Amy Risley

Cavallo Point

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Cavallo Point Front porch dining outside Farley Bar.

Front porch dining outside Farley Bar.

Cavallo Point Comfy Queen room in one of the historic buildings, <br data-src=

Comfy Queen room in one of the historic buildings,
which used to be officers' residences.

Cavallo Point Cozy chair & fireplace.

Cozy chair & fireplace.

Cavallo Point Dream bathroom. Super spacious with gorgeous fixtures.

Dream bathroom. Super spacious with gorgeous fixtures.

Cavallo Point Deep soaking tub complete with bubbles & salts, <br data-src=

Deep soaking tub complete with bubbles & salts,
and a view of downtown SF out the window.

Cavallo Point Healthy, delectable & FREE snacks!

Healthy, delectable & FREE snacks!

Cavallo Point Majestic views at the foot of the iconic Golden Gate...<br data-src=

Majestic views at the foot of the iconic Golden Gate...
less than a five minute walk from your room.

Cavallo Point The Contemporary Lodging...perched up on a hill with amazing views of the bay. In contrast to the historic buildings, these newer rooms were built with eco-friendly green architecture and have radiant heat floors and a more modern style.

The Contemporary Lodging...perched up on a hill with amazing views of the bay. In contrast to the historic buildings, these newer rooms were built with eco-friendly green architecture and have radiant heat floors and a more modern style.

Cavallo Point The Mercantile sells eco-friendly clothing, <br data-src=

The Mercantile sells eco-friendly clothing,
jewelry, books, and treasures from local artisans.

Cavallo Point Simple, clean elegance.

Simple, clean elegance.

Cavallo Point The Mission Blue Chapel located right on the property makes Cavallo an ideal wedding spot. They even offer a

The Mission Blue Chapel located right on the property makes Cavallo an ideal wedding spot. They even offer a "perfect proposal" service through the concierge.

Cavallo Point A mix of locals & guests at Farley Bar.

A mix of locals & guests at Farley Bar.

Cavallo Point The spa lounge is worth sinking into early before an appointment.

The spa lounge is worth sinking into early before an appointment.

Cavallo Point So many spots to sit, relax and take in the breathtaking views.

So many spots to sit, relax and take in the breathtaking views.

Cavallo Point Welcome to Cavallo Point. Part of the National Register of Historic Places and nestled on a breathtaking 10 acre setting, it was originally home to the Army post Fort Baker which, was active through World War II.

Welcome to Cavallo Point. Part of the National Register of Historic Places and nestled on a breathtaking 10 acre setting, it was originally home to the Army post Fort Baker which, was active through World War II.

Highs & Lows

  • There's so much to do right on property you can really fix up a nice retreat. Between the spa, cooking classes, nature walks and art talks, the programming is extensive and well-curated.

  • They set a great example with environmental conservation. Their commitment to sustainability is seen everywhere, from solar panels & organic bedding to raising awareness through numerous programs at the Institute at the Golden Gate.

  • The option to choose between historic vs. modern lodging means something for every taste.

  • No screens on the windows in the historic rooms made me weary of opening them up to bring in the cool bay breeze.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 48/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Historic luxury lodge

  • Vibe

    Sophisticated tranquility.

  • Location

    Fort Baker, at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. About 45 minutes from SFO.

  • Rooms

    142

  • Music

    Live Music every Monday eve in the bar.

  • Year Opened

    2008

  • Designed By

    Part of Passport Resorts, sister property to Big Sur's Post Ranch Inn.

  • Health & Wellness

    The Healing Arts Center & Spa is a destination on its own. With services ranging from traditional massage to hypnotherapy, a heated meditation pool, tea bar, daily yoga, and a resident integrative physician.

  • Restaurant

    Casual small-plate dining at Farley Bar...and fine dining at Murray Circle, their acclaimed restaurant which features modern local cuisine.

  • Bar

    Amazing seasonal & classic cocktails at Farley Bar. And this is Northern California, so naturally they have a wine cellar with no less than 12,000 bottles. Yes, that's three zeros.

  • Children

    They're allowed (dogs too!)...although this is the perfect place to run away from them for a weekend.

  • Price

    Moderately pricey but well worth the impressive, abundant amenities.

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