Cavallo Point, the Lodge at the Golden Gate 601 Murray Circle • Sausalito • California 94965


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review

History, ecology, and luxury all blend seamlessly together at Cavallo Point Lodge, the multiple award-winning, meticulously restored Colonial Revival complex tucked away like a gorgeous surprise at the northern foot of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The views are breathtaking from anywhere on this property set on 75,000 acres of sunny national parkland, but especially from the Mission Blue Chapel. Named after an endangered California butterfly, this pristine, cream-colored structure stands high on a hillside covered with tufted grasses and California native plants. Its adjoining terrace is ideal for light-hearted gatherings, and affords a vista of San Francisco, the sparkling bay, and the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge rising above the pines and eucalyptus through tiaras of clouds.

There are no pews in the chapel, which has large picture windows, gleaming honey-colored floors, and a low stage that make it an excellent setting for anything from a meeting of the minds to a wedding ceremony or reception. But perhaps you'll want to take your celebration outdoors to the Mission Blue Lawn, where your guests can enjoy an elegant hilltop affair or an exchange of vows framed by the incomparable natural panorama.

At the foot of the hill, the Callippe Terrace—also named to honor a rare butterfly—is another prime party venue. This one comes with a welcoming fire pit, comfortable seating and a lovely view of historic Fort Baker. Team it up with the Callippe Ballroom and the Callippe Foyer for an ultra-grand indoor-outdoor fête. Large, lounge-like alcoves flanking the doors add to the sense of grandeur. If you need a place for additional activities, the handsome Silverspot Room on the opposite side of the ballroom can be used as a minitheater, a children's playroom, and more.

Not enough possibilities? The lodge offers an amazing 14,000 square feet of adaptable function rooms and formal meeting space. Traipse upstairs to where the balconied Verbena Room and Foyer, La Mariposa Borracha Room, and the Cavallo Point Cooking School kitchen multiply ways to maximize your event experience. Imagine serving cocktails or dinner in a graceful salon with fireplace and thrilling wraparound views, or a group lesson in the art of fine cuisine in the warmth of a spotless, professionally equipped, wine country-style kitchen.

Added to all this are day-of accommodations for the bride, a luxurious spa, Sula restaurant, Sula Lounge, Farley, and a dreamy veranda designed for sitting back and soaking up the wild beauty of the surrounding terrain. You won't want to leave the grounds and you don't have to. The magnificently renovated two-bedroom family-friendly suites and guest rooms and glamorous contemporary lodgings are a great place for you and your guests to settle in and relax for a weekend … or embark on an extended stay full of fun-filled exploration. Any journey that begins here is bound to be a glorious one.


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Elopement Wedding Packages
Inviting, intimate, and serene, Cavallo Point is a perfect fit for festivities for just the two of you or with a few friends. Elopements include:

  • Up to 20 guests, with a food & beverage minimum of $200/person
  • Use of one of Cavallo Point's indoor venues for a private ceremony and reception
  • Champagne toast during dinner, and a custom single-tier wedding cake
  • (1) complimentary night in a Contemporary Deluxe King with view or Historic King Suite with a view for the couple
  • (2) 60-minute spa treatments for the couple during the weekend of the wedding

Contact the venue for pricing and more details.

PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $5,000–11,000/event
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Day of week
    • Time of day
    • Time of year
    • Space reserved
    • Guest count
    • Event duration
    • Type of event
  • Elopement rental prices begin at $3,500.

Package Prices
  • $165–295/person
  • Brunch & lunch packages range $165–185/person.
    Plated dinner
    packages range $225–295/person.

    Packages include:

    • Passed hors d’oeuvres & a meal
    • Custom wedding cake or mini-dessert bar
    • Wine, coffee, & tea
    • 3-hour bar
Service Charge or Gratuity
  • 25%


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 200 200
Cocktails, etc. Standing 250 300
Reception Seated 200 250
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 200.

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The facility holds 200 seated guests, indoors or outdoors.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The site can accommodate 200 seated or 250 standing indoors, and 250 seated or 300 standing outdoors. Outdoor events require a tent from a third-party rental company.

MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting rooms hold 200 seated theater-style, or 180 banquet-style.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Elopement Packages
  • Small Wedding
  • All-Inclusive
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • On-Site Accommodations
  • Late Night
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info


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Amplified Music

Some restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, daily.

Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Inn / Lodge
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Retreat
  • Beach / Ocean
  • Ballroom

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Cityscape
  • Forest / Woods
  • Garden
  • Hills
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Meadow / Fields
  • Mountains
  • Ocean / Bay
  • Other View
  • Panoramic
  • Park
  • Valley

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: in-house
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided, CBA
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided, CBA
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: portable provided
Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: provided, CBA
Parking: large lot
Accommodations: 142 guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: CBA
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: provided
View: garden patio, landscaped grounds; panorama of fields, hills, cityscape, coastline, forest, mountains, valleys, ocean, and park
Other: on-site wedding cake, spa services, picnic area


But take note of the following limitations!

Alcohol: in-house
Smoking: designated areas only
Music: OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required


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