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

July is one of the best months to "beat the heat" of summer and escape to San Francisco's renowned mild climate. San Francisco's weather is as changeable as the seas, literally. Surrounded on all sides (save one) by ocean and bay, our fair city's weather is also one of the hardest to forecast and changes drastically from neighborhood to neighborhood. Over four seasons, not one of which corresponds to its climatic expectations, San Francisco's weather can be difficult for visitors to predict, save that Fog City delivers majestic skies, trademark plumes of white fog and brilliant sunsets.

San Francisco summers have scant in common with summers elsewhere. Marked by billowing white fog, the majestic product of sea spray, wind and Central Valley heat that draws the marine layer over the city, San Francisco summers are characteristically overcast and cool, while the fog usually burns off by the afternoon.

Craig Schwan

By August, however, the fog thins and produces the iconic white finger of white pouring through the Golden Gate Bridge, rolling over Treasure Island and splaying against the Berkeley and Oakland hills, missing much of San Francisco altogether.

The answer to all these microclimates is: layers, layers, layers. Even in the warmest months, San Francisco visitors should always bring a light jacket. Unexpected upswells from the deep and frosty Pacific Ocean and chilling blasts sweep over San Francisco without notice and can change San Francisco's weather in an instant. Overall, jeans, light sweaters, long sleeve shirts and close-toed shoes make up the typical San Franciscan's wardrobe, with the occasional voyeur daring a short skirt (pared with a heavy jacket) and sandals in the "summer" months.

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 a couple of great family events including the San Francisco Giants First County Fair and San Francisco Sunday Streets later in the month. Enjoy our summer sun and mild temperatures and don't forget to bring the kids.

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Happy Travels ... Craig Schwan, General Manager

City Pick

The Boy King, Tutankhamun Returns to the de Young Museum
More than 3,000 years after his reign, and 30 years after the original exhibition opened in San Francisco, Tutankhamun, ancient Egypt's celebrated "boy king," returns to the de Young Museum.

This summer the de Young Museum at Golden Gate Park presents Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, a glorious exhibition of over 130 outstanding works from the tomb of Tutankhamun, as well as those of his royal predecessors, his family, and court officials.


Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs includes many new and exciting elements not seen in previous versions of the exhibition, including a revised version of the catalogue, a new audio tour, and additional artifacts from Tutankhamun's tomb. The exhibition is scheduled to run from June, 2009 through March, 2010.

Dining Pick

La Mar
Inspired by the thousands of cebicherías found throughout Peru, La Mar cebichería peruana was created to preserve one of the best guarded treasures of Peruvian cuisine: cebiche, Peruvian seafood and the scenery created to enjoy them, the Peruvian style cebicheria.

Since its recent opening, La Mar cebichería Peruana has strived to attain its mission to encourage those who visit to discover, enjoy and forever make their own the marvelous invention that is Peruvian cuisine.


The location of this dining experience on the nearby Embarcadero is exceptional - an enormous white room with lofty beamed ceilings, right on the bay, with huge windows offering generous views of the water. There's a dramatic stainless-steel open kitchen, a spacious, lively bar right off the entrance; a quieter, loungelike space with sofa-and-table seating next to a long eat-in ceviche bar; and a waterfront outdoor deck that is very popular on a warm day.

The service is friendly, and once you place your order you are promptly served with potato, yam, and plantain chips with three tasty sauces, one of which contains spicy habanero peppers, so be warned! I recommend the halibut ceviche, mahi mahi skewers & chicken empanadas. Appetizers and main courses are divided into separate lists headed "classical" and "modern" therefore there is a lot to read and to ponder.

The food was delicious & the overall experience felt like we were on vacation, what more can you ask for? I would go back any day! 

Relax Pick

Take a Ferry Ride to Sausalito
Just across the Golden Gate Bridge, only minutes from San Francisco, lies the picturesque waterfront community of Sausalito, world renowned for its Mediterranean flair and breathtaking views.

Nearby Blue & Gold Fleet at Pier 39 offers an inexpensive private ferry boat service direct to downtown Sausalito. Crossing San Francisco Bay on a sunny afternoon, with Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge to the right, the Berkeley Hills to the left, and the glorious San Francisco skyline behind you is an enjoyable relaxing alternative to top off your Sausalito visit.


An historic town that dates back over 100 years, Sausalito blends the best of old world character with new world amenities. The bayside marinas, downtown plaza, ambiance of the many open air cafes, and unique boutiques and art galleries, make Sausalito intimate, accessible and unforgettable.

In addition to a wide selection of first-class restaurants with foods from around the world, the town is also a world-class venue for every sort of outdoor and nautical activity - whether it's biking, hiking, or boating - Sausalito offers easy bay access and the most scenic backdrops imaginable. With easy access to San Francisco and the dramatic North Coast, as well as the Wine Country, Sausalito truly is the gateway to some of the most beautiful and sought after destinations in the world.

Romantic Pick

Visit Muir Woods by Moonlight
A visit to Muir Woods is always special, but by moonlight it's magical. There are two more opportunities this summer to explore Muir Woods under a full moon, on the evenings of 7/7/09 or 8/5/09. This old-growth redwood forest comes to life in its own secret way after dark.

See for yourself what magic happens when the sun goes down as you walk along this easy one and a half mile paved trail. Be sure to dress appropriately (temps can be chilly) and bring along a flashlight.


Even if you miss the moonlight extended hours, still plan to get away from the city and relax at Muir Woods, just a short drive of under an hour from downtown San Francisco, over the Golden Gate Bridge. You can enjoy a beautiful, ancient redwood forest that is truly unique for just $3 per person. The winding drive to the forest through the Marin Headland hills is truly special. Make sure to dress a little warmer for the cool, shaded, moist area.

The redwoods reach for all the sun they can get, and the forest floor tends to be cool and damp. There are 3 walks, from one-half hour to 1.5 hours, and much longer hikes if you wish. The forest park is actually paved to make it easy for wheelchairs and mothers with strollers. The longer hikes are unpaved. The 560 acre park includes six miles of paved, mostly level trails on the canyon floor.

In California, there are two different species of redwood. The coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) is what you will find in Muir Woods. Though most of old-growth coast redwoods have been logged, some are protected. You will find these protected redwoods in Redwood National and State Parks throughout Oregon and California. The forest at Muir Woods was spared because it was hard to get to. The other specie of redwood is the giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum). These type grow larger in bulk but is less tall than the coast redwood. Giant sequoias can be seen in Yosemite and Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks.

Show Pick

Teatro ZinZanni: Sultry Summer Magic
Teatro ZinZanni opens an exciting new show for summer starring Melba Moore, Sally Kellerman and Darlene Love, sharing the stage through the end of August.

Set along San Francisco's historic waterfront only minutes from the hotel via a short stroll or the MUNI Street Car F-line, Teatro ZinZanni is a bewitching evening of European Cabaret and Cirque, Divas and Madmen, Spectacle and Sensuality with Live Music and a Gourmet Five-Course Dinner, all in a magical nightclub setting under the big top!


The show takes place is an actual tent, where tables and booths circle the stage. Before going to this show, I told friends that Teatro Zinzanni was cirque du soleil with dinner, however after experiencing the show recently, I realized the experience is completely different ... more intimate, where you actually feel as though you're a part of the show rather than simply watching it. The experience is magical.

There is NEVER a dull moment during this show, and sometimes there is just too much going on to take it all in! I don't want to give it all away but I'll just say the show is "interactive" with the audience and I saw trapeze routines and acrobatics that I've never seen before that are just amazing. This show will not disappoint.

Family Pick

Ride the RocketBoat at PIER 39
Not for the faint at heart, climb aboard and hang-on for this tour of the city's historic waterfront. Get blown away as you hold on for the most exhilarating ride of your life. Stunning views and a classic Rock ‘n Roll soundtrack add to the 30-minutes of fun. Never the same ride twice, it's a blast on the Bay in a 70-foot speedboat that departs from nearby PIER 39's West Marina, home of Blue and Gold Fleet.

Unlike the boats used for the traditional bay cruises, this bad boy is more like a "cigarette boat" on steroids. 


Although the boat does make some tight turns and occasionally catches a little air, the ride is generally fairly tame and should not cause anyone distress. However, you may well find yourself with a face full of seawater if the conditions are right. The path depends on traffic and weather.

135 passengers will sail past the sea lions, zoom to the Bay Bridge, fly down to AT&T Park, scream past Treasure Island, and cruise by Alcatraz on the way back to PIER 39. It's RocketBoat!


To make reservations or for more activity ideas, please contact the Concierge at (415) 627-6525 or

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