SOURCE: Sausalito Chamber of Commerce

Sausalito Chamber of Commerce

December 01, 2009 14:40 ET

Best Kept Holiday Secrets by the Bay - Free Parking, Gingerbread Houses & Shopping in Sausalito

SAUSALITO, CA--(Marketwire - December 1, 2009) - There are a lot of reasons why you should shop in Sausalito this holiday season, not the least of which is that the metered street parking is FREE all month! The Sausalito City Council has voted once again to support local merchants by waiving parking meter fees on City streets. The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, and so are the parking meter signs inviting residents and visitors to park for free.

"The City wants to do all it can to encourage holiday shopping and commerce in Sausalito," said Sausalito Vice Mayor Herb Weiner. "The parking is one small gesture."

Tom Gangitano, owner of Gene Hiller's Menswear in downtown Sausalito, applauds the City support and said, "It's a special time of year in Sausalito -- the tourist buses and out of town crowds have disappeared; the locals get to reclaim their town! It's the best time of year for Bay Area locals to visit Sausalito and shop the many unique boutiques, as well as experience the wine tasting and dining delights in the area. Free parking makes it simple and easy and all the more attractive. It's really the best kept secret this time of year."

In addition to Sausalito's free parking, waterfront ambiance, cozy cafes, restaurants and unique shops, there is Sausalito's Annual Gingerbread House Competition & Tour, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Fabulous culinary creations are on display throughout town at 23 establishments:

     Angelino, Bay Model, Bluebird Yarns, Bryson Insurance, Caffe Piccolo,
     Cavallo Point Lodge, Ciao Bella, Café Cibo, City of Sausalito, Core
     Pilates, Dis & Dat, Horizons, Hubba Hubba, ITK Culinary, Jewelry by
     the Bay, Open Water Rowing, Pacific Heights Cleaners, Sausalito
     Police Dept, Sausalito Pottery, State Farm Insurance, Sushi Ran,
     The Inn Above Tide, The Spinnaker.

Gingerbread House Tour Maps are available from participating merchants and at the Sausalito Visitor Information centers.

There are the 12 Days of Christmas and there are the 12 GOOD REASONS TO SHOP IN SAUSALITO THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

1.   Free parking at street meters
2.   Over 20 great restaurants to choose from -- all within walking
     distance of the ferry landing and retail shops
3.   Three wine tasting venues in town for a cup of holiday cheer
4.   Unique boutiques and gifts; Sausalito is proud that its two retail
     districts -- Bridgeway and Caledonia Street -- are virtually
     chain-store free
5.   Location, location -- convenient ferry service to and from San
     Francisco
6.   A Gingerbread House display and walking tour to compensate for all the
     food you ate
7.   A breakfast with Santa, lighted boat parade & lots of holiday
     festivities
8.   Nice people -- store staff who really care
9.   Dog-friendly establishments
10.  Live music
11.  Original art -- galleries and studios
12.  Waterfront dining and views that won't stop

Calendar of Sausalito Holiday Events

Dec 1-31       Gingerbread House Tour @ participating businesses
Dec 5          Pancake Breakfast with Santa, 8:30-11 AM Sausalito Yacht
               Club $5
Dec 5-6        Open Studios -- artists at ICB & other nearby studios open
               their doors to the public
Dec 8          South End Merchant Holiday Open House 6-9 PM -- join
               participating Bridgeway merchants for an evening of food,
               wine, art & fashion
Dec 11         Chamber Holiday Mixer -- Wine Tasting & holiday sing along,
               5:30 PM Bay Model
Dec 12         Lighted Boat Parade 6 PM Sausalito waterfront
Dec 31         Free shuttle service for Sausalito Residents
Dec 1-Jan 1    FREE Parking at meters

For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce: 415.331.6272.

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