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    A Pretty Town--Sausalito

    by VeronicaG Updated Aug 30, 2007

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    These two buildings constructed around 1894, are considered to be in the Eastlake Style, although they are somewhat different from each other. The square bays, false fronts and bracketed hoods are all characteristic of this period.

    In the light colored building to the left, a cigar store and barbershop occupied the lower level, while flats and a saloon were on the second floor in the early 1900's.

    Now, it has been transformed to reflect the 1940's Mission style, with stucco finish and hooded bays (on left), while the second building (right), retains more of the Eastlake influence.

    The streets of Sausalito
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    Spanish Steps?????

    by VeronicaG Updated Aug 31, 2007

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    These are NOT Sausalito's answer to the Spanish Steps, but are part of Excelsior Lane, located across the street from the Vina Del Mar Plaza.

    If you'd like an incomparable view of the Bay, this is the place you need to be with camera in hand! However, Sausalito itself is a charming town!

    We enjoyed walking along the streets accented by ceramic planters spilling over with flowers and pots of cascading bouquets hanging from doorways and lamp posts.

    The historic district has many fine buildings still being used today as shops, restaurants or businesses.

    The Steps at Excelsior Lane
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    Meet Me At The Fountain

    by VeronicaG Updated Aug 31, 2007

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    Plaza Vina Del Mar is a convenient meeting place for visitors or for locals. As you walk from the Bay, it sits at a corner along Bridgeway Avenue.

    People bide their time here, taking a break from shopping or just to enjoy an ice cream cone while planning out their visit.

    This fountain originally made its appearance at the 1915 Pan-Pacific International Exposition. It was designed by William B. Faville of Bliss & Faville. It sits on land given to the city by North Shore Railroad in 1904.

    In 1977, the fountain received new life when it was completely recast and restored through private resident donations. It was rededicated in 1978 and is part of the historic district of Sausalito. The plaza welcomes one and all to this great Bayside town.

    Plaza Vina Del Mar
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    The Former Sausolito Hotel

    by VeronicaG Updated Aug 31, 2007

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    This interesting contribution to Sausalito's historic district was the Sausalito Hotel, constructed in 1915. Notice the roofline, which is in the mission-revival style.

    As preparations were made to build it, the Sausalito News announced "to be built at a cost of $35,000 in building and finishes if saloon license is issued".

    Now operating as the Hotel Sausalito, a stylish boutique hotel across from Plaza Vina Del Mar, has sixteen "well appointed rooms and suites" and is perfectly located to enjoy the best activities this area offers! It is said that the hotel's decor "conjures up images evocative of the French Riviera".

    Napa Valley artist, Kelleen Sullivan enhanced the historic beauty of the hotel with her paintings, which mirror those of Henri Matisse and Claude Monet.

    Once the Sausalito Hotel, now the Hotel Sausalito
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    The Balancing Rocks

    by Gypsystravels Updated Sep 18, 2007

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    Alright, so this sounds a bit strange, but while you are strolling along Bridgeway, stop and take a pic of these balancing rocks. I don't really know much about them, but there is a guy who stands in front of the rocks and I am sure he is the guy who is balancing these rocks. Just ask him, there were too many people for me to want to know, but I took a pic anyway.

    Balancing rocks Another view

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    The Becker Residence

    by VeronicaG Updated Aug 31, 2007

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    Leaving Bridgeway Avenue, we followed a sidewalk up the hill. After a few minutes, we glimpsed this appealing little home whose veranda overlooks a lovely flower garden.

    Currently, it is an art gallery where an artist couple displays their oil paintings for sale.

    This residence was originally built for Christopher H. Becker in 1894. I read that residents remember a small plaque at the entrance of this house written in German saying, "Small But Mine".

    Mr. Becker was a business man who owned a stationery store and was a political figure about town. The Becker Building remains at 664 Bridgeway.

    Sausolito's family doctor, C.F. Larsen, who treated the citizens of the town for many years lived here at one time.

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    What a wonderful view of San Francisco in the back

    by Waalewiener Updated Aug 21, 2005

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    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.

    San Franscisco Bay & two Kayak's
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    Tribute to a Sister City

    by VeronicaG Updated Aug 31, 2007

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    Two large elephant sculptures stand at either side of Plaza Vina Del Mar, seemingly watching over those who come to enjoy the small park.

    These statues appeared at the 1915 Pan-Pacific Exposition, along with the beautiful fountain at the center of the plaza. The guardian elephants were designed by McKim, Meade & White and given to Sausalito by William B. Faville.

    The plaque on the base reads: March 5, 1960 This is dedicated to our sister city, Vina Del Mar, Chile. We were amused to see this, because we've been to Vina Del Mar, Chile, which is a neighbor of Valparaiso and a very lovely town.

    The Guardian Elephants To Sausalito's sister city--Vina Del Mar, Chile
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    What you see when u go up stairs in Sausalito?

    by jumpingnorman Written Oct 4, 2008

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    Across the park from the main fountain and two elephant pillars of the Sausalito park, you will see a flight of stairs inviting you to go up...if you want to go up and find out for yourself - STOP! DON'T READ! Otherwise, let me tell what's up there....There's a small road with beautiful residential houses, and then a nice brown house at the left with bay windows which you later realize is a church...and then a tree with super-twisted limbs that is varnished and which (according to a passing lady with a dog) is very very old...kinda eerie looking tree and when we took one of pics, looked like there was a "face"...can you spot it?

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    Getting Around Sausalito

    by VeronicaG Updated Aug 31, 2007

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    People had no qualms about jumping on their bikes and pedaling through the streets of Sausalito or San Francisco. The hills would be a challenge for me, I'm sure!

    We noticed several bike rentals while we were visiting the area. Locals and visitors alike seemed to appreciate this mode of transportation.

    It's easier to become less dependent on your car in this part of California. Using bikes, yes, but there is also the trolley, cable car, pedicab, taxi, bus and boat...and even a horse and carriage.

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    Inside the Sausalito park

    by jessicadf Updated Jun 9, 2003

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    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.

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    Stuff to do in Saucalito

    by spgood301 Written Dec 18, 2004

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    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.

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    Walk along the water any time of day

    by jessicadf Updated Jun 9, 2003

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    I prefer to walk along the water in the early morning or on a windless evening. The streets are not yet crowded with tourists, just the locals out for a jog or walking their dogs. Or kayakers out for an early morning paddle on the glassy, calm bay.

    Kayakers out for a morning row

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    San Francisco in the early morning

    by jessicadf Updated Jun 9, 2003

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    From your walk in Sausalito in the early morning, you can see the San Francisco skyline, fog lifting (or not) above. On this day, rays of light were breaking through the thick, high fog, casting heavenly light upon the waves of the bay.

    The fog begins to burn off

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    Sausalito park

    by jessicadf Written Mar 8, 2003

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    Photo from across the street. All my life, until about 5 years ago, this park was sealed off and nobody was allowed to walk inside. One could only walk around the perimeter and look at the fountain and gardens from the distance.

    My mother and her five brothers grew up in Sausalito. The official story is that the park was closed in the mid-1960's when hippies were loitering in the park and were seen as an eye-sore. My mother, however, has a different story. She and her five brothers grew up in Sausalito and were sometimes rather naughty. Mom claims that she and her brothers, on more than one occasion, dumped a box of laundry detergent and a box of food-coloring in to the fountain, so that it foamed up and turned an awful color.

    Who knows the REAL story? You be the judge...

    A not-so-sudsy fountain

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