Once teeming with wildlife, the land just across the bay north of San Francisco nestled in its own quiet cove, is now home to vibrant houseboat communities and a hillside of colorful homes. It is not only the artisan feel of Sausalito that draws tourists and residents, but also the tremendous natural beauty surrounding this small bayfront community. A short drive to the west leads to the iconic California redwoods, stunning beachfront, and protected wildlife sanctuaries. The many harbors and marinas provide accommodations for excursions on the waters of the Bay Ferrying out to Angel Island, at the entrance of Richardson Bay, or the other local towns to the east of the bay, the picturesque views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city of San Francisco are stunning.
An Artist Community
Often called an artisan’s enclave, Sausalito is home to many shopkeepers and businesses that reflect the creative spirit of local painters, sculptors, performing artists, and craftsmen. Whether you’re entering the town by way of the Ferry Pier or walking down the Bridgeway Promenade, you’ll find unique local shops dotted throughout the many quaint restaurants and coffee houses. From handmade hardwood bicycles to Italian leather handbags, those who appreciate local color thrive in this small, bayside community. Lest we forget the houseboats. Sausalito is known for its over 400 colorful residences on the water, or the local’s terminology, “floating homes.” This Mediterranean-style bay village is a dream destination for artists or anyone who loves the water. While there is an opportunity to live in one of these floating homes, the available inventory is low. Once someone “moves in” they don’t ever want to leave.
It goes without saying that this waterfront town enjoys a rich variety of plentiful seafood year-round. But imagine the best of both worlds; a place where locals attend to and appreciate freshly-grown produce and farm-to-table offerings from both the sea and the land. There is a farmers’ market in Sausalito once a week as well as several others in Marin County within a short driving distance. Add to that the well-known restaurant cuisine that has San Franciscans heading over the Golden Gate to enjoy the atmosphere, great food, and quaint coastal charm, and you’ve got a foodie’s paradise. Check out Bar Bocce for a relaxed atmosphere with pizza served on outdoor picnic-style tables and a nice, wide view of the bay, or off-the-beaten ferry path, Fish, for fresh seafood and inspired menu. With hundreds of restaurants on the waterfront and in town, there’s something for everyone.