Corte Madera is a small town that reflects Northern California’s easy, outdoor lifestyle. With a backdrop of Mt. Tamalpais, Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera’s main street, is one of the most beautiful town entries in all of Marin County. From its picturesque hillsides and stunning views of the bay to its fashionable homes and varied businesses, the town is both charming and convenient. Whether you’re a resident or visitor, visiting Corte Madera’s shopping centers is a must. Noted as some of the best in the county, these shopping centers serve as major attractions, especially when hosting the popular farmers market.
In addition to great shopping opportunities, Corte Madera boasts gorgeous locales for enjoying nature and local wildlife, including the Corte Madera Creek, the Corte Madera Ecological Reserve, Shorebird Marsh and the Ring Mountain Reserve.
The most popular attractions in the town are listed below.
51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, CA 94925
Having served the Bay Area for 30 plus years, Book Passage is recognized as the best bookstore in Marin County. Offering author events, annual conferences and writing and language classes to the community, this well-appointed bookstore carries books of all kind, from children’s literature, top-selling fiction and mystery novels to travel guides and used books.
Cru Wine Company
20146 Road 21, Berenda, Corte Madera, CA 93637
Stop by this tasting room and winery to sample its vast portfolio of distinctive wines, including the Cru, Yosemite View and Mariposa brands of wines. Open Monday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., this winery is dog friendly, as long as your pup is on a leash. There is plenty of room for parking RVs and Tour Busses.
26 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera, CA
Head to Stellar Spa and escape from the grind of your everyday life. If you’re looking for personal renewal and world-class spa services, you won’t find a better environment in all of Marin County. Offering relaxing spa treatments for both men and women in its 4,500-square-foot facility, the spa is an elegant, relaxing and sophisticated place to receive facials, massages, waxing and body treatments.
Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve
5300 Paradise Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94976
Atop the Tiburon Peninsula lies the Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve, a piece of land that was saved from development by the Nature Conservancy. Due to its unique geology and microclimate, the location is home to a variety of rare plants that can grow in the toxic, serpentine soil, including the Tiburon Mariposa Lily which cannot be found anywhere else on Earth. If you are interested in seeing some of this rare plant life, there are several ways to access the trails on this preserve. The best way is to start at Paradise Drive’s trailhead and then follow the Phyllis Ellman Loop Trail to the top of the point, where the lilies are. The wildflowers along the path are also breathtaking during the spring, and you will be able to enjoy views of the Bay Area and San Francisco from the top of the point.