Thursday, August 16, 2012

How to Have a Perfect Morning in Sausalito

Fog covering the bridge at the top of the coastal trail

One of my favorite things about living in San Francisco is how easy it is to get out of San Francisco. In just 15-20 minutes you can be at the beach, on a mountain trail or in a cute coastal town.  When Nic and I moved here from NY we vowed to spend more time outdoors and so far so good. Most weekends we try to get to Marin for a hike, a run or just to escape the fog. Usually we just hop across the bridge to Sausalito and do something active then hit up our favorite breakfast spot. It's pretty much the perfect way to spend a Saturday morning so you should probably try it out.
Here are my recommendations:

First Get Some Excercise:
a. Go Paddle Boarding or Kayaking!
We did this for the first time earlier this summer and had such a great time! We rented paddle boards through Sea Trek and it was such a good experience. You just show up and park and then go to their little counter on the beach where they set you up with everything you need and take it to the water's edge for you, then we just paddled around near the shore for an hour admiring boats, seals and the beautiful scenery. There were tons of families out doing this and we will definitely be back!

 b. Go for a Hike in the Headlands
As soon as you cross the Golden Gate bridge take your first exit on the right and loop under the long tunnel into the gorgeous Marin Headlands. There are tons of trails to hike and explore and on a sunny day all have beautiful views of the bay, bridge or ocean.
On a hot day take this easy hike over to Black Sands Beach. You could also take the beautiful Coastal trail for a longer scenic view. Descriptions and pics here!

Trail down to Black Sands Beach

2. Eat a delicious brunch at Fred's Coffee House
This is a GOOD breakfast place. Great big fluffy eggs, fresh fruit bowls, delicious pancakes and Nic's favorite deep-fried french toast and yummy burgers. What's not to love! The atmosphere is casual and service is quick. There is generally a little wait on a weekend morning but they sit you wherever there is room (including at tables shared with other parties) and the staff is friendly.  I recommend the Captain Mike egg scramble (pictured below) and for those of you who can get away with it, Nic's favorite --- the deep fried french toast :)

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