April 2010 Hotel Manager's Picks | Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel

Greetings from Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco's #1 visitor destination. If you are visiting in April, there are fun attractions to visit, things to do and see, and places to dine and relax. 

The 94th annual "Opening Day on the Bay" Decorated Boat Parade, hosted by the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association takes place on the 25th of this month. This year's theme is "Building Bridges."

The parade will feature over 120 historic workboats, fireboats, Vessel Assist towboats, classic and contemporary craft decorated to the theme. Boats can be viewed for free by the public all along the waterfront from Fisherman's Wharf west to Crissy Field.

Craig Schwan

April also marks the end of our rainy season. With the mild El Nino pattern we've experienced this year, the area hills and valleys have been well watered, resulting in a forecast for record blooms this spring. From mustard in Napa Valley to the tulips, azalea's and flowering fruit trees at Filoli Gardens, the Bay Area will be on spectacular display this Spring.

If the weather turns rainy, be sure to check out some of San Francisco's famous museums: the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Ansel Adams Center, the Cable Car Museum or the California Natural History Museum are all worth a visit.

In addition, the Local Events page on our website provides details for some of the more interesting events that are happening in San Francisco this month. Regardless of what you have planned, enjoy visiting our beautiful city.

What's your favorite spot in San Francisco? Let us know at sheratonsf@ihrco.com or Share on Facebook.

Happy Travels ... Craig Schwan, General Manager

City Pick

Cartier and America at the Legion of Honor
Visit the nearby Legion of Honor overlooking the Presidio and Golden Gate Bridge for an exclusive showing on Cartier jewelry from now thru April.

Cartier and America covers the history of the House of Cartier from its first great successes as the "king of jewelers and jeweler to kings" during the Belle Epoque and into the ‘60s and ‘70s when Cartier supplied celebrities of the day with their jewels and luxury accessories. Derived mainly from the private Cartier Collection housed in Geneva, the spectacular array of more than 200 objects includes jewelry of the Gilded Age and Art Deco periods, as well as freestanding works of art such as the famous Mystery Clocks.


Marking Cartier's 100 years in the United States, the exhibition includes a pair of rock crystal and diamond bracelets worn by Gloria Swanson in the movie Sunset Boulevard, the exotic flamingo brooch made for the Duchess of Windsor, and the personal jewelry of Princess Grace of Monaco. For information call (415) 750-3600.

Dining Pick

Campania at A16, named after the Italian highway that runs through the Campania region in Italy is the inspiration for this outstanding restaurant in the Marina district, just a short cab ride from our hotel.

The restaurant started a rage by implementing Meatball Monday, offering different variations each week. A16 is also the best place to discover burrata and anything made with pork, including the mixed roast with sausage and porchetta. Also try the ricotta salata and chocolate budino tart.


In addition, the wine list is superb and well priced. The long, narrow interior features a bar in the front, an open kitchen with an impressive wood-burning oven overlooking the dining room and a covered patio in the rear

Located at Chestnut Street near Divisadero. For reservations in further information call: (415) 771-2216

Relax Pick

Diva Thelma Houston Returns to Teatro ZinZanni
Relax and be prepared to be entertained! Disco diva and Grammy Award winner, Thelma Houston, will once again grace the Teatro ZinZanni fabled spiegeltent as the legendary hostess beginning in March.

She will appear in a new version of Hearts on Fire, a show that ran some 18 months ago to acclaim, and which will span the celebratory month of March, which marks Teatro ZinZanni's 10th anniversary in San Francisco.

Hearts On Fire

The show features an ensemble cast of world-class performers, generally headed by a marvelous "hostess," ably assisted by a "chef de cuisine" who introduces each course and generally involves audience members in the action, while comedy and mayhem are supplied by acrobats, jugglers, comedians, singers, musicians, and others.

The list of acclaimed performers has included celebrated singers Joan Baez, Sally Kellerman, Liliane Montevecchi, Maria Muldaur, Melba Moore, Ann Wilson, among others. For information call (415) 438-2668.

Romantic Pick

Uncorked Wine Festival
Ghirardelli Square, in conjunction with La Cocina, a non-profit organization serving entrepreneurs launching, formalizing or expanding their food businesses, will host the fifth annual Uncorked! Wine Festival May 22, 2010 from 1-6 pm, showcasing more than 50 top-tier wineries from California's premium wine making regions.

Uncorked! Wine Festival takes place at historic Ghirardelli Square at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco's most exciting new enclave featuring gourmet dining, premium shopping, and more.


Your ticket includes a souvenir wine glass and unlimited wine tasting throughout the day. For information call (415) 775-5500.

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. For further information, call: (415) 551-2020

Family Pick

RocketBoat is Back for Spring Break!
Calling all thrill seekers! RocketBoat is blasting back on the Bay for a special pre-season Spring Break schedule.

Climb aboard RocketBoat for the ultimate high-speed adventure on San Francisco Bay. Get blown away as you hold on for the most exhilarating ride of your life. This ride is great fun for the entire family, but a note of caution ... not for the feint of heart!


Enjoy stunning views while a a classic Rock 'n Roll soundtrack adds to the 30 minutes of fun. Never the same ride twice. RocketBoat...it's a BLAST! Located at Pier 39. For further information call (415) 705-8200 or book online at www.rocketboatsf.com.



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