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October 2012 Hotel Manager's Picks | Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel

The month of October ushers in some of the best weather of the year in San Francisco as the central valley cools, limiting the fog that is pulled in from the Pacific. Bright, sunny days are ahead where you can actually don shorts and flip-flops and not worry about being comfortable ... it's our Indian Summer, so enjoy.

October also marks an annual tradition in the Bay Area ... Fleet Week! In addition, this year Fleet Week also overlaps with America's Cup World Series San Francisco with racing taking place all along the Fisherman's Wharf waterfront.

Fleet Week originated in 1908 when President Theodore Roosevelt's "Great White Fleet'' visited our City. It became a San Francisco annual tradition in 1981, when then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein established it as a city celebration.


Fleet Week is now the Bay Area's opportunity to pay tribute to the men and women of our nation's Navy and Marine services.

Taking place in early October, Fleet Week will feature Navy ships dock-side, while the Blue Angels and other aircraft fly above the San Francisco Bay. Fisherman's Wharf serves as the prime viewing spot for the Fleet Week airshow and the hub of Fleet Week related events, all listed below under Best City Pick.

To help plan 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 ... Craig Schwan, General Manager


Fleet Week & America's Cup World Series
Fleet Week is an immensely popular annual festival that pays tribute to the men and women of our nation's Navy and Marine services and features a visually stunning Parade of Ships at the opening ceremony, a variety of Navy ships available for touring dock-side, while the Blue Angels and other aircraft fly above the San Francisco Bay.

Fisherman's Wharf serves as the prime viewing spot for the Fleet Week airshow and the hub of Fleet Week related events.


Concurrent with Fleet Week, the second AC World Series race in the host city of the 34th America's Cup will also take place along the Fisherman's Wharf waterfront. Teams of the 34th America's Cup will compete on the iconic San Francisco Bay race course area ahead of the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup and America's Cup Finals. Each AC World Series regatta will be a combination of practice and championship racing, with additional practice sailing on-site ahead of each event.

It all began when the yacht America, representing the young New York Yacht Club, out sailed the best the British could offer on an August day in 1851. San Francisco is one of the first stops on the 2012-13 America’s Cup World Series circuit. Teams from France, Italy, Korea, China, New Zealand, Sweden, the United Kingdom and ORACLE TEAM USA will compete August 21-26, 2012. This marks the first time the teams will race in the host city of the 34th America's Cup in 2013.

All activites take place throughout Fisherman's Wharf the week of October 1 to 7, 2012. For further information, visit: and


Quince at Jackson Square
Situated in San Francisco’s Jackson Square Neighborhood, approximately a mile from the hotel, Quince is housed in an 1907 historically landmarked brick and timber building. Quince features a daily changing Italian-inspired menu that celebrates the seasonal bounty of Northern California.

Chef Michael Tusk was recently recognized by the James Beard Foundation with the 2011 Beard award for "Best Chef – Pacific".


San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic, Michael Bauer recently re-reviewed the restaurant and and in the process, upgraded the Pacific Avenue restaurant to a perfect four stars. It's an experience you shouldn't miss when in town.

Located on Pacific Avenue. For reservations call: (415) 775-8500.


San Francisco Jazz Festival
Celebrating 30 years of great entertainment, the San Francisco Jazz Festival returns through December 7th and features 30 world-class artists.

The Festival will delight fans of every kind, with a stellar lineup including Esperanza Spalding, Marcus Miller, Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman, the Robert Glasper Experiment, Dianne Reeves, Buika, Eliane Elias, John Medeski and Branford Marsalis to name just a few.


Enjoy great music at various venues around San Francisco. Tickets available at


Napa & Sonoma Wine Country
The mesmerizing scenic beauty of wine country in Autumn 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.


Lion King at the Orpheum Theatre
Giraffes strut, birds swoop, gazelles leap and as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This is Disney's The Lion King.

More than 65 million people around the world have come to discover the thrill and the majesty of this truly one-of-a-kind experience that Time Magazine calls "awe-inspiring." On stage, director Julie Taymor's creative vision combines with Elton John and Tim Rice's rhythmic score to create a breathtaking spectacle that brings the Serengeti to life before your very eyes.


One of the most successful productions in Broadway history, The Lion King won six 1998 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical (making Taymor the first woman bestowed with the honor). Since opening on Broadway, the show has earned more than 70 major arts awards, has been translated into seven different languages and performed in 15 different countries on five continents.

Don't miss your chance to experience this landmark entertainment event! The Lion King returns to San Francisco this fall for a strictly limited engagement at the Orpheum Theatre thru January 13th.

For further information and to purchase tickets, call: (888) 746-1799.


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.


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