The top Sausalito picks for Editors' Choice 2014.
New Shops in Town
SHOP. Although they offer vastly different services, these three new Sausalito shops all have one thing in common: a focus on creating a totally unique customer experience. So if you need lunch, a new outfit or new shoes, or all three, Sausalito is the place to visit.
1. DRIVER’S MARKET
The store, founded by former Real Food Company manager Adam Driver with a little help from his brother and friends, is a favorite for locals seeking fresh food that is free of chemicals, preservatives, GMOs and added hormones. driversmarket.com
It’s lucky for us that Jill Giordano and Brian Scheyer liked each other’s sense of style — the pair decided to work together to make their own line of modern women’s clothes. They design, sketch and sew in San Francisco but their only brick-and-mortar boutique is right on Caledonia Street. grdano.com
3. SHOE STORIES
You can’t go to an event in Marin without running into boutique owner Wayne Kaleck, so it makes sense that he would know a thing or two about elegant shoes. Kaleck offers personalized car service, champagne and all the help you will ever need to find perfect footwear from names like Valentino, Rossi and Weitzman.
4. FROM BAY TO PLAY: Golden Gate Ferry and the Blue and Gold Fleet
A ride so beautiful, the Society of American Travel Writers ranked it second best in the world — and it’s easy to see why. Departing San Francisco via the Golden Gate Ferry or the Blue and Gold Fleet, ferry travelers get stunning views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge while the city shrinks on the horizon and the hillside homes of Sausalito loom ever larger. And once you arrive you can choose from Philz Coffee, delicious food and cocktails at Copita Tequileria y Comida or one of the many other waterfront establishments and, finally, shopping galore on Bridgeway or Caledonia Street. goldengateferry.org, blueandgoldfleet.com
EAT. Yeah, Sausalito’s got the tourists, but it also has some of the more fun dining spots in Marin. You want a rock shrimp po’boy with some bocce ball? Check. You want oysters on the half shell in a historic building? Check. You want the best Frenchified fast food burger imaginable? That’s also a check.
5. BAR BOCCE
1250 Bridgeway, 415.331.0555, barbocce.com
6. BARREL HOUSE TAVERN
660 Bridgeway, 415.729.9593, barrelhousetavern.com
7. FAST FOOD FRANÇAIS (F3) (pictured)
39 Caledonia St, 415.887.9047, eatf3.com
Room With a View
PLAY. One of the things that makes Sausalito a world-class city is the views. You’ve got the bay, Alcatraz, Angel Island, the Golden Gate Bridge and views back at Marin itself — it’s hard to beat. The best way to experience all of that on your own time, at your leisure, is to stay in one of these popular and unique hotels.
8. CASA MADRONA HOTEL AND SPA
The historic property offers views of the bay and Sausalito itself with great dining downstairs at Poggio Trattoria. A recent renovation added even more luxury to the rooms, cottages, 11-room mansion and extraordinary Alexandrite Suite. casamadrona.com
9. CAVALLO POINT (pictured)
Set at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge at historic Fort Baker, Cavallo Point offers bridge views, beautiful grounds to wander, a spa and first-rate dining at Justin Everett’s Murray Cicrle. Your biggest decision is whether to stay in a cozy historic room or go modern in a well-appointed contemporary one. cavallopoint.com
10. INN ABOVE TIDE
Here you’ll find 31 rooms with suites right over the water and facing the bay. After a day of shopping in Sausalito, set up camp on your own private deck and watch the sun set. innabovetide.com