From houseboats to hillside mansions, Sausalito exemplifies an eclectic community. Sausalito offers the shortest commute to San Francisco from Marin, and home prices range from $800,000 for a condo/townhouse to $10,000,000 for the home of your dreams. Made up of “empty nesters,” professionals, small businesses, and tourists, this bayside town is picturesque and lively. Tourists take the ferry from San Francisco or bike across the Golden Gate Bridge to have lunch, dinner, or walk the town. At the North end, you’ll find shops geared toward these tourists, while at the center of Sausalito or “New Town,” you’ll find the locals’ zone.
Some suggested things to do on your visit include: coffee at Taste of Rome, lunch at Cibo, and dinner at Sushi Ran, Copita, Poggio Trattoria, or Bar Bocce. Grab lunch at Driver’s Market, and walk the bayside trail or paddle board to explore the houseboat communities. Places to stay include Cavallo Point, Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa, or The Inn Above Tide. There is a houseboat community representing four hundred floating homes where you can find anything from a cozy little shack-for-one to a multi-level floating mansion with a hot tub. Like most of Marin, Sausalito offers breathtaking hiking and biking trails, and with the Bay being such a focal point, water sports are popular as well, with many boaters and kayakers taking to the Bay on weekends.