SOURCE: Cavallo Point - the Lodge at the Golden Gate

April 15, 2008 13:00 ET

Cavallo Point - the Lodge at the Golden Gate Reinvents Experiential Travel

San Francisco Bay's First National Park Lodge Releases 2008 Catalog of Signature Adventures, Programs and Experiences

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - April 15, 2008) - When Cavallo Point - the Lodge at the Golden Gate opens this June, the lodge will establish an enchanting and environmentally sustainable "base camp" where the city's urban edge meets untamed coastal wildlands. Set within the Golden Gate National Parks at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge near Sausalito, Cavallo Point is San Francisco Bay's new national park lodge and joins the revered Post Ranch Inn within the Passport Resorts collection.

The soaring orange-red span of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline stand in dramatic relief to Cavallo Point's verdant national park setting, with the city's world-class culture and attractions minutes away. Cavallo Point offers a rich vacation experience that blends a one-of-a-kind location with quality amenities including a full-service Healing Arts Center & Spa and Murray Circle restaurant, featuring Bay Area Cuisine in a showcase of local and organic farms, ranches and culinary artisans.

For guests seeking more than a wonderful new place to stay on business or vacation, Cavallo Point can also take guests to the next level of personal engagement with signature, multi-day programs focusing on Creative Arts, Adventure & Well-Being, and Culinary Arts. Detailed in a new catalog, these programs are built on core property attributes and leaders renowned in their fields, complemented by field trips, outings and expeditions that take full advantage of the San Francisco Bay Area and Golden Gate National Park's rich realm of recreational resources.

"Travelers today are looking beyond surface engagement with a destination," said Mike Freed, managing director of Passport Resorts, which operates Cavallo Point. "To create great experiences you have to go deeper, to encourage guests to stretch themselves, learn a new skill or sharpen an existing one, gain a new perspective, and ultimately, return home with a lot more to show for their vacation time."

Cavallo Point will offer more than 50 programs each year, blending star-quality talent with hands-on experiences. "The celebrated leaders of our Creative Arts, Adventure & Well-Being, and Culinary Arts programs will inspire guests to discover hidden talent or develop new skills. Immersion on this level allows for finely tuned focus and the prospect of personal transformation. Our small-group dynamic fosters creativity, kinship, and multiple 'aha' moments. And finally, our signature programs are also incredibly fun," said Kristin Coates, Cavallo Point's director of programs.

Creative types will enjoy Cavallo Point's permanent and rotating art installations, featuring the works of local artists as well as world-renowned luminaries. The property will open with stunning displays of photography by Imogen Cunningham and Gregory Colbert. It's an inspiring context for Cavallo Point's Creative Arts programs, with sessions ranging from Radical Knitting (Sept. 21-26) to Awakening the Creative, a five-day painting program (Nov. 2-7). Cavallo Point's dramatic bayfront setting is sure to inspire plein air painting classes and other artistic endeavors led by master artists; nearby Sausalito's origin as an artists' colony and status as a West Coast hub for the visual arts will inspire novice and experienced artists alike.

All Cavallo Point guests can enjoy high-octane outdoor adventures in and around Golden Gate National Parks -- some are guided by local park rangers, many others can be easily discovered on one's own (and minutes away from lodge's front desk). The property's Adventure & Well-being program portfolio will take full advantage of the lodge's fortuitous location and be additionally complemented by the property's Healing Arts Center & Spa. A trio of highlighted events include Adventure San Francisco (Aug. 3-8), guided by "Bay Area Backroads" host Doug McConnell; the Ultimate Running Experience (Sept. 28 - Oct. 3), led by legendary marathon man Dean Karnazes, hailed by Outside Magazine as "America's Greatest Runner"; and A BodyMind Adventure (September 7-12), led by elite athlete and leading outdoor fitness spokeswoman Tina Vindum.

Of course, all Cavallo Point guests have access to the lodge's Healing Arts Center & Spa, including a basking pool, steam room, sauna, hot tub and workout rooms. Spa treatments are also available by appointment.

The hub for Cavallo Point's Culinary Arts programs will be the lodge's cooking school and state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen. Guests can cook side-by-side with superstar chefs including Cavallo Point's own Executive Chef Joseph Humphrey, who was recently awarded a coveted Michelin two-star rating for his French-accented Bay Area cuisine. Cooking school programs such as the Culinary Bon Vivant series (August 3-6; Sept. 9-12; Oct. 14-17; Nov. 9-12) will take advantage of the bounty of local, organic farms, ranches and other culinary artisans such as Traci des Jardin and Dan Barber. Many of the culinary programs include field trips to farmers' markets, organic farms and other local foodie destinations.

Later this year, Cavallo Point will serve as the launch home for the Institute at the Golden Gate, an environmental program of the nonprofit Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in partnership with the National Park Service.

Although only a few miles from the sidewalks of San Francisco, Cavallo Point's terrain is meant for outdoor discovery and intense exploration. Experiential travelers at Cavallo Point can hike, bike, fish, tour and taste their way across San Francisco Bay and the more than 80,000 acres of Golden Gate National Parks, one of America's largest open spaces in an urban area. Program itineraries will draw from the world-class regions of San Francisco, Marin, Berkeley, and the fabled wine country of Napa and Sonoma.

After a hard day's play, Cavallo Point provides historic and stylish accommodations to restore the body and relax the mind. Some travelers will prefer the 68 historic rooms and suites in the restored National Historic Landmark buildings that originally served as officers' quarters. These feature original pressed tin ceilings, fireplaces, and foyers with hand-carved stairways, and many have views of the San Francisco skyline and bay. Others will opt for the 74 rooms and suites in new, contemporary buildings of sustainable design that are set on higher ground and capture spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge. All historic and contemporary rooms will feature organic bedding and linens, flat-panel HD televisions, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Meeting planners working with Cavallo Point can take advantage of the program department's expertise and resources available for team-building, break sessions and add-ons to their planned schedule of events.

A member of Preferred Hotels® & Resorts, Cavallo Point is developed by the Fort Baker Retreat Group LLC, which includes Equity Community Builders LLC, Passport Resorts LLC, and Ajax Capital LLC. Cavallo Point is managed by Passport Resorts; Passport Resorts and its affiliated companies own and/or operate the award-winning Post Ranch Inn, Hotel Hana-Maui and Honua Spa, Sea Ranch Lodge and the Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort.

For more information on Cavallo Point and its programs, visit www.cavallopoint.com. Advance registrations are required for reserving a space in Cavallo Point adventures and programs; room and program reservations are available by calling toll-free, (888) 651-2003.

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