Welcome to Ross
A rural setting near big city offerings
Sitting less than 2 miles away from San Rafael and roughly 20 miles from San Francisco, Ross is a rural area offering small-town charm and immediate access to metropolitan attractions. With close proximity to many popular restaurants and shopping destinations, Ross offers a unique blend of countryside tranquility and a sought-after location.
You'll find plenty of restaurant selections within Ross itself, as well as indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities. Many elm-lined streets with elegant estates fill the neighborhoods, providing a peaceful living.
What to Love
- The elegant estates of various sizes
- Close proximity to bustling big cities
- Home to the Lagunitas Country Club
- An array of restaurant options
The Lagunitas Country Club is a popular destination spot in town. With golfing and tennis available and close proximity to trails and the lake, nearby residents are reluctant to pass up membership. Phoenix Lake is not far from where the club resides and is a popular destination for locals. Enjoy boating, swimming, and tranquil trails here. Ross has no shortage of outdoor activities to immerse yourself in.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
With various restaurant choices in town, there is something to meet everyone's fancy. Crown and Crumpet Cake is a favored coffee shop providing hot coffee, warm tea, and delicious pastries. Grabbing a cup of coffee here is a great way to start your day.
For dinner, try Trattoria Fresco. This Italian eatery is well-liked for its pizza selections, authentic menu items, and Italian village vibe. Marché Restaurant is a French bistro with a California flair. When possible, the chef prepares meals using local ingredients found at the city’s farmers market. The patio space offers an enjoyable ambiance for those who prefer to dine outdoors on a nice day.
Slightly south in Kentfield sits Guesthouse Marin. This popular American restaurant is also a great dining spot for dinner. They're open from 5 pm to 9 pm throughout the week and until 10 pm on Friday and Saturday.
Minutes away in San Rafael, residents of Ross prefer visiting Pint Size Lounge. This bar features live bands and pool tables. They have select beers on tap, bottled options, wine, and sake.
Many make their way into nearby cities for upscale shopping. The Marin Gateway Shopping Center in Sausalito and Marin Square in San Rafael are two of the nearest retail spaces for Ross residents who want to purchase new apparel for their wardrobe, go furniture shopping, or find a special gift for a loved one.
Things to Do
Phoenix Lake is one of the major draws of Ross. The lake is surrounded by trees and trails, offering unique perspectives on the area and all it entails. Spend your day walking, boating, kayaking, or simply enjoying nature here. Natalie Coffin Greene Park nearby offers peaceful views as well. With a walking bridge, benches that overlook the water, and plenty of trails to traverse, this park is enjoyed by all who visit here. Ross Trail runs through it, nearly parallel to Ross Creek, which spans from the lake. For additional areas to hike, head slightly north to San Anselmo. Bald Hill Preserve along Mt. Tamalpais provides wide, open views of California’s iconic rolling hills.
Sports enthusiasts flock to the Lagunitas Country Club. This exclusive members-only club features scenic grounds, a world-renowned golf course, tennis facilities, and more.
The Marin Art and Garden Center is also a favored location in town. This special gathering place is intended to educate and inspire Ross residents. You can explore the grounds any day, as it is open to the public seven days per week from sunrise to sunset. A gift shop is also located on the premises. Various holiday events are held here, providing many opportunities for residents to explore the grounds.
The Ross Valley School District serves the communities in Ross.