We took the Blue and Gold Ferry to SAUSALITO a village of art galleries, quaint shops and waterfront restaurants with views of San Francisco across the bay. Hans and I strolled around town and stopped in an ice cream parlour for a double-dipped butter pecan waffle cone ice cream.mmmmmm good. We stayed for a couple of hours and then took the ferry back to Fisherman's Wharf.
At the end of Market Street in the downtown financial district of San Francisco is the Ferry Building. You can easily spot it by the clock tower. Also, Market Street dead ends with the Ferry Building straight ahead. From there, you can take a pleasant ride across the bay to the beautiful villages of Sausalito & Tiburon. I described Sausalito in my previous chapter. Tiburon looks different, has several outdoor restaurants over the water with great views, lots of interesting shops & and a wine store that offers free wine tasting - it's fun & delicious to compare the various wines. As you may know, just north of Marin Country where these villages exist are the counties of Napa & Sonoma, also known as the Wine Country. That's where so many of the California wines come from.
Sausalito is a great little village located by the bay just across the Golden Gate Bridge which transends you a world away.
The village has some really good places to eat, small art galleries, parks and wonderful views of San Franciso which makes this a good day trip from San Francisco. Just spend a few hours or a full day enjoying a nice relaxing atmosphere here in Sausalito.
Getting to Sausalito is quite easy, either by car or ferry. I love coming to Sausalito for a great meal at Scoma's, some excellent ice cream and just a nice relaxing stroll along the bay front.
This was big fun. People have been living on the waters around San Francisco for over well over a century. Some of them were fishermen who both lived and worked on their crafts, some opportunistic types recycled abandoned ships into cozy dwellings, and still other used houseboats as weekend retreats. Today, Sausalito's waterborne community is one of the most famous in the country and a far cry from slapped-together, self-contained vessels of old. They are not houseboats; they can't go anywhere. Floating homes are permanently berthed on foundations that rise and fall with the tide, and they're hooked up to city sewer, water, electricity and cable services. Owners pay taxes and hefty monthly fees just as you would for a condo or townhome.
The docks are considered public streets - free to wander - and also provide gathering spots and "front yards" for the residents. These wide, wooden walkways are virtual gardens lined with flower pots, children's toys, bicycles, comfortable chairs and various other colorful bric-a-brac to personalize each owner's berth. And the homes? Tiny, rusting scows to great million-dollar mansions and no two are alike.
The community is a two-mile walk north of the ferry dock, past the big marinas, on an uncharted route that you sort of have to figure out as you go. You can follow Bridgeway all the way to Waldo Point Harbor/Gate 5 Road or work your way along the waterfront, cutting over to the next available road when you hit the occasional dead-end (we did). Whatever route you take, you want to end up around Waldo Point/Harbor Gate 5 Road and then explore your way around the nine or so docks that begin at that point. You can also drive (see website) or take a cab from downtown Sausalito but sorry, no bus service here.
See the websites for dock maps, directions, history and more about the community. And while the docks are open to the public, please be respectful and don't wander onto private entrance walks or the homes themselves.
I have to tell you. This is one of my favorite things to do when I come to San Francisco. The ferries here are so good. It really is the sister city to Sydney. You can actually disappear in your thoughts in some of the best scenary out there. Wow. I am getting "home sick" just thinking about it. You can come spend a day in Sausalito or any of the other towns around here. No trip here should be considered complete without doing this.
"Sausalito is located just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, on the south-eastern tip of Marin County. Sausalito was incorporated in 1893, and named by 18th century Spanish explorers for the "little willow" trees (Saucelito) which were found, in abundance, on the banks of its streams. Sausalito covers a mere two and one half miles; a small town of only 7,500 residents boasting spectacular waterfront views." - from City of Sausalito homepage - http://www.ci.sausalito.ca.us/vis-info/index.htm
Sausalito is easily accessible by ferry from San Francisco. It is a perfect getaway for a day - or maybe half a day. You can stroll along the shore, check out the art shops or have a nice lunch/dinner at one of the restaurants. If you can catch the artfestival (see link below) all the better!
Biking across the Golden Gate and catching the ferry back is also an interesting option... There are a lot of bike shops that will provide you with the rentals and maps around Pier 39.
A cutesy, artsy place to see and be seen. Shop, browse, have coffee, ice cream, people-watch or just stroll.
You will really like this little town called Sausalito....across the Golden Gate Bridge, just a hop, skip, and jump away from San Francisco.
Take the time to explore...you will be glad you did.
Sausalito is a great place to venture off to while visiting the San Francsico bay area. Take a ferry or rent a car. It's a nice drive and really pretty. Have lunch on the bay and go shopping. Great bars to sit and watch the people go by, the sail boats, or the seals. Fun place.
Sausalito is a funky and artsy little bayside town just a few miles away from San Francisco. Its main street, with its collection of tiny but impressive art galleries and restaurants, is a popular tourist destination. For more information, feel free to visit my Sausalito page.
Mark Twain once said, "Whiskey's for drinkin'. Water's for fightin' over". The allocation of this scarce resource always has been and always will be a major economic and political issue in this state. The US Army Corps of Engineers built this facility in Sausalito. It's a 3D mock-up of the entire San Francisco bay area, used to simulate what proposed water projects would do to the water flow. This was created long before computer simulations, and is still in use.
For a leisurely ride I highly recommend riding the bike over the Golden Gate Bridge. Once over the other side and finished with the photos take a leisurely ride (mostly steep downhill) to the township of Sausalito.
The town is a quant little village like strip of shops and restaurants on the bay. It is defintely away from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco.
The shops are what one would expect. Filled with art, craft, and up market tourist gifts.
The best place to stop for lunch is the Venice deli sandwich bar Here you just order your sandwich to taste and then just take a seat outside watching the world go by.
Once finished with your stop just take a ferry ride back with your bike to fishermans wharf.
If I had a job in San Fracisco I know where I'd prefer to live. Right here. Within ferry distance of the action.
For quieter ferry ride than that of the ride to Golden Gate, go and visit Sausalito.
Sausalito has charming open air cafes, flower bowers, souvenir shops (might be cheaper than those found in Fisherman's Wharf) and a refreshing view of the marina.
When I was there on a Friday (June 27, 2008), there was an afternoon concert in the plaza and a little farmer's market . Go organic and taste the coffee, blueberries, strawberries or better yet sample some Afghan and Indian food
Lots of bikers make the trip to Muir Woods which is just a short bus ride away from Sausalito city center. I just took the 10 minute bus ride to Marin City and engaged in my favorite past-time - shopping! I am not sure if bus fare was included in my ferry fare but the bus driver did not make me pay.
Directions: Take the ferry from the Ferry Building at the Embarcadero and it's only $15 for a roundtrip ferry ride. Don't forget to get your MUNI to FERRY and FERRY to MUNI transfer coupons.