A Day in Sausalito


When you head out of San Francisco on the Golden Gate Bridge, driving northward under the iconic International Orange towers, you cross into a decidedly different peninsula. The first stretch is undeveloped hills, and then through a tunnel and off to the right, you can visit the town of Sausalito, a posh little area lined with touristy boutiques and harboring many a yacht. As a continuation of my San Francisco “staycation,” Jesse and I spent the day exploring this beautiful area.

Stop one was the Heath Ceramics Factory, which was running its annual sale. These ceramics are Bay Area classics, still made on site. They are simple, easily identifiable, and expensive, but I picked out two beautiful second-quality pieces to take home with me.

Looking through stacks of casts.

The line was so long that the checkout involved a meandering queue through the factory space in the back.

Unfinished pieces on the rack, and my two new lovelies I picked out from the winter collection.

Our second stop was Fish, a place just down the street that’s known for its sustainable seafood. One white chowder, one red.

And then a little stroll through the quieter part of Sausalito.

Over on the other end of town, you can look out across the water at San Francisco and shop the touristy little boutiques.

The capstone of our Sausalito day was a sailboat tour of the Bay, perfectly timed for sunset underneath the Golden Gate Bridge.

I found my boat.

This would actually be my second time sailing away in the Bay. It’s such a refreshing way to enjoy these beautiful seascapes that surround us here. I always feel so lucky to call this place home.

The perfect view of San Francisco at sundown.

It was a beautiful excursion, but freezing cold with all the wind, especially once the sun went down.

A nice new perspective on the Golden Gate.

Finally, we thawed out for a beautiful dinner at Sushi Ran.

Visit Sausalito:

Take a free tour and shop for classic pieces at the Heath Ceramics Factory.
Enjoy some fresh seafood at Fish.
Walk around Sausalito for boutiques and waterfront views.
Take a sailboat cruise of the Bay.  I purchased our Bay Breeze Charters tour on Groupon.
Finally, order “omakase” (chef’s choice) at Sushi Ran, and be sure to call for seats at the sushi bar.

Anna Wu is a wedding and portrait photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Find her on facebook for more daily adventures, and view more of her professional work at annawu.com.