Hotel Manager's Picks

Hotel Manager’s Picks | March 2011

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. Temperatures in March range from the low 50s to the middle 60s, only slightly less than during the summer months when the range from the low 60s to the high 70s.

March also marks the end of our rainy season. With the early rains we experienced this year, the area hills and valleys have already been well watered, resulting in a forecast for record blooms this spring.

The mustard is already out in Napa and Sonoma, and with abundant wild flowers and flowering fruit trees, the Bay Area will be on display this March.

Craig Schwan

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.

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.

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Happy Travels ... Craig Schwan, General Manager

City Pick

Bouquets to Art 2011
The 27th Annual Bouquets to Art at the DeYoung museum features 150 floral arrangements by prominent Bay Area designers and garden clubs, to interpret and complement the museum's permanent collection.

Bouquets to Art is one of the country's premier floral events. Organized and produced by the volunteer members of the Fine Arts Museums Auxiliary, Bouquets to Art raises funds to support acquisitions, special exhibitions and education programs. 


Bouquets to Art is featured from Tuesday through Saturday, March 15-19, from 9:30 am-5:15 pm with extended hours on Friday, March 18, until 8:45 pm at the DeYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park. For further information call: (415) 750-3600.

Dining Pick

Epic Roasthouse
Come for the view and enjoy the food at Epic Roasthouse, the newest addition to San Francisco's waterfront on the Embarcadero. Epic Roasthouse is a restaurant "Beyond the Traditional Steak House", offering a unique combination of the traditional and the contemporary.

Chef Jan Birnbaum has broadened the steak house experience to include a new level of culinary sophistication while maintaining the classic comfort and elegance of a traditional steak house meal.


If you're looking for a restaurant near our hotel with a great waterfront view, this is one of your best choices. The food is deep, soulful, and resonant with exciting sparks of contrast.

Entering Epic Roasthouse, guests will be greeted by the sights of working chefs on a state of the art exhibition line. Chef Birnbaum will preside over a custom-built wood-fired grill and a large wood-burning oven, which, along with a spectacular fireplace, will serve as the design focal point of the restaurant.

For further information and reservations, call (415) 369-9955.

Relax Pick

Teatro ZinZanni Presents Too Hot to Handle
Relax and be prepared to be entertained! Christine Deaver and Robert Lopez (El Vez) play a brother and sister who lead a rebellion of the International Cast in their efforts to live out their show biz fantasies in the Spiegeltent.

Christine and Robert want nothing more than to be the Latino Donny & Marie (she's a little Country, he's a little Rock & Roll). Chanteuse is played by Rebekah Del Rio, of "Mullholland Drive" fame.


The show features an ensemble cast of world-class performers, generally headed by a marvelous "hostess," ably assisted by a "chef de cuisine" who introduces each course and generally involves audience members in the action, while comedy and mayhem are supplied by acrobats, jugglers, comedians, singers, musicians, and others.

The list of acclaimed performers has included celebrated singers Joan Baez, Sally Kellerman, Liliane Montevecchi, Maria Muldaur, Melba Moore, Ann Wilson, among others. For information call (415) 438-2668.

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 from March 23rd to the 27th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information and tickets call: (415) 684-7278.

Show Pick

Ocean Film Festival
The San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, North America's premier cinemaquatic event, explores the beauty, mystery and excitement of the world's oceans, from surface to shores to fathoms below.

Opening with "Sex Under the Sea" and ending in a "Madstreak," the festival features more than 50 films from international filmmakers, on topics ranging from surfing to sharks, sailing to island culture, marine-protected areas to the environment and more.


Presented by the Aquarium of the Bay only a block away from the hotel, The Bay Institute and NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries, the festival is organized as a series of programs that feature adrenaline-drenched and thought-provoking films, as well as discussions with filmmakers and experts, creating a unique forum on the environmental, social and cultural imiportance of the world's marine resources.

Check out the schedule of films during the festival that runs from Tuesday, March 9 through Sunday, March 13, 2011. Program schedules vary and can be viewed at: For more information, call: (415) 561-6251.

Family Pick

Sunday Streets Fitness Fair
Grab your tennis shoes and join all of Fisherman's Wharf in kicking off the 2011 Sunday Streets season.

Sunday Streets is a fun car-free place for people to get out and get active. Streets will be blocked off along the Embarcadero from Fisherman's Wharf to Mission Bay the day of the event, Sunday, March 20, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Bring the entire family to enjoy the event and activities.

Sunday Streets

The Fisherman's Wharf Community Benefit District will be hosting a Fitness Fair with activities, including a rock-climbing wall, roller skating, active games, an inflatable slide and much much more!

For more information, call: (415) 673-3530 or visit



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