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The Magic Of Cavallo Point

Cavallo Point Lodge
The view from Cavallo Point Lodge

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Though it’s not in San Francisco, Sausalito’s Cavallo Point Lodge is perhaps probably the most quintessentially San Franciscan lodge in Northern California. Every thing concerning the resort is attribute of what the Bay Space is understood for—meals and wine, wellness and outside dwelling, respect for historical past, sustainability, inclusivity, and giving again to the group. Throw in its proximity to SF’s most well-known attraction—the Golden Gate Bridge—and also you’ve acquired a lodge that genuinely represents the place it’s from. If you keep at Cavallo Point, it’s virtually as if the complete metropolis consumes you. Sit on one of many vast porches at sundown, and you may’t assist however really feel enchanted. The foghorn rings within the distance as fingers of white clouds lick the pristine Bay waters. The lights of the town start to shine brightly, twinkling like beacons of innovation. There isn’t any different place like San Francisco on earth, and so, there isn’t a different place just like the Cavallo Point Lodge.

Michael Freed and Peter HeinemannMichael Freed and Peter Heinemann

This yr the lodge is popping 10 and though there’s a lot to rejoice as Cavallo Point has established itself because the main luxurious lodge within the area, founders Michael Freed and Peter Heinemann, aren’t resting on their laurels. For Freed and Heinemann the lodge’s success has been a very long time coming: the venture took ten years to return to fruition. It began when Freed was strolling his canine round Fort Baker, a derelict army base that dates again to 1850. “All these buildings were here, empty, and in dire need of repair,” Freed just lately advised Haute Dwelling over lunch at Murray Circle, Cavallo Point’s superb eating restaurant. “It was on the National Register of Historic Places. The federal government, the Department of Interior, had an obligation to restore the building and had to come up with a plan to restore it. They thought the best way to save the buildings was to come up with a conference center.” Nevertheless, the plan was to construct a lodge that had as much as 350 rooms—one thing that brought about Freed and different outstanding locals concern. On the time, Freed and his staff was operating the smaller environmentally-friendly Submit Ranch Inn in Massive Sur. “The Sausalito community thought that was too large, as did I. So we submitted a proposal for a 150-room lodge, where we would have both leisure travelers as well as group travelers.”

Murray CircleMurray Circle

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As soon as Freed and Heinemann’s proposal was chosen, the actual work started: lease negotiations, the trials and tribulations of improvement, and eventually opening the lodge in 2008, in the midst of a recession. “You just have to maintain your perspective that the vision is right, that what we wanted to create here was an extraordinary destination,” Heinemann says. “You don’t want to get on a rollercoaster. You keep pushing forward.”

An overhead view of the lodgeAn overhead view of the lodge

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The duo persevered and once they lastly opened the doorways to Cavallo Point Lodge, it was an immediate success. “It is so unique. You are in this beautiful old military fort, so you have fascinating architecture. A national recreation area surrounds you, and then you look across the Bay, and there’s the bridge, and there’s San Francisco,” Heinemann says. “You’re this oasis in the middle of an urban environment where you can be in downtown San Francisco in 15 minutes, or you can hike out underneath the bridge and hike all the way up to Point Reyes. It’s a phenomenal setting.”

A guest roomA visitor room

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The location makes Cavallo Point a prime vacation spot for staycations—San Franciscans make up nearly all of the lodge’s home market. What retains the neighbors coming again for extra? The resort presents all kinds of distinctive programming. First, there’s the famend Therapeutic Arts Middle. Sure, it’s a flowery identify for a lodge spa, however it’s a worthy one. Whereas conventional massages and coverings like the brand new dermalinfusion facial can be found on the middle, there’s additionally all kinds of unique well being, holistic, and wellness programming. “We are probably one of a few hotels that have a resident doctor who gives lectures, Dr. Bradly Jacobs,” Freed says. “He’s an integrative medicine specialist who does regular medicine, but also knows Chinese medicine.”

Cavallo Point's Healing Arts CenterCavallo Point’s Therapeutic Arts Middle

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A Stanford medical faculty graduate, Jacobs labored in Nepal, Washington D.C., and at UCSF the place he was the medical director of the Osher Middle for Integrative Drugs, earlier than coming to Cavallo Point in 2009. “People will come in and see me in consultation. They come in with, say, breast cancer. Or they come in and want to lose weight, so it’s a whole range,” Jacobs explains. “People will come in because they want an alternative view on the conventional world, and on the MD that’s treating them very conventionally. I’ll give them an integrative, holistic package. You may need the surgery, this chemo, but, also, these services would be helpful, too; these lifestyle changes, getting some acupuncture, while you’re going through chemo, etc.” Acupuncture, power work, meditation, hypnotherapy, and shamanic journeys are provided on the middle. Jacobs provides month-to-month lectures on numerous subjects—an upcoming one discusses males’s well being points, and one other is a dialog about natural cures and easy life modifications that may shield towards chilly climate sicknesses. Freed is a fan of the spa’s tea and juice bar and takes a every day wellness shot, a pressed garlic tonic, whereas Heinemann is happy by the otherworldly choices. “We occasionally bring in a clairvoyant,” he says. “and have a sleep program in the works.”

Soup at Murray CircleSoup at Murray Circle

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Murray Circle, properly, your complete culinary program, is one other draw for Bay Space residents. The restaurant is open all day, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner together with a lazy brunch on weekends. Head chef Mike Garcia and chef de delicacies Monique Feybesse oversee the kitchen which focuses on seasonal California delicacies: there’s flatbread with ricotta, chard, artichoke, tomato, prosciutto, and eggs for breakfast; grilled fish tacos with corn salsa, marinated cabbage, chipotle cream, and avocado for lunch; and ember grilled bavette with child leeks, braised kohlrabi, and squash blossom pesto for dinner. Pastry chef Ethan Howard makes all of the pastry and bread merchandise from bagels to wedding ceremony desserts. Murray Circle has one of the in depth wine lists in California and a implausible watering gap, Farley Bar, the place stay musicians carry out nightly.

The cooking school The cooking faculty

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There’s additionally the Cavallo Point Cooking Faculty, a clear and open kitchen with state-of-the-art culinary gear. Every class can maintain not more than 20 college students, and the hands-on expertise features a tasting of all of the dishes ready. Three cooks run the cooking faculty and courses range from household pizza night time to Vietnamese pho. As soon as a month, the varsity transforms into an intimate restaurant the place six friends sit on the counter and work together with chef Tony Adams as he prepares a luxurious wine-paired, four-course meal. It’s an exceptionally memorable dinner ideally suited for passionate meals lovers.


Photograph Credit score: Kodiak Greenwood

In the event you’re not into all issues culinary, maybe you may be drawn to Cavallo Point Lodge for its rotating artwork assortment. The Cavallo Point Artwork Gallery showcases images reveals that change each three months. Artwork director Leigh Vogen selects the photographs which are on show, principally by photographers who’ve ties to the Bay Space. The present exhibit options San Francisco Artwork Institute alum Todd Pickering’s owl portraits. Vogen additionally runs the Mercantile, Cavallo Point’s boutique the place one can store for cookbooks, scented candles, denim, and extra. Different perks of the resort? It’s dog-friendly, can host teams and occasions (they do about 50 weddings per yr), and has a partnership with Lexus that permits friends to drive the newest mannequin automobiles for as much as three hours at a time.

The art galleryThe artwork gallery

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The resort is tremendously revered by locals, not just for its world-class facilities but in addition for its contribution to the group. Giving again is extremely very important to Freed and Co., and that is obvious in the best way they companion with native nonprofits just like the Acutely aware Kitchen Groups (a program which funds faculty lunches) and its partnerships with the Mill Valley and Sausalito Movie Festivals. “If you’re not giving back to your community, you’re missing out,” Freed says. “The community becomes such an important part of your guest experience. It also becomes an important part of the revenue source. Every artist who displays in the art gallery on the sale of any artwork, they give a percentage to a non-profit that they support. It’s a great way to support the community, and to support the artists at the same time.”

Cavallo Point LodgeCavallo Point Lodge

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Freed hopes to interact the area people with a bakery that’s within the works and a water taxi service that ferries visitors to and from the town. They’ve obtained a lease on Fort Baker for an additional 50 years and plan to proceed providing San Francisco-centric experiences. “Our approach to the hospitality business is we’re more than just selling beds. What we want to do is create experiences. Create memories for people,” Heinemann says. “People come here, and they’re coming here for leisure.  They’re coming here to unplug, but unplugging today is not just lying on the beach. It’s learning something new, whether it’s about your lifestyle or cooking skills. We create those kinds of special experiences that you wouldn’t ordinarily find in a traditional hotel. Essentially what we try to do is create a little bit of magic.”

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