It’s been awarded honor status by the National Trust for Historic Preservation; it has LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council; and it’s on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Hot List” and Travel+Leisure’s Top 10 New Green American Landmarks. We’re talking about Cavallo Point, Sausalito, CA – a national park lodge, nestled just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. This place, known as Fort Baker, was a former U.S. Army post built at the turn of the 20th century in the Marin Headlands that guarded the bridge and later became a site for officers’ residences Now it is the meticulously restored complex – a sustainable luxury hotel and a statement of green living. Designed in Colonial Revival style using symmetrical and classical elements, the historic buildings at Cavallo Point were thoughtfully placed around a 10-acre parade ground so as to take advantage of the area’s majestic setting.
There are 142 rooms and suites (with bamboo furnishings and wide fireplaces), spread between historic and contemporary buildings, which are scattered around the 12,500 sq.ft. property. And Michelin-star chef Joseph Humphrey oversees the delicious dishes at Murray Circle (there’s an acclaimed cooking school which runs near-daily courses). Guests can also enjoy in a luxurious Healing Arts Center’s healthy Tea Bar (which has a garden with meditation pool, hot tubs and a firepit), the Farley Bar and a dreamy veranda designed for sitting back and soaking up the wild beauty of the surrounding terrain.
Cavallo Point is also the home of the Institute at the Golden Gate, an environmental program of the National Parks Conservancy, and the sister hotel to Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur.