I love getting out of town on the weekend — even just for a day trip. This weekend we woke up early, packed up the car and crossed the Golden Gate Bridge before 9am — the best way to avoid traffic is to get on the road before anyone else is up. The scenic 20 mile drive led us to an idyllic morning in Stinson Beach.
Stop at Equator Coffee in Mill Valley’s Tam Junction, the local chain’s first cafe, to fuel up for the drive. Highway 1 has been closed for over a year thanks to construction work fixing the roads after heavy rains, but with no crews working on Sunday we were able to drive the iconic stretch of coastline down into Stinson Beach.
If you are feeling adventurous, pull over right before you get to town and embark on the Dipsea to Matt Davis Trail. Its a 7 mile loop that takes you through fields with ocean views and a lovely wooded stretch with waterfalls. I’ve done this hike many times and its my favorite trail to hike in Mt Tam. But today we went straight for the beach. A perfect October morning, crisp, clear and quiet, save for a few kids heading out to surf and the fisherman on the shore.
After a leisurely walk up the beach, we were the first ones in line at the Siren Canteen when it opened at 11am. Right off the beach, it is just the most charming spot to grab a (delicious) bite and enjoy the scene. Burritos, quesadillas, tacos, nachos and burgers are all on the menu - I love the shrimp diabla quesadilla (or burrito!) and the carne asada nachos. Spend a few hours soaking in the small beach town vibes before heading back to the city.