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Budget holidays from OnTheBeach are best spent in a peaceful place located somewhere in California. Sausalito is in Northern California, across the Golden Gate bridge from San Francisco. Sausalito is a unique community, perched on a hillside between the San Francisco Bay and the Marin Headlands.

Get in

By air
San Francisco International Airport and Oakland Airport.

By car
Sausalito is just over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco.

By ferry
Two ferry companies serve Sausalito:

Blue & Gold Fleet, 415-705-8200, Offers ferry service to/from Pier 41 in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. It is a 30-35 minute trip. Adults $9 one-way, children $5 one-way.

Golden Gate Ferries, 415-923-2000, Offers ferry service to/from the historic Ferry Building in San Francisco's Financial District. It is a 25 minute trip. Adults $7.10 one-way, seniors/youth $3.55 one-way.

Public Transit can be used to get from SFO to ferry ports if you wish to get to your hotel without renting a car.

Get around
Once in Sausalito it will be easy to leave your car at the hotel when exploring locally.

Walk About Most of the frequently visited waterfront area can be seen on foot and is easy walking distance from the ferry landing. Make sure to head north on your walk along Bridgeway to Caledonia Street - it's full of great stores, restaurants, cafes and art studios and has a great event every 2nd Wednesday of the month called "Artwalk"

Bike A favorite local ride is to Sam's Restaurant in Tiburon for lunch or drinks on the huge (and very entertaining!) outdoor deck. It always seems to be sunny there, so bring your hat and sunscreen. Rent your bike at Sausalito Mountain Bike Rental, 803 Bridgeway 415-331-4448 Another not to be missed ride is from Sausalito to Mill Valley (hit the Depot for a great lunch) and on up any bike trail on Mt. Tamalpais. This is where some people think mountain biking began.

Along with San Francisco, just across the bridge, your hotel will be convenient to some more local attractions.

San Francisco Bay Model, 2100 Bridgeway, Phone: 415-332-3871. This two-acre indoor scale model (1000:1) of the San Francisco Bay area is one of the largest models in the world. Also an exhibit on the Liberty Ships that were built in this area during World War II. Free.

Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Phone: 415-339-3900. Tu-F 9AM-4PM, Sa,Su 10AM- 5PM. Hands-on children’s museum. $8.50/$7.70.

Sausalito Art Festival - Labor Day Weekend.

A selection of reasons to get out of your hotel and do something active.

Segway Tour, 1001 Bridgeway, +1 415 474-3130, Toll-free: 877-474-3130. Tours the Sausalito area on Segways. Reservations required.

Explore the Farallon Islands, 27 miles off the coast of San Francisco through SF Bay Whale Watching Expeditions, 415-331-6267. Expert naturalists who really love to teach, guide the trips explaining what you see on the way. The Farallon Islands are a part of California history, but more importantly are currently a marine sanctuary. Blue Whales, Humpback Whales, Pacific White Sided Dolphin, California SeaLions, Steller SeaLions, White Sharks, Tufted Puffins, and many other animals can be spotted at various times of year on their migration patterns.

Harbor Dive Center, 200 Harbor Drive, off Bridgeway, Phone: 415-331-0904.

Hike to the ridge. Ask for directions to the Spencer Avenue parking lot (on 101) and start your hike at the trailhead across from the lot. It zig-zags up to a major trail where you take a right and then wind your way toward the ocean and beautiful ridge top views. From here, you can hike the Marin Headlands pretty much to anywhere along the coast, depending on your time and ability

With the deal you'll get on your hotel, it will be easy to indulge in a little retail therapy.

Art Galleries abound in Sausalito.

Five Star Station 33 Caledonia Street, Phone: 415-331-5055. This is a very eclectic shop filled with what it looks like hard to find and interesting pieces from every decade. A great place to either buy great gifts or get your mind going for finding great gifts. Really fun shopping.

John Wilmer Studio 333 Caledonia Street Suite B, Phone: 415-331-3037 John has an ever changing selection of fine furniture and collectibles on display (you will love his workshop), as well as incredible paintings and photography in his gallery area.
Studio 333 Caledonia Street Suite A, Phone: 415-331-8272. Right next door to John is a hip gallery that offers a collection of work from over 25 local artists, including great furniture.

You definitely won't be limited by whatever fare your hotel offers. Sausalito is blessed with more fine restaurants than a town of 7,000 people should have. Whatever you're looking to eat, Sausalito probably has a restaurant serving it up. Beware the 'touristy' district, however. While there are a few genuinely good restaurants, there are also a fair number of establishments catering basic grub to tourists.

Poggio Trattoria, 777 Bridgeway, Toll free: 800-288-0502 ext. 8217, Phone: 415-332-0502. Run by Il Fornio, it is an upscale version and really special. All dishes are prepared with care and sauces have the deep, rich flavorful tastes.

Fred's Coffee Shop, 1917 Bridgeway, Phone: 415-332-4575. Fred's is a Sausalito institution. Fred's has only 6 tables, each seating 4-6 people. You're most likely to be seated with others at 'your' table, which often leads to interesting conversations. One table at Fred's has a brass plaque reading "Stamtisch" which means regular's table. Anyone can sit there if a chair is free. For breakfast, the Fred's French toast is pretty amazing. For those who prefer something a little more spicy, ask for the "Coyote Special", which is a cheese omlette covered with chili.

Sartaj, 43 Caledonia St., Phone: 415-332-7103. A hole-in-the-wall, with the very little ambiance but delicious traditional Indian food served up by mom, Balbir, who goes from stove to counter in her apron.

Sushi Ran, 107 Caledonia St, Phone: 415-332-3620. One of the best sushi restaurants in the San Francisco Bay area, Sushi Ran serves up incredibly good and fresh sushi and modern Japanese cuisine. Received a Michelin star in October 2006.

Fish, 350 Harbor Dr., Phone: 415-331-3474. Excellent, very fresh, and well-prepared seafood. Fish is best enjoyed on a sunny day, al fresco on the large deck overlooking a fishing harbor on the north side of town. Despite being off the beaten path, Fish is always crowded on nice days. Cash only!

Arawan, 47 Caledonia St, Phone: 415-332-0882. Serving Thai cuisine.

Cat N' Fiddle, 303 Johnson Street, Phone: 415-332.4912. A locals favorite - eclectic ingredients and British flavors (good homemade, fresh food) and the bar has a fantastic stock of scotches. Also has a beautiful harbor view of the boats
on the bay.

Cafe Trieste, 1000 Bridgeway. Always comes to mind for great San Francisco Bay Area Coffee, this is the Sausalito branch. Classic Bicycle rider destination. Starbucks, Princess Street. Coffee as you know it from any other city anywhere. Internet WIFI, Live Jazz Music, Art Shows, Sidewalk Tables.

Poggio, Bridgeway. Sidewalk Fine Dining, But does great Coffee.

Cafe DiVino, 37 Caledonia Street, Phone: 415-331-9355. Sidewalk Cafe, Art Shows, Live Jazz Music, Locals.

Northpoint Coffee Company, 1250 Bridgeway, Phone: 415-331-0777. Great Destination Coffee Spot, outside dining in the patio garden on Richardson Bay, Gardens, Comfortable chairs, the epitome of a perfect coffee spot. Great coffee too. FREE WIFI. Beer and wine served featuring Northern California vineyards. New menu includes sandwiches, organic soups and salads, pastries and desserts by local bakers. Music on weekends. Supports Sausalito artists with monthly displays. Poetry by the Sea on the first and third Wednesday of every month hosted by poet Pablo Rosales.

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