Nestled in the foothills of towering Mount Tamalpais, Mill Valley is an intimate community whose beauty is only matched by its rich history. Since the Coast Miwok inhabited this region thousands of years ago, people have been enjoying Mill Valley's natural environment. Today, there are municipally maintained open-space reserves, parks, and coastal habitats, and these areas, along with the Mediterranean climate, allow the residents to enjoy outdoor recreation all year round. There is also a thriving downtown in Mill Valley as well. Revolving around Lytton Square, the business district is home to art galleries, trendy fashion boutiques, open-air coffee shops, and more. Festivals, parades, and events of all kind are also seen taking place in this central plaza as residents celebrate their sense of community.