Friday, July 17, 2009

101 North: Novato, Inn Marin + Rickey's


Inn Marin 250 Entrada Dr./Enfrente Rd., (800) 652-6565, (415) 883-5952; http://www.innmarin.com/. 68 rooms. Pool; hot tub; fitness room. Continental breakfast; restaurant; limited room service. Situated just off Highway 101, at the quiet end of a frontage road, this delightful gem of a vintage motel dates from 1949. It features a 1-story Mission-style architecture, 6-inch-thick slumpstone adobe walls painted in a warm color palatte, and expansive lawns (it sits on 5 acres). Cars can drive right up to the guestroom door, and blue hydrangea-lined walkways lead around the property. Recently renovated to green standards, rooms feature sustainable bamboo floors, soft bamboo fabric bedding, and even bamboo ice buckets, but also flat screen TVs and small refrigerators.

Nicely appointed Rickey’s restaurant ((415) 883-9477; http://www.rickeysrestaurant.com/. D daily, Sat-SunBr; $$.) features a sedate interior of handcrafted mission-style furniture and custom chandeliers. American comfort food made with fresh local ingredients is the fare, and poolside live jazz is added on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. You’ll want to be there when Frank Sinatra sound-alike Brad Bann is booked in to croon smooth songs from the early ‘60s.

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