for its proximity to metropolitan areas as well as the varied terrain and mag- nificent views. With easy access from major cities like San Francisco and Oakland, meeting groups can reap all the benefits of this rich location during their event or conference, enjoy- ing hook-to-table seafood, a thriving music scene and hikes along towering ocean cliffs. In addition to biking in Mount Tamalpais State Park, attendees can use their down- time to explore the bluffs and beaches of Point Reyes National Seashore, which attracts around 2.5 million visitors every year, or wander around the colossal trunks of red- wood trees in Muir Woods National Monument. Though many people associate California with wine, Marin County is known for a different culinary product — artisan cheese — having once produced nearly 30 percent of the state's dairy, and groups can follow the California Cheese Trail to several local manufacturers. This year, Marin County will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, which originally started in Marin, contrary to popular belief that it began in San Francisco. Throughout the summer, the region will host numerous events and festi- vals in honor of the anniversary, with renditions of songs from the Broadway musical "Hair." Above: A chef prepares a farmhouse pizza at a local establishment in Marin County, California. Left: The Marin area is known for its beautiful vistas and outdoor activities.

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