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Mill Valley Travel Guide

Mill Valley Local History

Mill Valley is a little town, north of Sausalito and west of Highway 101, nestled on the lee side of Mt. Tamalpais. It was originally a logging town and takes its name from the 1836 sawmill that can still be seen among the trees in Old Mill Park. In the late 1800s, it was a vacation haven for San Francisco families.

In 1896, a mountain railway took visitors from the town center up to the summit of Mt. Tamalpais. It was discontinued in 1931, but the old depot still functions as a bookstore and café in Lytton Square. Lytton Square is the town center where you will find a bevy of coffee houses, restaurants and boutiques.

Mill Valley Attractions

Mill Valley Shopping

El Paseo Shopping Complex - This complex is likely to cater for all your needs at Mill Valley.

Mill Valley Beaches

Muir Beach - This is one of the local beaches named after a conservationist.

Mill Valley Restaurants and Bars

Mill Valley Restaurants

Buckeye Roadhouse - Roadhouses were the places people used to gather to socialize in the pioneer days and this outlet aims at preserving that tradition. On 15 Shore Highway, it has two dining rooms and a tavern bar with a cosy hunting lounge. The fare caters from the plain to the exotic and includes oysters and smoked duck.

Jennie Low's Chinese Cuisine - The lady whose name is behind this restaurant is a famous cook book writer and patrons flock to this restaurant to sample her expertise first hand. It is located on 35 Miller Ave.

Bistro Alscienne - This is a French restaurant specializing in the cuisine of the Alsatian region in France. There is beer, wine and an a la carte menu where meals cost no more than US$15. It has views of Mt Tamalpais and Shelter bay.

Mill Valley Bars & Clubs

Sweet Water Salon - For over 30 years, this venue has been providing the live music scene of this small village with national and internationally known artists. The performers are advertised well in advance. Early birds who arrive before 7 pm get all pints at US$3.50.

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