San Anselmo is just to the north of Ross (and 20 miles north of San Francisco) between Fairfax and San Rafael in Marin County. San Anselmo is only a short distance away from Highway 101 and facing south gives you a grand view of Mount Tamalpais.
Hikers will find a variety of locations enjoyable to visit, including nearby Muir Woods, Mount Tamalpais State Park and Samuel P. Taylor State Park. There are several hiking routes, biking trails and campgrounds that showcase the beauty of San Anselmo. The types of parks range from very developed with creative playgrounds to natural, untouched areas of woods, hills, flowers and views. You can get around San Anselmo by biking, walking or driving. Whether you feel like having a sunset picnic overlooking a creek or playing Frisbee in a grassy meadow, San Anselmo is full of places that make walking and biking an enjoyable way to get around.
Avid golfers do not have to worry about access to their favorite sport. In fact, golfers find visiting San Anselmo a real treat. Just 13 minutes away is San Geronimo Golf Course, the host of the San Anselmo and Corte Madera Annual Golf Tournament. This outstanding golf course was voted by Golf Digest as one of the best places to play golf three years in a row. Both the Pacific Sun and San Francisco Chronicle voted San Geronimo the #1 Golf Course in Marin County, for five consecutive years.
The great community of San Anselmo is always finding new ways to support the locals who live here and the many visitors to this charming town. The town even provides free holiday parking in downtown San Anselmo after Thanksgiving. Most shops, restaurants and cafes are in downtown San Anselmo along San Anselmo Avenue, west of Sir Francis Drake High School. The city shuts down the parking meters, and residents can enjoy free parking during holiday season. You can view information on overnight parking permits here.
The closest DMV is in Corte Madera and the NV of Marin Driving School in San Anselmo gives great driving lessons.
Corte Madera DMV Office
Address: 75 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925
Phone: (800) 777-0133
Novato DMV Office
Address: 936 7th St. #A, Novato, CA 94947
Phone: (800) 777-0133
Culture lovers will enjoy art galleries, antique shops and dated boutiques boasting vintage and current fashions. Routes Gallery on San Anselmo Avenue has an extraordinary collection of pottery, Asian art and statues. This is the perfect place to browse through the hand-picked pieces of one of many art-lovers in San Anselmo.
Address: 1508 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo, CA 94960
Phone: (415) 482-6199
Local oil painter, Michael Feldman runs the Michael Feldman Gallery, which is also on Anselmo Avenue. His gallery displays his own art works of views around San Anselmo. If he's not in the gallery, he's most likely out painting. Just peer in the window to see his paintings of various hills, backwoods, creeks and roads of San Anselmo.
Address: 630 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo, CA 94960
Phone: (415) 460-6644
After a hike, bike ride or long day of shopping, you may want to relax at one of San Anselmo's at the end the day. Shibui Gardens Outdoor Spa offers massages, a hot tub, relaxing sauna and charming gardens.
Address: 19 Tamalpais Ave, San Anselmo, CA 94960
Phone: (415) 457-0283