Travel Information

Location: Mill Valley

Angel IslandJust moments north of downtown San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge, Mill Valley is a touristís delight. Discover the unique shops and al fresco dining as you explore the quaint downtowns of neighboring Sausalito and Tiburon. Embark on a ferry trip to discover the best views of the city, Angel Island, a historic landmark, Alcatraz, and the Marin headlands.

The Acqua Hotel, situated in the picturesque town of the same name, is about 30 miles north (and just across the Bay) from San Francisco. Click here for map and location information.


Airport Transportation

Two companies specialize in service between the San Francisco Airport and Tiburon/nearby Highway 101 exits..

Marine Door-to-Door Shuttle -- Phone: (415) 457-2717 -- FAX: (415) 721-1421

A 24-hour service that will pick you up and bring you to your door. Their vans accommodate 7 to 9 passengers. The one-way cost is approximately $30 for the first person and $12 for each additional person in your group. Make sure you have reservations at least 24 hours before your flight (but preferably much earlier).

Marine Airporter -- Phone: (415) 461-4222

Does not require reservations from the airport. Picks up at the airport every 1/2 hour at the lower (baggage claim) level from the central (courtesy pickup) island. In Marin Country, it picks up every 1/2 hour at Seminary Drive, about 5 minutes after the hour and 1/2 hour (the Golden Gate Bus Pad). The driver can call you a cab to go into Tiburon. The one-way cost is $13 per person.

There are several other general airport shuttle services that will be more expensive unless you make group arrangements. A possible one is:

Super Shuttle 558-8500 -- Phone: (415) 461-4222

They only provide exclusive service to Marin County. This means that you will pay $125 for a 7 seat van, no matter how many passengers.


Local Public Transportation Information

For the entire 9 county Bay Area: http://www.transitinfo.org/

Specific Useful Links for Service Between Tiburon, Sausalito, Mill Valley, San Francisco and nearby localities:


Local Attractions

San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge For 13 out of the past 14 years, readers of Conde Nast Traveller Magazine have voted San Francisco the No. 1 travel destination in the United States. Click here to browse restaurants around Bay Area.

Soma: South of Market, is two square miles of hot nightclubs, fashionable restaurants, experimental theaters, discount shopping outlets and art galleries. Bordering SoMa to the east is another emerging area known as the City Front District, encompassing the Steuart Street area north of Justin Herman Plaza and the Ferry Building.

Chinatown Chinatown: San Francisco is home to the largest Chinese-American community on the West Coast. The neighborhood's narrow alleys are crammed with a colorful mix of herb shops, temples, acupuncture centers, Asian food markets and restaurants.

Alamo Square Alamo Square is One of the most photographed locations in San Francisco. Its famous "postcard row" at Hayes and Steiner Streets is indeed a visual treat.

The Castro: Steep streets and brightly painted Victorian houses give this upper Market "Gay Mecca" neighborhood that distinct San Francisco look. The Castro is a series of imaginative boutiques, bookstores and bars. Novelty items abound in shops at the end of Market Street between 16th and 17th Streets. Built in 1922 the Castro Theater, 429 Castro Street, survives as one of the last grand movie palaces, featuring revivals and pre-film concerts on the mighty Wurlitzer 18th and Castro Streets.

Fisherman's Wharf: Eighty-seven percent of San Francisco's visitors include Fisherman's Wharf on their itinerary. With good reason. Waterfront marketplaces include The Anchorage, The Cannery, Ghirardelli Square and PIER 39.

Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park: The Acqua Hotel is located only minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge has been heralded as one of the top ten construction achievements of the 20th Century.

Golden Gate Park Strybing Arboreturn & Botanical Garden, located within Golden Gate Park, features a spectacular array of plants from the world's Mediterranean and mild temperate climates, to high-elevation tropical cloud forests.

Napa Valley

Wine Country Just 25 minutes south, it is California's famous Sonoma/Napa Valley wine country.

A great cornucopia of wine grapes spilling southward from 4,343-foot Mount St. Helena, the valley has ideal growing conditions, with a dry Mediterranean climate and rich, porous soils. Part agricultural belt and part trendy destination for wine buffs, Napa Valley produces many of California's great vintages.

Sonoma

Sonoma Valley

Located only 45 minutes north of San Francisco, Sonoma Valley is best known for its award-winning wines and wineries. It is also home to numerous small farms, fabulous wine country restaurants, unique historical sites and attractions, beautiful scenery, wonderful shops and boutiques and a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere.


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