Cavallo Point - The Lodge at the Golden Gate
Often referred to as having exquisite, panoramic views with rooms, the Cavallo Point Resort, is situated at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. Not only does it have a 4-star rating by Michelin, this idyllic lodge is a member of the Historic Hotels of America; ranked a Top 5 Resort in the U.S.; and is the recipient of the LEED Gold Certification for its environmentally sustainable design and construction.
Delight in your 2-night stay at Cavallo Point. You’ll be staying in impeccably restored historic guestrooms in buildings formerly the residence of officers attached to the US Army base — Fort Baker. Restored to the highest of standards, each guestroom features open-air windows allowing in the flow of breezes from the bay area; to organic bedding and towels; to comfortable, cozy sitting areas — as well as the finest of amenities you would expect to find, and demand, at the most elegant of establishments.
And what could be more serene and relaxing after a day of intense cycling, than to immerse one’s self in Cavallo Point’s warm, welcoming Healing Arts Center and Spa. Here you’ll find a heated, outdoor meditation pool, magnificent gardens to ease the mind body and soul, spa treatments which cover the spectrum from massage and aromatherapy to body treatments and water therapies and much, much more.
The mind, body and soul are not the only parts of us that need nurturing and attention. For dinner Saturday and Sunday nights and for breakfast Sunday and Monday mornings, you’ll be pampered with the ultimate dining experience at the award-winning Murray Circle Restaurant. Murray Circle has been voted the Best Restaurant of 2011 in the SF Baylist, has been recognized for 3 years running (2009, 2010 and 2011) by the Michelin Guide, written up in Gentlemen’s Quarterly Magazine, and has received numerous accolades from The Marin Independent Journal, SFGate and Marin Magazine.
My husband and I just completed a weekend bike tour with UDC tours cycling thru the Wine Country of Santa Ynez Valley and we loved it. It was our first guided tour and we choose UDC because they specialize in California and all the reviews we read, had nothing but positives to say about the experience. The tour was based in Solvang at The Hadsten House; which offered very nice and comfortable lodging along with a very much appreciated outdoor hot tub and indoor pool. We met our guides, Laura & Daryl, on Saturday where we, along with the other 5 cyclists in our group, were greeted with a backpack filled with cycling related "goodies", fitted with top-notch Scott bikes, personalized water bottles, and a meticulous route map with turn by turn directions. Both Laura & Daryl rode with us the first day to make sure we were acclimated to our bikes and the area. Over the next two days, either Laura or Daryl rode with our group while the other followed in the "sag wagon" to offer support as needed or to drive ahead and set-up a nice picnic lunch. Really fabulous riding over the weekend included pedaling along beautiful backroads past vineyards and farms, all while enjoying breathtaking views in Ballard and Foxen Canyon. Yes, those views provide a scenic distraction while climbing (ascending) the canyons and a beautiful "reward" while enjoying the downward descents! Each day of very satisfying cycling ended with a stop in town at the Bulldog Cafe to regroup and swap stories followed by a really nice dinner out with the whole group at two area restaurants in Solvang: Cecco's and Mirabelle's. UDC tours takes care of just about everything while you're on the tour; and truly, seems to put a lot of thought into ensuring that each rider has a successful and enjoyable experience, which includes the little things like having an ample supply of energy snacks "just in case" (which I ended up needing the first day out). Our guides were great, knowledgeable, very warm and friendly. The quality of the bikes is top notch and scenery hard to beat! We are considering booking another trip in California next Fall and would not hesitate to recommend UDC for anyone considering a bike tour.
TripAdvisor Review November 2013