"Talkin' 'Bout Mill Valley" Mill Valley by karenincalifornia

Mill Valley Travel Guide: 21 reviews and 41 photos

The Town That Spawned a Hit Song

If you are as old as I am, the mention of "Mill Valley" may remind you that once, long, long ago, there was a hit song called "Mill Valley" sung by some elementary school kids. The song was written by Rita Abrams, a kindergarten teacher at Strawberry Point Elementary School in the Mill Valley Elementary School District. She then recorded it with the 4th grade class at Strawberry Point. The song went on to become a nationwide hit.

If I were a visitor to Marin County, California, I think Mill Valley would be my favorite Marin town. It has a charming town center with cute boutique shops and fun bistros and cafes. It's only minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge. To the west are hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Muir Woods, with its beautiful redwood forest is just over the hills on the western side of the town.

As a resident of Marin County, I enjoy coming to Mill Valley for the world reknown Mill Valley Film Festival, the stunning hiking trails and the fantastic restaurants. Mill Valley also has an excellent city attorney!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Some of the best restaurants in Marin, wonderful boutique shops, gateway to beautiful hikes
  • Cons:While not the coldest or foggiest, it is colder and foggier than other parts of Marin
  • In a nutshell:Not to be missed if you are traveling through Marin County
  • Last visit to Mill Valley: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Hello, Karen! Thanks for your wonderful page about that faraway place!...

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    You are just a Mill Valley machine. Hills, these ain't no stinking hills! 90 minutes sounds like a nice leisurely pace ;-]

  • Jan 24, 2007 at 12:22 PM

    pretty country. i like water i like trees. i even like steps.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2007 at 2:26 PM

    I don't remember any song about Mill Valley, but I do remember going there from Berkeley sometimes and also hiking in the area. Fine photos and descriptions in your travelogue and tips! I'm glad to hear Mill Valley has such an excellent city attorney!

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