Day trips to Corte Madera from Mill Valley involve a short drive and a lot of fun. It is only 3.6 miles from Mill Valley to Corte Madera making it an excellent destination for a quick getaway. Corte Madera is a small town with a population of under 10,000 residents. It supplied the redwood lumber used to build the city of San Francisco. Today it is one of the most affluent places to live in the US, according to real estate and census reports. Possibly the best reasons to visit Corte Madera are its scenic sights, its proximity to Mill Valley, and its beautiful downtown with numerous shops and restaurants. It’s just a great place to spend a few hours or even an entire day.
The main attractions in Corte Madera are dining, shopping and hiking. Some great shops are Book Passage, for used children’s books and Kim’s Orchid’s, which has a great selection of the lovely blossoms. M Clothing is a very exclusive women’s apparel boutique, with exceptionally trendy and beautiful garments. On Wednesdays, shoppers can enjoy the Certified Farmers Market where the freshest California-grown, seasonal produce is available. At the Meadowlark Gallery, you can see the work of local artists on display.
Hikers may be thrilled by the challenge and beauty of the Matt Davis trail to Stinson Beach. It is a 7.5 mile loop through a deep ravine. The change in elevation is 1,600 ft. The Muir Woods National Monument’s Redwood Creek Trail is also nearby. This is an easy trail for most people and takes you through one of the few surviving old growth forests in the US. This stately and majestic ancient forest is a natural inspiration.
Eating out in Corte Madera is a nice way to end the day. There are an amazing number and variety of restaurants in Corte Madera. You can find many different ethnic and vegetarian restaurants.
Take a short trip from Mill Valley to Corte Madera and enjoy a superb weekend adventure in California.