Frequently Asked Questions

From inquiries about accommodations and spa services to taking cooking classes and hosting wedding rehearsals, here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions at Cavallo Point – the Lodge at the Golden Gate. If you require more information, please don't hesitate to contact us directly!

Our Most Frequently Asked Questions

What is your reservation confirmations, deposit, and guarantee policy?

One night's deposit is required to guarantee accommodations.

What is your cancellation policy?

Unless otherwise noted, we have a 72-hour cancellation policy; minimum-night stays over certain holidays.

How many guests are your rates based on? Is it free to bring children?

Rates are based on single/double occupancy and subject to change. Children 17 years of age and under receive a complimentary rate. 

What are your check-in and check-out times?

The check-in time is 4:00 pm, and the check-out time is 12:00 noon.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards: American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and JCB.

Are there taxes and resort fees?

Cavallo Point Lodge's overnight guests are subject to a 14% fee on lodging. This fee is a National Park Service Utility and Transportation fee, plus an Environmental Programming & Sustainability Fee assessed by Cavallo Point. Cavallo Point is exempt from City, County, and State Occupancy (Hotel) Taxes.

Cavallo Point is pleased to include the following services and amenities in a daily Resort Fee of $45 per guest room:

  • Valet & self-parking
  • Daily coffee, tea & pastries (7:00 - 10:00 am)
  • Daily wine welcome (4:00 - 6:00 pm)
  • WiFi & hard-wired internet access in your guest room
  • Access to fitness suite & meditation pool
  • Daily morning yoga class
  • Weekend guided hikes
  • Bellman & concierge services
  • Lexus vehicles available for guest use
  • Daily shuttle service to San Francisco & Sausalito Ferry Terminal

Do you have facilities for guests with disabilities?

Cavallo Point welcomes guests with disabilities. ADA lodging is available.

What type of onsite services do you offer?

We offer laundry and dry cleaning services, plus bellman and concierge services.

Do you offer shuttle service?

We are pleased to offer a Cavallo Point complimentary shuttle service: 

  • Shuttle service to Sausalito is available daily, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Service to and from San Francisco is available daily
  • Before 9 am and after 5:30 pm, shuttle will run based on availability and occupancy
  • There are no runs to SFO, OAK or any other airports
  • Due to limited seating, shuttle reservations are required at least 12 hours in advance

To San Francisco

Depart from Building 601 Valet Stand Destination Arrive
9:00 am Union Square (Post & Powell side of Westin Saint Francis) 9:30 am*
9:00 am Fisherman's Wharf (Beach & Powell) 9:45 am*
3:30 pm Union Square (Post & Powell side of Westin Saint Francis) 4:00 pm*
3:30 pm Fisherman's Wharf (Beach & Powell) 4:20 pm*

 

To Sausalito

Depart from Building 601 Valet Stand Destination
10:30 am Sausalito
11:30 am Sausalito
12:30 pm Sausalito
1:30 pm Sausalito
2:30 pm Sausalito
5:00 pm Sausalito

 

* Arrival times are approximate and based on traffic conditions. We encourage you to be at the San Francisco locations at least 5 minutes prior to scheduled pick-up times.

What is the weather like?

For current Sausalito, California, weather information, please visit www.weather.com.

What are your dog policies?

Cavallo Point is pleased to welcome you and your dog. In an effort to ensure the peace and tranquility of all guests, we ask for your assistance with the following:

  • When booking, please indicate if you are bringing one or two dogs. We can accept a maximum of two friendly dogs per room.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times while on property, including the center parade ground. Owners must be present or the pet removed from the room for housekeeping to freshen your room. Please do not leave pets unattended in guest rooms out of respect for other guests around you. Please refrain from tying your pet to trees and other objects on property.
  • Dogs are restricted from entering the Healing Arts Center & Spa as well as Farley Bar and Murray Circle restaurant with the exception of the terrace in front of the restaurant and bar.
  • A $150 one-time fee will be automatically charged to your account. If there is any damage to the room due to your pet, the cost of repair will be charged to your account.
  • The owner hereby represents to Cavallo Point that their pet is not inclined to bite, and that in the event that their dog bites causing injury while on the Lodge premises, the owner hereby agrees to fully and hold harmless and indemnify Cavallo Point from any liability, which Cavallo Point may incur, including, but not limited to, reasonable attorney fees, relating to such dog bite.

 For more information about the Eco Luxe Pup program, please call Reservations at 1.888.651.2003.

I can barely toast a slice of bread. Am I still qualified to attend a class?

Absolutely. We welcome and encourage all skill levels.

Is there an age requirement in the kitchen?

The minimum age for public classes is 15 years old. We often offer public classes specifically designed for kids ages 5+, when accompanied by an adult, or 8+ without an adult.

Will there be a knife safety lesson in each class?

Yes, we review knife safety and knife skills prior to the beginning of each hands-on class.

Can I sign up for a class online?

Yes, tickets can be purchased online through EventBrite. Just click on the class that interests you and click the Buy Tickets button.

Do you even have to cancel classes? If so, what is your cancellation policy?

From time to time, a cooking class or demonstration may have to be canceled. Should that occur, we will notify all participants at least 24 hours prior to the class date and provide a full refund.

What if I need to cancel my class reservation?

As long as you cancel your reservation within 72 hours of the scheduled class time, a full refund will be extended. If you cancel less than 72 hours in advance, the full cost of the class will be forfeited.

What should I wear to a cooking class?

Comfortable clothing and slip-resistant, closed-toe shoes.

I want to have my next party at the Cooking School. Is this possible?

Yes, please contact us directly at [email protected].

How many instructors are there in each class?

Varies by type of class, anywhere from 1 – 4 chef assistants.

Will there be enough food served to constitute an entire meal?

It depends on the type of class. For the most part, we really like to cook, so you won’t go away hungry. But be sure to check the class descriptions, as food service will be noted.

What if I want to make a night of it and stay at the hotel, can I receive a special rate?

Yes, there is a special room rate associated with the Cooking School. Contact the Cavallo Point Reservations Desk at 888.651.2003.

I have food allergies. Can I still attend all classes?

Our classes typically feature a fairly diversified menu and food items. Please make us aware of any allergies or dietary restrictions when making your reservation, and we’ll make every effort within reason to accommodate you.

Who can guide me in choosing my treatments?

Our spa reservationist will help you plan the perfect spa experience, including the best order for your treatments.

When should I arrive

When booking a spa treatment with us, you are invited to enjoy the Healing Arts Center & Spa facilities and amenities 1 hour prior to your first treatment and up to 1 hour after your last treatment concludes. If you wish to extend your time at the spa beyond the allotted timeframe, an additional hourly fee of $65 will be added to folio.

What amenities do you have in the Healing Arts Center & Spa?

It features a relaxation lounge, meditation pool, outdoor jacuzzi, eucalyptus steam room, Zen garden, and both indoor and outdoor showers for you to enjoy during your spa experience with us.

What should I wear during my treatment?

While you’re enjoying a spa experience with us, we provide you with a robe and sandals inside the locker room for you to wear. Body treatments are enjoyed without clothing; however, please wear whatever is comfortable for you. During all treatments, the body is fully draped, except for the area being worked on.

What about my jewelry and valuables?

We recommend leaving your valuables at home. If you are staying at Cavallo Point, please leave valuable items in the safe in your guest room. Otherwise, lockers are available for your personal items.

Can I bring my own food or drinks?

Located in the Healing Arts Center & Spa, the Tea Bar is open from 11:30 am – 5:00 pm, and features a selections of lunch entrées and wellness drinks. Outside food and drink of any kind is not permitted.

What is the cancellation policy?

Please provide 24 hours’ notice if you must cancel or reschedule your service to avoid being charged a full service fee.

What is the age limit to receive a spa treatment?

Our Healing Arts Center & Spa is for adults only. All guests must be at least 18 years of age.

Do you offer Day Passes?

Yes, our Day Passes are available Monday to Friday (excluding holidays) for $65 per person. The Day Pass includes morning yoga, and all-day access to our fitness suite, meditation pool, and locker room.

What is the recommended gratuity for a spa treatment?

For your convenience, a 20% suggested gratuity will be added to each spa service. Suggested gratuities are dispersed to the staff members that serviced you during your visit. Additional gratuities may be given at your discretion.

Can you please clarify the Food & Beverage minimum and the average cost per guest?

The Food & Beverage minimum is the least amount of money that you are required to spend—combining food and beverage, excluding taxable service charge, facility fees, labor fees, and tax. The Food & Beverage minimum is dependent on the venue and date you select.

Please keep in mind that you may spend more than the Food & Beverage minimum for wedding celebrations. The minimum is reached by selecting a combination of menu packages to equal or exceed the required dollar figure depending on your anticipated guest attendance. The following are examples of items that would apply towards the food and beverage minimum:

  • Butler-passed and/or displayed hors d’oeuvres, plated or buffet meals, children’s meals, dessert stations, beverage service, dinner wine, champagne toast, and non-alcoholic beverage offerings.

Specialty lighting and décor, labor fees, bartender and/or chef fees, parking, guestroom accommodations, and in-room dining do not count towards the food and beverage minimum.

Based on current banquet menus, on average you may expect to spend approximately $165 to $200 per guest for lunch and $225 to $300 per guest for dinner on food and beverage, exclusive of current taxable service charge and current sales tax. Please be aware that our menu items and pricing are subject to change and your final expenditure will depend on your final guest attendance, menu selections, and Food & Beverage financial commitment.

What does a Cavallo Point Wedding Specialist handle?

  • Provides a list and suggestions of Cavallo Point-approved preferred vendors for floral, photography, ceremony officiants, musicians, and more
  • Acts as a menu consultant for all food and beverage selections
  • Details your Banquet Event Orders and Wedding Resume outlining your entire celebration
  • Creates an estimate of charges outlining your financial commitments and deposit schedule
  • Creates a floor plan of your function space, in order for you to provide seating arrangements
  • Personally oversees the details of the bride and groom’s room reservations (if applicable)
  • Creates a limited “day of” timeline for resort-affiliated functions and activities
  • Oversees the ceremony rehearsal, wedding ceremony, reception room(s) set-up, food preparation, and vendor arrival on the wedding day
  • Assists with the wedding ceremony rehearsal and wedding ceremony logistics
  • Serves as the on-site liaison between your wedding coordinator and/or designated contact and our resort’s banquet staff
  • Reviews your final billing for accuracy, prior to the completion and presentation of the bill

What does a contracted Wedding Planner/Coordinator handle?

  • Assists you with full service wedding coordination (Planner) or month-of wedding coordination (Coordinator) from engagement to your honeymoon
  • Assists with etiquette and protocol for invitations, family matters, ceremony, and toasts
  • Creates and consistently manages your detailed timeline for your entire wedding planning to include wedding day “minute by minute”
  • Manages guest list RSVPs and creates and assists with dining table assignments (Planner)
  • Works with you to organize and coordinate your ceremony rehearsal and wedding ceremony
  • Reminds bridal party of all pertinent “call times” and “don’t forgets” on the wedding day
  • Assists the bride and bridal party with dressing
  • Ensures the ladies have the corsages and bouquets, etc., and assists with the pinning of boutonnieres
  • Delivers and arrange ceremony programs, escort cards, place cards, favors, and any personal items
  • Collects and sets-up place cards and wedding favors and/or personalized ceremony programs and dinner menus
  • Coordinates your actual ceremony (lines up bridal party, assists bride with dress)
  • Coordinate your reception (grand entrance, first dance, toasts, cake cutting, etc.)
  • Collects any personal items you may have brought at the conclusion of the reception

How do I handle gratuities? What are the service charges?

All Food & Beverage fees are subject to a taxable administrative fee (currently 25%) and prevailing California State Tax. The administration fee will cover all set up, clean up, standard table linens and napkins, and tabletop equipment provided by Cavallo Point. In general, all items listed on your Banquet Event Orders (BEOs) prepared by your Wedding Specialist will be subject to an administration fee and tax. Please note that by California State Law, administration fee are taxable and non-negotiable.

You are more than welcome to leave additional gratuities for your banquet staff, event manager, and Wedding Specialist. These gratuities are completely optional.

What is the maximum number of guests I can host at my wedding?

We are able to accommodate the following number of guests for a seated meal in each of our event spaces:

  • Callippe Ballroom – 150 with a dance floor, 180 without a dance floor (plus 30 guests in the adjoining Silverspot room)
  • Verbena A+B – 80 with a reception area, 130 without a reception area (no dance floor allowed)
  • Surfbird A+B & Tidewater A+B – 80 with a dance floor, 130 without a dance floor
  • Mission Blue Chapel – 200 for a ceremony or reception, 100 for a seated meal
  • Mission Blue Lawn – 250 for a ceremony or seated meal with a dance floor (tenting required for dining)
  • Kober Lawn – 250 with a dance floor (requires tenting)

Are we able to have our dinner outside?

We are able to hold seated dinners on our two outdoor lawns for up to 250 guests, but tenting is required. Tenting installation requires additional venue rental charges for the day before the event for set-up and the day after the event for teardown. Tenting must be booked through a third-party tenting company and typically comes with an additional cost of $20,000 – $30,000.

Is there a place for the wedding party to change clothes?

A complimentary “getting ready room” is provided the day of your wedding. Typically this space is used for the bride and her attendants to get ready. Many of our couples choose to stay with us the evening before their wedding and therefore have the use of their guestroom for the groom and his attendants. Your florist, wedding party, and family members may bring any flowers, dresses, and makeup into your room. For larger wedding parties, a suite accommodation or rental of a hospitality room is recommended. Please speak with your Wedding Specialist.

Do you offer preferred guestroom rates?

We are pleased to extend preferred wedding rates for our couples that financially commit to (contract) a minimum of 10 or more rooms for two nights, or a “room block.” A room block guarantees a certain number of rooms exclusively for your guests at the preferred rate. If you choose not to have a group block/rooms contract, we are unable to track individual reservations (rooming lists) through a call-in method and are unable to extend a preferred wedding rate.

*Please note: Due to the busy nature of our destination resort, Cavallo Point strongly recommends and encourages all of our wedding couples to contract room blocks in conjunction with your Wedding Catering Agreement to ensure preferred rates and availability.

May I take wedding pictures at Cavallo Point if my wedding is to be held elsewhere?

We reserve photography privileges for couples whose wedding receptions are held at Cavallo Point. We do require that a luncheon or dinner reception be hosted in conjunction with all of our wedding ceremonies.

Where should I confirm vendors, menus, and decorations?

Many of your wedding day details will be the responsibility of your Wedding Coordinator. Your Wedding Specialist would be delighted to assist you with recommendations for preferred Cavallo Point vendors.

Your Wedding Specialist will also provide you with a suggested timeline of planning items to accomplish based on the timing of your reservation and wedding date. Your menu, set-up, and décor selections are due to your Wedding Specialist a minimum of 30 days in advance of your wedding date.

Do you provide a tasting of the food we select? When may I come and what is included?

We are pleased to offer a sample menu tasting for weddings with a Food & Beverage minimum of $15,000. Tastings are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis Tuesday through Friday at 11:00 am. The tasting will include your choice of canapés, first course, entrée, and either wedding cake or mini desserts. If a buffet menu is preferred, we will offer a modified sampling of the menu for tasting. Tastings are limited to four (4) guests. Any additional guests will be charged at $250 per person (exclusive of service charge and tax).

Who provides the wedding cake and what are the cake-cutting fees?

Our pastry chef can prepare cakes here at Cavallo Point, based on your flavor and design preferences. You are able to taste various cake flavors at your menu tasting in order to ensure that the cake is to your liking.

We understand that the wedding cake is very special and unique to our couples, so we do allow you to bring in cakes from outside vendors if you prefer. Any cake-cutting fees are waived with the purchase of a food package.

Do I have to use vendors from the Preferred Vendor List, and when can I receive the Preferred Vendor List?

Selecting vendors from our Preferred Vendor List is not required, although it is highly recommended to ensure the continuation of the Cavallo Point wedding experience. Your Wedding Specialist would be delighted to review the Preferred Vendor List with you during your initial consultation visit.

Cavallo Point is conveniently located in the San Francisco Bay Area, which has access to a wealth of stylists, makeup artists, photographers, florists, designers, and officiants. Vendors must maintain a business license and a one-million-dollar liability insurance policy. All vendors must be certified and licensed, as well as sign and adhere to the Cavallo Point Vendor Policies & Code of Conduct. Cavallo Point reserves the right to remove and/or not admit vendors that do not adhere to said policies. Please note: No alcohol is permitted to be consumed by vendors while on Cavallo Point property.

Do you prepare children's and vendor menus?

Children’s menus are customized to the needs of your event and generally start at $40 per child (ages 3 through 10). Chef’s choice of vendor meals starts at $50 per person and up.

How much set-up time do our vendors have?

Set-up may begin at 10:00 am on your event day and in your designated venue. Additional set-up time or an extension of your reception time is subject to availability and additional facility fees and/or banquet staff overtime service fees.

Can we do a rehearsal for the wedding ceremony?

Your Wedding Specialist is happy to arrange a ceremony rehearsal for you and your wedding party. Rehearsal times are confirmed up to four (4) weeks prior to your wedding date and set at a time that does not interfere with other booked events. Please contact your Wedding Specialist in advance to arrange. Ceremony rehearsals are normally one hour in length and there is no additional fee.

How late can I play music?

  • The Callippe Ballroom: 12:00 midnight
  • Mission Blue Chapel: 9:00 p.m. music and noise curfew
  • Outdoor Locations (Mission Blue Lawn, Kober Lawn): 9:00 p.m. music and noise curfew

How late can alcohol be served?

We recommend that alcohol service be discontinued approximately 30 minutes prior to the end of your function. By California State Law, no alcohol may be served after 1:30 am anywhere on property. Please note that we reserve the right to refuse service to highly intoxicated guests and may request proof of legal drinking age from guests.

Can I bring in candles?

Yes, candles are allowed in our event space; however, due to fire regulations, all candles must be in a holder that extends at least one inch above the flame. Taper candles are not allowed. Please communicate arrangements regarding placement with your Wedding Specialist. Candles may also be contracted as part of your floral arrangements with your florist. We are pleased to provide five (5) complimentary votive candles per dining table.

Do you provide linen and china?

Yes, your service charge includes standard tan linen and ivory napkins for your dining tables. We also provide standard china and flatware.

You are able to rent custom linens, china, and flatware to create the perfect room for your event through an outside rental company.

What kind and size of tables do you provide?

  • Low and high 30" cocktail tables
  • 60" and 72" banquet rounds for dining tables
  • 6' x 18" and 6' x 30" rectangular tables for specialty tables (guest book, gift table, station displays, etc).

You are able to bring in rental items of other sizes and shapes to create the perfect room for your event, in addition to specialty lighting, wall draping, and décor enhancements.

What type of chairs/chair covers do you provide?

We provide our standard white folding chairs for all outdoor events, and black Chiavari chairs with either black or ivory cushions for dining. You are welcome to provide rental items if you prefer to have any alternate chair designs.

Are microphone and/or speakers provided?

Audio-visual equipment is not included in the facility fee. Our on-site vendor partner, PSAV, can help you with any of your audio-visual needs. You are also welcome to provide your own audio-visual vendor if you prefer.

When my guests arrive at Cavallo Point, how will they know the location of the wedding?

Our valet staff or front desk staff will direct your guests to the ceremony location. Your banquet staff and event manager will help to direct guests to the reception location following the ceremony.

How do I get to Cavallo Point?

The resort is located at 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito, CA 94965. For additional details, please visit our Directions page. Most wedding guests use a combination of transportation methods, depending on budget and time constraints.

Do you provide transportation to and from the airport?

While complimentary transportation to San Francisco International and Oakland International Airport is not provided, we are pleased to arrange private transportation service and/or assist in rental vehicles for you and your guests.

What are the fees and options for parking?

We are pleased to provide complimentary valet parking exclusively at Cavallo Point. Additionally, there is also plenty of self-parking available throughout the property.

How do I secure my wedding date and venue?

Your initial visit and consultation will be conducted by one of our Wedding Specialists. Consultations are scheduled Monday through Saturday based upon availability. We recommend booking a minimum of one week in advance. Your Wedding Specialist will conduct a thorough inspection of a designated venue appropriate to your wedding vision and anticipated guest attendance, as well as checking date availability.

Upon selection of your wedding date and venue, a Wedding Catering Agreement will be prepared and your date will be confirmed upon receipt of your initial deposit and signed agreement within one week. Traditionally, a minimum of a 50% non-refundable and non-date transferable deposit is required to confirm your wedding date; however, this amount is subject to the timing of your reservation. Please speak with your Wedding Specialist for your deposit schedule. Your wedding details will then be given to our Wedding Specialists team to begin the exciting planning process! 

What is your reservation confirmations, deposit, and guarantee policy?

One night's deposit is required to guarantee accommodations.

What is your cancellation policy?

Unless otherwise noted, we have a 72-hour cancellation policy; minimum-night stays over certain holidays.

How many guests are your rates based on? Is it free to bring children?

Rates are based on single/double occupancy and subject to change. Children 17 years of age and under receive a complimentary rate.

What are your check-in and check-out times?

The check-in time is 4:00 pm, and the check-out time is 12:00 noon.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards: American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and JCB.

Are there taxes and resort fees?

Cavallo Point Lodge's overnight guests are subject to a 14% fee on lodging. This fee is a National Park Service Utility and Transportation fee, plus an Environmental Programming & Sustainability Fee assessed by Cavallo Point. Cavallo Point is exempt from City, County, and State Occupancy (Hotel) Taxes.

Cavallo Point is pleased to include the following services and amenities in a daily Resort Fee of $45 per guest room:

  • Valet & self-parking
  • Daily coffee, tea & pastries (7:00 - 10:00 am)
  • Daily wine welcome (4:00 - 6:00 pm)
  • WiFi & hard-wired internet access in your guest room
  • Access to fitness suite & meditation pool
  • Daily morning yoga class
  • Weekend guided hikes
  • Bellman & concierge services
  • Lexus vehicles available for guest use
  • Daily shuttle service to San Francisco & Sausalito Ferry Terminal

Do you have facilities for guests with disabilities?

Cavallo Point welcomes guests with disabilities. ADA lodging is available.

What type of onsite services do you offer?

We offer laundry and dry cleaning services, plus bellman and concierge services.

Do you offer shuttle service?

We are pleased to offer a Cavallo Point complimentary shuttle service: 

  • Shuttle service to Sausalito is available daily, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Service to and from San Francisco is available daily
  • Before 9 am and after 5:30 pm, shuttle will run based on availability and occupancy
  • There are no runs to SFO, OAK or any other airports
  • Due to limited seating, shuttle reservations are required at least 12 hours in advance

To San Francisco

Depart from Building 601 Valet Stand Destination Arrive
9:00 am Union Square (Post & Powell side of Westin Saint Francis) 9:30 am*
9:00 am Fisherman's Wharf (Beach & Powell) 9:45 am*
3:30 pm Union Square (Post & Powell side of Westin Saint Francis) 4:00 pm*
3:30 pm Fisherman's Wharf (Beach & Powell) 4:20 pm*

 

To Sausalito

Depart from Building 601 Valet Stand Destination
10:30 am Sausalito
11:30 am Sausalito
12:30 pm Sausalito
1:30 pm Sausalito
2:30 pm Sausalito
5:00 pm Sausalito

 

* Arrival times are approximate and based on traffic conditions. We encourage you to be at the San Francisco locations at least 5 minutes prior to scheduled pick-up times.

What is the weather like?

For current Sausalito, California, weather information, please visit www.weather.com.

What are your dog policies?

Cavallo Point is pleased to welcome you and your dog. In an effort to ensure the peace and tranquility of all guests, we ask for your assistance with the following:

  • When booking, please indicate if you are bringing one or two dogs. We can accept a maximum of two friendly dogs per room.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times while on property, including the center parade ground. Owners must be present or the pet removed from the room for housekeeping to freshen your room. Please do not leave pets unattended in guest rooms out of respect for other guests around you. Please refrain from tying your pet to trees and other objects on property.
  • Dogs are restricted from entering the Healing Arts Center & Spa as well as Farley Bar and Murray Circle restaurant with the exception of the terrace in front of the restaurant and bar.
  • A $150 one-time fee will be automatically charged to your account. If there is any damage to the room due to your pet, the cost of repair will be charged to your account.
  • The owner hereby represents to Cavallo Point that their pet is not inclined to bite, and that in the event that their dog bites causing injury while on the Lodge premises, the owner hereby agrees to fully and hold harmless and indemnify Cavallo Point from any liability, which Cavallo Point may incur, including, but not limited to, reasonable attorney fees, relating to such dog bite.

 For more information about the Eco Luxe Pup program, please call Reservations at 1.888.651.2003.

Can you please clarify the Food & Beverage minimum and the average cost per guest?

The Food & Beverage minimum is the least amount of money that you are required to spend—combining food and beverage, excluding taxable service charge, facility fees, labor fees, and tax. The Food & Beverage minimum is dependent on the venue and date you select.

Please keep in mind that you may spend more than the Food & Beverage minimum for wedding celebrations. The minimum is reached by selecting a combination of menu packages to equal or exceed the required dollar figure depending on your anticipated guest attendance. The following are examples of items that would apply towards the food and beverage minimum:

  • Butler-passed and/or displayed hors d’oeuvres, plated or buffet meals, children’s meals, dessert stations, beverage service, dinner wine, champagne toast, and non-alcoholic beverage offerings.

Specialty lighting and décor, labor fees, bartender and/or chef fees, parking, guestroom accommodations, and in-room dining do not count towards the food and beverage minimum.

Based on current banquet menus, on average you may expect to spend approximately $165 to $200 per guest for lunch and $225 to $300 per guest for dinner on food and beverage, exclusive of current taxable service charge and current sales tax. Please be aware that our menu items and pricing are subject to change and your final expenditure will depend on your final guest attendance, menu selections, and Food & Beverage financial commitment.

What does a Cavallo Point Wedding Specialist handle?

  • Provides a list and suggestions of Cavallo Point-approved preferred vendors for floral, photography, ceremony officiants, musicians, and more
  • Acts as a menu consultant for all food and beverage selections
  • Details your Banquet Event Orders and Wedding Resume outlining your entire celebration
  • Creates an estimate of charges outlining your financial commitments and deposit schedule
  • Creates a floor plan of your function space, in order for you to provide seating arrangements
  • Personally oversees the details of the bride and groom’s room reservations (if applicable)
  • Creates a limited “day of” timeline for resort-affiliated functions and activities
  • Oversees the ceremony rehearsal, wedding ceremony, reception room(s) set-up, food preparation, and vendor arrival on the wedding day
  • Assists with the wedding ceremony rehearsal and wedding ceremony logistics
  • Serves as the on-site liaison between your wedding coordinator and/or designated contact and our resort’s banquet staff
  • Reviews your final billing for accuracy, prior to the completion and presentation of the bill

What does a contracted Wedding Planner/Coordinator handle?

  • Assists you with full service wedding coordination (Planner) or month-of wedding coordination (Coordinator) from engagement to your honeymoon
  • Assists with etiquette and protocol for invitations, family matters, ceremony, and toasts
  • Creates and consistently manages your detailed timeline for your entire wedding planning to include wedding day “minute by minute”
  • Manages guest list RSVPs and creates and assists with dining table assignments (Planner)
  • Works with you to organize and coordinate your ceremony rehearsal and wedding ceremony
  • Reminds bridal party of all pertinent “call times” and “don’t forgets” on the wedding day
  • Assists the bride and bridal party with dressing
  • Ensures the ladies have the corsages and bouquets, etc., and assists with the pinning of boutonnieres
  • Delivers and arrange ceremony programs, escort cards, place cards, favors, and any personal items
  • Collects and sets-up place cards and wedding favors and/or personalized ceremony programs and dinner menus
  • Coordinates your actual ceremony (lines up bridal party, assists bride with dress)
  • Coordinate your reception (grand entrance, first dance, toasts, cake cutting, etc.)
  • Collects any personal items you may have brought at the conclusion of the reception

How do I handle gratuities? What are the service charges?

All Food & Beverage fees are subject to a taxable administrative fee (currently 25%) and prevailing California State Tax. The administration fee will cover all set up, clean up, standard table linens and napkins, and tabletop equipment provided by Cavallo Point. In general, all items listed on your Banquet Event Orders (BEOs) prepared by your Wedding Specialist will be subject to an administration fee and tax. Please note that by California State Law, administration fee are taxable and non-negotiable.

You are more than welcome to leave additional gratuities for your banquet staff, event manager, and Wedding Specialist. These gratuities are completely optional.

What is the maximum number of guests I can host at my wedding?

We are able to accommodate the following number of guests for a seated meal in each of our event spaces:

  • Callippe Ballroom – 150 with a dance floor, 180 without a dance floor (plus 30 guests in the adjoining Silverspot room)
  • Verbena A+B – 80 with a reception area, 130 without a reception area (no dance floor allowed)
  • Surfbird A+B & Tidewater A+B – 80 with a dance floor, 130 without a dance floor
  • Mission Blue Chapel – 200 for a ceremony or reception, 100 for a seated meal
  • Mission Blue Lawn – 250 for a ceremony or seated meal with a dance floor (tenting required for dining)
  • Kober Lawn – 250 with a dance floor (requires tenting)

Are we able to have our dinner outside?

We are able to hold seated dinners on our two outdoor lawns for up to 250 guests, but tenting is required. Tenting installation requires additional venue rental charges for the day before the event for set-up and the day after the event for teardown. Tenting must be booked through a third-party tenting company and typically comes with an additional cost of $20,000 – $30,000.

Is there a place for the wedding party to change clothes?

A complimentary “getting ready room” is provided the day of your wedding. Typically this space is used for the bride and her attendants to get ready. Many of our couples choose to stay with us the evening before their wedding and therefore have the use of their guestroom for the groom and his attendants. Your florist, wedding party, and family members may bring any flowers, dresses, and makeup into your room. For larger wedding parties, a suite accommodation or rental of a hospitality room is recommended. Please speak with your Wedding Specialist.

Do you offer preferred guestroom rates?

We are pleased to extend preferred wedding rates for our couples that financially commit to (contract) a minimum of 10 or more rooms for two nights, or a “room block.” A room block guarantees a certain number of rooms exclusively for your guests at the preferred rate. If you choose not to have a group block/rooms contract, we are unable to track individual reservations (rooming lists) through a call-in method and are unable to extend a preferred wedding rate.

*Please note: Due to the busy nature of our destination resort, Cavallo Point strongly recommends and encourages all of our wedding couples to contract room blocks in conjunction with your Wedding Catering Agreement to ensure preferred rates and availability.

May I take wedding pictures at Cavallo Point if my wedding is to be held elsewhere?

We reserve photography privileges for couples whose wedding receptions are held at Cavallo Point. We do require that a luncheon or dinner reception be hosted in conjunction with all of our wedding ceremonies.

Where should I confirm vendors, menus, and decorations?

Many of your wedding day details will be the responsibility of your Wedding Coordinator. Your Wedding Specialist would be delighted to assist you with recommendations for preferred Cavallo Point vendors.

Your Wedding Specialist will also provide you with a suggested timeline of planning items to accomplish based on the timing of your reservation and wedding date. Your menu, set-up, and décor selections are due to your Wedding Specialist a minimum of 30 days in advance of your wedding date.

Do you provide a tasting of the food we select? When may I come and what is included?

We are pleased to offer a sample menu tasting for weddings with a Food & Beverage minimum of $15,000. Tastings are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis Tuesday through Friday at 11:00 am. The tasting will include your choice of canapés, first course, entrée, and either wedding cake or mini desserts. If a buffet menu is preferred, we will offer a modified sampling of the menu for tasting. Tastings are limited to four (4) guests. Any additional guests will be charged at $250 per person (exclusive of service charge and tax).

Who provides the wedding cake and what are the cake-cutting fees?

Our pastry chef can prepare cakes here at Cavallo Point, based on your flavor and design preferences. You are able to taste various cake flavors at your menu tasting in order to ensure that the cake is to your liking.

We understand that the wedding cake is very special and unique to our couples, so we do allow you to bring in cakes from outside vendors if you prefer. Any cake-cutting fees are waived with the purchase of a food package.

Do I have to use vendors from the Preferred Vendor List, and when can I receive the Preferred Vendor List?

Selecting vendors from our Preferred Vendor List is not required, although it is highly recommended to ensure the continuation of the Cavallo Point wedding experience. Your Wedding Specialist would be delighted to review the Preferred Vendor List with you during your initial consultation visit.

Cavallo Point is conveniently located in the San Francisco Bay Area, which has access to a wealth of stylists, makeup artists, photographers, florists, designers, and officiants. Vendors must maintain a business license and a one-million-dollar liability insurance policy. All vendors must be certified and licensed, as well as sign and adhere to the Cavallo Point Vendor Policies & Code of Conduct. Cavallo Point reserves the right to remove and/or not admit vendors that do not adhere to said policies. Please note: No alcohol is permitted to be consumed by vendors while on Cavallo Point property.

Do you prepare children's and vendor menus?

Children’s menus are customized to the needs of your event and generally start at $40 per child (ages 3 through 10). Chef’s choice of vendor meals starts at $50 per person and up.

How much set-up time do our vendors have?

Set-up may begin at 10:00 am on your event day and in your designated venue. Additional set-up time or an extension of your reception time is subject to availability and additional facility fees and/or banquet staff overtime service fees.

Can we do a rehearsal for the wedding ceremony?

Your Wedding Specialist is happy to arrange a ceremony rehearsal for you and your wedding party. Rehearsal times are confirmed up to four (4) weeks prior to your wedding date and set at a time that does not interfere with other booked events. Please contact your Wedding Specialist in advance to arrange. Ceremony rehearsals are normally one hour in length and there is no additional fee.

How late can I play music?

  • The Callippe Ballroom: 12:00 midnight
  • Mission Blue Chapel: 9:00 p.m. music and noise curfew
  • Outdoor Locations (Mission Blue Lawn, Kober Lawn): 9:00 p.m. music and noise curfew

How late can alcohol be served?

We recommend that alcohol service be discontinued approximately 30 minutes prior to the end of your function. By California State Law, no alcohol may be served after 1:30 am anywhere on property. Please note that we reserve the right to refuse service to highly intoxicated guests and may request proof of legal drinking age from guests.

Can I bring in candles?

Yes, candles are allowed in our event space; however, due to fire regulations, all candles must be in a holder that extends at least one inch above the flame. Taper candles are not allowed. Please communicate arrangements regarding placement with your Wedding Specialist. Candles may also be contracted as part of your floral arrangements with your florist. We are pleased to provide five (5) complimentary votive candles per dining table.

Do you provide linen and china?

Yes, your service charge includes standard tan linen and ivory napkins for your dining tables. We also provide standard china and flatware.

You are able to rent custom linens, china, and flatware to create the perfect room for your event through an outside rental company.

What kind and size of tables do you provide?

  • Low and high 30" cocktail tables
  • 60" and 72" banquet rounds for dining tables
  • 6' x 18" and 6' x 30" rectangular tables for specialty tables (guest book, gift table, station displays, etc).

You are able to bring in rental items of other sizes and shapes to create the perfect room for your event, in addition to specialty lighting, wall draping, and décor enhancements.

What type of chairs/chair covers do you provide?

We provide our standard white folding chairs for all outdoor events, and black Chiavari chairs with either black or ivory cushions for dining. You are welcome to provide rental items if you prefer to have any alternate chair designs.

Are microphone and/or speakers provided?

Audio-visual equipment is not included in the facility fee. Our on-site vendor partner, PSAV, can help you with any of your audio-visual needs. You are also welcome to provide your own audio-visual vendor if you prefer.

When my guests arrive at Cavallo Point, how will they know the location of the wedding?

Our valet staff or front desk staff will direct your guests to the ceremony location. Your banquet staff and event manager will help to direct guests to the reception location following the ceremony.

How do I get to Cavallo Point?

The resort is located at 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito, CA 94965. For additional details, please visit our Directions page. Most wedding guests use a combination of transportation methods, depending on budget and time constraints.

Do you provide transportation to and from the airport?

While complimentary transportation to San Francisco International and Oakland International Airport is not provided, we are pleased to arrange private transportation service and/or assist in rental vehicles for you and your guests.

What are the fees and options for parking?

We are pleased to provide complimentary valet parking exclusively at Cavallo Point. Additionally, there is also plenty of self-parking available throughout the property.

How do I secure my wedding date and venue?

Your initial visit and consultation will be conducted by one of our Wedding Specialists. Consultations are scheduled Monday through Saturday based upon availability. We recommend booking a minimum of one week in advance. Your Wedding Specialist will conduct a thorough inspection of a designated venue appropriate to your wedding vision and anticipated guest attendance, as well as checking date availability.

Upon selection of your wedding date and venue, a Wedding Catering Agreement will be prepared and your date will be confirmed upon receipt of your initial deposit and signed agreement within one week. Traditionally, a minimum of a 50% non-refundable and non-date transferable deposit is required to confirm your wedding date; however, this amount is subject to the timing of your reservation. Please speak with your Wedding Specialist for your deposit schedule. Your wedding details will then be given to our Wedding Specialists team to begin the exciting planning process! 

Who can guide me in choosing my treatments?

Our spa reservationist will help you plan the perfect spa experience, including the best order for your treatments.

When should I arrive

When booking a spa treatment with us, you are invited to enjoy the Healing Arts Center & Spa facilities and amenities 1 hour prior to your first treatment and up to 1 hour after your last treatment concludes. If you wish to extend your time at the spa beyond the allotted timeframe, an additional hourly fee of $65 will be added to folio.

What amenities do you have in the Healing Arts Center & Spa?

It features a relaxation lounge, meditation pool, outdoor jacuzzi, eucalyptus steam room, Zen garden, and both indoor and outdoor showers for you to enjoy during your spa experience with us.

What should I wear during my treatment?

While you’re enjoying a spa experience with us, we provide you with a robe and sandals inside the locker room for you to wear. Body treatments are enjoyed without clothing; however, please wear whatever is comfortable for you. During all treatments, the body is fully draped, except for the area being worked on.

What about my jewelry and valuables?

We recommend leaving your valuables at home. If you are staying at Cavallo Point, please leave valuable items in the safe in your guest room. Otherwise, lockers are available for your personal items.

Can I bring my own food or drinks?

Located in the Healing Arts Center & Spa, the Tea Bar is open from 11:30 am – 5:00 pm, and features a selections of lunch entrées and wellness drinks. Outside food and drink of any kind is not permitted.

What is the cancellation policy?

Please provide 24 hours’ notice if you must cancel or reschedule your service to avoid being charged a full service fee.

What is the age limit to receive a spa treatment?

Our Healing Arts Center & Spa is for adults only. All guests must be at least 18 years of age.

Do you offer Day Passes?

Yes, our Day Passes are available Monday to Friday (excluding holidays) for $65 per person. The Day Pass includes morning yoga, and all-day access to our fitness suite, meditation pool, and locker room.

What is the recommended gratuity for a spa treatment?

For your convenience, a 20% suggested gratuity will be added to each spa service. Suggested gratuities are dispersed to the staff members that serviced you during your visit. Additional gratuities may be given at your discretion.

I can barely toast a slice of bread. Am I still qualified to attend a class?

Absolutely. We welcome and encourage all skill levels.

Is there an age requirement in the kitchen?

The minimum age for public classes is 15 years old. We often offer public classes specifically designed for kids ages 5+, when accompanied by an adult, or 8+ without an adult.

Will there be a knife safety lesson in each class?

Yes, we review knife safety and knife skills prior to the beginning of each hands-on class.

Can I sign up for a class online?

Yes, tickets can be purchased online through EventBrite. Just click on the class that interests you and click the Buy Tickets button.

Do you even have to cancel classes? If so, what is your cancellation policy?

From time to time, a cooking class or demonstration may have to be canceled. Should that occur, we will notify all participants at least 24 hours prior to the class date and provide a full refund.

What if I need to cancel my class reservation?

As long as you cancel your reservation within 72 hours of the scheduled class time, a full refund will be extended. If you cancel less than 72 hours in advance, the full cost of the class will be forfeited.

What should I wear to a cooking class?

Comfortable clothing and slip-resistant, closed-toe shoes.

I want to have my next party at the Cooking School. Is this possible?

Yes, please contact us directly at [email protected].

How many instructors are there in each class?

Varies by type of class, anywhere from 1 – 4 chef assistants.

Will there be enough food served to constitute an entire meal?

It depends on the type of class. For the most part, we really like to cook, so you won’t go away hungry. But be sure to check the class descriptions, as food service will be noted.

What if I want to make a night of it and stay at the hotel, can I receive a special rate?

Yes, there is a special room rate associated with the Cooking School. Contact the Cavallo Point Reservations Desk at 888.651.2003.

I have food allergies. Can I still attend all classes?

Our classes typically feature a fairly diversified menu and food items. Please make us aware of any allergies or dietary restrictions when making your reservation, and we’ll make every effort within reason to accommodate you.