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Hotel Manager’s Picks | March 2014

Okay, I admit it. March is my favorite month in San Francisco. The weather is generally clear with average high temperatures mid- 60’s but don’t be surprised if we get some 70 degree days. The city is bursting with spring blooms and our sidewalk cafes start to fill up. It’s a great time to see our city and surrounding areas. Here are my personal picks for March.

Given the spring theme, head over to Golden Gate Park and the Conservatory of Flowers. Due to popular demand, they have extended the Butterflies and Blooms exhibit until March 16. Walk into a glass room and wander among 20 different species of butterflies flying around orchids, bromeliads and other tropical plants. Watch butterflies emerging from their cocoons. Be sure to check out the remainder of the Conservatory exhibit which houses a vast array of horticultural wonders.

After you are done there, wonder over to the Japanese Tea Garden. With daylight savings time, they now stay open to 6 pm. Beautiful gardens with blooming azaleas, rhododendrons and bonsai make the visit here serene and relaxing. Finish your visit with a cup of tea served in the traditional Japanese fashion. For something a little different, try the Hojicha tea which is roasted over charcoal rather than steamed which produces an earthy, nutty somewhat smoky flavor.

While you are visiting Golden Gate Park, stroll on over to Pacific Catch on 9th and Lincoln Avenues for lunch or a cocktail. They offer a fun menu featuring rice bowls, super salads, fish tacos and great poke (aka Hawaiian marinated fish). It’s a neighborhood favorite that is easy on the wallet and nice to the stomach.

Finally, baseball is back to San Francisco – sort of. The season opening for San Francisco Giants is March 31 with an away game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Not need to fly off to Phoenix, though. Come on down to AT&T Park and cheer on the Giants on the big screen at 6:40 pm. The first 5,000 fans to arrive will get a coupon for a free hot dog and “Authentic Giants Fan” cheer cards.

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


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


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

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

After Dark


Modern Nature


Pi Day

Bay Lights

Bay Lights, a stunning light sculpture that debuted in March 2013 on the west span of the Bay Bridge will celebrate its first anniversary all month long. For starters, enjoy “Dine and Shine” artisan cocktails and dishes inspired by Bay Lights at restaurants along the Embarcadero.

Say Cheese!
The California Artisanal Cheese Festival is coming March 21-23 at the Sheraton Sonoma County, Petaluma. Celebrating all things cheese, the festival brings together cheese makers, authors, chefs, brewers and wineries for three days of cheese tasting, learning and workshops.


Buena Vista Café
The original building where the Buena Vista sits today was a boardinghouse until 1916 when the landlord converted the first floor into a saloon. That saloon was named the Buena Vista. ("Good View" in Spanish) The view was good indeed and it served as a warm meeting place for hundreds of fishermen and handlers who worked for the nearby Sardine Cannery. There they could take in a whiskey while scouting the bay for incoming fishing boats which would mean, "Quick! Finish your drink and back to meet the boats!"

In 1952, with the help of a Pulitzer-Prize winning writer, the Buena Vista introduced to the world it's now famous Irish Coffee. The recipe has never changed and the view is still quite good. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

Buena Vista Café, 2675 Hyde Street, 415-474-5044

Buena Vista

Albona Ristorante Istriano
Albona’s uniqueness is derived from its distinctive roots in the European town of Albona, Istria where its founder, Bruno Viscovi grew up. He opened this restaurant in 1988 to highlight the tastes of Istria, an area of Croatia close to the Italian border and Venice. In 2008, Bruno retired and handed the toque over to his long time Sous Chef, Samuel Hernandez who has kept this cozy restaurant’s traditions alive. Great for a romantic dinner and a short walk from the hotel.

Albona, 545 Franciscan, 415-441-1040


Yank Sing
A visit to San Francisco is not complete without dim sum. For those of you who have not been indoctrinated, Dim Sum (or Deem Sum) is a traditional Cantonese style of food that concentrates on small plates of dumplings, rice noodles and soups. At Yank Sing, servers offered these delicacies on carts that circulate the restaurant. So, no ordering necessary and no waiting involved.  Tea is the drink of choice here. Also unusual, they take reservations.

Yank Sing, 101 Spear St, 415-541-4949


Why not catch a show at Yoshi’s on Fillmore? Yoshi’s is a nightclub and restaurant open Tuesday through Sunday with shows each night. Music varies greatly but is mostly jazz, blues or a contemporary mix. Patrons who purchase a general admission ticket and eat dinner beforehand get reserved seating for the show. Food is Japanese influenced and pretty yummy. Do make reservations in advance.

Yoshi’s San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore, 415-655-5600


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.


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.


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 




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.

Uss Pampanito

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.


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.

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:

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.