Location. Location. Location. The more I work in a professional environment the more I hear that phrase. IT’s always about location, even if we have no idea what IT is.
When my mom first sent me the link for Cavallo Point Resort I immediately thought ‘naaww, too far’. I wanted to be right in the city, in the middle of it all. I had a fantasy of waking up early the sound of garbage and street cleaning trucks, hitting the streets to find coffee and watching the locals scurry to work. But the pictures on the Cavallo Point website are just a little too beautiful to ignore, as was the proximity to my beloved Golden Gate Bridge. So instead of garbage trucks, we woke up to the chirping of birds and went to sleep to the howling of coyotes.
Tourists never go past the viewing area of the Golden Gate bridge, the one that gives you that killer view of the entire city, with Alcatraz at the forefront and Bay Bridge at the back. But if you ever do go past there, take the first right, then make your way down the hill, you’ll probably see a deer or four before hitting the #5 top ranked resort in the US by Travel + Leisure. Cavallo Point is on a pretty extravagant piece of land next to the Golden Gate National Park. It was used as an army base.
Check-in was smooth, the secret to (free) wifi was shared straight away, the staff was overtly friendly and their golf carts were fast. Even though the contents of our mini bar were fancy and free, we rose every morning in our secluded 3 bedroom lodge and ran, well no – jogged, straight to the continental breakfast where tea, coffee, muffins and croissants (chocolate croissants!) were awaiting our arrival. Free yoga classes were offered every morning, among many other daily activities. This dog friendly resort is the type you want to stay in all day, especially with free access to a ridiculously relaxing spa. From what Conde Nast Traveller told me, it’s the 8th best spa in the US. Oh, and there is a 24 hour gym, which is fantastic if you’re that type of person.
We did get to enjoy the buffet breakfast at the Murray Circle, the resort restaurant, twice. It was incredible sitting out on the deck with my loved ones eating just as much as we want of exactly what we wanted. Be forewarned the mimosas do not come with deal buffet deal; whoops!
Staying at Cavallo Point means a different type of San Francisco experience, but – in my opinion – it’s a happier more relaxed one.
And when you stay at Cavallo Point, please, please, please wake up early and see the sun rise over San Francisco. Run across the open, healthy lawn to the edge of the water by the docks. It may sound cheesy and it is, but it’s also achingly beautiful.
Location. Location. Location.