Cavallo Point – The Lodge at the Golden Gate is the newest luxury eco-lodge from the creators of the famous Big Sur eco-getaway, Post Ranch Inn. Cavallo Point opened this weekend and is inside the Golden Gate National Parks, close to Sausalito.
The hotel is awaiting LEED and Green Seal certification, and their “green initiatives” page on their website is still under construction. But we do know a few things: Some of their rooms were created out from the Fort Baker Officers Residences, built in the 1900s – a great example of re-using existing structures to cut back on new construction. Guest rooms feature organic linens and towels. The resort’s main restaurant, Murray Circle , creates its menu with food available from local producers. Cavallo Point's Institute at the Golden Gate will use the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy's expertise to host sustainability events and programs. It's also rumored that groups who hold their own environmental summits at Cavallo Point may get discounts. Room charges include a 5 percent “Environmental Programming and Sustainability Fee” and a $4 donation to the Good Night Foundation, which helps fund local and global community-development projects.
One of the things I’m most excited about is Cavallo Point’s intriguing list of adventures and programs. These expert-led, multi-day programs let you immerse yourself in everything from yoga to “radical knitting” to wine-country cooking. The one I had to stop myself from signing up immediately for: The Ultimate Running Experience with Ultramarathon Man Dean Karnazes. Four days of runs, yoga classes, and fantastic food with one of my running heros? Perfect. Now, to start saving up the $1765 to reserve my spot.
If you’re thinking about putting down the cash for one of these kick-butt adventures, do it soon: If you sign up for one of their multi-day programs by July 1, you get an extra night free. If you’d like to bask in the Cavallo Point eco-glow freestyle, and explore Pacific beaches and San Francisco on your own, rooms currently start at $250 for a Bayside Queen room (in the historic Fort Baker buildings) and go up to $750 for a Golden Gate King Suite.
Photos from www.cavallopoint.com