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November 2014 Manager Picks

If you have been reading my column regularly, you’ve probably seen a lot of focus on activities and events in San Francisco proper. This month, I’ll provide some ideas of places to see and things to do around the Bay Area all of which are within one hour’s drive. Stuff to do here and where to eat below in Dining Picks:

Benicia – located on the north side of San Francisco bay, Benicia is a quaint waterside town known for its art district, especially for the three world-class glass studios. You can watch the glass blowers in action. Historical landmarks of national significance feature the likes of author Jack London and future president Ulysses S. Grant. In addition, there is good shopping in boutiques and antique shops. Take the Bay Bridge to I-80 north to I-780 south. Learn More

Mill Valley – this charming town is located in Marin County across the Golden Gate Bridge. The downtown is located around a nice town square. There is a robust performing arts presence in town with music, theatre and dance represented. It is a short distance from Muir Woods and can easily be combined with a visit to the giant Redwoods there. Pictured to the left is Old Mill Park. Take Golden Gate Bridge (US-101) to East Blithedale Ave. Learn More
Menlo Park – Head south to Menlo Park and Stanford University. The campus is truly beautiful especially Stanford Memorial Church (shown to the left). Stop into Cantor Arts Center for both historic and culturally rotating exhibits. Visit the Student Union to purchase Cardinals attire. Sunset Magazine headquarters is in Menlo Park and their gorgeous grounds are open to the public workdays from 9 am to 4 pm. There are also several historic structures in town including the oldest Gatehouse, railway station and church in California. Take US-101 South to Marsh Road. Right on Marsh, left on Middlefield, right on Ravenswood. Learn More
Berkeley – When someone mentions Berkeley, the name conjures up images of hippies, tie-dye, progressive politics, and protests. While the city remains a hotbed of social change, Berkeley has evolved. Being the birthplace of California cuisine, it's the epicenter of the Bay Area's food renaissance, and its recreational options stretch from the water of the Bay to the hills of Tilden Park. School may be in session but the city of Berkeley is so much more than just a university town. Take the Bay Bridge (I-80E to CA-13/Ashby Ave N. Turn left on Sacramento Ave. Turn right on University Ave. Learn More

To learn more about things to do in Fisherman's Wharf during your stay, visit our calendar of 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



San Francisco City Hall

This magnificent Beaux Art building was constructed in 1915 by architect Arthur Brown, Jr, who also designed the Opera House and Coit Tower. Its dome is 42 ft. taller than the US Capitol. Docent-led public tours are available Monday thru Friday at 10 am, 12 Noon and 2 pm, and last 45 minutes. To sign-up for a tour, visitors need to be at the Docent Tour kiosk, located in the Goodlett Place lobby next to the elevators. Learn More


In keeping with the Explore the Bay Area theme, here are places to eat in each of the Manager’s Picks above:

Matsuri Sushi. A small sushi bar with nice non-sushi bento box menu. A little hard to find but worth the search. Closed Mondays. (707) 747-1585

Mill Valley
El Paseo. Mill Valley is the home to celebrity chef, Tyler Florence, and Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Famer, Sammy Hagar. Together, they have launched El Paseo in a 1948 bungalow in town which has been lovingly restored. They call themselves a chophouse but it’s much more. (415) 388-0741 Learn More

Menlo Park
Flea Street. This is part of a local restaurateur’s group called Jesse Cool Restaurants. Flea Street is Cal French and delightful. (650) 854-1226 Learn More

Chez Panisse. Alice Waters, chef, author, and the proprietor of Chez Panisse, is an American pioneer of a culinary philosophy that maintains that cooking should be based on the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients that are produced sustainably and locally. She is a passionate advocate for a food economy that is “good, clean, and fair.” Since 1971, Chez Panisse has helped create a community of scores of local farmers and ranchers whose dedication to sustainable agriculture assures the restaurant a steady supply of fresh and pure ingredients. Restaurant reservations (510) 548-5525; Café reservations (510) 548-5049 Learn More


Here is a full service spa located in the beautiful Presidio, a former army base turned into a leafy, relaxing community. Services include holistic health, massage, beauty and skin treatments. Full day use of the facility is included in a full treatment. For a romantic experience, book a couples massage and then plan a picnic on the Parade Ground lawn looking out on San Francisco Bay. Learn More 


Promises, Promises
San Francisco Playhouse; November 18, 2014 to January 10, 2015. If you like Mad Men, you’re in luck. Infused with the swinging energy of 1968 Manhattan, Promises, Promises is the musical tale of a lovelorn young executive and a romantically troubled waitress, knotted in a twist of sexual affairs and corporate shenanigans. In this apartment, office romances collide with office politics as you’ve never seen them before. Play by Neil Simon, Music by Burt Bacharach and Lyrics by Hal David. Learn More


Puppet Up! Uncensored

Marine Memorial Theatre; November 13 – 28. Created by award-winning director, producer, and writer Brian Henson and actor, director, and improvisational guru Patrick Bristow (Ellen, Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Puppet Up! – Uncensored is a wild romp in which the skilled art of puppetry and spontaneous comedy collide. Unpredictable and irreverent, Puppet Up!- Uncensored is never the same show twice. Learn More

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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.

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