Hotel Manager's Picks

Hotel Manager’s Picks | May 2011

Greetings from Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco's #1 visitor destination. If you are visiting in May, there are fun attractions to visit, things to do and see, and places to dine and relax. 

This month, San Franicsco is preparing to host the US Travel Association's International Pow Wow for 2011. Known worldwide as the major marketplace for transacting inbound-US travel business, the event is expected to solidify San Francisco as one of the nations premier destinations for future international tourism.

Be sure to be on the lookout for Fisherman's Wharfs opening night celebration "Rock the Night" at both Alcatraz and Pier 39 later this month as we welcome these VIP clients.

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

Walt Disney Family Museum
Now open in three historic buildings within the nearby Presidio, a total of 10 galleries are 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 portrayed through drawings, storyboards, a model of Disneyland, 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 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 further information, call: (415) 345-6800. 

Dining Pick

Teatro ZinZanni Presents Caliente!
Christine Deaver and Robert Lopez return to San Francisco to create new characters of Tres and Cinco, a brother and sister team who galvanize the troops with a Latin flavor and prove that, against all odds, "the show must go on."

In a storyline seemingly ripped from the current headlines, times are tough and the tent is threatened with closure. In the spirit of Chaplin and the Marx Brothers, pandemonium ensures when the kitchen staff refuses the pink slips. 


With only one night left to live out their show biz fantasies, our underdogs band together as "back-of-house" heads to "front-of-house" in typical ZinZanni style. A realtor with a heart of steel finds her inner chanteuse, the real estate developer turns into an aerialist, and non-stop entertainment is had by all. In the end, of course, artists save the day and the circus stays in town!

Set along San Francisco's historic waterfront, 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.

Now through June 19, 2011 along the Embarcadero. For more information call: (415) 438-2668.

Relax Pick

San Francisco Decorator Showcase
With 34 years of excellence in design and the decorative arts and 20,000 visitors annually, this event is nationally recognized as one of the premier showcase houses in the country.

The San Francisco Decorator Showcase runs from April 30 to May 30, 2011 and is located closeby to the hotel at 2950 Vallejo Street in Pacific Heights.


The featured home this year is a stunning Italian Villa Estate, featuring incredible panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marin Headlands, Alcatraz and the City. A great opportunity to look inside one of San Francisco's architecturally-significant homes.

 For further information call: (415) 447-3115.

Romantic Pick

Napa & Sonoma Wine Country
The mesmerizing scenic beauty of wine country in Spring enhances the romance of both Sonoma and Napa valley. For a taste of timeless romance and some of the best vintages of wine in the world, journey north to enjoy the fragrance of wine in the air and superlative epicurean delights ... you will revel in the simple pleasures of being together.

Situated an hour's drive north of the hotel, Napa Valley is a great getaway idea for a weekend, although it is equally apt for a longer and more leisurely holiday.


You will be in awe of the many great wines, luxurious spas, and fine restaurants in Napa Valley, as well as interesting cultural events and the beautiful rolling hills and colorful countryside.

Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley together compose the traditional wine country of Northern California, often referred to as the vintner capital of the USA. A magnet for those who appreciate the good life, the area is famous for the medicinal hot springs and spas that soothe the soul and pamper the senses.  

Show Pick

Beach Blanket Babylon
Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon, the longest running musical revue in theatre history, is a zany musical spoof of pop culture with extravagant costumes and outrageously huge hats. With sold-out performances since 1974, Beach Blanket Babylon is an internationally acclaimed San Francisco institution. With more than 12,000 performances in San Francisco, the show has performed for standing room only during its London and Las Vegas engagements. Beach Blanket Babylon continually evolves in its hilarious parodies of current events and popular icons as todays headlines unfold.

Beach Blanket

Located at nearby Club Fugazi in North Beach, Steve Silver's musical is packed with spectacular costumes, outrageously gigantic hats, and one show-stopping number after. Watch Snow White on her fast-paced musical journey around the world in search of her "Prince Charming" as she encounters a star-studded, ever-changing line-up of hilarious pop culture characters along the way.

For tickets and information call: (415) 421-4222.

Family Pick

RocketBoat is Blasting Back onto the Bay!
Calling all thrill seekers! Climb aboard RocketBoat at PIER 39 for the ultimate high-speed adventure on San Francisco Bay.

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, RocketBoat is a BLAST!

Begins mid-April, (weather-dependent) with afternoon sailings.


Departs from PIER 39. For more information call: (415) 705-8200, or visit



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