A Local’s Guide to Visiting the North Bay

Heading to the North Bay for the first time? Our expert editors are here to help you know where to stay, what to do and where to eat. Welcome to the 2022 Getties (best of the bests) and the Readers’ Choice awards for the Bay Area.

Featured Photo: Marina Green, courtesy of Grace Hom


Best Breakfast

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Readers' Choice: Marvin's Breakfast Club

This snug breakfast, brunch and lunch place offers heated outdoor seating and plenty of fluffy omelet and traditional or spicy Benedict options, all with a side of the crispiest home fries or hash browns.

Complete List of 2022 Best Breakfast in the North Bay Getties

Best Lunch

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Readers' Choice: Sol Food

One of the most popular restaurants in Marin County, Sol Food is known for their Puerto Rican cuisine that gets customers lining up around the block.

Complete List of 2022 Best Lunch in the North Bay Getties

Best Dinner

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Readers' Choice: Nick's Cove

While you’re taking in the rich, Tomales Bay air, you may get a whiff of their paella, cioppino or beloved cast iron macaroni and cheese (made even better with Dungeness crab) — all of which feature seafood from nearby waters.

Complete List of 2022 Best Dinner in the North Bay Getties

Best Pizza

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Readers' Choice: Pizzahacker @ The Junction Beer Garden

Arguably the best outdoor seating in Marin County, Pizzahacker also boasts one of the most flavorful crusts in the area.

Complete List of 2022 Best Pizza in the North Bay Getties

Best Burger

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Readers' Choice: Buckeye Roadhouse

A burger at the Buckeye, with a glass of cab or beer (if you’re lucky you’ve showed up before they run out of their Pliny the Elder supply), is a litmus for anyone who claims to know where the best meal in town can be found.

Complete List of 2022 Best Burgers in the North Bay Getties

Best Sushi

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Readers' Choice: Sushi Ran

Behind the facade of a charming bungalow in the heart of Old Town Sausalito, is a Zagat top-5 best Bay Area restaurant known for its exquisite, inventive Japanese-Pacific fusion cuisine and dining experience.

Complete List of 2022 Best Sushi in the North Bay Getties


Best Value Hotel

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Readers' Choice: William Tell House

Located just up the hill from Dillon Beach in the northwest corner of Marin, William Tell House is ideally suited for days at the beach, riding along the California Cheese Trail or slurping up oysters and local seafood at the many seafood shacks that dot nearby Tomales Bay.

Complete List of 2022 Best Value Hotels in the North Bay Getties

Best Luxury Hotel

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Readers' Choice: Cavallo Point

Rooms in the historic officers’ quarters are reminiscent of a Greek revival mansion, with wide front porches and turn-of-the-century woodwork, while rooms in the new wings feature radiant heat floors and plate-glass windows.

Complete List of 2022 Best Luxury Hotels in the North Bay Getties

Best Group Getaway Hotel

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Readers' Choice: Bodega Bay Lodge

A bluff overlooking Bodega Harbor with its busy fishing boats is the charmed setting for one of Sonoma’s iconic inns, Bodega Bay Lodge. The main lodge hosts meeting rooms large enough for 70 guests and boast timbered ceilings and massive fireplaces to warm up rainy or fog-chilled days.

Complete List of 2022 Best Group Hotels in the North Bay Getties

Best Wellness/Spa Hotel

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Readers' Choice: Stanford Inn

Beloved for its prime position right on Big River and close to downtown Mendocino, Stanford Inn is an integrated resort, with numerous programs to experience Mendocino offered onsite. Gardening and cooking classes, nature walks and tai chi, there’s even a creative play shop for adults to let their inner Stan Lee or Georgia O’Keeffe out.

Complete List of 2022 Best Wellness Hotels in the North Bay Getties


Best Place to Visit

Photo: Courtesy of Dennis Anderson, Visit Marin

Readers' Choice: Point Reyes National Seashore

See wild coastal beaches, rookeries of seals plus estuaries, farms and ranches, herds of tule elk. And, high on a headland, spot migrating whales from the 150-year-old Point Reyes Lighthouse.

Complete List of 2022 Best Places to Visit in the North Bay Getties

Best Annual Event

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Readers' Choice: BottleRock Festival

Over the past few years, BottleRock has evolved into a major music festival with a stellar artist lineup and an equally impressive culinary stage.

Complete List of 2022 Best Annual Events in the North Bay Getties

Best Hike

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Photo: Courtesy of Julius Leiman Carbia/AllTrails

Readers' Choice: Tomales Point Trail

Find tule elk grazing freely and over 490 avian species for your birding pleasure. Wildflowers speckle the narrow peninsula and the coastline mimics that of the rugged Monterey Peninsula.

Complete List of 2022 Best Hikes in the North Bay Getties

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