Cavallo Point Lodge: Picture Perfect No Matter Where You Look
An hour after my plane landed in San Francisco I took the first turn off the Golden Gate Bridge, pulling up to this historic lodge. Within minutes I’d been transported from the blazing heart of the East Coast (the Bay Area’s natural air-conditioning—its fog—hovered above) and from the 21st century to the historic buildings of Ft. Baker, once a U.S. Army post. I’d been assigned one of the restored historic guestrooms, formerly the officers’ quarters. A sitting room, bedroom, porch (with a view of the bay), and a spacious contemporary bathroom could not have made me any happier or more comfortable. (I later took a tour of the newer rooms and suites up on the hillside, with their panoramic views of the bridge and bay, I’m quite sure my stay would have been equally as luxurious and relaxing).
I could tell you about the state of the art spa, where I spent several blissful hours in the heated outdoor meditation pool, inhaling the eucalyptus and watching the clouds dance above. Or the amazing short hike that takes you behind the property with picture perfect postcard views of the Golden Gate. Or breakfast on the terrace. Or the complimentary yoga class I took one morning that left me set and centered for the day ahead.
But as luck had it, I arrived the evening that an exhibit of legendary photographer Ansel Adams works was to be unveiled. Not only were some of Adams most iconic pictures in the show, but the photographer’s son gave the artist talk, reminiscing about apprenticing with his father. Talk about picture perfect.