It's still hanging on to its bohemian roots, but beautiful Mill Valley, nestled under the redwoods at the base of Mt Tamalpais, is a nowadays home to wildly expensive houses, luxury cars and pricey boutiques. It's one of the Bay Area’s most picturesque hamlets and is a great place to stay, visit or use as a base for forays to the mountain and the county's beaches.
Mill Valley was originally a logging town, its name stemming from an 1830s sawmill – the first in the Bay Area to provide lumber. Though the 1892 Mill Valley Lumber Company still greets motorists on Miller Ave, the town is a vastly different place today. Mill Valley also once served as the starting point for the scenic railway that carried visitors up Mt Tamalpais. The tracks were removed in 1940; today the Depot Bookstore & Cafe occupies the former rail station.