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Hotel Manager’s Picks | December 2013

Make San Francisco your Home for the Holidays. The only thing you won't find in San Francisco this holiday season is snow. Expect instead a flurry of fun ... ice rinks, tree lightings, theatre, music and a delightful mix of new and old traditions - it all adds up to one cool Yule.

I can't think of another city where the holiday lights are as magical. Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square, Chestnut and Union Streets and along the Embarcadero are all spilling over with yule tide decorations that will immediately put you in the holiday mood as you stroll the streets after dusk.

The shopping displays at Union Square are always worth a special trip, and are only a cable car ride away from our location.


To learn more about things to do in Fisherman's Wharf during your stay, visit our San Francisco Events page on our website for details of 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.

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Happy Travels ... Michael Hirsch, General Manager


New Year's Eve Fireworks
Ring in the New Year with a spectacular waterfront fireworks display over the San Francisco Bay. This is a free, family event that begins at midnight. There are many great spots to view the show; however, the best public viewing spots are located along the Embarcadero and south of the Ferry Building.

Tuesday December 31


The 35th annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair
This beloved bay area tradition brings to life the world of Charles Dickens. This is one of the most elaborate Victorian Christmas Events in the world, and guests will find themselves taken through time as they explore the streets of Victorian London. Hundreds of costumed performers can be found within the 120,000 square feet of music halls, pubs and Christmas shops at Cow Palace. Continuous performances will be held on seven different stages, and Gourmet chefs offer delicious foods from around the world. Victorian costumes are encouraged, but not required, and guests are free to participate in any games and activities that they choose.

November 23 - Decebmer 22 


David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition
The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco will present David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition, on view at the de Young Museum through January 20, 2014. More than 300 works will be shown in 18,000 square feet of gallery space, making this the largest exhibition in museum history. This is one of Hockney’s bigger exhibits and highlights his ability to engage with a variety of tools and media. Works range from charcoal portraits to drawings that were created on the iPad, and show why Hockney is the most influential British artist of his generation.

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Golden Gate National Recreation Area is an 80,000 acre urban park that features more than two dozen natural, cultural and historical sites in and around San Francisco. The area begins where the Pacific Ocean meets the San Francisco bay, creating a vast coastal preserve that also includes Alcatraz Island and the Presidio of San Francisco. 

Discover the beauty of the redwoods at Muir Woods, and enjoy an abundance of plants and wildlife, including many that are native to this area. Tour operational and shuttered military facilities or simply enjoy miles of pristine hiking trails that feature incredible ocean views. Over 200 years of history can be found within Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Explore American Indian Culture, the California Gold Rush, maritime history and the expansion of the Spanish Empire. Whether you choose to explore by foot, bike, or kayak, this one of a kind park features something for everyone!

Ferry Building
The historic Ferry Building is located along the Embarcadero at the foot of Market Street and is home to many shops, restaurants and cafes. The Ferry Building is a vibrant display of San Francisco's best chefs and local farmers and celebrates food in all forms. The Ferry Building Marketplace is also home to the Ferry Plaza farmers market which is renowned throughout the country as one of the top farmers markets to visit.

Visit for more information.


Bistro Boudin
Experience the very best of San Francisco at Bistro Boudin. A favorite of the Wharf, this is the perfect place to dine with friends and family, or catch a gorgeous sunset from the patio. This full service restaurant offers some of the best bay views in the city, with panoramic sights of Alcatraz, Angel Island and the Marina. Enjoy outstanding cuisine, regional wine favorites and the legendary sourdough bread of San Francisco, made with a recipe that has been nurtured since 1849.

Guests can learn more about the history of Boudin and San Francisco with a Museum & Bakery Tour. Explore interactive exhibits and observe the bakers at work through a 30-foot observation window and glass-walled catwalk.


Quince at Jackson Square
Situated in San Francisco’s quaint Jackson Square Neighborhood, approximately a mile from the hotel, Quince is housed in an 1907 historically landmarked brick and timber building.

Quince features a daily changing Italian-inspired menu that celebrates the seasonal bounty of Northern California.

Chef Michael Tusk was recently recognized by the James Beard Foundation with the 2011 Beard award for "Best Chef – Pacific".


San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic, Michael Bauer recently re-reviewed the restaurant and and in the process, upgraded the Pacific Avenue restaurant to a perfect four stars. It's an experience you shouldn't miss when in town.

Located on Pacific Avenue. For reservations call: (415) 775-8500.

Gary Danko Restaurant
Located in the heart of San Francisco’s most prominent residential districts, and less than half of a mile from our hotel, sits Gary Danko Restaurant.

Chef Gary Danko was recognized by the James Beard Foundation with the award for “Best Chef – California”. He is regarded as one of America’s most talented and respected chefs and has come to epitomize sophisticated contemporary cuisine.

The restaurant recently received its sixth Five Star rating from Mobil Travel Guide.

Located on 800 North Point at Hyde Street. For reservations call: (415) 749-6190


San Francisco Jazz Center Grand Opening
Full of shimmer and swing, San Francisco's sleek new jazz concert hall opened in January with an opening night gala emceed by Bill Cosby aimed at cementing respect for and expanding the reach of the jazz idiom on the West Coast.
Called SFJAZZ Center, the 700-seat specially designed and brightly lit concert hall is nestled in the heart of the city's arts district, the first concert hall of its type in the United States. With this spectacular new building, SFJAZZ will take its place alongside the Symphony, the opera and other major institutions, as a permanent home for jazz—America’s original, indigenous art form.


Enjoy great music at this new venue. For a comprehensive list of preformance and to order tickets only, visit


Japanese Tea Garden
San Francisco's Japanese Tea Garden was originally developed for the 1894 World's Fair in San Francisco and through the years the Garden has grown into a landmark of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

The Japanese Tea Gardens were designed to have a very romanticized look of a traditional Japanese garden. As a result, entering the Garden is like stepping into the world that you see in Asian paintings; a world that exists both inside and outside the hustle and bustle of life.


It is a peaceful, complex place many paths, ponds and a teahouse that features native Japanese and Chinese plants. Also hidden throughout its five acres are sculptures and bridges. About the only sound you hear are cameras clicking. Not only do the gardens have beautiful plants, but they also house many interesting animals as well. Every pond you pass (and there are many), you will find teeming with koi fish, and there are also many exotic birds.


The Barber of Seville
This month The Barber of Seville will make its debut at the San Francisco Opera, conducted by Giuseppe Finzi. This hilariously charming tale follows Seville’s most famous barber as he helps the beautiful and strong-willed Rosina outwit a lascivious guardian. The show features two stunning casts and many comical twists and turns along the way. The original show is sung in Italian, and there is also a special two hour family version sung in English. Both shows feature subtitles.

Cirque Du Soleil – Amaluna
Cirque du Soleil’s newest high-flying acrobatics show will be holding residency at AT&T Park until the end of the year. While the show features breathtaking feats that Cirque has become synonymous for, it places more of an emphasis on story this time around. Amaluna takes you to a mysterious island ruled by goddess Prospera. The story follows Prosperas daughter and her young suitor as their love is put to the test through a series of trials and setbacks. Amaluna features a live band as well as 1,000 costume pieces and 6,000-pound bowl filled with 400 gallons of water. This two and a half hour event is suitable for all ages, and is sure to leave the audience in amazement.

November 13 - December 31

Barber Of Seville






Hyde Street Pier – Balclutha ship
Located in the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park offers the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Pacific Coast maritime history. The Balclutha Ship is a three-masted, steel-hulled, square-rigged ship that was built to carry a variety of cargo all over the world.

It arrived in San Francisco for the first time in 1887 after 140 at days at sea. The Balclutha was also featured in a movie, Mutiny on the Bounty, and exhibited as a pirate ship before being named a National Historic Landmark in 1985.

For more information call (415) 447-5000

Balclutha Ship

USS Pampanito
The USS Pampanito is a World War II Balao class Fleet submarine museum and memorial that is located in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. The Pampanito made six patrols in the Pacific during World War II during which she sank six Imperial Japanese ships and damaged four others. This National Historic Landmark hosts over 100,000 visitors a year and is one of the most popular historic vessels in the country.

Located at Pier 45. For more information call (415) 775-1943.

Uss Pampanito

Walt Disney Family Museum
Celebrating their third anniversary, the Walt Disney Family Museum's three historic buildings within the nearby Presidio houses 10 galleries devoted to the inspiring story of Walt Disney, the creator of Mickey Mouse, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," Disneyland and the global yet distinctly American company that bears his name.

Disney's story is impressively portrayed through drawings, storyboards, the narrow-gauge train built for Disneyland along with film clips, concept art, scripts, musical scores and cameras used by Disney and his staff.


Using a mix of historic materials and artifacts, Disney's achievements really comes to life through innovative displays that include listening stations, interactive media, and more than 200 video monitors. Much of the material is being generously lent by the Walt Disney Company and private collectors.

Located at the nearby Presidio. For information and tickets call (415) 345-6893.

The Exploratorium is all about experiencing the excitement of experimentation, discovery and the power of understanding. The Exploratorium has six main galleries, and features 150 new exhibits for a total of 600. Each Gallery focuses on a different area of exploration and features interactive exhibits that reward your attention and challenge the way you think.

A personal favorite of the Exploratorium would be the turntable exhibit. The turntable disk rotates while small metal disks, rings, and balls are scattered around the stationary portion of the table top. The object is to keep the rings on their edge spinning on the disk. This is a fun challenge for both kids and adults alike!

Located on Pier 15. For Tickets:

Aquarium of the Bay
Explore the magic, beauty and wonder of San Francisco Bay at Aquarium of the Bay. Your visit will take you through three main exhibit areas that display the amazing creatures that live beneath the surface of the San Francisco Bay and surrounding waters. The Aquarium is home to over 20,000 marine animals, and offers many interactive exhibits that allow you to feed and touch these dynamic underwater creatures.  

Located on Pier 39. For information and tickets call (415) 623-5300.


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Ring in the New Year with a spectacular waterfront fireworks display over the San Francisco Bay. This is a free, family event that begins at Midnight. There are many great spots to view the show; however the best public viewing spots are located along the Embarcadero and south of the Ferry Building.