Luckily, on this last leg of the US visit, I was in the company of a seasoned traveler, my host Recho B. He already knew where to take me, “We will be having lunch at this place and we will take our time and enjoy the day.” Perfect! It’s my kind of thing.
The day trip had the components of “everything touristy in San Francisco”- a ride on the famous tram traversing downhill, the Port of San Francisco, our jump-off point to our destination, a scenic ferry ride across the bay, the Golden Gate and Bay bridges at a diffenrent vantage point of view, and the famed Alcatraz.
What got me excited was getting to our destination. The sight of houses on the hill, restaurants on stilts, houseboats along the shoreline, small souvenir shops, quaint inns and hotels that line the two lane street, gave a feeling that I must have stepped out of America. Sausalito exudes European charm. It’s a town devoid of clutter and bustle of a city, quiet and beautiful!
Sausalito, “a small willow grove” in Spanish, is blessed with an unforgettable picture perfect and breathtaking views and prides itself as “a lifestyle more than a destination” . They have bragging rights, alright. I still find it hard to believe that this place exists a stone’s throw away from the metropolitan life of downtown San Francisco.
Via the bay by ferry or the Golden Gate Bridge by car, the Marin County is a short trip. Here, your adventure of choice, on land or sea, can kick off. Biking, hiking or boating, Sausalito will guarantee you a scenic journey.
The blare of the ferry’s horn woke me from my reverie, signaling that it’s time to head home. As much as I hated to go, I had no choice.
In the places I have visited in San Francisco, I will honestly say that Sausalito proved to be the most surprising destination. It is one place that I look forward to visiting again. This pleasant “small willow grove” is just a so picture-perfect and, except for its size, everything else that matters is big.