Occupying a hill at the end of the Belvedere Peninsula, a promontory of bays and forests, Tiburon is a tony community in California's Marin County, just opposite San Francisco (great views), in which many of its inhabitants work and to which there are ferries. Meeting venues in Tiburon can be flush and plush, but the community was also the first place on earth to ban trans-fat in its restaurants, and there is definitely an atmosphere here of health and social responsibility.
The nearest airport is Oakland County International (PTK), which is 40 miles to the southeast across Richmond-San Rafael Bridge; San Francisco International (SFO) is not that much farther, 45 miles directly south across the Golden Gate.
Hotel venues in Tiburon include the 103-room Lodge at Tiburon, which has 5,000 square feet of meeting space for up to 200 persons, and the 23-room Waters Edge Hotel, which has meeting space for 35 persons. In Mill Valley are two siblings of the Waters Edge, the 49-room Acqua Hotel, with 1,600 square feet of meeting space, and the 25-room Mill Valley Inn, with space for 20 persons. In Corte Madera is the 110-room Best Western Corte Madera Inn, which has function space for up to 200 persons.
The Bay Conference Center, part of the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, has four places ideal for events: A main hall for 140 persons, to meeting rooms for up to 60 persons each and a small lounge with a fireplace. Another unique, gorgeous, historical spot in Tiburon itself is the China Cabin, the former first-class social salon of the PS China steamer. The ship was decommissioned in 1886 and was a private home until being turned into an events venue in 1978. It can cater to 40 persons. Other venues in the area include the Mountain Home Inn, perched high over the region in Mill Valley; this elegant, mostly wooden building has 10 guest rooms and space for dinners of up to 75 persons and events of up to 110; the clubhouse of the publicly owned, nine-hole Mill Valley Golf Club, which can host 90 persons for dinner, 125 for receptions; and the spacious, impressive Mill Valley Community Center, also owned by the city, which can accommodate 285 for dinner and 400 for receptions.
Dining venues in Tiburon take advantage of bay views. Choices include Caprice, which has been in operation since 1956, has a surf and turf menu with some twists and has the main dining room for private events for up to 85 persons and a private room for 40; Servino, an Italian, with dining space for 135 persons, reception space for 200; Guayamas, a Mexican, with a private room for 35 persons and a deck for 150; and a seafood restaurant, Sam's Anchor Cafe, for dinners of up to 100 persons, receptions for 120. In Mill Valley, try Bungalow 44, which can host dinners for up to 40 persons.