October 17, 2014

Mill Valley: Old Mill Park + Mill Valley Market; things to do

101 North 

Old Mill Park  

On Throckmorton Ave./Old Mill Rd., (415) 383-1370.  Free.  Dogs permitted on leash. 

Holding the town’s namesake 1834 sawmill, pretty Old Mill Park is sheltered by redwoods and offers idyllic stream-side picnicking.  No redwoods pre-date the mill, which was built to cut up the area's old-growth trees.  Most current trees began growing after the 1860s.  It is interesting to know that the mill provided lumber for the Presidio in San Francisco.  A rustic sun-speckled playground area has picnic tables, some of which are inside a fairy-ring circle of giant second-growth redwoods (they grow around what must have been a giant 20-foot-circumference redwood).  The park is famous as the beginning point of the 7.5-mile Dipsea Trail leading to Stinson Beach.  The Dipsea Race was first held in 1905 and is considered the first significant trail race run in the U.S.

produce at Mill Valley Market in Mill Valley, California
produce at Mill Valley Market in Mill Valley, California

Picnic Pick-Up

Mill Valley Market  

12 Corte Madera Ave./Throckmorton Ave., (415) 388-3222.  M-Sat 7-7:30, Sun 9-7.

Family-owned since 1929, the small but well-stocked Mill Valley Market began as a produce market but now sells everything required for a fabulous picnic.  It specializes in locally made products and even grows some of its own produce.  An extensive selection of honeys, mustards, green olives, vinegars, salad dressings, and jams are on the shelves, and a deli/bakery tucked in the back dispenses prepared salads and baked goods.  

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image ©2014 Carole Terwilliger Meyers
updated 3-7-20

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