Sausalito was the last stop on the Muir Woods Wine Country tour I took from San Francisco. We were allowed some time to walk through the shops and to view the waterfront. Located on the south-eastern tip of Marin County, Sausalito offers some very expensive real estate along with its beautiful views of the waterfront.
Sausalito was named for the "little willow" trees (Saucelito) which were found in large quantities on the banks of its streams. It covers a small area only two and one half miles in size. Is a small town of approximately 7,500 residents.
I really liked the view from here ,shortly after coming from the Ferry you must take some time to view the San francisco Bay and the City of San Francisco it self .
It really is a fantastic little City here and the views are amazing ,to the right you will see
the Golden Gate Bridge ,to the far left the Bay Bridge and in about the middle of the Bay ,ALCATRAZ ,it is simply amazing how beautiful this all is.
The couple in their Kayak's wow is that awsome or what I would love to do that.
You'll find Caledonia Street one block over from the main street. Here, the shops are less touristy and more artistic. There are some great photography stores and arts and crafts boutiques that make for much better browsing.
That's what it reminded me of. Well, a modern version anyway. The main portion of downtown Sausalito is a couple of streets bisected by flower lined alleys, all of which contain numerous art galleries intersperced with touristy shops. Bridgeway is the main street that runs parallel to the water and it is the place to find the most touristy shops. So, if you're looking for that perfect "I love Sausalito" t-shirt (these are actually sold here), this is the place to go.
I'm not a big fan of shopping while on vacation, but I enjoyed browsing this area, especially the galleries which contain works by local artists, some of whom are outstanding.
Sausalito has a beautiful waterfront area with great views of the Golden Gate bridge and the San Francisco skyline. Benches are set up along this area for those who want to just sit and watch the boats and admire the scenery.
Sausalito is known as an artistic community. Many of the shops on the main street sell artwork and photography by local artists, some of whom are incredibly talented.
I found a couple of galleries which specialized in nature photography and spent a good amount of time happliy browsing, enjoying and reminiscing about some of the most beautiful landscapes which were captured so brilliantly. It was a great way to spend an afternoon.
A little known, but very interesting place to visit in Sausalito is the S.F. Bay Model. A scale model of San Francisco Bay, this hydraulic model matches the dimensions of the real SF Bay, and is capable of simulating tides. The model is over 1.5 acres with 1 horizontal foot equaling 1000 feet, and 1 vertical foot equaling 100 feet.
There are a host of displays and explainations on the self guided tour. There are also a good number of interactive exhibits and a movie.
The best way to get to Saucalito from SF is by ferry-catch a boat from the Ferry Building or Fishermans Wharf. Once there, shop til you drop (what a lame cliche heeeheeee). Buy jewelry, collectibles, or art. See several
Grace Slick paintings of some famous rock'n'rollers at one gallery (of course, Grace is a famous rock'n'roller in her own right). Don't forget the views either! A wonderful daytrip from SF-check it out.
The views from Saucalito are awesome! See the city, see across the bay, see some incredible views. The city's right on the bay; guaranteed you'll see something beautiful. I only hope my picture does it justice,though it sure doesn't look like it. You will like it though...just bring a better camera :-)
Sausalito is great for browsing through the art galleries and boutiques lining Bridgeway even if you can't afford anything but a postcard or sitting at one of the many open air restaurants/cafe's there.
One of the buildings on the Historic Buildings tour on Bridgeway. It was built prior to 1891 and moved in 1923 to it's present location. The earliest known use was as a water taxi and tow service catering to the local yachtsman and visitors.
Later the building was used as a fuel dock and snack bar. In the 1950's it was a favourite Art Colony hangout known as the TIN ANGEL, and in the 60's it was known as the GLAD HAND, a bar and restaurant.
Vina del Mar park is located in the middle of Bridgeway and was given to the City by the North Shore Railroad in 1904.
Two mason elephant lights which sit at the entrance and the fountain came from the Panama-Pacific Exposition (in San Francisco) in 1915. The park lies in the heart of Sausalito's Historic District.
Another view inside Sausalito park. Beautiful colors, aren't they? Hard to believe they wouldn't let people inside this park for a couple decades, isn't it? We were left to lean over the railings, craning to see the internal beauty.
You can see that the springtime brings bright folliage and gorgeous flowers. I'll say, however, that the Sausalito Park and Rec. department keep this park picturesque all year long. It's just especially verdant in the Spring.