There’s tons of things to do in San Francisco and incredible restaurants to dine at but for those looking for a quiet escape away from the city, head north to Sausalito. No car? Don’t worry there’s tons of other options to get to Sausalito. You can take the ferry from the The Ferry Building to Sausalito Ferry Pier, Golden Gate Transit, bicycle, or motorcycle. We already rented a motorcycle from Dubbelju so we biked across the Golden Gate Bridge.
It’s hard to not fall in love with Sausalito. This quiet, charming town (home to only has 7,500 residents) is best known for its spectacular waterfront views and unique art galleries. Looking for a weekend getaway? Here’s where to stay, eat, and do in Sausalito!
WHERE TO STAY IN SAUSALITO
Inn Above Tide
Rated #1 in Top 3- Hotels in Nothern California, #9 in Top 25 Hotels in the U.S., and #79 in Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2015, Inn Above Tide was the primary reason for visiting Sausalito. The boyfriend and I have the tradition of treating ourselves to different resorts and hotels for special occasions so for his birthday this year I booked us a stay at the Inn Above Tide.
This is luxury defined. The inn only has 31 rooms and all rooms boast balconies that hang over the water offering a panoramic view of San Francisco Bay. We took full advantage of the fireplace, Bulgari toiletries and in-room binoculars. Inn Above Tide didn’t have a spa so I booked a couples massage through Zeel, a service that offers massages on demand with licensed/certified massage therapists. I received a massage from Zeel in my hotel room last time when I was in San Francisco after my half-marathon, which helped soothe my aching legs. This experience was even better because my massage therapist had a sports therapy background so he even gave me advice on my aching shoulders and lower back.
After massages, we headed to the lobby for cheese and wine to enjoy in our private balcony while soaking in the beautiful SF sunset. Breakfast was served in the lobby, but we requested it to be sent to our room. This was ultimate relaxation.
30 El Portal, Sausalito, CA 94965, innabovetide.com
WHERE TO EAT IN SAUSALITO
Sausalito offers a handful of restaurants to dine at but the top two are Fish and Sushi Ran. Sushi Ran was highly recommend by our massage therapist who recommended us to go after 9pm to avoid the line and get a seat at the sushi bar.
Little did we know that a 5 minute walk to Sushi Ran would go down as one of the best meals of our lives. As soon as we sat down, we saw the sushi chef plating seared wagyu beef sashimi with shaved truffle and gold leaf. We tried a couple of nigiri and sashimi before giving full reins to the chef with the omakase.
Hands down the best sushi experience of our life. It’s no wonder why Sushi Ran is Michelin star rated, and rightfully so.
107 Caledonia St, Sausalito, CA 94965, sushiran.com
WHAT TO DO IN SAUSALITO
We were only Sausalito for less than 24 hours and most of the time went to enjoying Inn Above Tide and Sushi Ran. That only left us with a hour in the morning before heading back to San Francisco. Inn Above Tide provided us with bikes so we biked along the pier in the morning.