~ Sausalito for the day ~
our top picks for a memorable trip
Ahhh Sausalito! The Golden Gate Bridge, houseboats, the views of San Francisco, luxury homes tucked away hillside, downtown.
There's a lot more to this quirky town than most of the 1 million tourists that visit ever year see. Here's our guide to a perfect day in Sausalito whether you're visiting from near or far-minus the obvious tourist stuff. It's time to get off the beaten path, friends, and explore beyond the knick knack shops and ho-hum food.
We suggest you visit town either by ferry boat, which leaves regularly from San Francisco's Ferry building, car (for more mobility) or bus (if you're carless and want to work in a stop at the Golden Gate Bridge).
You'll land downtown first which is certainly worth a stroll for the views and quaint feel, but most shops and restaurants (there are a few exceptions!) are sub-par and aimed at the masses of tourists that descend on our small town.
Our downtown picks:
This adorable Mexican restaurant with a California flair (only local ingredients & seasonal menu) is run by a Chez Panisse alum. It's located on the main strip of Bridgeway Street downtown, so it's great for people watching. The food is bright, fresh and delicious and their drinks earn an A+
This adorable artisan chocolatier features beautiful and delicious select-you-own individual chocolates as well as bars by hard to find handcrafted chocolate companies from around the country. Plus the owners are the sweetest!
After 19 years in SF, this gem of a shop has relocated to Sausalito and we couldn't be happier! The owner has impeccable taste and curates a wonderful boho-luxe collection of clothing and accessories.
Housed in what was the original ferry terminal to SF before the golden gate was built. We like to come here for cocktails on the deck.
Caledonia Street & Environs:
If you continue down the main road, Bridgeway, away from the Bridge, you'll encounter a small offshoot road called Caledonia Street. This is where the locals hang and where we are located.
Gr. Dano is a local ready-to-wear women's collection. The Sausalito location, staffed by owners and designer Brian & Jill, is not only their flagship retail space, but also serves as their design and production studio. Duck into their modern and industrial space to find unique and highly wearable pieces and see the masters at work.
We frequent Driver's....as in often several times a day. Everything is on point, from the open and airy space to the election of natural and organic artisan food products. The deli is fantastic and if you're up for a real treat, order the Gurkha chicken from the hot bar and/or their Ganesha smoothie.
Everything you'd want in a coffee shop & cafe in a fantastic modern-rustic setting. They serve all your usual artesian coffee shop suspects plus delicious cafe style breakfast and lunch.
The original factory and store of the covetable ceramics brand. Plan your visit early and take a free factory tour!
Our go to on a nice sunny day. Sit outside on their back patio and enjoy drinks and food practically right on the sand. plus, they do really have a bocce ball court!
Fish is a go to restaurant for Bay Area day trippers. They serve sustainable seafood in a casual indoor/outdoor setting that is reminiscent of a New England crab shack, but completely California in its ethos, design and twists on classic fare.
These picks require a bit more mobility (some are reachable on foot, but some require a car/bicycle).
If you can stay at Cavallo Point-do it! If the budget doesn't allow, don't fret! The grounds are public and the view of the bridge and city is amazing. There is a casual bar (Farley Bar) on site that allows you to take your drinks outside to rocking chairs on the porch, picnic tables or their massive lawn. It's very dog and kid friendly. For an extra treat, check out their famous spa.
The most epic sweeping views of the Golden Gate bridge can be seen from the little pull out that dot Conzelman Road. Take the Alexander Ave exit after the bridge coming from SF. Cross under the freeway and follow the coast up the hill. Stop whenever you'd like and gaze in awe (if it's not fog shrouded, that it).