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Sausalito,  United States - flag United States -  California
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Petite jewel on the Bay

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Sausalito,the tiny seaside jewel on the cost of the bay was established in 1838 by William Richardson and at that far away time the city had a slightly different name: Rancho Del Sausalito- (Ranch of the Little Willow Grove).


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William Richardson had received huge land grants from the government and right away took the land into his control .The Indian tribe called Uimen had lived at the same area for centuries but was driven away from their native land as soon as Europeans had settled there.So at that very time Richardson does not want to have establish a city at all,but only a large cow rancho right on the shores of San Francisco Bay. Sausalito started to grow at the time of Gold Rush ,when Charles Botts a lawyer from Virginia had bought the entire land from Richardsons unsuccessful venture, and eventually planned the city.The year was 1860- the pick time for Gold Rush. Picturesque and with very mild climate ,with a lush green hill slowly descending to the shores of protected Richardson Bay, has attracted well to do residents and they had settled on a beautiful hill overlooking San Francisco skyline ,Alcatraz Island ,Angel Island as well as Eat Bay. Magnificent estates and near by shops started to grow there not by the day ,but by the hours and the city started rapidly to grow. At the present time Sausalito is very quaint town with beautiful mansions ,restaurants ,boutique shops and some of them are located right on the water front-The Bridgeway Boulevard. The view from the waterfront Bridgeway Boulevard also known as Water street is spectacular! Many compare this city with a Mediterranean village. What is very interesting that all small shops are located mainly in two story historical buildings and located on the ground floor ,while the living quarters are located above .All the buildings on the main street are representing different stiles,and is very hard to find similar constructions .They are very attractive and relate to one another in harmonious way. All the stores are mainly tourist oriented ,and they all had replaced old family oriented businesses .In the middle of the commercial district a small and charming park is located with a fountain ,that was built in 1915.

Favourite spots:
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The first impression of the city is the water front street ,that runs along the water edge with a awesome view over the bay and San Francisco .The most striking part of the street starts almost at the very point when you enter the city form highway 101. The narrow road takes you down ,snaking through the hills and ones you finally descend ,in front your eyes you find the breathtaking panoramic view of the bay with numerous yachts calmly gliding the blue waters of the Richardson Bay .The view over the bay ,near by islands and San Francisco is so striking ,that is no wonder why this city attracts tourists from all parts of the world .Strolling along the bay, visiting interesting shops and enjoying always the fresh air that this city always has to offer and.... the million dollar view

What's really great:
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The city has Mediterranean flavor ,fills like without leaving the States, I’m visiting some Southern Mediterranean village-the Italy around the corner,even the name sounds so Italian and the city definitely has this unique appeal. Relaxing meal in one,or few water front restaurants with of course window seating or seating right on the waterfront patio and even on the rainy day makes it very magical.Stoping at some very interesting art shops ,that sell from very expansive crystal and paintings to awesome statues with artfully designed themes.Sausalito is well known for being an art Mecca of Northern California. All talented artists from around the world display their work in Sausalito art galleries.

Sights:
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Historical Sausalito Hotel,with the history dating back to 1915
From the Bridgeview excellent views over the bay,Alcatraz and spectacular views of San Francisco downtown skyline .Neighboring small but very appealing cities ,such as Mill Valley,Tiburon-one of the most expansive towns in the Bay Area, because of the impressive and fantastic views,San Anselmo and Fairfax.

Accommodations:
Sausalito features first-class hotels
1.Alta Mira Hotel
125 Balkley ave,Sausalito
www.sausalitoaltamira.com
2.Hotel Sausalito
16 El Portal ave,Sausalito
www.sausalitohotel.com
3. Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa
801 Bridgeway,Sausalito
http://casamadrona.rockresorts.com
4.Gables Inn-Sausalito
62 Princess st,Sausalito
http://gablesinnsausalito.com

Sausalito features also very unique floating hotels.
1. SF As You Like It
2. The Inn Above The Tide- the only hotel in the Bay Area on the water.
30 El Portal,Sausalito

Nightlife:
1. Smitty’s-great bar offering good drinks,pool table,shuffleboard and video games
Address: 214 Caledonia,Sausalito
2. Saylor’s Landing-live entertainment on Thursday,Friday,Saturday,and Sunday
Address: 305 Harbor Dr,Sausalito

Restaurants:
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Sausalito offers from superstar sushi to succulent seafood for every budget,and some of them with a spectacular sea view ,just to name a few:
1. Scoma’s-waterfront restaurant with great seafood plates.
2. Bridgeway Café-The restaurant has panoramic views of San Francisco and the Bay.Good for breakfast and lunch
3. Antidote-Awesome views of the Bay
4. The Spinnaker-seafood restaurant with a view of the Bay.
5. Horizons-restaurant with a view of the bay and San Francisco,has large deck and patio.

Other recommendations:
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Sausalito Ferry and Golden Gate Ferry is one of the best ways to see The Golden Gate Bridge,Richardson Bay ,infamous Alcatraz Island,Angel Island and the Bay Bridge ,the whole magnificent landscape the area has to offer.
Muir Woods visit is a must where giant Sequoias thrive for a thousand of years

http://www.goldengateferry.org/services/visitors/escape.html

http://muirwoods.areaparks.com

Published on Thursday February 10th, 2005


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Sat, Jan 27 2007 - 05:56 PM rating by mrscanada

Boris I have been to Sausalito and your wonderful pictures bring back great memories to me.

Fri, Jul 29 2005 - 07:47 PM rating by whereisliz

Excellent report! Makes me want to go again, even though it's practically my own neighborhood. Nice job!

Sat, May 21 2005 - 04:10 AM rating by subdha

i was looking for information and i got a lot from your report
its is very informative

Mon, Feb 21 2005 - 08:35 AM rating by rangutan

very interesting

Sat, Feb 12 2005 - 03:07 AM rating by ravinderkumarsi

hii boris,
very very nice report to read.
cheers
ravi

Thu, Feb 10 2005 - 02:39 PM rating by bineba

Dear Boris,

I have very fond memories of Sausalito, hope to come back one day!

Thanks

Sabine

Thu, Feb 10 2005 - 01:36 PM rating by magsalex

Information packed report!

Thu, Feb 10 2005 - 01:36 PM rating by britman

What a great read! Decent pictures too - well done Boris!

Thu, Feb 10 2005 - 12:14 PM rating by mistybleu

Excellent report; what a lovely word - Sausalito.

Misty

Thu, Feb 10 2005 - 11:19 AM rating by davidx

Well done, Boris - VERY informative.
Cheers, David

Thu, Feb 10 2005 - 11:14 AM rating by christianj.

All information I need - great report!

Christian

Thu, Feb 10 2005 - 08:32 AM rating by fieryfox

Simply awesome! Hope to read more from you!
Cheers.
Farizan

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