Stinson Beach Day Trip


During our trip to San Francisco last week, Kristian and I  found ourselves in Mill Valley after a breakfast meeting and felt inspired to visit one of our favorite spots: Stinson Beach. It  is a gorgeous, quaint and funky little beach town tucked into the hills of Marin County. It’s a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the city. The weather was beautiful and the sun was shining on the beach despite a light layer of fog. Naturally, I took off my sandals and couldn’t wait to feel the sand in between my toes.


We walked down the beach, dipping our toes in the water, taking lots of pictures and basking in the sun. It felt so good to be warmed by the sun in December! Oh California…I think I may have even gotten the slightest bit sun burnt. Also, how cute are those little birds in the picture below?

Stinson Birds

Kristian, is the perfect subject for experimenting with my new camera lens – 50mm, 1.4 lens, for you camera nerds. My new lens gives that really nice blurred effect in the background and Kristian is devilishly handsome and photogenic so it’s really just a win-win. We had a lot of fun taking pictures of each other the entire trip.


After walking along the beach for a while, we came across this wildly decorated house. It was completely covered in prayer flags and I was just loving it. After checking out the house, we were lured into a super cute neighborhood that we were totally admiring.

Super cute, funky, beachy – all the good stuff.

stinson beach

We also came across some gorgeous succulents. Oh my, I just LOVE succulents. Especially large wild ones that were all over Stinson Beach.

I also have a weak spot for mini succulents as well…they are just too cute.


We also just happened upon this awesome house which was in the same neighborhood as the other house and were enamored by this vintage buoy collection. Cool, right?


Ah, and of course, we saw lots of quintessential rustic beach house decorations like this awesome vintage lamp below. Kind of loved it. I also came across a FABULOUS piece of wood that would have been so amazing for food photography and knocked on the women’s door asking if I could buy it but alas, she said no…very graciously and kindly might I add. It was worth a try! So many great pieces in the area though!

beach lamp

As we were finishing our walk around town we saw this adorable yet kind of sad sign “Save Our Drakes Bay Oyster Farm.” I really hope they are able to save their farm. I mean come on, local oysters…yes please!

stinson  beach

We finished our day trip at a little spot called The Lunch Box which was like a little gourmet snack bar. We got a spinach salad with golden beets, feta and candied walnuts with grilled salmon to share which was awesome and of course we couldn’t resist Inka Chips Plantain Chips, so yummy!

plantain chips

We also got coconut water and THE best arnold palmer. Okay, maybe it just tasted really, really good because we were feeling dehydrated but it was refreshing. After fueling up, we hit the road and we were on our way home, exhausted, after a fun day.

hydration essentials

Have you been to Stinson Beach? I’d love to hear from you in the comment section!

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8 Comments on “Stinson Beach Day Trip

  1. Loved sharing your day with you. I have never been to Srimson Beach. Now I would like to visit it/ I would like to send “Its me Charlotte”, to my sister who is your great Aunt Joan who is living in Bew Orleans. Nee to know how! Love Mere

  2. Charlotte, your exuberant report made me smile today! I hope the rest of the year continues to inspire you. Love, jane

    Sent from my iPhone

  3. Charlotte, thanks for this post!n I’ve been to Stinson and the way you describe it is perfect! Sorry you did not get the table!

  4. Charlotte,
    Really enjoyed your photos. Stinson looks like a lovely, quaint place to visit. Especially loved the photo of your flipflops!
    Danese :)

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