Set within a national park near Sausalito, Cavallo Point-the Lodge at the Golden Gate offers delightful vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, and the Bay, with access to the best of Northern California. Under the management of Passport Resorts, the former Fort Baker has become a high-end “base camp” for outdoor adventure and exploration while maintaining the highest standards of historic preservation and sustainability. Lodging options include historic and contemporary rooms and suites, many with phenomenal vistas and all with gas fireplaces. Historic rooms stay true to original floor plans and materials with updated amenities, while newly constructed modern buildings on the property’s coastal hillside boast floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests can enjoy Chef Joseph Humphrey’s Bay Area cuisine at the Murray Circle restaurant, or the wine list at Farley Bar. The Healing Arts Center and Spa also serves unusual beverages and a light lunch at the Tea Bar.
601 Murray Circle
At The French Laundry, time moves slowly to nurture ripening romance. The path into the two-story stone house passes through a pastoral garden of country roses and seasonal herbs. Inside, the 15 table restaurant presents a divine dining experience, a three- to four-hour affair that that must be properly planned two months in advance-reservations are taken a minimum of eight weeks in anticipation. Jacketed diners are served the finest French dishes that chef/owner Thomas Keller has to offer. Each day he creates two new nine-course tasting menus where no ingredient appears twice. Every element of his restaurant sings with emotion, from the lovingly blended signature coffee to the passionately presented extra, extra virgin olive oil. Nothing at this restaurant is anything less than storybook.
6640 Washington St.
The purlieu of the very finest American golfers, Pebble Beach Golf Links has played host to the most prestigious tournaments, including the annual AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the U.S. Open Championships. The cliffy coastline edges the course and stuns the duffer who dares to walk in the footsteps of the giants who have played this course for nearly a century. Consistently rated the No. 1 public course in the country, these links are probably the most well known in America. The misty rye grass fairways, designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, are legendary. Measure your game against the Jack Nickalaus-designed par-three 5th hole, but beware the breezes off the ocean. Afterwards relax at the spa, take a trophy back from the pro shop, or check into the luxurious resort that serves the course.
1700 17-Mile Dr.