San Rafael

Home to the San Rafael Mission, the city of San Rafael is the urban center of Marin County. However, with an abundance of neighborhoods, residents can live close to the downtown action or tucked away in the rolling foothills below Mt Tam. Downtown nightlife boasts a collection of popular local bars, the world-famous Sol Food Puertican Cuisine restaurant, a local pool hall, and Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh-founded Terrapin Crossroads restaurant and music hall. Also in San Rafael is the Marin County Civic center, an architectural wonder designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, which serves as a community center as well as host to the biweekly Marin County Farmers’ Market and neighbor to the Marin County Fairgrounds, which holds events and conventions year-round in additional to the annual county fair every 4th of July weekend.