Located at a former U.S. Army post at the Golden Gate Bridge, award-winning Cavallo Point offers one of the West Coast's most coveted stays. Many of its 142 Historical and Contemporary accommodations feature San Francisco Bay, the city, and the bridge's sweeping views. Refined Northern California cuisine at Murray Circle restaurant makes the lodge a top culinary destination, and an intimate cooking school has an ever-changing class roster. Miles of hiking trails in national parklands and dog-friendly housing make it a great choice for families. Surrounding eucalyptus and pine trees set the spa's mood: nature, Nurture, Culture, Adventure.
Cavallo Point – one look tells you this is an extraordinary place. Look deeper, and you'll find an innovative partnership. Cavallo Point – the Lodge at the Golden Gate was created by the Fort Baker Retreat Group, a Passport Resorts project, Equity Community Builders, and Ajax Capital Group. The Fort Baker Retreat Group is working with the National Park Service. The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is a unique private/public/non-profit alliance to restore, enhance and preserve Fort Baker as a National Park for generations to come.
About the Name 'Cavallo Point' - The name "Cavallo" is part of the San Francisco Bay's history. It was dated 1775 when a rocky point near Fort Baker was named "Punta de Caballo" by the commander of one of the first European vessels that sailed into the bay. Wild horses once roamed here, and "Caballo" is the Spanish word for "horse." Early California settlers started using "Cavallo," as the pronunciation of b and v in Spanish are very close, and the name took hold.
Originally inhabited by the coastal Miwok tribes, Horseshoe Cove became home to Fort Baker long before a Golden Gate Bridge. In 1866, the U.S. Army acquired the site for a military base to fortify the Golden Gate's north side. The 24 buildings around the 10-acre parade ground at Fort Baker took shape between 1901 and 1915. The Army post remained active through World War II. From Post to Park - In 1973, Fort Baker was listed as a Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places. When the Golden Gate National Parks were established in 1972, Fort Baker was designated for transfer to the National Park Service when no longer needed by the military. In 2002 Fort Baker transferred officially from post to park.
Historic lodging with today's amenities - Experience the rich history of Fort Baker, a former U.S. Army post, with a stay in one of the impeccably restored historic guestrooms. These historic buildings – formerly officers' residences – are located on expansive green space encircling the parade ground with hillside or San Francisco skyline views. Spacious two-bedroom, family-friendly suites offer the perfect living space for loved ones to be near. Restored to the highest standards, all feature the finest amenities, windows that open, cozy sitting areas, and organic bedding. Many guest rooms and suites are dog friendly. Cavallo Point has been honored with numerous awards for its historic renovation and preservation efforts.
Contemporary Lodging - Contemporary Suite - Green lodging with breathtaking San Francisco Bay views - From their hillside perch above historic Fort Baker, Contemporary hotel rooms and guest suites combine environmental sensitivity with modern style. Many feature sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. Housed in two-story buildings constructed to the highest standards of green architecture, each accommodation has a private entrance, cozy gas fireplace, panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows, radiant heat floor, bamboo furnishings, and some have an individual patio or deck. Many guest rooms and suites are dog friendly.
All accommodations feature these luxury amenities: Most rooms face south; many enjoy views of San Francisco, the Bay or Golden Gate Bridge, Windows that open to San Francisco Bay breezes, Ceiling fans, Gas-burning fireplaces in most rooms, Fine organic linens & cotton towels, Certified organic cotton robes; slippers, Large flat-screen LCD televisions (32" in Historic & 36" in Contemporary accommodations), Wine hour, daily, Coffeemaker, Iron & ironing board, Hairdryer, Mini-refrigerator, Alarm clock with iPod plug-in, Desks with reading lights, Comfortable chairs, ottomans & throws, All rooms non-smoking, ADA rooms available, Bellman & Concierge services, Lexus vehicles available for guest use, Complimentary shuttle provides round-trip transportation to San Francisco and Sausalito Ferry Terminal, Additional services and amenities are included in a per night, per guest room resort fee.
Dining - Murray Circle Restaurant - Culinary artistry, local flavors - Cavallo Point's acclaimed restaurant, Murray Circle, is one of the Bay Area's top culinary destinations. Highlighting refined modern Northern California cuisine anchored to its Marin roots, the freshest local ingredients, and stunning Golden Gate Bridge views, a meal here is inspired. Settle into the elegant yet comfortable dining room accented with beautifully restored tin ceilings, fine art photography, and toasty fireplaces. Outside, soak up the sun on plush outdoor seating on the historic porch, with sweeping views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Farley Bar - Cozy atmosphere, creative cocktails - Like its namesake Farley, the popular San Francisco Chronicle comic-strip character created by the late Phil Frank, Farley Bar is a Bay Area favorite. Understated and relaxing, it offers a small-plate menu, creative cocktails, cozy fireplaces, leather club chairs, and a bar crafted from a fallen tree. Farley Bar's merry mix of lodge guests and locals provides the social heart of Cavallo Point. "Menus & Wine List" - Local, seasonal cuisine, a vast wine list. Murray Circle uses the finest local ingredients, building on long-standing relationships with Bay Area farmers and fishers. Straight from the source at the height of flavor, these ingredients inspire food carefully crafted to showcase the best of the season.
To tantalize your taste buds, view the sample menus of acclaimed Murray Circle. Once you've made your dining decisions, pair them with selections from the Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning collection. Featuring over 2,000 options and 30 wines by the glass, the wine cellar is one of California's deepest and most diverse. Enhanced by the proximity to celebrated wine regions, it showcases local treasures – artisan wines from small California producers that are often hard to find – combined with the best vintages of Europe's top estates.