Deep in the forest along Mt. Tamalpais ridge, tucked away in the tress with splintered sunlight casting a golden glow around all is The Tourist Club. A private location that is part of a worldwide club for visitors and tourists alike, this unique place in Mill Valley is a celebration of German traditions and great company. As you park and hike into the club, you soon notice the colorful hanging flag banners off in the distance and hear the sounds of the musicians playing for the crowd.
On this specific day in September, The Tourist Club warmly welcomed a small group of the general public to experience and enjoy all things German at one of their three annual festivals. This particular festival, Kinderfest (meaning a celebration of the children), was an especially exciting celebration which included flowing beer, traditional fare and of course, lots of dancing! The warm sun kept the energy upbeat and the shade from the trees provided the necessary coolness we needed to last throughout.
Because our lack of Lederhosen, Dirndl, Tirolerhut, and other Tracht, it only seemed necessary to make pretzel necklaces and flower crowns for our visit to The Tourist Club! I must say- the pretzel necklaces were a total hit and simple to make!
There was something magical about being tucked away in the forest with friends and family. The excitement and traditions displayed during Kinderfest created the perfect autumn afternoon. Everyone had a permanent smile on their face that day! Are you interested in becoming a member or simply learning more about The Tourist Club? Check out their website for more information. Tip: Keep your eye on ticket sales and don't delay on purchasing. The tickets go quicker than the beer they serve!
Did you get to celebrate Oktoberfest at all this year? Have you ever traveled to Germany or actually attended the authentic Oktoberfest in Munich before? Any plans to travel there? I'd love to hear what types of German celebrations you've been to!