Discover a Slice of Italy's Amalfi Coast in the Bay Area's Sausalito

If you’ve visited Italy’s Amalfi Coast, you know the beauty of the azure sea, meandering coastline and picturesque fishing villages. The Bay Area has its own slice of Italian heaven in Sausalito. As close as it is to San Francisco, it’s often an overlooked destination.

Sausalito is a beautiful playground—for a day trip or overnight. And it’s easy to get to: Either a gorgeous ferry ride or a quick hop over the Golden Gate. My husband and I tried both options, and here’s what we found.


Some say the ferry ride from San Francisco to Sausalito is the second most beautiful in the world just behind the Star Ferry excursion between Hong Kong and Kowloon. You decide.

Casa Madrona is a quick walk across Bridgeway from the ferry. This recently renovated boutique hotel hugs the hillside and offers stunning views of Richardson Bay, Belvedere and the San Francisco skyline from almost every room. Find privacy in a luxurious setting.

The hotel property includes a contemporary wing as well as the historic mansion, originally built in 1885, which mixes Victorian finishes with the latest high-tech accessories and luxe amenities in its rooms and suites. There are also stand-alone cottages, guesthouses and bayside accommodations nestled in the hill that are equally plush. We stayed in one of these spacious, airy rooms with modern finishes, a soaking tub and private patio. (Request a room up from the street to avoid early morning noise.) 

Patty Burness

I travel the world as a culinary and wine tourism specialist and bring the best of a destination up close and personal to readers. ...(Read More)

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