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How To Savor A Weekend Getaway In The Bay Area’s Picturesque Sausalito

by Staff

Situated right across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge is the picturesque town of Sausalito, California. With gorgeous, panoramic view points of the San Francisco skyline, this storybook town is known for it charming boathouses and sailboats, Amalfi-coast vibes, a quaint waterfront lined with colorful shops, great restaurants and stunning natural beauty. Whether a local or visiting from out of town, Sausalito is a must-see destination offering an unforgettable experience that captures the essence of Northern California’s coastal charm.

Here’s a culinary-driven weekend guide to Sausalito for those looking to getaway for the weekend.

For those overnighting in town, check in to The Inn Above Tide, a luxury property right on the edge of the San Francisco Bay. Each accommodation at this waterfront hotel offers unobstructed views of San Francisco and beyond, spanning from Belvedere all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge across the way. This view includes Angel Island, the East Bay, Alcatraz and more. Located steps away from Sausalito’s art galleries, boutique shops and restaurants, it’s the perfect place to call home base.

Currently the property is offering unique, in-room deliveries by Bay Area Culinary Masters. This special partnership brings together local delights with specially curated culinary favorites of two celebrated chefs from the Bay Area: Matthew Accarrino, Executive Chef of SPQR and Mattina, and Kathy Fang, Chef and Co-Owner of Fang and House of Nanking.

Matthew Accarrino, a nationally recognized executive chef known for his inimitable culinary style, features a basket that reflects his Italian heritage, personal experiences, and classical training.

This offering includes ACCA Caviar, a caviar that he helps to produce himself, from fish selection, to harvesting and curing each and every batch of the roe; Pt. Reyes Pimento Cheese Spread made by hand in The Fork kitchen; local bread from a Sausalito bakery; Haribo Peaches, one of Chef Accarrino’s go-to’s; and finally a Bellavista Franc Brut Rose 2017, offering a fruit-forward flavors of ripe white peach, rose hips and toasted bread.

Kathy Fang, a San Francisco native, celebrity chef and star of the Food Network Docuseries “Chef Dynasty: House of Fang,” offers a selection of goodies that are a testament to her discerning palate and rich culinary heritage of both Northern and Southern Chinese.

Her handpicked favorites include SkyHill Napa Valley Goat Cheese Chèvre Jalapeño; Boonville Barn Collective Citrus and Chili Marmalade made by a local, woman-owned farm that produces chili powder; Rustic Bakery Crackers, Kathy has always has their crackers in her pantry; a selection of Jade Chocolates, a San Francisco favorite sweet treat; a bottle of Bouchaine Wine from a local Carneros winery; Song Tea and Ceramics Artisanal Teas; and finally a Zbiotics Prebiotic Drink that Kathy swears by these before she has a night of cocktails and wine or go wine tasting.

When it comes to treats and dining in town, Sausalito has plenty to explore. For the best bloody Mary’s around, stop by the Hanson Gallery and Tasting Room. Owned by Hanson’s Vodka, a family ran, small batch vodka made from grapes in the heart of Sonoma, this gallery offers an extensive art collection and views of the city. Enjoy tastings of their vodka, a variety of cocktails and if you’re hungry, opt for freshly shucked Hog Island Oysters, cheese and charcuterie, or their exclusive Hanson Caviar with your drinks.

For dinner, award-winning Sushi Ran is an absolute must. This long-standing local’s favorite offers a 200-bottle wine list, premium sakes and both ala cart and omakase-style dining. Start off with tempura-bettered seasonal vegetables and chicken karaage or choose from a variety of rolls ranging from soft shell crab to hamachi. When it comes to the main entrees, you can’t go wrong with a selection of sashimi or nigiri. From toro and caviar to king salmon, every bite is super fresh. If you’re looking for a hot dish, the miso glazed black cod is unbeatable. Don’t want to choose? Go for the the omakase menu and let chef choose for you.

Another upscale dinning option is Ditas, the town’s newest waterfront restaurant. Located in the the former principal yacht club of San Francisco, Ditas offers incredible views of San Francisco and a menu of California coastal cuisine. Start off with the duck tacos with duck confit, kimchi and gruyere; Dungeness crab cake with curried egg yolk and the king salmon tartare. For the entrees, highlights include the Branzino with yuzu beurre blanc; Australian rack of lamb and the roasted corn risotto.

Finally, a stroll through town isn’t complete without a stop at the famous outpost of Lappert’s Ice Cream, a Hawaii-based chain of cafes offering coffee premium ice cream in a range of unique, internationally inspired flavors from Kona Mocha Chip and Kauai Pie to Horchata Cajeta and Date Casablanca.

Seaplane Adventure

For the ultimate excursion, jump on a seaplane adventure with Seaplane and Aero Adventures. As the only seaplane base helipad in the Bay Area, Seaplane has partnered with The Inn Above Tide offering guests an exciting one-hour private Northern California Seaplane tour along with an overnight stay.

Imagine ascending into the blue skies above Marin County and watching the rolling hills above San Francisco come to life. From immaculate homes stacked on the hillsides and harbors filled with lavish boats to waterfalls rushing down mountain sides and lush forests along the coast, keep your eyes open for wildlife and incredible views.

Enjoy bird’s eye vantages of iconic landmarks from the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz to Angel Island and scenes of the San Francisco skyline, up close and personal. Guests will enjoy soaring along the Pt. Reyes National Seashore to the lighthouse and continuing along Highway One as the Golden Gate Bridge reveals itself. The flight culminates with an gentle water landing.

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