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Take A 10-Mile Drive From Sausalito To Tiburon

May 6, 2012 6:05 PM

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Take the 10-mile drive from Sausalito to Tiburon and you’ll discover the richness of the North Bay. Discover neighborhoods on the water, literally, and stop along the way at some of the best places to eat and drink the North Bay has to offer. Meet a man who floats rent free in a home with the best views of San Francisco.

Liam’s Fave: Lighthouse Café
1311 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 331-3034
www.lighthouse-restaurants.com/sausalito

Danish owners Annette and Gerner Andresen opened the Lighthouse Café in 1992. You can taste their Scandinavian flair for simplicity and good quality in the food. The café is famous for its breakfast and lunch, and serves American classics alongside Danish Meatballs or Norwegian Salmon.

San Francisco Seaplane Tours
Their main office is located at the Stinson Beach/ Mill Valley exit off Highway 101, just 5 minutes North of the Golden Gate Bridge.
(415) 332-4843
www.seaplane.com

Park and fly with San Francisco Seaplane Tours, operating since 1947. Take off from the water on Richardson Bay and get a birdseye view of Sausalito and Tiburon from an altitude of 13,000 feet. San Francisco Seaplane Tours operates 7 days a week.

Buckeye Roadhouse
15 Shoreline Highway
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 331-2600
www.buckeyeroadhouse.com

The Buckeye Roadhouse has been a Northbay institution since it first opened in 1937, right after the Golden Gate Bridge was completed. Be sure and try their infamous baby back ribs. They melt in your mouth.

Le Garage Bistro
85 Liberty Ship Way # 109
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 332-5625
www.legaragebistrosausalito.com

Le Garage Bistro serves traditional everyday French Food. Savor classic dishes like duck confit or be brave and and go for the escargot stuffed mushrooms with Burgundy snails, garlic, parsley, shallots and beurre maitre d’hotel!

Cable Car Coffee
773 Redwood Hwy
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 883-8594
http://cablecarcoffeecompany.com

Open since 1988, family-owned Cable Car Coffee Company is a fully self-contained, drive-thru gourmet espresso coffee shop. Cruise by the bright-red cable car kiosk, and pick up gourmet coffees and espresso drinks, fine teas, and tasty freezes along with pastries, baked goods, and bagels.

Audubon Center and Sanctuary
376 Greenwood Beach Road
Tiburon, CA 94920
(415) 388-2524
www.tiburonaudubon.org

Richardson Bay is considered one of the most pristine estuaries on the Pacific Coast. The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is a feeding and resting area for a large diversity of estuarine and pelagic birds, including over 40,000 diving ducks and other water birds. Be sure to bring your binoculars.

Railroad Ferry Depot Museum
1920 Paradise Drive
Tiburon, CA 94920
(415) 435-1853
www.landmarks-society.org

Tiburon was once a major railroad and ferry terminus, maintenance yard and industrial town. The trains are no longer running, but you can learn about the area’s rich railroad and maritime history at the Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum. The Museum rests on Shoreline Park with priceless views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Angel Island.

St. Hilary Church
201 Esperanza Street
Tiburon, CA 94920
www.landmarks-society.org/landmarks/st_hilarys.php

St. Hillary Church was built in 1888 as a place of worship for local railroad workers. The building is one of the few remaining Carpenter Gothic churches to survive in its original setting. The adjacent John Thomas Howell Wildflower Preserve is one of the most beautiful wildflower gardens in California.

Schoenberg’s Guitars
106 Main St
Belvedere Tiburon, CA 94920
(415) 789-0846
www.om28.com/

Schoenberg Guitars is a source of fine vintage and new instruments, but more than that it is a series of fine instruments designed by Eric Schoenberg. The shop hosts concerts of world-class musicians and is a source for music instruction.

Poncho’s Casa Manana
110 Main St
Tiburon, CA 94920
(415) 789-0216

This unpretentious Mexican restaurant has a great outdoor patio. The cafe is a favorite with the locals.

Paradise Beach County Park
3450 Paradise Drive
Belvedere Tiburon, CA 94920
(415) 499-6387

Paradise Beach is well-named. Stop here and take in the stunning views of the bay. You can see seals, sea lions and other marine life, and access the bay for kayaking.

Ready for your next adventure? Head over to Eye on the Bay’s Travel & Outdoors section and discover the best of the Bay.

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