Hiding among giant Redwoods in Marin stands a two-story German lodge, offering a rotating draft selection, lederhosen and intricate, boozy artwork adorning its main hearth, this gem in the middle of the forest is only accessible by foot.
Hiding among giant Redwoods in Marin stands a two-story German lodge, offering a rotating draft selection, lederhosen and intricate, boozy artwork adorning its main hearth, this gem in the middle of the forest is only accessible by foot. Pack a picnic and hike your way to the Bay Area’s legendary Tourist Club.
What Makes It Great
The Tourist Club is a network of hundreds of Bavarian-style clubhouses across the world. Sister locations are found in Sri Lanka, Greece and Brazil to name a few. It’s a collation of nature lovers, volunteers and friends, founded by Austrians in the late 1800’s, and more popular than ever, it’s authentically cool and completely inspiring. All of the locations are well-hidden in some of the best wilderness in the world. The Bay Area has two locations in Oakland and Marin. Both are magical and open only to guests three times a year. However, it’s easy to become a member, and you’re likely to meet fellow nature lovers young and old.
Who is Going to Love It
Day hikers, work buddies and even fairy tale believers admire the sacred space at the Tourist Club. The hike in and out is just as enchanting as the lodge itself. As you wind through tree trunks and coastal brush shaded by redwoods, you’ll begin to thirst for a German beer. Recreational Sunday warriors will especially enjoy the mellow and relatively flat trail. It’s just over a 3-mile hike and a pleasant jaunt through nature.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Drive North to Marin County towards Mountain Tamalpais. Park off of Panoramic Highway near Ridge Road and look for signs to Redwood Trail. You’ll see signs for the Tourist Club along the way.
Sorry, no dogs are allowed, and guests are only welcome inside the club three times a year. Any prospective members are welcome to volunteer on the third Sunday of the month. Be aware, Redwood trail brushes up to a lot of high grass and low hanging branches, so check for ticks while hiking.