There are places that simply feel different. Where a combination of uncommon things create something truly unique.  The home of holistic artists and goat cheese artisans. The birthplace of mountain biking and Obi Wan Kenobi. The natural habitat of those grateful for nature and the Grateful Dead.  It’s one famous bridge from a world-class city. Marin County is just a little out there and to say Marin is “special" is only one way to describe this truly unique corner of California.  Here, a town in the heart of Marin features turn-of-the-century architecture and a downtown district on the National Register of Historic places. Fashionable stores and restaurants like Emporio Rulli, owned by internationally renowned pastry leader, Gary Rulli, offer something out of the ordinary.

Larkspur also boasts another shopping center like no other — located across from the Larkspur ferry terminal, connected by a pedestrian bridge (San Francisco is a quick trip from the ferry) — is Marin Country Mart, a village-style shopping center. The center is an open-air shopping and dining destination with a collection of curated boutiques, organic eateries, fitness and wellness options, and a U.S. Post Office. More than a hundred free community events take place here, including Friday Night Jazz, Saturday Farmer’s Market with Off the Grid Food Trucks & Folkish Festival music series on Sundays.

Winner will receive a two-night stay at the Larkspur Marriott Courtyard, dinner at Farmshop in Marin Country Mart, brunch at Emporio Rulli in downtown Larkspur, and lunch at Belcampo in Marin Country Mart.

More on our sponsors:


Marriott Courtyard. Our modern hotel greets you with a renovated lobby so you can start your stay with us in style. Check in and head to our spacious rooms and suites where you will find cozy bedding, complimentary Wi-Fi and ergonomic workstations. Spend your days exploring popular destinations such as Muir Woods National Monument and the Larkspur Ferry, located within walking distance from our hotel. 



Farmshop Marin has a distinctive voice and is an experience that captures a new kind of luxury, one that is relaxed, handcrafted, free of decoration and highly appealing to all senses. Enjoy a drink at the 50-foot hand sculpted wooden bar, watch the chefs in the open kitchen and at the pizza oven, or dine on the expansive patio. If for drinks during after work, weekend brunch, a special night celebrating with friends and family and anything in between, allow us to create an experience to be remembered. / @farmshopca



Emporio Rulli. Nestled under the shadows of Mt. Tamalpais is the historic downtown of Larkspur, California, where you can step into Emporio Rulli’s and find yourself transported to Italy.
From Panforte, an incredible array of bite sized Cookies, delicate Italian pastries, cream cakes, Torrone (Almond Nougat), colorful chocolate coated Dragees`, fruit Gelatina, hand roasted and blended Coffees, breakfast and lunch paninis, Emporio Rulli offers authentic “Made in Marin” Italian confections. / @emporiorulli



Belcampo. Our vision is bold; our ambition is to build an alternative meat supply system; real solutions are never simple fixes. Help us put health, taste and transparency first. Help us build a better cleaner world through meat. / @belcampomeatco