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, planet-friendly 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 hypnotherapy session at the spa. Once you’re ready for city life again, Cavallo Point runs free shuttles to the Sausalito Ferry Terminal and San Francisco.
601 Murray Cir Sausalito, CA 94965, (415) 339-4700. This appeared in the March/April 2013 issue.
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.
The wine and beer lists are long and include excellent and sometimes surprising choices. Cocktails range from classic (Sazerac) to seasonal (the mezcal-based Unspoken Word). Don't miss Monday nights, when Farley Bar hosts live music from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
All of the white-washed buildings are spacious, but the two-bedroom suites are particularly family friendly. Many are also dog friendly if you want to bring your pup along.
As we crossed the bridge to exit the city on a cloudy week-day morning, I remember turning back and noticing, "hey, that bridge is red not golden". Way to throw me off, SF.
I was able to capture some wonderful foggy memories standing in that park, looking out over the bay and wrapping my sweater closer around me (didn't expect such cold weather in July!).
I particularly love the little harbor at the bottom left of this view, with all the sailboats lined in a row.
The hotel is in a national park so there’s adventure all around. Rent a kayak from Sea Trek (+1 415 332 8494; www.seatrek.com) and paddle your way around the bay. Ask a hotel guide to show you the sights of the Golden Gate National Park, or make your way to Alcatraz for a tour of the incarceration island.
We are so glad we did. The views of the bay and the city are spectacular. The crew at the Cavallo Point Lodge are amazingly kind and tops in their craft and the outdoor fires and delicious cocktails and appetizers make for a wonderful afternoon.
Cavallo Point has a way of making you feel you are in the era of the Great Gatsby with everyone in linens and the large lawn surrounded by white buildings with red roofs.
It is truly a gem of the Bay Area!