This weekend, a group of sorority friends and I headed across the water to Sausalito & Marin for an incredible half-day staycation! We overlooked the Golden Gate Bridge (it neverrrrr fails to take my breath away), got a mini workout in with a hike, and ate our way through some of the best food in the Bay. This is such a gorgeous trip and could easily be made longer by selecting a different hike (there were tons of trails in the vicinity!).
We opted to do the Kirby Cove hike, which also offers overnight camping passes if you’re inclined! Driving to Sausalito, we parked right under the Golden Gate Bridge (Fair warning: the parking lot is not large, so try to get there early! We arrived around 10 a.m.). We walked up to an incredible lookout over the Bridge and took some photos — I can’t even describe the magnitude of the Golden Gate Bridge when you’re standing at almost eye-level. I was awe-struck! We headed back around and followed the road on a narrow trail until we reached the trailhead. Kirby Cove is less than a mile and all downhill. It’s a really beautiful hike though and ends at a beach, also with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge. There are picnic tables if you wanted to pack a picnic lunch, and also patches of grassy areas. It would be the perfect way to spend a day for a family with small kids! There’s a swing right on the beach, which is oh-so fun. I seriously could not stop laughing! We enjoyed the beach, and then headed back up to the car around 12:30 p.m., just in time for lunch!
Our ravenous appetites — half induced by the hike — brought us to Sol Food. Is it too early to start craving this meal again? The restaurant is popping (they also have a take-out section and smaller patio section), and it’s likely you’ll be waiting 20+ minutes in line. But, the line goes fast, and I can guarantee, the food is worth the wait. The interior of this Puerto Rican restaurant feels like you just walked into a tropical oasis, complete with bright pastels, fresh fruit, authentic music, and a lot of chatter and noise. The ambiance is on point, and gosh, the food is too. I got the Pollo Al Horno, which is one chicken thigh marinated with oregano & garlic then baked, and served with white rice, black beans, a salad & one garlic and one sweet plantain. I also got one of their signature drinks — Te Helado — which is orange-mango iced tea. The food is simple, but certainly not lacking flavor. (Pro-tip: Try the hot sauce! It’s garlic-y with a kick, and amazing!) The portion size is big, and I’m a little embarrassed (ha, just kidding, it was TOO GOOD) to admit I ate everything on my plate. Those garlic plantains really sold me. 🙂 The meal cost about $15, and I’m already dreaming of coming back to experience it all again.
No day is complete without dessert, and we were on the hunt for quality ice cream (who can resist, am I right?). We decided on Posie in Marin, an organic ice cream parlor with a decadent array of flavors. I opted for Rose Cassis, which was a delightfully fragrant mix of rose-infused vanilla and raspberry rolled together into a really yummy scoop of goodness. Both of my sorority sisters — Kayla and Clara — got the Breakfast Blend, which is a mix of coffee beans, brown-sugared oats, and chocolate pieces. We all marveled at how you could still taste the cream on your tongue once we finished our servings — that’s when you know it’s really well-done, fresh ice cream. I highly recommend!
We ended our day around 3 p.m., an excellent way to enjoy the outdoors and sample some new food! I couldn’t have asked for a better time, or better friends to spend it with. 🙂