i was really lucky to live on a houseboat here for a few years. friends had always warned about how awful houseboat living was. small, damp spaces, crazy people. so glad i didn’t listen. not these houseboats! it was huge! with many decks and a super tall danish fireplace. anyway, sausalito is special. loads of tourists are dumped daily downtown for overpriced art galleries and crappy sweatshirt shops. but to get a different feel, go for a hike up in the hills. there are stairway trails that are challenging but the views are something to be seen. walk around on the northern end of town by the houseboats and discover a wonderful area filled with old artists, writers, fisherman, etc. you can take a walk down by the marsh and if you’re a bird lover there are so many amazing birds to see! it’s all quite lovely.over 4 years ago
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I lived there. Great people. Quaint little town just minutes from SF and a short drive from Sonoma and Yountville, my other favorite hangouts.
Excellent restaurants are Christophe for french menu.
yes — there is more then one Sausalito.
There is the ‘downtown’ sausalito that all the tourists go to. This is worth going to — because the view of the bay and of san francisco across the bay is stellar.
Then there are the ‘hill’ people — who live in some of the most expensive real estate in the country. however by and large these people are not all that snobby.
Then there are the ‘boat/houseboat/sailing/fishing’ people. there is a very rich tradition in sausalito of boat building, sailing, fishing, and living in boats and houseboats. these are the people who really diversify the scene in sausalito and make it very special. and don’t even tell me there aren’t fisherman here anymore — they are here right now fishing for herring.
sausalito is a very special place.
it also has a rich rich counter – cultural history. david crosby wrote songs there, stewart brand published the whole earth catalog for many years from gate 5 road, allan watts helped to popularize zen buddhism with his videos recorded on the huge houseboat the vallejo.
places to check out — the bay model with a complete working model of the san francisco bay. its huge!! and its free.
cafe trieste — its a short walk from downtown and has a great mix of people.
the houseboats along the water at the opposite end from downtown.
riding the ferry also gives you some great views.over 7 years ago
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