Sausalito is only a boat ride away from San Francisco, but it feels like a different universe. I have been to Sausalito 5 or 6 times now, but only recently have I discovered the real heart of Sausalito. Many may see it as a tourist trap or a ferry stopover, but for those who actually live there, there is a rich community behind the facade of touristy perfection on the main drag: Caledonia Street. If you want real Sausalito, that's where you should go.
Go eat Indian Food at Sartaj.
Go shop for antiques at the John Wilmer Studio.
Go sit by the dock.
And go ride the ferry.