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Introducing Mill Valley

Nestled under the redwoods at the base of Mt Tamalpais, tiny Mill Valley is one of the Bay Area’s most picturesque hamlets. It was originally a logging town, the name stemming from an 1830s sawmill that was the first in the Bay Area to provide lumber. Though the 1892 Mill Valley Lumber Company still greets motorists on Miller Ave, the town’s a vastly different place today, packed with wildly expensive homes, fancy cars and pricey boutiques.

Mill Valley also served as the starting point for the scenic railway that carried visitors up Mt Tam. The tracks were removed in 1940, and today the Depot Bookstore & Cafe occupies the space of the former station.

Mill Valley visitor information is available from the chamber of commerce (415-388-9700; www.millvalley.org; 85 Throckmorton Ave; 10am-4pm Mon-Fri).