Old Mill Park On Throckmorton Ave./Old Mill Rd., (415) 383-1370. Free. Holding the town’s namesake 1834 sawmill, this pretty park is sheltered by an old-growth redwood grove and offers idyllic streamside picnicking. A rustic sun-speckled playground area has picnic tables, some of which are inside a circle of giant redwoods. The park is famous as the beginning point of the 7.5-mile Dipsea Trail leading to Stinson Beach.
•Mill Valley Market 12 Corte Madera Ave./Throckmorton Ave., (415) 388-3222. M-Sat 7-7:30, Sun 9-7. Family-owned since 1929, this small but well-stocked grocery 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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