An Insiders Guide to Sausalito from Tracey Kessler

Sausalito is well known as a charming community and tourist destination on the doorstep of the Golden Gate Bridge with stunning views of San Francisco Bay. Less known is it’s rich history of making – that continues to the present day. Artists, craftsman, and creative businesses have been drawn to the area for its unique combination of former industrial and military buildings nestled in a beautiful bayside setting. Designer, artist, and maker Tracey Kessler lives and works in a live-work space on Gate 5 Road in the Marinship Neighborhood. Here she shares some of her favorite spots.

Above: Tracey and images of her art, ceramics, and pattern, lighting and interior design.

Marinship Studios is an artist and maker compound with studios in a variety of structures including repurposed shipping containers. It’s home to the studio of jeweler and Bay Area Made member Laura Lienhard.

The original factory of Bay Area Made member Heath Ceramics. Built in 1959, it’s where their dinnerware is still made. Shop at the retail store, and the factory tour is a must.

Located inside the New Bait Shop Market, Davey Jones Deli puts together some tasty sandwiches and wraps (my favorite is the Rubenesque!) and does wonderful catering events for us locals. Their paella and taco bars are a must!

Dave Healy of DJ Healy Auto Body adds a lot of humor to the annoying task of getting your car repaired.

Located in the marina, Fish serves freshly caught seafood daily on outdoor tables with scenic views of Richardson Bay.

Check out open studio events and explore the former rehabilitated military buildings at Headlands Center for the Arts. Nearby are scenic hikes and beaches.

Two nice brunch spots, both with the same French owner, are Le Garage Bistro (l) and F3 (r). I designed the Cage Light fixtures at F3.

Photo at top of page: Marinship Studios

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