Made up of several smaller neighborhoods, Corte Madera sits in the foothills below Mt Tamalpais, yet just about a 10-minute drive to the Golden Gate Bridge. The town is home to many thriving small businesses, including independent book store Book Passage, which hosts classes, workshops, and readings by world recognized authors. Right next door is NOW Power Yoga, which draws an impressive crowd ever week of all ages, fitness levels and backgrounds. Just above the neighborhoods in East Corte Madera is Ring Mountain Open Air preserve, where day hikers can enjoy breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay. Corte Madera’s open-air malls are a favorite in Northern California and attract visitors for some of the best shopping in the state. Corte Madera and Larkspur share a school district.