Just under the Golden Gate Bridge on the north side, Marin Country side, is one of the cooler places to take the family and truly enjoy a getaway for everyone. While the hotel opened in 2008, Fort Baker was once an army post built at the turn of the 20th century in the Marin Headlands, Walking is everywhere. There are paved roads up to the lookout above the bridge and paths seemingly in every direction. The views are spectacular and even when the fog rolls in, it seems like Cavallo Point stays in a little island of sunshine.
There are two choices to stay. There's modern rooms that seem to blend into the hillside and Historic suites in National Landmark buildings. Both choices are fantastic, but we decided to go the historical route. Those buildings have great porches and places for the kids to play. The rooms easily sleep 4 and we could have fit 2 more if need be. The hotel is also dog friendly.
The historical buildings are designed in Colonial Revival style and placed around a massive and open 10-acre parade ground. It's an area you can fly a kite and the kids can run forever...burning off some of that energy. Just down below the property sits At the Bay Area Discovery Museum. It's a perfect place to hit up after breakfast and it is a very short walk. Also great since the proximity is so close to the hotel, that you can head back to the room for naps and then return to the museum where there is a ton to do. The museum has a ton of outdoor focus and also includes STEM-focused, inquiry-driven experiences that develop creativity and conceptual thinking, Its stated mission is to transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving.
I sent my wife Tamera to the spa while the kids and I began our museum journey. Also at Cavallo the restaurant and bar options are fantastic. Murray Circle is one of the Bay Area's top culinary destinations and has a great drink and wine list. Like many restaurants in the North Bay Area and San Francisco, much of the ingredients are locally sourced and organic. There is also the Farley Bar which features a small-plate menu, creative cocktails, cozy fireplaces, and leather club chairs and the Tea Bar in the spa that offers healthy tonics and teas. The kids menu is large enough to accommodate all eaters, including my son Aden, who isn't the biggest eater around.
The location is great to hit Sausalito and other Marin County towns and the city is just across the bridge. As a family trip that the parents can also enjoy, we recommend this place highly. They have seasonal and local rates as well. It's a great getaway, even for a night.