This past weekend, we were able to take advantage of a small break between rain storms and head out to Mill Valley. Our first stop was Equator coffee in the heart of Mill Valley's downtown. This is a really great place to fuel up for the day. The coffee is very good and the prices are only slightly more than Peet's or Starbucks (but you're getting small batch organic coffee that is locally roasted...bonus!!).
|Such a beautiful set up!|
|Old Mill Park|
|The path has some toddler friendly portions, but our 3.5 year old needed a hand to hold along several portions, and the 1.5 year old had to be carried over the portions that were steep or had big drop offs.|
After the hike we headed back into town to explore the downtown shops. There are a number of upscale boutiques in the square as well as a handful of restaurants and cafes. The Depot Bookstore and Cafe is a popular spot to get a snack and the outdoor patio sits adjacent to an open space with park benches where the kids can run around.
|Downtown Mill Valley. The Depot Cafe and Bookstore (lower right) used to be a train depot for the Northwestern Pacific Railroad and sits in the center of the downtown square.|
|We had the margherita pizza and it was so fresh and flavorful! The kids really enjoyed it too...we definitely should have ordered two pizzas.|
|Smelling the flowers that are around the outdoor patio at Tony Tutto's.|
|Until next time...|
What are your favorite urban hikes in the Bay Area?
The details: Mill Valley is about 30 minutes from Berkeley. The hike is just over 2 miles R/T if you start in downtown Mill Valley. **Note that there is a small turnout for parking at the entrance to Cascade Falls where you can access both trails without having to do the initial walk through Old Mill Park and the residential neighborhood.
The facts: Gas/Toll: $10, 2 large drip coffees at Equater: $5.50, Pizza at Tony Tutto's: $12 (**but you should plan on getting 2 pizzas if you want to fill up).