Stargaze in Mill Valley, California

Great films shine at October's festival in the heart of Marin County

  • At Ora the decor blends California coziness and Asian simplicity.

    Ora in Mill Valley California

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  • Ora in Mill Valley California

    Discover the nuances of fine rice wine with a sake flight at Ora.

EAT

Bungalow 44 A bustling neighborhood hangout offers comfort foods like "kickin' fried chicken." INFO: $$; 44 E. Blithedale Ave.; 415/381-2500.

Ora Restaurant Bar & Lounge Sake cocktails, crispy whole sea bass, and five-spice Peking duck are standouts. INFO: $$$; 24 Sunnyside Ave.; 415/381-7500.

Small Shed Flatbreads Exceptional flatbread pizzas with surprising toppings, including walnut-olive pesto and sugar pumpkin. INFO: $$; 17 Madrona St.; 415/383-4200.

SHOP

Persimmon Intricately dyed silk scarves, 22-karat gold jewelry studded with gems, and lushly embroidered tunics, perfect for a premiere. INFO: 144 Throckmorton Ave.; 415/389-5443.

G2 Mill Valley Travel, home, and fashion accessories, including handbags by Italian designers like Mandarina Duck and Vivia. INFO: Closed Sun; 149 Throckmorton Ave.; 415/388-7741.

STAY

Private cottages in the redwoods right downtown are movie-set perfect at the Mill Valley Inn (25 rooms from $189; 415/389-6608). The Pacific Rim-style Acqua Hotel (49 rooms from $159; 415/380-0400) sits on the edge of Richardson Bay and boasts incomparable view of Mt. Tamalpais sunsets.

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