In real estate, the old adage “Location, location, location” is preached as the key to the value of a piece of real estate. Applying this time honored philosophy to the Cavallo Point, the Lodge at Golden Gate, just barely begins to scratch the surface of the value of staying at this resort when you take into account its location, history and its unique accommodations and buildings.
Cavallo Point, the Lodge at Golden Gate, is literally located at the foundation of the Golden Gate Bridge on the Marin County side of San Francisco Bay at the former US Army fort known as Ft. Baker. The fort was built in its tactical position to provide great views and therefore protection of the Golden Gate Bridge – and by default San Francisco Bay and San Francisco. In addition, today, winding roads from Cavallo Point will take you to the heart of Sausalito in only minutes.
The army pulled out of the fort in 1978, but its army base looks and buildings were preserved and incorporated into US National Park system. Among the many red roofed buildings that were preserved include the main barracks, which is now where the resort’s guests check in, and the two-story stately homes of Generals, Colonels and other officers. These homes have been subdivided into multiple resort rooms for guests.
Almost all of the resort’s historical accommodations overlook the large field that separates one side of the fort’s property from the other – again another leftover of the fort’s army era. The field was the “parade grounds” where troops lined up for large scale formations and also to battle each other in friendly athletic competitions.
Cavallo Point, the Lodge at Golden Gate, isn’t all about historical accommodations, new buildings were constructed to give guests an option to choose from either the “historical section” or the “contemporary section.” The new buildings had to comply with demanding architectural requirements ensuring the size, look and color of the buildings blended with existing buildings.
In the contemporary section, rooms have a modern look, complete with their own fireplace, daybed and private balcony or patio. In the historical section, common area porches, many with direct views of San Francisco Bay and San Francisco, provide a nostalgic return to what it may have been like to be stationed at the fort as an officer during its army years.
One thing you won’t find in almost any of the rooms, contemporary or historic, is air conditioning. Only a handful of units have air conditioning, but no worries – visits even visits during August can result in guests being forced to close the windows or bundle up because of San Francisco’s cold summers.
Finally, a fine dining restaurant and a historical watering hole, as well as a nationally renowned spa, The Healing Arts Center and Spa, complete Cavallo Point’s unique attributes.
For more information, visit www.cavallopoint.com.
Note: The writer stayed at the Cavollo Point Lodge as a guest of the resort.