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Cooper's Public Market

Great restaurants, local microbrews, wineries, unique shopping, and a lively downtown combined with a beautiful natural setting make Novato a lovely community to live in or play in. Our outdoor activities include mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, bird watching, swimming, and excellent golfing. For those looking for a more urban experience we have unique one of a kind shops downtown such as Five Little Monkey’s, A Closet Affair, All Season Soccer, as well as several great bakeries and restaurants. In downtown Novato you can do anything from taking scuba diving classes with Pinnacles Dive Center to getting a full spa treatment at Spa de Novato.

New and exciting additions to downtown, include the award winning Trek Urban Winery and Cooper’s Public Market, a small family owned indoor market selling sustainably raised eggs, produce, dairy, meats, cheese, honey and other staples all produced within 30 miles of Novato.

For those of you who prefer the chain stores visit Vintage Oak Shopping Center which features stores such as Sephora, DSW Shoes, Target and Costco.

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In spring of 2012, the Big Blend Media team of Nancy Reid and Lisa Smith embarked on their Big Blend Spirit of America Tour, beginning their visits to all 401 National Parks and their Gateway Communities. Traveling full-time until Aug. 25, 2017, the tour is their effort to promote the full funding and protection of America’s 401 National Park units, and showcase them as economically important recreational, educational, natural, and heritage destinations.

As part of their tour they visited, Muir Woods, Pt. Reyes, and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, all located in Marin County, and they stayed at the Inn Marin! They were so excited about how environmentally friendly the Inn Marin is that they created this video featuring our Green Guru, Robert Marshall.

 

 

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redwood credit union novato bank in marinWe want to send a HUGE thank you to our new bank Redwood Credit Union, for all of the help and support they have been providing to us. They helped create a smooth transition in refinancing our Inn and we could not be more grateful!

Over the past few months Richard DeRamon of Redwood Credit Union, or as we call him “Mr. Wonderful,” has been a huge asset and time saver to our business. It is never a step out of his way to help with our needs, and he always has a huge smile with encouraging words to lighten up any work day. He is friendly and knowledgeable in what he does, and he always has great suggestions of how to improve business!

We now have the capabilities to use new forms of technology with someone to hold our hand through the process. Recently, we have started to use a mobile card reader, a plug-in device that allows you to run credit cards from your smart phone. Banquets and events have never been easier and a “cash bar” is no longer the only option we have for our guests.

So thank you again, Redwood Credit Union, for your insight, assistance and great customer service!

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Last month I talked about conserving water with your irrigation system using ET Water Hermit crab controllers, and this month I’ve been thinking about how else you can save water. I looked into reclaimed water systems you can build to use water a second time- to water your garden or flush your toilets!

I found two great YouTube videos to get you started on your reclaimed water system. The first one will show you how you can build a system for capturing shower or sink water and using it to flush toilets.

The second video shows how to build your own rain capture system from your down spouts on the outside of your house. You can build your rain water system as large as you want just by attaching more barrels.

Good luck and save water!

Green tips from Inn Marin in Novato

Robert Marshall, the Green Guru of Inn Marin

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Please bring the family and join us for a special Easter Sunday Brunch in Marin! Sunday, April 20, 2014 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at Rickey’s Restaurant in Novato, California. The Easter Bunny will be hopping in at 11:00am to do four separate Easter egg hunts! We’ll also have face painting and a craft station for the kids.

Easter Brunch at Rickey's restaurant in Marin

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Egg Hunt Times:
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm
2:00pm

Menu

BREAKFAST BAKERIES
Home Made Banana Bread, Assorted Mini Croissants, Assorted Mini Danish & Bear Claws, Assorted Bagels, Cream Cheese, Apricot & Strawberry Jams

SALAD BAR
Fresh Baby Greens, Fresh Baby Spinach & Chopped Romaine Lettuce with Toppings to Include: Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Shredded Carrots, Shiitake Mushrooms, Sliced Beets, Alfalfa Sprouts, Croutons, Crumbled Bleu Cheese, Pickled Red Onions, Sugared Pecans, Chopped Bacon,Tuna Salad, Kidney Beans & Assorted Dressings

HOT BREAKFAST DISHES
Crisp Bacon Strips, Sausage Links, O’Brien Potatoes, Tropical Fruit Crepes, Scrambled Eggs Florentine on English Muffin with Sauce Mornay

OMELETS MADE TO ORDER
Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Bacon, Ham, Bell Peppers, Bay Shrimp, Green Onions, Spinach, Salsa, Olives, Jalapenos & Mixed Cheddar & Jack Cheeses (Egg Whites Available)

PANCAKES MADE TO ORDER
Fresh Made Pancakes with Toppings of: Strawberries, Raspberries, Oranges, Bananas, Peaches, Pecans, Whipped Butter & Maple Syrup

CARVING STATION
Baked Salmon En Croute with Saffron Cream Sauce
New York Strip Loin with Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce

SIDE DISHES
Roast Yukon Gold Potatoes
Mixed Vegetable Medley
Rice Pilaf

DESSERT TABLE
Assorted Cakes, Miniature Pastries, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Fresh Minted Fruit Salad, Assorted Mini Cookies & Rickey’s Banana Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

Complimentary glass of Champagne or non-alcoholic beverage included.
Adults $38.25*
Seniors $33.25*
Kids $20* (ages 12 & under)
*Tax & Gratuity Not Included

Reservations Recommended 415-883-9477

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green hotel lodging in marinThe State of California Green Lodging program was created under Governor Schwarzenegger to encourage state and local government travelers to seek out and give preference to certified “green hotels”.  The state has made green hotels a priority because hotels generate tremendous amounts of waste. Encouraging hotels to switch to environmentally preferable products and practices creates tremendous savings of our precious resources which benefits all of the citizens of CA.

The California Green Lodging Program certifies lodging facilities that demonstrate water and energy conservation, waste minimization, recycling, environmentally friendly purchasing, program sustainability, and pollution prevention. The program is committed to demonstrating the highest standards of integrity and environmental ethics for the State of California. The process of becoming certified involves a rigorous inspection. Hotels are inspected for re-certification once every three years.

The Inn Marin has recently been re-certified at the highest level “Environmentalist”!!

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We’re thrilled to see that Rickey’s Supper Club is now 2100 members strong!
Rickey’s Supper Club members enjoy benefits and rewards for being frequent diners of Rickey’s.

• 5% credited to your club card of total purchase each time you dine in Rickey’s
• Personal wine, corkage waived when dining
• Booth seating based on availability
• Birthday Dessert
• 20% discount off guestrooms at Inn Marin
• 5% discount off private events booked

New Benefit “Two for Tuesdays”: all points redeemed on Tuesdays are worth double. The cumulative points our members have amassed is $15,552 Wow!

Join Today! SUPPER CLUB SIGNUP

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Congratulations to our long time partners, Roche Winery and Vineyards, for all their medal wins at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition! This is the largest wine competition in America and this year received over 5,800 wine entries from over 1,500 wineries.

Roche Winery and Vineyards walked away with three gold medals and one highly desired “Best of Class” award for four of the winery’s extremely limited production wines. The Roche family’s wines awarded gold medals included the 2011 Roche Carneros Merlot Reserve, the 2012 Roche Carneros French Oak Reserve Chardonnay, and 2012 Roche Carneros American Oak Chardonnay. Awarded a “Double Gold” medal and the prestigious “Best of Class” award was the family’s 2012 Roche Carneros Chardonnay.

So, congratulations from our family to theirs as this now makes it 10 years in a row Roche Winery has received a gold or better in this competition. Well done!

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valentines day 2014 at rickey's in novato

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Join us for a night in Novato, celebrating love and friendship with great food, fun cocktails and live music!

Executive Chef Kenneth Drew has created a special 3-Course Valentine’s Dinner menu, as well as a great special cocktail menu. We’ll have live jazz with Lady D by the fire for an added touch of romance.
Reservations are recommended.
(415) 883-9477

Drink Specials

DEA DELL’AMORE (Goddess of Love) 10
Crystal head vodka, Fresh Muddled Strawberries, Chambord Sweet & Sour and Seven Up

WARM BLANKET 8
Piping Hot Cocoa with a shot of Rumpleminze topped With Whipped Cream

PEACHES & CREAM 8
Tres Leches Cream Liquor, Peach Schnapps, Bailey’s and a splash of cream

LIMONE SERA 10
Crystal head Vodka, House made Lemonade shaken or blended (option to add fresh strawberries)

CHANDON CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL 8.5

SWEET TART 9
Chandon and Chambord

HEART BREAKER 10
Spiked chocolate shake with fresh strawberries on top (same as a chocolate frosty plus strawberries)

AMBIANCE 30 (for two)
Square One cucumber vodka, muddled cucumber, Cointreau, lemon juice and agave nectar, shaken and strained into two flutes, topped with and refilled with a bottle of our Kenwood sparkling wine

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Drought! It sure feels like it. We are well into our second week of January and it has not rained since early October or November. It’s been so long I can’t remember. These warm days in the 60’s are great but they are drying up gardens and watering is neccesary. My suggestion is to hand water your plants and nothing else. You may have winterized your irrigation system and may not want to open that up, and hand watering will fix this solution. If you do open your system, make sure not to water late at night because the early morning freeze might damage your irrigation system.

It’s time to look at state of the art conservation systems like ET Water, a company who has combined technology with irrigation to create the perfect system to manage your water usage and have the best landscaping. We saved 207,837 gallons over a 63 day period, from 9/16/13 to 11/18/13.  It’s is time for you to do the same!

Freeze the age old question “do you water when it freezes?” YES, you do! It is better for the plants to have a higher water content- it will actually prevent them from freezing. Cover your citrus to protect it from the morning frost but do remove the cover during the day. If not removed, the cover could damage the plant if you’re using plastic. The plastic magnifies the sun, taking the plant from one extreme to the next.

Read more about the California drought in the Sacramento Bee and on NBC News.

Robert Marshall, Green Guru of Inn Marin

Robert Marshall, Green Guru of Inn Marin

 

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