February 2011 Hotel Manager's Picks | Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel

February marks the peak month of Dungeness Crab Season, with crab fest celebrations city-wide. This delightful sea creature is a favorite of us locals, so plan on strolling Fisherman's Wharf and have them served up as fresh as they come.

While the rest of the country is focused on slogging thru one of the snowiest winters on record, San Francisco's mild weather makes it a joy to visit year-round.

A trip to our famous city this month will also allow visits to the city's major attractions without dealing with the crowds that are common during the summer, without much difference in the temperature.

Craig Schwan

One of the busiest and well known attractions in North America, Fisherman's Wharf is best known for being the location of Pier 39, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, the Cannery, Ghirardelli Square, a Ripley's Believe it or Not museum, the Musée Mécanique, the Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf, Forbes Island and restaurants and stands that serve fresh seafood, most notably Dungeness crab and clam chowder served in a sourdough bread bowl.

Some of our restaurants, like Pompeii's and Alioto's #8, go back for three generations of the same family ownership. Nearby Pier 45 has a chapel in memory of the "Lost Fishermen" of San Francisco and Northern California.

To help plan your stay, visit our Local 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.

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

Tulipmania comes in full bloom to Pier 39 with free guided tours beginning from the Entrance Plaza at 10 am daily.

More than 39,000 tulips are planted throughout Pier 39 and come in every color and variety combination conceivable including Apricot Beauties, Texas Flames, Purple Princes, Flaming Parrots, Swan Wings, Burgundy Lace and more.

The tulips are topped with winter vegetables including lettuce, parsley, celery and red chard.


The tulip plantings can be spotted throughout PIER 39 and its waterfront parks.At Pier 39. For more information, call: (415) 705-5500.

Dining Pick

Crab Season
San Francisco's Dungeness crab industry is an indelible symbol of the city, as historic and renowned as San Francisco's famed cable cars.

Along with the pioneers that came to San Francisco in the 1840s searching for gold, other entrepreneurs from the Mediterranean fishing villages of Italy sought their fortunes in crab fishing in the San Francisco Bay and along the coastline beyond the Golden Gate.


The Fisherman's Wharf Crab Season Festival is a month-long celebration of the City's culinary obsession and its love affair with Dungeness crab. Throughout February, the Festival features special restaurant dining promotions, scavenger hunts, walking tours of the Wharf, behind-the-scenes visits at Fisherman's Wharf, and much more.

To take a look at the many special offers, events and attractions for the Crab Festival season, visit online at: www.visitfishermanswharf.com. It's a culinary event the whole family will enjoy!

Relax Pick

St. Patrick's Day Parade
The 160th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in San Francisco is a well established event with historic ties to the city.

The parade itself is a huge draw for attendees from all different demographics and ethnicity. A full day of activity is planned for the St. Patrick's Day Festival at Civic Center Plaza and on Grove Street, Polk to Larkin Street.


Starts on Market Street. For more info call: (415) 456-6436. 

Romantic Pick

Flower & Garden Show
An annual tradition, this year's show features cutting-edge garden design, new plants, 200 vendors selling outdoor living products, 75 seminars and films.

New this year are "Garden To Table" cooking demonstrations with famous Bay Area chefs headlined by Alice Waters, an Edible Garden display, expanded children's section, a wine garden, and a film premiere. Celebrate "Life in the California Garden" with food, wine, fun, flowers and more.


At the San Mateo Event Center. For more information and tickets call: (415) 684-7278.

Show Pick

Avenue Q
Broadway's smash-hit 2004 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Score and Book is back in San Francisco. A hilarious show full of heart and hummable tunes, Avenue Q is about trying to make it in NYC with big dreams and a tiny bank account.

Called "one of the funniest shows you're ever likely to see" by Entertainment Weekly, Avenue Q features a cast of people and puppets who tell the story in a smart, risque and downright entertaining way. The New Yorker calls it "SUBVERSIVE and UPROARIOUS!"


At the Orpheum Theatre. For more information and to reserve tickets call: (415) 551-2000.

Family Pick

Chinese New Year Parade
Named one of the top ten parades in the world, San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade is one of the few remaining night illuminated parades in the country.

Started in the 1860's by the Chinese in San Francisco as a means to educate the community about their culture, the parade and festival have grown to be the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. 


At Chinatown / Union Square. For more information call: (415) 986-1370.



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