Marin's Best Kept Secrets: The Secret Stairs of Belvedere I Skall+Glassman

Skall + Glassman - January 18, 2024

Belvedere, California, a serene and picturesque town, is situated four miles north of San Francisco on the southern edge of the Tiburon Peninsula, nestled between Richardson Bay and the town of Tiburon.

This charming location, less than a square mile in area, is bordered by the San Francisco Bay waters on three sides and comprises Belvedere Island, the Belvedere Lagoon, and Corinthian Island.⁠

Locally known as the "lanes," the “secret stairways” are a meandering collection of steps and pathways weaving through the island's slim roads. Historically, these staircases served as the primary access for residents who traveled by boat from San Francisco to their summer residences on the island.⁠

Embark on a journey through the 18 distinctive lanes scattered across the island. These lanes feature staircases varying from 4 to 195 steps, with some offering breathtaking views of the bay.⁠

Conclude your excursion with a delightful meal at @malibufarmtiburon, which boasts waterfront dining. Savor a glass of wine at @squalovino Wine Bar or immerse yourself in the latest artist exhibition at Artonomi Fine Art Gallery @artonimifineart

You can view the exact location of all of these lanes on the Google map below.


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