SAN RAFAEL

 

Situated in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, San Rafael is a spectacular Spanish-influenced town and is also the County Seat of Marin County. Once a haven for LucasFilm and other movie developers, it is a bustling community perfect for culture buffs, as well as outdoor enthusiasts. Marin County Cultural Center, located on a lush 11-acre lagoon and 20-acre park, is one of Frank Lloyd Wright's last major commissions. It is also the county's largest performing arts and convention center. Its local China Camp State Park has sweeping views of San Pablo and San Francisco bays and offers boat launching, fishing, wind surfing, horseback riding, and hiking. San Rafael is filled with a diverse architectural wonderland that displays historic vintage homes, Victorian manors, country club estates, ranch-style abodes, and Eichler designed homes. It has a delightful downtown with bustling shopping opportunities and multi-ethnic restaurants. It is centered around San Rafael City Plaza with its cascading water wall fountain and seasonal events which makes San Rafael the North Bay's ideal destination.