As we look for things to do on a rainy day with winter upon us, we might explore the treasures in our midst. California ranks in the top five states in the country for its number of historic landmarks, with 145—only three other states have more: New York (274), Massachusetts (189), and Pennsylvania (168). In fifth place, Ohio has a distant 76.
And Marin County has an astonishing third of California’s landmarks, numbering 50. Besides the obvious ones due to their size—such as Angel Island, China Camp, Drakes Bay, the Forts Baker, Barry, and Cronkhite, the Hamilton Army Air Field, Larkspur Downtown, Marin City Public Housing, Marin County Civic Center, Muir Beach Archeological Site and Muir Woods National Monument, Point Reyes Light Station and Pierce Ranch at the Point Reyes National Seashore—there are other smaller treasures worth discovering, such as:
· the West Point Inn on Mt. Tamalpais
· the Sausalito Woman’s Club (120 Central Ave.)
· the Benjamin and Hilarita Lyford House in Tiburon (376 Greenwood Beach Rd.), now the Richardson Bay Audubon Center
· the Robert Dollar Estate in San Rafael (1408 Mission Ave.), complete with gardens, now the Falkirk Cultural Center
· the Outdoor Art Club in Mill Valley (1 W. Blithedale Ave.)
Give them a call to take a tour or just walk on the grounds to enjoy each’s surroundings. Among this small group, you’ll be in all of the terrains in our area: waterfronts, mountains, meadows, and woods. That’s the beauty of Marin! Let’s take a moment to enjoy what we have all around us.