This article started out as an answer in our Ask Annie column, but grew until it became its own page. You can also check out our page on weddings and receptions in Sausalito, which has lots of links to local resources.
Honeymoon in San Francisco or Sausalito?
The ferry connections and the proximity of the Golden Gate Bridge make Sausalito a viable home base for a week-long honeymoon, since it serves as a great jump-off point for spending some days in San Francisco, some days here, and more time in the GGNRA or the Wine Country.
The key to deciding on the right home base for your honeymoon is "What mood do you want, and what kinds of things will you be doing at night?"
Day and night do you want the edgy energy of a big city? Stay in San Francisco.
Do you prefer the more quiet mood of a vacation spot on the coast of Italy, France or Spain? Sausalito is the California version of many of those places.
If you want the night life of the Big City, visiting clubs, going to the theatre etc. then you should stay in San Francisco for at least part of your honeymoon. The last ferry in each direction departs relatively early in the evening, and if you're driving back and forth it's better to stay in The City (as locals call San Francisco.)
If most evenings you want a more laid-back environment with a choice of great restaurants with dramatic views, then Sausalito is a great home base. If you love great views a Sausalito hotel may also give you "more view for less money."
If you're thinking "a couple of days in San Francisco, a day or two in Sausalito, a couple of days hiking, a couple of days in the Wine Country" then Sausalito is going to be your perfect honeymoon home base.
Honeymoon Hotels in Sausalito
If you plan to use the Ferry to go to San Francisco or plan to explore Sausalito on foot, we'd recommend a downtown hotel. All the downtown places are romantic and there are lots of great views, but you want to read about the choices carefully before you commit.
Inn Above Tide -- Every room has a fabulous view of San Francisco and the Bay. One of our editors chose this as the spot to propose to his wife. She said yes.
Hotel Sausalito -- Charming Victorian era hotel near the ferry.
Gables Inn -- Bed and Breakfast Inn set into the base of the hill at the center of town.
Casa Madrona -- Charming place, now under new ownership, with a great restaurant downstairs.
If walking and hiking are your passions, you may want to consider the Cavallo Point Lodge, which is located inside a national park property south of downtown Sausalito, near the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. Many rooms have Bridge, City and Bay views, and it's the closest hotel to the Golden Gate Bridge. They also have a Michelin star restaurant, Murray Circle. The downside: they're over a mile from downtown Sausalito and the Ferry, so some trips will require a car or taxi.
Check out our Fun Activities in Sausalito page for fun places to go and things to do.
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