Located on the grounds of Fort Baker, a former Army post, Cavallo Point Lodge has taken great pains to preserve its historic roots. Half of the rooms and suites are meticulously restored officers’ residenmces with views of the skyline and San Francisco Bay. The other half are modern quarters with heated floors, gas fireplaces, and floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that frame the Golden Gate Bridge. Photographs by national and international contemporary artists give each room a unique look.
The 335-acre Fort Baker became national park property in 1995, and the last soldiers left in 2000. Cavallo Point opened in 2008 with LEED Gold Certification and has made environmental sustainability one of its guiding tenets. To reduce its footprint, the lodge employs native plants, energy-efficient appliances, reusable building materials, and bamboo furniture. The green theme extends to the lodge’s restaurant, Murray Circle, and cooking school, where local, organic ingredients play a starring role. Take the holistic approach one step further and reserve an acupuncture or energy work session at the spa. Once you’re ready for city life again, Cavallo Point runs free shuttles to Sausalito and San Francisco.
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Explore the natural bounty of Fort Baker and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and take a walk to the nearby jetty, one of the best vantage points for seeing the Golden Gate Bridge from below. For quaint shopping and dining, downtown Sausalito is a short drive away. Highlights include Heath Ceramics, Fish, and Bar Bocce. From there, take the ferry to San Francisco, and get dropped off at the Embarcadero. Explore Fisherman’s Wharf, walk to Coit Tower, or catch a Giants game. Before heading back across the bay, stop for a cocktail with a view at Americano.
Need to Know
Rooms: 142 rooms, 48 suites. From $300. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:The Cavallo Point Cooking School leads hands-on and demonstration classes in its 1,200-square-foot kitchen outfitted with stainless appliances and communal wood tables. Themes range from gluten-free baking to cooking from the farmers' market. Call (888) 651-2003 for reservations. The restaurant Murray Circle also embraces the farm-to-table ethos with dishes that highlight local meats and produce. Try the Prather Ranch grass-fed burger or the Liberty Farms duck a la plancha. Helmed by chef Justin Everett, who worked at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon, it serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. A tasting menu is also available Friday to Sunday. Reserve a table on the lodge’s website. For something more casual, check out Farley Bar, which serves small plates and craft cocktails. Pull up a seat at the rough-hewn bar carved from a fallen tree or sink into one of the leather club chairs. Spa and gym details:The two-story Healing Arts Center and Spa makes relaxation an art form with its heated meditation pool, tea bar, and warm wood accents. Treat yourself to the signature massage with aromatherapy or the purifying detox facial. A fitness suite is open 24 hours.
Who's it for: Eco-minded luxury travelers who want to unwind. The spacious, pet-friendly suites are also ideal for families. Our favorite rooms: The Contemporary Deluxe King Suites are outfitted with a window seat and a deck to fully enjoy the views of the Golden Gate Bridge. The gorgeous glass-enclosed sunroom in the historic Frank House is the stuff of vacation dreams. The house also has two bright, airy bedrooms, a kitchen, and striking views of Fort Baker and San Francisco. Instant wheels:Rent a bike from the hotel to see the Golden Gate Bridge, just a 10-minute ride away, up close. You can also pedal to downtown Sausalito or hit the 50 miles of trails that surround the property. Rentals cost $40 a day.
Fine organic linens, certified organic cotton robes and slippers, gas-burning fireplaces in most rooms, desk with reading light, comfortable chairs, ottomans and throws, windows open and rooms have ceiling fans
Organic cotton towels, fine bath amenities, hairdryer, some rooms feature separate bath and shower
Most rooms face south and many enjoy views of San Francisco, the bay, or the Golden Gate Bridge
Large flat screen TV in rooms, alarm clock with iPod plug-in, mini-refrigerator, in-room movie and music selection through the TV system
Healing Arts Center & Spa - massage, aromatherapy, body treatments, and water therapies in spa; acupuncture, clinical massage, energy work, hypnotherapy and guided imagery, and nutrition at healing center
Murray Circle - modern California cuisine with a focus on fresh, local ingredients
Farley Bar - Creative cocktails, small plates, cozy atmosphere; Wine Hour in lobby from 4-6 pm
Well-Fit Outdoor Fitness program available; morning yoga classes; Cavallo Point is near many hiking and walking trails
Bellman and concierge services available, Lexus vehicles available for guest use, complimentary shuttle to San Francisco and Sausalito Ferry Terminal, add-on amenities available; art collection throughout property on display; cooking classes available through The Cooking School
Historic Rooms offer a king or queen bed with vintage architectural details and fine amenities. First floor guests enjoy shared front porches with rocking chairs. Rooms average 375-420 square feet and are pet friendly.
Historic With Sitting Area
These rooms feature sitting and sleeping areas with either a king or queen bed with vintage architectural details. First floor guests enjoy shared front porches with rocking chairs. Rooms average 430 square feet and are pet friendly.
Historic Deluxe With View
Each Historic Deluxe With View features a king bed, vintage architectural details and an inviting gas fireplace. All feature breathtaking views of San Francisco Bay, ceiling fans and windows that open. Rooms average 490 square feet and are pet friendly.
Historic King Suites
Historic King Suites feature a king bed, vintage details and exceptional amenities and average size of 540 square feet. A separate living room features a gas fireplace and queen sleeper sofa that can accommodate two additional people. Some suites have panoramic San Francisco Bay and city views. The first floor has a shared front porch with rocking chairs. Historic King Suites are pet friendly.
Historic Two-Bedroom Suites
Cavallo Point’s most-spacious accommodations, Historic Two-Bedroom Suites feature two bedrooms and one bathroom. Some include San Francisco Bay views. One bedroom features a king bed and the second bedroom has one queen bed. Another option is a suite variation, The Loft Room, a third floor walk-up with two twin beds in the second bedroom. Both variations include a separate living room with gas fireplace and queen sleeper-sofa, which can accommodate two additional people. These suites are pet friendly.
The Frank House
The Frank House is a historic residence offering 1,175 square feet of living space and is ideal for families and small groups. The distinctive house features two bedrooms with queen bed, walnut furnishings and period details. House highlights include sweeping view of Fort Baker and San Francisco bay, a private glass-enclosed sunporch, and a separate living room with gas fireplace. A small kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator, stovetop, microwave, coffeemaker and other appliances. The Frank House is pet friendly.
Contemporary King Rooms offer modern design, one king bed, bamboo furnishings, an inviting gas fireplace, and a private deck. Most feature stunning views of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Rooms are 350 square-feet and pet friendly.
Contemporary Two Queens
Contemporary Two Queens offer modern design, two queen beds in one room, and an inviting gas fireplace. Some rooms enjoy views of the Golden Gate Bridge or San Francisco Bay. Rooms are 450 square-feet and pet friendly.
Contemporary Deluxe King
Contemporary Deluxe Kings feature modern design, one kind bed, bamboo furnishings, gas fireplace, window seat, luxury amenities, and patio or deck with outdoor furnishings. Most feature stunning views of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Rooms are 478 square-feet and pet friendly.
Contemporary King Suite
Contemporary King Suites are spacious and secluded, with separate bedroom and sitting area with window seat. Suites feature a two-sided gas fireplace to enjoy from both spaces, a king bed, double sinks, separate tub and shower, and a spacious patio or deck. Most suites have breathtaking views of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Suites are 578 square-feet and pet friendly.