Cavallo Point Lodge and Murray Circle Restaurant
Do you live in the Bay Area and are looking for a close-to-home getaway? Planning on visiting San Francisco sometime? The Cavallo Point Lodge is a historic and gorgeous spot at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito. In the early 1970’s, the Fort Baker army post was transferred to a national park, and in 2008, the Colonial Revival buildings were transformed into a hotel and conference center. The Lodge offers a luxurious vacation with a legendary restaurant, Murray Circle, serving lunch, dinner, and a brunch to die for. During the quarantine, all dining is outside or takeaway for dining in your room.
The Cavallo Point Lodge at Fort Baker
601 Murray Cir, Sausalito, CA 94965
Just over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area of Fort Point.
Why not? Historic rooms, contemporary rooms, king beds, fireplaces, and views! The entire area is surrounded by stunning sites of the Golden Gate Bridge, the city and the Marin Headlands. The San Francisco skyline is just across the Bay and the sailboats and barges come under the bridge and pass by the marina at Fort Baker. Hiking trails on the 75,000 acres offer plenty to explore. Or just stay on the premises and enjoy your cozy room and have cocktails on the giant porches.
My Carrie-On Notes
As luxury hotels go, The Cavallo Point Lodge isn’t outrageously expensive, but definitely in the “spend more because it is a special occasion” category for our budget. We did splurge and pay extra for the contemporary room with a view of the bridge. Silly, us! It’s not like we don’t know that the Golden Gate Bridge is almost always socked in with fog! So, the extra cost wasn’t for the bridge view, but for the fog view, and the more remote setting with a private balcony. I would still say it was worth it. The bed felt divinely comfortable and overlooks the Bay. There was a fireplace in the room which has very high ceilings. This always makes everything feel bigger compared to our tiny Victorian home! The bathroom wasn’t the most spectacular one I’ve been in, but it was plenty big and we had no complaints.
Did I mention the robes? I love me a hotel room equipped with big terrycloth robes! The food was a major highlight of the experience. The restaurant is known for its locally sourced specials. We were very happy to dine in the room for dinner and had breakfast on the porch of the restaurant, socially distant, with heating lamps to keep us warm. I recommend the mushroom appetizer, anything with crab, the salmon, and the eggs benedict! We have literally not gone anywhere since the quarantine, and we had been breathing in smoke from the fires for weeks, so this was a much needed and big excursion for us! We felt very safe and found the staff super respectful and friendly. FYI, many guests had their dogs running around on the field. Apparently, the hotel allows up to two dogs per room for a fee, if you are interested.
Most definitely, if we had stayed longer and the air quality had been better, we would have explored the grounds, hiked a bit, and taken more naps on the bed! Next time!