San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo CA

After the North Pacific Coast Railroad built a stop here in the summer of 1874, this community in Marin County became known as Junction. It eventually garnered the name San Anselmo and incorporated as a town in 1907. Today, its quaint downtown, homes situated in leafy neighborhoods, access to the outdoors and small-town atmosphere appeal to families. 1. Comforts 335 San Anselmo Ave.: At this cafe, takeout, catering and gift spot, enjoy a hearty American breakfast on the patio out front beneath a large mural, create a picnic lunch from the salads, sandwiches and house-made baked goods, or choose meat loaf and other entrees for a cooking-free night at home. (415) 454-9840. 2. San Anselmo Inn 339 San Anselmo Ave.: Containing rooms accented with antique furnishings and ranging from a budget queen with a shared bath to a two-room king suite, this petite inn makes for a cozy place to stay. Perks include complimentary breakfast and bicycles and surfboards for guest use. (415) 455-5366. 3. Imagination Park 535 San Anselmo Ave.: Filmmaker George Lucas, who penned both the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” series in San Anselmo, donated the land for this park. It features a fountain topped with Yoda and Indiana Jones sculptures by artist Lawrence Noble, benches, trees, fragrant roses and grassy areas. 4. Taco Jane’s 21 Tamalpais Ave.: On a spring evening, patrons dine alfresco, dipping tortilla chips into bowls of Black Gold salsa and listening to Latin music. At his cheery cafe, with sunflower yellow walls and papel picado banners, Matthew Boussina serves Yucatan- and Oaxaca-style Mexican dishes. (415) 454-6562. 5. The Coffee Roastery 701 San Anselmo Ave.: Neighbors meet up to enjoy a richly flavored cup of coffee made from beans roasted on site, relax on the sunlit patio and socialize at this popular spot, which opened in 1979. There’s free Wi-Fi and the occasional live music performance. (415) 785-8077. 6. Flour Craft Bakery 702 San Anselmo Ave.: Flour Craft Bakery handcrafts gluten-free artisan breads, cakes, desserts and pastries. Adored for its maple pecan and cranberry almond granolas, it also bakes grain-free, high-protein sandwich bread, layer cakes and lemon bars. (415) 453-3100. Parking Free, two-hour parking on San Anselmo Avenue 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, all day Sunday and holidays. Getting there Public transit: Take Golden Gate Transit’s No. 70/80 bus to the San Rafael Transit Center. Transfer to the No. 22 southbound bus, exit at the San Anselmo Hub Center and walk to San Anselmo Avenue. By car from S.F.: Take Highway 101, exit at Central San Rafael and turn left on Third Street. Continue onto Fourth Street and then onto Red Hill Avenue. Turn left on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, right on Ross Avenue and right on San Anselmo Avenue. Good to know The San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival, with vendors, live music, demonstrations and more, returns next month. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 23-24. San Anselmo Avenue from Bolinas to Tamalpais; parking available at St. Anselm’s School (40 Belle Ave.) – Stephanie Wright Hession, David N. Swaim Tam Realty Inc Owner DRE#1070789 415-710-5504 609 San Anselmo Ave San Anselmo CA 94960 Serving all of Marin County

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