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Things to Do in Fisherman's Wharf | Hotel Manager's Picks

Hotel Manager’s Picks | February 2014

The Spring comes early to San Francisco and it brings many things to do here. Here are a few of my favorites for this time of year:

The Year of the Horse, 4712 on the lunar calendar, arrives at a full gallop on January 31. Chinese sages say that the lunar year promises to take on a lively and high-spirited nature. Chinatown will be bustling with street fairs throughout the month of February culminating with the annual Chinese New Year Parade held on February 15 starting at 5:20 pm. The parade route winds it way from Market to Kearny Streets and features traditional and modern musicians, dancers and, of course, many dragons.

One of San Francisco’s most magnificent natural marvels is at its peak right now through the end of March. Nearly 100 rare and historic magnolias are in bloom at the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park. Dazzling pink and white flowers fill the wintery garden with profound scents and dramatic color. With trees reaching as high as 80 feet high, you’re often protected by a canopy of leaves overhead. Pick up a free family-friendly adventure map with activity suggestions for children.  Docent tours and a number of special events are planned throughout the blooming season.

San Francisco’s succulent Dungeness crab is in season right now so why not head for Fisherman’s Wharf, stroll along its famous Fish Alley and purchase a walkaway crab cocktail or head indoors for a steaming bowl of clam chowder cached in a Sourdough bread  bowl. PIER 39 provides ample shelter from the weather and, of course, the sea lions aren’t bothered by inclement weather. You can check them out on the new webcam and learn more about them at the Sea Lion Center.

San Francisco is known for the diversity of its shops from neighborhood nooks to well-known names such as Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. You can putter around Harrington Galleries in the Mission or head to the Richmond District and check out Kumquat Art which is known for its Christmas ornaments and has a post-holiday sale going on right now. Levi’s were invented in San Francisco and the new Levi’s Store on Market Street offers an array of products that can only be found here. Another rainy day option is the Ferry Building which houses 50 some unique stores and restaurants. And wherever you go, look for the SFMade label which ensures that the product you’re purchasing was made in San Francisco.

Michael Hirsch
To learn more about things to do in Fisherman's Wharf during your stay, visit our San Francisco Eventspage 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 ... Michael Hirsch, General Manager

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After Dark: First Thursdays
After dark is an evening series exclusively for adults that combines theater, cabaret and art.  The evening features a mix cocktails, conversation and innovative science and artistic events. From 6:00 - 10:00pm, guests can enjoy performances, music, film, cutting-edge technology and more on the first thursday of every month. 

Located at the Exploratorium, Pier 15

http://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/after-dark

 

Georgia O'Keefe and Lake George
Modern Nature: Georgia O'Keeffe and Lake George chronicles one of the most transformative and productive periods of Georgia O’Keeffe’s life. From 1918 to the early 1930’s, O’Keeffe spent much of her time at Lake George in upstate New York where she created more than two hundred paintings on canvas and paper. The Exhibition at de Young will feature 55 of these works, drawn from both public and private collections.

February 15 – May 11, 2014

http://okeeffe.famsf.org/


Pi Day
March 14th marks the 26th annual Pi Day, the mathematical holiday founded at the Exploratorium in honor of number lovers around the world. To mark this occasion, entry to the Exploratorium is free to all guests. Pi activities, rituals and antics are scheduled, and don’t forget to save room for plenty of pie!

March 14, 10:00am – 5:00pm

http://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/pi-day-2014

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Modern Nature

 

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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!

http://www.nps.gov/goga/index.htm


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 http://ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/ for more information.

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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.

http://www.bistroboudin.com/the-bistro/

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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".

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET: CINDERELLA
This enchanting children’s story is set to the music of Serei Prokofiev and will feature stunning special effects that turn this fairytale into a unique 21st-century experience. In this adaptation, Cinderella plans a hazel branch on her mother’s grave, which grows into an enormous magical tree that grants all of her wishes. Suitable for all ages.

March 11 – 23

http://www.san-francisco-theater.com/theaters/war-memorial-opera/san-francisco-ballet-cinderella.php


Experience some of the best-loved film scenes of all time, accompanied live by the San Francisco Symphony. Edge-of-your-seat thrillers, epic dramas, and Hollywood classics are taken to a new level at Davies Symphony Hall. You’ll feel like a true movie star when you walk the red carpet into an award-worthy performance of great scores and music.

February 15th at Davies Symphony Hall

http://www.sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2013-2014/Film-A-Night-at-the-Oscars.aspx


 

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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.

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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.

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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.

Exploratorium
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: http://exploratorium.edu/

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.

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