Things to do
While the odd mega-mansion and luxury hotel dots the hillside, down at the water Sausalito’s houseboat community thrives – a nod to California’s historical hippy spirit. Some are re-imagined 1940s working vessels and boho boats with jumbles of flowerpots. Others are true grand designs with giant paddlewheels and sprawling decks. Wander the harbour walkways to appreciate these incredible floating homes.
FOOD & DRINK
For a small town, Sausalito has heaps of choice when it comes to restaurants. Many look over the bay – and some have views sweeping across the San Francisco skyline. Wine connoisseurs (and the simply curious) will be well served here too. Try the Madrigal Family Winery Tasting Salon, Real Napa or Bacchus and Venus for wine tasting and shopping.
If you’re itching to get onto the water, Sausalito has a handful of excellent sailing clubs. You could captain your own boat, enjoy a romantic sundown cruise or charter a sloop and sail all the way to Alcatraz. Or zip up your wetsuit and have a go at kiteboarding or stand-up paddleboarding.