Random Raves

Random Raves: Sausalito Edition

Yes, yet another post about our trip out West but we promise it’s the last…  We just wanted to make sure we shared some of our favorite finds for those of you who might make it to the Bay Area this summer (or are lucky enough to live there full time!)

Cavallo Point Lodge at Fort Baker

If you have a night to kill, spend it at the historic Cavallo Point Lodge, nestled in one of America’s most popular national parks at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Fried Squash Blossom

While you’re there, take a class at the Cavallo Point Cooking School where the likes of Viola Buitoni (if her last name sounds familiar, it’s no coincidence!) will teach you all about squash blossoms and zabaglione… and the best part is you get to eat what you make.

Kirby Cove

After all the wonderful food and wine, you may want to hike the various trails around the Lodge that lead up into the hills above Fort Baker and down into secluded coves.

Pride of Madeira

You won’t miss the stately spikes of purple flowers (straight out of The Lorax!) which dot the landscape and are called Pride of Madeira.  Some plants can grow taller than seven feet and they sway in the wind as if they were dancing…

Linda Fahey - Petite Blue Flora Pitcher

With all the eating, drinking and hiking, we didn’t have much of a chance to shop but we did pop into the Lodge’s store and discovered Linda Fahey, a local artist who creates whimsical pieces that evoke her life by the sea.  We can’t say we uncovered everything that Sausalito has to offer but we certainly tried our best!  After all, we were travelling on business…

Diane James Orchid at Neiman Marcus

P.S.  Still can’t get over meeting Joanne Weir in person – don’t forget to enter our giveaway of her new book here!

Photos via Cavallo Point Lodge, Fresa y Pimienta, yours truly and Linda Fahey

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  • Reply The enchanted home June 20, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Looks like a wonderful trip and California is definitely one of my favorite places…appears you had the chance to discover a lot! And your orchid at NM looks AMAZING!! Have a wonderful day.

  • Reply Jeanne McKay Hartmann June 20, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I’ve been wondering about the Cavallo Point Lodge and now it’s going on my “must visit” list. Sounds like the perfect place to escape! Those purple flowers do look like Dr. Seuss. Glad you got to add some pleasure into your business trip. XO

  • Reply Teresa @ Splendid Sass June 20, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Lovely post, full of beautiful places and things. I love the Diane James orchid. So beautiful. Have seen it several places!
    The pitcher is beautiful, and the purple Pride of Madeira are so pretty.
    You ladies are busy.
    Happy Wednesday.

  • Reply Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita June 20, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    It really looks like an amazing trip! Work issues have forced us to scuttle our plans and we’re now looking for a few short getaways closer to home. And I am just itching to get away for a bit.

  • Reply Barbara@HausDesign June 20, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Your orchid looks amazing with that glass art display! And I am loving how you are showing me things in the Bay Area that I never saw in seven years of living there so thank you!!! Now that it’s closer I have to get down there, and soon!!!

  • Reply Donna with A Designer's Perspective June 20, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    What a beautiful place! The Pride of Madeira is beautiful; would love to take a hike in that place.


  • Reply Meghan @ Wishful Thinking June 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit this part of the world so I am very jealous of your trip and it looks like it didn’t disappoint! I am off to swoon over the Cavallo Point Lodge!

  • Reply Carolyn Bradford June 20, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    This was so beautiful! I used to live right outside of the Golden Gate Bridge and would love to go back and visit! Glad I got to see this great post!

  • Reply Kelly Market June 20, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    So beautiful! Sounds like such a wonderful trip – I love when activities like cooking classes are built into the schedule : ) And your orchid is definitely the focal point of those shelves….gorgeous! xx

  • Reply pretty pink tulips June 20, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    I’ve heard great things about Cavallo Point Lodge from friends who have stayed there. I still remember the thrill of driving across the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoying the sunshine on the other side, in Sausalito!!!

    So happy you had fun!
    xoxo E

  • Reply quintessence June 20, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Well now I can see what you were talking about – looks like a beautiful place to stay!! That bag of fried squash blossoms looks fabulous!!

  • Reply stitchfork June 21, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I’m not at all tired of hearing about all the fun things you did on this trip!
    xo Cathy

  • Reply Melanie Bailey August 20, 2012 at 4:22 am

    This looks wonderful. I would like to visit this one day. I would like to have a taste of the fried squash blossom and view the scenery outside. ..By the way, the purple flowers look great!

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