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A view of the Golden Gate Bridge from the grounds of Cavallo Point. Photo credit Sherry Wernicke/Triathlon Traveling Mom.

When Sherry’s husband, Carl, did a Triathlon Training Camp in Sausalito, California, she tagged along and is sharing her reasons for choosing Cavallo Point as her home base.

When I travel with my husband for triathlon camps, I know I will be spending a lot of time alone.  So, I have some very specific needs in a hotel, including:

  • in-house restaurant – as I will be eating breakfast and lunch by myself
  • spa
  • gym or area where I can safely walk/run
  • activities
  • town to shop and browse around
  • shuttle to get to said town

When we headed for a triathlon training camp in Sausalito, I did my research and chose Cavallo Point – the Lodge at Golden Gate Bridge, which is both kid and pet-friendly. It’s located about an hour from San Francisco Airport with a fascinating history. It sits at the base of the Bridge across from San Francisco, within the Golden Gate National Parks and the historic army post, Fort Baker.  In fact, much of the hotel IS the refurbished army post.

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The rooms at Cavallo Point. Photo credit Sherry Wernicke/Triathlon Traveling Mom.

ROOMS

You can choose from two types of rooms: historic or contemporary.  The historic are housed in former officers’ quarters with hillside or city skyline views.  The contemporary are on the hillside in new modern buildings that overlook the resort, many with views of the Bridge or city skyline.  I chose the contemporary, simply because it’s our preferred style. While not all-inclusive, the rooms come with the usual amenities and are stocked with food & drink niceties to begin with. There is no air conditioning, but a nice breeze and ceiling fans worked very nicely.

ACTIVITIES

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Just some of the activities at Cavallo Point. Photo credit Sherry Wernicke/Triathlon Traveling Mom.

There is no shortage of activities in the area, which makes it an ideal destination for couples and families with kids.  You can hike the Marin Headlands, ride bikes, kayak along the Pacific, visit Sausalito, fly a kite in the parade ground lawn, visit the Bay Area Discovery Museum (one of the best children’s museums in America and it’s right next door), take a ferry into San Francisco, visit The Marine Mammal Center, enjoy the Exploratorium, or drive up to wine country for the day.

I spent half of a day walking around Sausalito, which is a picturesque town filled with cute shops and restaurants. I didn’t go into San Francisco as I have visited the city many times. The hotel also offers daily, complimentary activities that includes hikes, morning yoga, and guest lectures.

AMENITIES

Some of the amenities include:

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The spa and tea bar at Cavallo Point. Hi Brit! Photo credit Sherry Wernicke/Triathlon Traveling Mom.

  • a Mercantile Shop stocked with local foods, clothes, crafts, and jewelry
  • free shuttles around Sausalito and San Francisco
  • fully equipped gym open 24 hours a day
  • a tranquil spa which offers a wide range of treatments, a tea bar, lectures, and meditation pool
  • use of one of their Lexus vehicles when available
  • an art gallery with paintings for sale
  • wine in the lobby Sunday – Thursday pm’s
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Dining at Cavallo Point. Photo credit Sherry Wernicke/Triathlon Traveling Mom.

DINING

You can eat inside or out at Cavallo Point.  The hotel’s main dining room is Murray Circle, which features modern California cuisine and has won many awards. It’s a limited menu, but they accommodate dietary needs. There is also Farley Bar for drinks and lunch or dinner.  I ate often in Murray Circle and chatted with the chef, Justin Everett, when I complemented the waiter on THE BEST vegetarian burger I ever had. Of big note, KIDS EAT FREE.

We also ate in the surrounding Marin County area at Poggio in Sausalito and Buckeye Roadhouse in Mill Valley.  Both were recommended by the Concierge and both excellent.

GREEN PHILOSOPHY

Cavallo Point is managed by Passport Resorts whose philosophy is to support sustainability, stewardship, and preservation.  It has received LEED Gold certification, numerous honors for green efforts, and is part of the Good Night Foundation, a nonprofit that partners with leading hoteliers to raise funds for programs that focus on improving world health, education, poverty, and the environment.  A $3 donation is added to guests bills each night and at least 50% of the proceeds support local causes.

OVERALL

Cavallo Point is definitely on the luxury end of the spectrum, not only for the room rates, which start around $450/night, but also taxes and fees that are added onto your bill, such as for the Parks and some amenities. I loved the hotel and would go back without question. It offered all the amenities I was looking for, in a convenient location, and with gorgeous views, a very friendly staff, and a restaurant I would dine at even if not staying at the hotel.  I can’t think of anything else I would need.  Oh, by the way, Carl loved his camp, too,  Thanks Matt Dixon!