See, you’ll just head over the Golden Gate instead.
Your reward for this clever alternate route: In-N-Out.
Second reward: a wet shave.
Welcome Trading Post, Barber Lane and Unionmade at the Marin Country Mart, an upscale trio of retro-Americana shops in general-store, barber and mercantile form, now open right off the 101 on the way to Tahoe.
Okay, so this white-walled, open-air mart may look like a piece of Nantucket dropped into Larkspur, but it’s chock-full of totally necessary things and services—like plaid shirts, Rubik’s Cubes and hot-towel shaves in reupholstered vintage barber chairs (you would never show your face in Tahoe without a fresh shave).
The stores are arranged in an L-shaped cluster, so you could walk into any one of them and flow through as if it were one shop. Start at the barber with that shave, then duck into the side door that puts you inside Unionmade, where you can check out goods you didn’t pick up in the Castro store—like a bright red peacoat that could come in handy if there’s a sudden avalanche or you’re channeling a dapper ski-patrol look.
After that, make a quick pass through the Trading Post to get last-minute knickknacks—like Twister, a Chariots of Fire DVD and a copy of Great Expectations.
You know, the essentials.