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

June conjures up visions of sun, summer days and green landscapes ... therefore we have selected June as our "Going Green" month at Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf where our focus has been on our newly expanded recycling efforts in both guestrooms and commercial areas and with our new food scrap composting program.

Recycling is a big part of life in San Francisco, where we're proud to have some of the best recycling programs in the country; achieving an incredible 69% diversion percentage citywide. San Francisco was also the first large city in the U.S. to collect food scraps for composting. Today, hundreds of thousands of residents and about 2,000 businesses, including Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf send, over 300 tons of material each day to a composting facility. Food scraps, plant trimmings, soiled paper, and other compostables are turned into a rich soil that helps produce the organic food and wine that San Francisco is famous for.

Craig Schwan

Increasing recycling efforts at hotels is a major part of our communities plan; therefore we greatly appreciate our guests' assistance in achieving this goal by utilizing our new in-room blue recycle bins to recycle, paper, plastic and bottles and cans. From our research, the majority of typical hotel room waste is recyclable!

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 Dine About Town featuring memorable meals from more than 100 of San Francisco's finest restaurants, offering three-course menus for lunch at $24.95 and/or dinner at $31.95. It's truly a foodie paradise that can't be missed.

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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

Yank Sing
Dim sum spells mystery, with all those circulating carts of bamboo steamers hiding an exotic mix of bite-size gems.

At Yank Sing, mystery is a beautiful thing, in the form of more than 60 different kinds of dumplings, spring rolls, lettuce cups filled with minced chicken, skewers of barbecue pork, and stuffed lotus leaves. Don't pass up the Peking duck, served by the slice with slivered scallions and a dab of Hoisin sauce on a steamed bun.

Yank Sing

Housed in the Rincon Center atrium across from the Ferry Building Plaza, there's a take-out version just outside. Yank Sing lives up to its reputation as having dim sum fit for an emperor, the best in San Francisco. On weekends, parking is free at the Rincon Center, or just hop on the F-line behind the hotel for the short ride to the Ferry Building.

Relax Pick

Stroll Chrissy Fields
Crissy Field was originally an airfield, part of the United States' Presidio Army Base. After becoming part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, much of Crissy Field was restored to its original condition with the planting of over 100,000 native plants in efforts to restore natural systems at Crissy Field.

Today, most of Crissy Field's buildings from its 1920s glory years remain standing, including the U. S. Coast Guard station and pier. The area also has museums, cafés, gift shops and bike/pedestrian lanes.


One can spend a pleasant morning or afternoon walking or biking through the area on the way to the Golden Gate Bridge and taking a break to enjoy a snack. The area also provides views of the city, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge terminating at historic Civl War era Fort Point. The beach at the east end of Crissy Field remains popular for windsurfers and kite surfers. The summer winds which build in the early afternoon make for good sailing.

Romantic Pick

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.

Tea Garden

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.

Show Pick

Monty Python's Spamalot is a musical comedy "lovingly ripped off from" the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Like the film, it is a highly irreverent parody of the Arthurian Legend, but it differs from the film in many ways, especially in its parodies of Broadway theatre. Eric Idle, a member of the Monty Python team, wrote the musical's book and lyrics and collaborated with John Du Prez on the music. The original 2005 Broadway production, directed by Mike Nichols, won three Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical of the 2004-2005 season and received 14 Tony Award nominations.


To set the stage, before the play a recording encourages members of the audience to "let your cell phones and pagers ring willy-nilly," and comments that they should "be aware there are heavily armed knights on stage that may drag you on stage and impale you."

Several sections in the script call for improvisation by the actors, including references to current events or local culture. These have been added during the French Taunter scene in Act I, during the Knights of Ni scene, and when the Holy Grail is found at the end of the show.

The finale, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, is uproariously funny and be warned ... it's guaranteed that one knight will lose their head every night, and 6 pounds of confetti are used at each performance!

Family Pick

Alcatraz & Angel Island Combination Tour
This is a great value for families and provides for a full day's worth of entertainment for the entire family.

Offered by Alcatraz Cruises, the Alcatraz & Angel Island Combination Tour showcases two of San Francisco Bay's most famous and historically rich islands, Alcatraz Island and Angel Island State Park. The tour is offered on weekends through mid-June and daily after June 13th. The Alcatraz & Angel Island Combination Tour is approximately 5 1/2 hours long and departs from Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing at 9:30 am. For reservations call: (415) 981-ROCK


Angel Island is alive with history. For over three thousand years the island was a fishing and hunting site for Coast Miwok Indians. It was later a haven for Spanish explorer Juan Manuel de Ayala, a cattle ranch, a Marine Hospital Service Quarantine Station, a United States Immigration Station and a U.S. Army post.

Step back in time and experience the legendary Alcatraz Island. Once a Civil War fort, a military prison and one of the most notorious federal penitentiaries in US history, Alcatraz is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The tour of Alcatraz includes a 45 minute award-winning audio tour, an orientation video presentation by the Discovery Channel, National Park Service interpretive programs, historic gardens and abundant wildlife.


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


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