Looking for fresh perspective to kick off 2013? There’s a hidden vantage point for that. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and steer east down a labyrinth of turns to Horseshoe Bay—one of the best places to watch the sunset from a totally unique angle. Stroll down the tranquil Fort Baker pier and it’s likely to be just you and a few crab fishermen inhaling the bay air as the sun dips and churns out an array of golden hues across the bridge and over San Francisco. New year, new point of view!
BURGER AND BEER BONUS: Keep things glowing at Mike’s Place—the Presidio Yacht Club outpost with a locals-only vibe. Pair an Anchor Steam with Bob’s Pepper Burger, made bartender Bob’s way (smothered in sautéed green peppers). Kick back at one of the large windows looking out to the twinkling city and the Golden Gate. There’s live music most nights. Cheers!
Heading north across the Golden Gate Bridge, exit at Alexander Ave. in Sausalito, and follow signs to Fort Baker. Fort Baker Pier (also called Moore Road Pier on some maps) is located waterfront at the southern end of Moore Rd. Mike’s Place at the Presidio Yacht Club is usually open Thursdays through Sundays. Hours and shows vary, so check the calendar for more info. To get there from the pier, follow Sommerville Rd. east around the edge of Horseshoe Bay. The bar is located on the second floor of the Presidio Yacht Club, accessible from a wooden stairwell on the side of the building. Horseshoe Bay is dog-friendly. No dogs at Mike’s Place.