Make Your Way to Sausalito
Get a dose of local galleries, eclectic houseboats, and stunning views.
The ferry ride to Sausalito—ranked by National Geographic Magazine as the third-best city boat trip in the world—offers unrivaled views of the Bay in all directions and sets an expectant tone for a day trip to Sausalito.
The picturesque, Mediterranean-flavored city is steeped in art and seafaring history that’s particularly evident in its less touristy northern side, home to the historically significant neighborhood of Marinship. Marinship served as a shipyard for manufacturing cargo ships and tankers during World War II, and a lively waterfront community grew out of the old shipyards. Today it’s full of floating houseboats ranging from the elaborate to the funky, which make for a fun tour even from afar. Le Garage, a French bistro and local favorite, is just the spot for a relaxed lunch or dinner here: Friendly servers in mechanics uniforms serve delicious French cuisine in an industrial garage.
Caledonia Street is a reflection of the area just after WWII, when hilly Sausalito started attracting artists. Studio 333 is a happening, co-op art gallery and events venue featuring local artists’ work and a busy calendar of exhibitions, fashion shows, literary series, and live music. Every year locals gather for the Caledonia Street Festival, which celebrates the character and history of the neighborhood and community, with this year’s event May 25.
Those looking to stay overnight have many options. Casa Madrona, a boutique hotel that dates back to 1885, just completed a major renovation. Stay in one of the hillside cottages that overlook Richardson Bay for spectacular views of yachts and San Francisco. For those who want to fully experience Sausalito’s waterfront lifestyle, try renting a houseboat on the rental web site Airbnb. This charming artists’ haven gets busy during summer, so consider visiting before then.
Marinship Warehouse, 2100 Bridgeway Blvd., 415-332-3871
Venice Gourmet, 625 Bridgeway, 415-332-3544
Le Garage, 85 Liberty Ship Way, Suite 109, 415-332-5625
Studio 333, 333 Caledonia St., 415-331-8272
Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa, 801 Bridgeway, 415-332-0502