Not long ago, a close friend and I went on a trek across the Golden Gate to spend the weekend at Cavallo Point Resort in Marin County. We enjoyed great accommodations in the former home of the Fort Baker commanding officer.
This restored lodging was originally built in the early 1900s and sits at the top of the horseshoe shaped parade grounds with a panoramic view of San Francisco and the Golden Gate.
We decided to spend the day and enjoy a picnic on Angel Island. The island is separated from the Marin Headlands by Raccoon Strait named after the 26-gun British sloop HMS Raccoon which was once laid up for repairs on the island. A ferry departing from Tiburon provides access to Angel Island.
Our picnic was on the grounds of the Immigration Station often referred to as the “Ellis Island of the West”. This facility was used to discourage, detain and delay Asian immigrants in accordance with the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and various revisions to the Act through 1924. While the story is sad, the restored grounds are a beautiful setting for a picnic.
My friend prepared the picnic and, I must say she proved to be an accomplished picnicker. The feast filled two backpacks with food and table settings including the requisite red checkered table cloth.
- A relish tray including olives, caper berries and cornichons
- A sandwich of roast beef on sourdough bread with Havarti cheese, horseradish cream and “build-your-own” choices of sliced red onion, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado and micro-greens
- An herbed potato salad on red leaf lettuce
- A dessert of mixed fruit salad with lemon shortbread cookies
- Sparkling water and red wine