April 2009 Hotel Manager's Picks | Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel

April is one of the best months to visit the City by the Bay. After all the winter storms have departed, our bright California sun emerges and produces green hillsides and a variety of beautiful spring flowers that surround the city; along with some of the warmest temperatures of the year. Be sure to visit Golden Gate Park, nearby "Crooked" Street and Telegraph Hill to enjoy the best color show that Spring has to offer.

The Local Events page on our website provides details for some of the more interesting events that are happening in San Francisco this month, however try not to miss the Sunday Streets event late in the month or Opening Day on the Bay also in April here at Fisherman's Wharf. Both events are fun for the entire family and are a great excuse to enjoy the California sun and beautiful bayside vistas all along the waterfront in this section of the city.

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Happy Travels ... Craig Schwan, General Manager

Craig Schwan
City Pick

Telegraph Hill
If you're ready to hike one of those famous San Francisco hills and are looking for something close to Fisherman's Wharf, nothing beats Telegraph Hill for both beauty and incredible vistas.

Just a few short blocks from our hotel, be prepared to go straight up several sets of stairs to reach the pinnacle where Coit Tower is located. On the way, enjoy a variety of residential gardens that bloom in a vast variety of colors in Spring; as well as those famous "Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill".

You won't have any trouble spotting the green and red flock of birds as they get your attention with their noisy squawks, especially when flying overhead. In fact the famous Parrots are known to visit our location during the daytime as they prefer to hang out in the dense pine and crayton myrtle trees surrounding the hotel. Once atop Telegraph Hill, don't forget to visit Coit Tower!
Dining Pick

Sodini's Green Valley Restaurant
Remember that famous bar where "everyone knows your name?". That's the type of friendly atmosphere that Sodini's Green Valley Restaurant exudes when you walk in the door. You immediately realize this is no tourist restaurant as the bar and dining room most likely will be packed with locals ... always a good sign in San Francisco. Located in North Beach near Washington Square, Sodini's is the quintessential North Beach Italian restaurant, featuring an extensive selection of traditional hearty favorites paired with delectable seafood entrees.
Try the seafood linguini, however plan on arriving hungry as the portions are large, but prices are reasonable. Located on Green Street near Grant Avenue in North Beach.
Relax Pick

Our Outdoor Living Room with Fire Pits
Our new outdoor fire pits continue to be a big hit with our guests. This past week a guest wrote their praises in one of our survey responses: "The staff was very pleasant. The rooms were very comfortable and the decor was fun. The outside lounge areas with the fire pits were great!"  

When you arrive at the hotel, carve out time to enjoy drinks and dining in a casual outdoor setting. This exquisite outdoor living room is a natural extension to our lobby with warming fire pits and exterior seating ... a great place to relax.

The open air environment makes gathering with associates, friends, family or other guests a comfortable experience in a unique San Francisco setting.
Romantic Pick

Legion of Honor Museum
The Legion of Honor, San Francisco's most beautiful museum, displays an impressive collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an unforgettable setting overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Be sure to watch Alfred Hitchcock's motion picture "Vertigo" before you arrive and stroll the grounds around Lincoln Park that are featured in the film. During March and April, the museum is featuring two exhibits: Artistic Luxury - featuring works presented at the 1900 Paris World's Fair from Fabergé, Tiffany and Lalique; and Waking Dreams - Max Klinger and the Symbolist Print. Well worth the trip across town.
Show Pick

WICKED The Musical
Although we originally saw Wicked on Broadway after it's initial run in San Francisco, it was great to see it return to it's home town.

Wicked tells the story of Elphaba, the future Wicked Witch of the West and her relationship with Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. Their friendship struggles through their opposing personalities and viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, their reactions to the Wizard's corrupt government, and, ultimately, Elphaba's public fall from grace.

 The plot is set mostly before Dorothy's arrival from Kansas, and includes several references to well-known scenes and dialogue in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz as a backstory.
Family Pick

Sunday Streets
Our mayor, Gavin Newsom modeled Sunday Streets on a 25-year old program in Bogota, Columbia. The successful concept has spread to four continents and has proven wildly popular from Tokyo, Japan to Kiev, Ukraine. Sunday Streets is considered an extension the City's Shape Up San Francisco program which encourages healthy eating and active living and is great fun for the entire family.

The city will open up a stretch of road way connecting the Bayview to Fisherman's Wharf and running along the city's waterfront.

Sunday Streets
This route will be available for physical activities from Noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 26th. Fisherman's Wharf activities include entertainment at PIER 39 and a Health and Safety Fair at Aquatic Park. Sunday Streets is free to all participants. Some will enjoy the route by strolling, skating, cycling, or just people-watching. Others will participate in free group events such as tai chi, yoga, aerobics and other activities. These group events will be spaced out along the route.


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