Corte Madera is situated in Marin County and it is just 3.25 miles south of San Rafael and 15 miles north of San Francisco. The name is from the Spanish and it means the imperative command "Chop wood", as in "To chop the wood". The historical reason for this is that Corte Madera was famous in the past for producing the lumber of redwood trees that went into the construction of the city of San Francisco. I more recent years, Corte Madera has been making great strides becoming a more upscale city. Corte Madera park is one of its gems and the town is well known for its many dog friendly paths, biking and sports routes. Corte Madera offers two of the finest center malls in Marin with exclusive shopping and restaurants. For the nature lovers, just north of "The Village" center there are more than thirty acres of wildlife habitat where it is possible to do several outdoor activities, especially bird watching. Make sure you explore the offerings in Corte Madera.