PLAY & SHOP: Sausalito has two main streets – Bridgeway and Caledonia. Explore both and you’ll experience the town’s laid back vibe. During World War II, Liberty ships were built here. Wander along the water and see remnants of the ship building industry as well as a thriving houseboat community.
Grab one of the complimentary bikes from The Inn Above Tide and discover the area. Or stroll through Sausalito and explore galleries, restaurants, antique shops and more. Unwind in one of the parks or climb up Princess Street for more shopping, beautiful homes and phenomenal views.
Along Bridgeway, you’ll even find some terrific venues to taste California wine. Bacchus and Venus incorporates both wine and works from local artists. This is small lot wine tasting at its best with over 150 wineries represented that produce 1,000 cases or less. Choose a flight and enjoy! Favorites include the 2012 Groundwork Mourvèdre from Paso Robles, the 2011 Papa’s All-Black Sonoma Zinfandel Blend and Peirson Meyer’s 2011 Bateman Vineyard Pinot Noir from Sonoma.
Madrigal Family Winery recently opened their modern tasting room. From vineyard management to making wine, passion runs in the family. Their 40 acres of estate vineyards produce some exciting wines like the 2013 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, the Sonnet #63 (a delicious Bordeaux blend) and these 2010s: Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon and Estate Petite Sirah.
The Fotsch Family offers their Napa Valley wines at Real Napa. In addition to wine accessories and other items, find their signature reds and whites. Try their sweet wines like the 2008 Late Harvest Zinfandel. (415-332-0105, )
A tasting at the California Caviar Company is a must on any itinerary. Cozy up to the kitchen-like bar and be prepared for the ultimate experience. Their products are sustainable – eggs are stripped from sturgeons that are then able to have many more reproductive cycles. Properly close your fist and put some caviar on your hand to warm. Close your eyes and indulge in the beautiful eggs. Find a wonderful selection.
When it’s time to relax, head straight for the Spa at Casa Madrona. Start with a steam then choose from a variety of body, skin and massage treatments. If it’s deep tissue work you crave, you won’t miss with the Therapeutic Massage. Tension melts.
A stop at Lappert’s Ice Cream is essential. With two locations on Bridgeway, there’s no reason not to.
Special Events: 8th Annual Gingerbread House Competition & Tour
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