Due to grad school and my job, I am rarely home. I love my life's pace, despite its taxing moments, and I wouldn't be able to pursue the things I do (travel for weeks on end, live with minimal expenses) without my family's support. I treated the folks, bro, & Bear to a weekend at Cavallo Point, an oasis just across the Golden Gate from our home.
Friends & coworkers had raved about Cavallo for some time. The Preferred Hotels & Resorts-approved Lodge is an initiative by the Fort Baker Retreat Group, which works with the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy to preserve Fort Baker (an army post until the 1990s!).
We spent our Friday afternoon lounging on the porch of the Lodge's Farley Bar, where you can enjoy a mean vodka martini, delicious fish & chips, and homemade potato chips accompanied by (also homemade) onion dip over which Lipton would weep.
Everything about the Lodge's decor is homey, comforting and comfortable, from the home living room-esque lobby space to the ultra eco-friendly guest rooms.
I stayed in one of Cavallo's contemporary guest rooms, perched perfectly to gaze upon our beloved GGB. (The alternative is one of the Lodge's historic options, which are charmingly adorned with antique-style furniture.)
I am the ultimate sucker for a Southern-style porch. Probably why I love Charleston so much.
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Stay. Cavallo Point is effectively the first lodging option just beyond GGB. It's technically set in Sausalito, which offers additional lodging options and is less remotely set. Of course, the appeal Cavallo offers is comfortable and warming sense of remoteness.
Shop. The Mercantile Shop at Cavallo is dangerous; enter forewarned. The buyer is a former Gucci exec who knows how to woo her clientele properly with arts and pieces from local artists and carefully selected designers.
Savor. You need not stray far between Farley Bar and Murray Circle. The former is a comfortable, casual dining option spanning brunch through HH, while the latter is primed for a more proper sit-down dinner.