"San Francisco Getaway — Golden Gate Bridge View from Marin" — by Jay Gordon


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Cavallo Point Lodge (photo © Jay Gordon)
Cavallo Point Lodge (photos © Jay Gordon)

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San Francisco’s best view may not be in San Francisco; it could be of San Francisco. Fort Baker, a former U.S. Army post, is just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County. It is home to Cavallo Point Lodge, the jewel of the 335-acre Golden Gate National Park with a view of the city of San Francisco, framed by the Golden Gate Bridge.


Cavallo Point Lodge suite (photo © Jay Gordon)
Cavallo Point Lodge suite

The Fort Baker complex includes 25 historic army buildings encircling a parade ground that leads to hiking trails and numerous forested areas. An old army barracks has been converted with great care and style into Cavallo Point Lodge, a retreat and conference center that offers a unique Northern California getaway with an expansive view of San Francisco from the rolling hills of Marin County.


Cavallo Point Lodge is an environmentally sustainable luxury resort that is also home to a renowned cooking school, meeting places, and a healing arts center and spa. If you’re just stopping by rather than staying over, there’s also Farley’s Bar and the Michelin star Murray Circle restaurant. Cavallo Point is where nature, nurture, adventure and culture meet.


Cavallo Point Lodge (photo © Jay Gordon)
Cavallo Point Lodge

There are easy walks and bike trails along the waterfront, all with spectacular views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. Plan ahead with self-guided walking tour maps


If you’re traveling with children, you won’t want to miss the Bay Area Discover Museum. It’s an indoor/outdoor museum designed to inspire creativity in children.


Cavallo Point Lodge cooking classroom (photo © Jay Gordon)
Cavallo Point Lodge cooking classroom

Skilled kayakers and sailors may rent boats. Sailing lessons are also available at the yacht harbor.


This can be a day trip or weekend getaway for residents of Mendocino County and other North Bay areas. It’s also a delightful detour for people wanting a unique view of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco.

Cavallo Point Lodge is at Fort Baker, 601 Murray Circle, Sausalito, CA 94965. Phone (415) 339-4700. Reserve online.

Jay Gordon

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