The signature business in town is the Pelican Inn, a Tudor-style
lodge plus eatery that often has live music and always
offers fine imports on tap.
two miles inland lies Muir Woods National Monument, a
550-acre gift to the federal government in 1907 by Marin's
prominent Kent family. There's a store and a snack bar
but the draw is imposing coast redwoods, Sequoia sempervirens,
many of them 20 stories tall and some as old as the Magna
Carta. The main groves have been likened to cathedrals
but they're more impressive than that; when you're standing
in the cool, muffled shadows, it seems that even sound
and light have paused to show respect.
Woods is open 8 a.m. to dusk. Admission is $2 for adults.
The number for more information is (415) 388-2595.