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January 24, 2012


Winter has finally come! Although winter technically began on December 22nd, until January 20th we’d had only a few sporadic days of rain and cold here in the Bay Area. Now, a month later, we are in the thick of our first winter storm. Everyone is very appreciative of the rain. Some even packed up their cars and drove up to the Sierras to enjoy the fresh snow! Here in Marin County, January is normally our biggest month of rainfall, with December coming in close second. Hopefully this will not be true this winter season, as we need much more rainfall to keep our lakes and streams at a healthy level. Here at the Novato Oaks Inn we are keeping our fingers crossed for at least a couple of months of steady rain, because this past week our landscaping project was completed! We are very excited to debut our new exterior look and hope for more rain to keep our plants blossoming! We know that rain can be a bit frustrating, especially when trying to find activities to fill your day. Below are some things to do in Marin County on a rainy day. Have a great week!

Bowling! Located across the street from Celia’s in San Rafael, Country Club Bowl is a great place to take the family or spend the afternoon with friends

Make it a movie day at Northgate in San Rafael

And while you’re there, browse the mall as well

January 17, 2012

Ring in 2012!

It’s January! Now that we’ve rung in the New Year it’s time for a fresh new start! The month of January can be referred to as a month of optimism. This is a month during which people make and implement their New Year’s resolutions in hopes of continuing this lifestyle change throughout the year. Unfortunately, statistics show that most people give up on their New Year’s resolutions as early as two weeks in and that less than half carry their resolution throughout the year. One way that we at the Novato Oaks Inn are hoping to keep our resolutions this year is by working together. Whether your resolution is to lose weight, better your finances or volunteer more in your community, it always helps to have a friend by your side to support you. Below are a few links that may help you with your New Year’s resolutions.

If you’re trying to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle, hiking or biking the beautiful open space trails of Marin County is a great way to do it! This link will provide you with trail locations and detailed maps:
A wonderful place to volunteer in Marin County is the Marin Humane Society:
Good luck and Happy New Year!

May 11, 2010

Elegance Comes to Marin!

This Sunday, May 16 from 9a.m to 4p.m. the Marin Sonoma Concours d’Elegance, the piece de resistance of elegant car shows, graces the Marin County Civic Center grounds. On display will be over 200 exotic and rare vehicles on the lawn and 12 beautiful wooden classic boats (woodies) in the Lagoon. There will also be cars for sale, exhibitors of exceptional automotive products and services plus live music, food, wine and micro brew sampling. As a special feature, on display will be Janis Joplin’s wildly painted 1965 356 Porsche convertible on loan from the Ohio Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Join in the Fun and Comment on this Blog:  The first person who can tell us what ‘beauty’ won the Best of Show d’Elegance award at the 2009 Marin Concours d’Elegance wins an evening for two at the Novato Oaks Inn plus complimentary drink tickets to the Wild Fox!

April 30, 2010

Springtime Musings

A review of the Marin May Calendar of Events suggests that, just as ancient folk welcomed and celebrated the arrival of the Merry Month of May through fairs and festivals, so do today’s modern folk! 

May in Marin offers everything from Wine and Food Festivals, Flower and Garden Party’s, to Elegant Car events and the opening of the Mountain Play!

So, grab your Day Timer, or PDA of choice, go to, and with renewed May-time zest, mark down those favorite event days and join the merry May celebrants in welcoming Spring and warmer days ahead!