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The delightful view of Cavallo Point


Can a former army barracks really be turned into an eco-friendly resort? Unbelievably, the Cavallo Point (www.cavallopoint.com) resort located on the grounds of the former Fort Baker, delivers green-conscious luxury right on the edge of San Francisco Bay. The U.S. Army liked the area so much it built a complex in order to strengthen the defense of the North side of the Golden Gate Bridge in the early 1900s and, thanks to the Golden Gate National Park system, visitors can now enjoy this spectacular location.

Guests can choose between historic, contemporary and main lodge accommodations — all are nice, but take my advice and get one of the restored historic King bedrooms facing the expansive grassy parade grounds and the skyline of San Francisco. These rooms have tons of period charm with fully modern amenities and bathrooms. When we stayed there, we spent comfortable hours in the Adirondack chairs in front of the former officer quarters relaxing and watching the numerous passing container ships and tugboats.

The resort features a Michelin-star restaurant and a comfortable bar. On a sunny day, get a table outside on the lodge verandah and enjoy Belgian beers and small plates. Make sure to book a dinner reservation at the main restaurant, Murray Circle — we are still talking about the duck main course.

The spa offers a “Zen-like” vibe at its quiet meditation pool (the staff will politely enforce using “your two-inch voice”) and treatments including “the best massage I have ever had” (actual quote from two of our party). Put Cavallo Point on your lodging list for San Francisco, especially for those of you who want to enjoy the Bay Area from a different vantage point.

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