One of my favorite things about Marin County is that each town is its own character, and Fairfax feels sort of like the cool, hippie daughter who wears a pile of handmade bracelets on her wrist, listens to Bob Dylan, and really just wants to sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and chat about life. Over the weekend, we did just that while we were there, ordering two dark roasts and roaming through the shops, chatting with quirky, friendly shop owners who have lived in the town for decades.
If you do visit, I highly recommend a trip to Jonathan's Leather Craft store. He's a real character, and every surface that isn't covered with handmade leather items is plastered with a vintage concert poster. Bonus points if you duck into The Sleeping Lady or one of the other cozy bars while you're there, too, beacause Fairfax is home to a cool community of artists (including one of my favorite authors, Anne Lamott, who lives there) and you're bound to strike up a conversation with someone intriguing.