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An Insider's Guide to
San Francisco

  • Art in Unexpected Places

    Guests are often surprised to learn that some of the most beautiful places in the city can be found right under their feet. San Francisco is home to an array of beautifully tiled steps created in a variety of themes.... Read more

  • San Francisco's "Shelter in Place" Order

    Our Hotels have temporarily suspended business through April 7, 2020 pursuant to the City of San Francisco's March 16, 2020 County-wide "Shelter in Place" Order and the U.S. National Emergency Declaration. ... Read more

  • Two of the Best Film Fests

    One of the best things about San Francisco is that the city offers proximity to the finest cultural events.... Read more

  • Get on the Bus

    For decades, the city of San Francisco has been a mecca for the film industry. Such prestigious names as John Huston, Alfred Hitchcock, Peter Yates, and Chris Columbus have selected many now-iconic locations in the city as part of their films. ... Read more

  • Begin the Ballet

    Each year since its founding in 1933, January has marked the official beginning of the season for the San Francisco Ballet.... Read more

  • Make it a Merry Disco Christmas

    Are you tired of the same old holiday events and activities? Then we suggest you begin a fresh holiday tradition by asking Santa for a ticket to "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical." ... Read more

  • Merry and Bright Holiday Happenings

    The Bay Area hosts an abundant array of events and activities year-round, but the holiday season in San Francisco always brings a truly special selection.... Read more

  • Yerba Buena Night and Castles of Sand

    October brings a myriad of fun and fascinating events for our visitors and guests to experience, and we are showcasing two of our favorites here.... Read more

  • A Month for Green Festivals

    Along with our sister property, Orchard Garden Hotel, we were one of the first hotels in San Francisco to be LEED-certified—and we’re so committed to operating an eco-friendly property that we’ve been named “One of the Top Ten Best Eco-Friendly Hotels in the U.S.” by USA Today.... Read more

  • Gear Up for the “Last Blast of Summer”

    Come out and celebrate the end of the summer season in epic style at the Millbrae Art & Wine Festival in downtown Millbrae from August 21 – September 1.... Read more

  • Groovin’ at Art and Soul 2019

    Amazing music, dazzling dance, unique crafts and artwork, fantastic food, and an abundant assortment of craft beers and wine – all this and much more will be on hand at the 19th Annual Art and Soul Festival in downtown Oakland on July 27-28.... Read more

  • A Sweet and Fortunate Treat

    A genuine hometown creation, the fortune cookie’s background actually had nothing to do with China.... Read more

  • Performing Arts at the Gardens

    Every year from May through October, Yerba Buena Gardens offers an ongoing festival that features everything from poetry to circus, to music and dance, to theater and children’s programs, all showcasing an amazing array of performing arts.... Read more

  • An Ideal Springtime Combination: Art, Food, and Wine

    Join us this month for two of the city’s most eagerly-anticipated events, featuring a selection of fine wine, delicious food and cocktails, and some of the country’s outstanding art.... Read more

  • Whisky, Chocolate, and Hamilton

    This March, join us aboard the San Francisco Belle Yacht on March 23 for the 29th Annual Whiskies of the World San Francisco.... Read more

  • Wishing You a Glorious Chinese New Year

    This month, embrace the Year of the Pig with an assortment of three fun, fabulous, and family-friendly events.... Read more

  • Welcome, Sea Lions

    Join us at Pier 39 on January 19-20 for the 29th Anniversary of the Sea Lions’ Arrival.... Read more

  • Making Your Holidays Merry and Bright

    This December, San Francisco offers up an abundant assortment of holiday-themed events and attractions, and a few of our favorites are listed here.... Read more

  • Spend Your Holidays on the Ice

    At this time of year, the Bay Area embraces the lovely pastime of ice skating and offers a variety of venues for all those eager to get in some holiday skate time.... Read more

  • A Walk Through the City

    San Francisco is chock-full of wonderful stories about its rich history, and each famous neighborhood or attraction has much to offer architecturally, culturally, and historically.... Read more

  • September Features Chocolate, Squash, and Muni’s Heritage

    This month provides an abundant array of events and activities for our guests, and to make your selection easier, we are offering a few suggestions.... Read more

  • Taste a Glass of California at the Family Winemakers’ Tasting

    Calling all oenophiles – don’t miss the annual Family Winemaker’s Tasting on August 26 at San Francisco’s Midway at 900 Marin Street.... Read more

  • Out There: “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

    On the subject of his beloved hunchback, the great Victor Hugo wrote, “He, therefore, turned to mankind only with regret. His cathedral was enough for him. It was peopled with marble figures of kings, saints, and bishops who at least did not laugh in his face and looked at him with only tranquility and benevolence. The other statues, those of monsters and demons, had no hatred for him – he resembled them too closely for that.”... Read more

  • Take Dad Out to the Ball Game & Beyond

    June is a fabulous time to have fun in San Francisco, and there are events and activities galore to make this Father’s Day an occasion Dad will cherish forever.... Read more

  • Make Your Memorial Day Weekend at Carnaval San Francisco

    Be sure to reserve the dates of May 26-27 for the 40th anniversary of Carnaval San Francisco, and join us in the Mission District for a festive, two-day celebration of the Caribbean and Latin American arts, culture, and history.... Read more

  • Renegade Craft San Francisco

    Vintage treasures, unique work from hand-selected artists, rare collectibles, indie art, and craft cocktails are only a few of the gems you’ll find at the Renegade Craft Fair April 7-8.... Read more

  • Bay Area Brews Featured for Saint Patrick’s Day

    Let’s face it; America is having a beer-mance with the craft brew. With over 5,000 breweries, the nation’s craft brew culture continues to grow and thrive, and there are hundreds of fine brews available. ... Read more

  • Movies Filmed in the Bay Area: Three of the Best

    With its combination of striking natural beauty and an abundance of iconic landmarks, San Francisco has long been a Mecca for the film industry.... Read more

  • It’s a Whale of a View from Point Reyes

    One of the most spectacular events in nature occurs from December through February, when the annual migration of the gray whales takes place. ... Read more

  • Make it a Special Holiday with a Twilight Holiday Lights Cruise

    Looking to make this your most memorable holiday ever?... Read more

  • A Dickens of a Holiday

    “And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us!’’... Read more

  • The Haunted Hornet

    Reputed to be one of the most haunted places in the country, the U.S.S. Hornet was the eighth ship to bear the name when launched in 1943.... Read more

  • A Gala Opening Night: Yo Yo Ma and the SF Symphony

    With its global reputation for musical excellence, the San Francisco Symphony attracts some of the finest musicians, guest performers, and conductors in the world.... Read more

  • Experience the Summer of Love at the de Young

    By 1967, the neighborhood of Haight-Ashbury had become a haven for over 100,000 young people from all over the nation.... Read more

  • Cool Jazz for Hot Days: The Fillmore Jazz Festival

    This July, jazz aficionados will converge on Fillmore Street in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood for the 33rd Annual Fillmore Jazz Festival.... Read more

  • Thrill Dad with a Cruise on the Hornblower Hybrid

    This year, forget the ties, the after-shave, and the campy boxers, and give Dad something he'll remember for years to come - an Aquarium of the Bay Tour on the Hornblower Hybrid.... Read more

  • Ann Randolph at the Marsh

    Since 1989, the Marsh has been making a name for itself for sui generis, cutting edge performances.... Read more

  • 60th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival

    The landmark 60th anniversary of the San Francisco International Film Festival will be held from April 5th through April 19th.... Read more

  • Join Our St. Patrick's Day Party

    Attracting over 100,000 visitors and party-goers annually, San Francisco’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival is not only one of the city’s most popular events, but is also the largest Irish event on the West Coast.... Read more

  • Take a Chocolate Tour for Valentine's Day

    If you’re still mourning the loss of major chocolatiers in San Francisco, you’ll be glad to know there’s a bean-to-bar chocolate factory right here in the City’s Mission District.... Read more

  • A Whale of a View

    For avid whale-watchers and whale-watching wannabes, Point Reyes National Seashore is the place to be. From December through February, about 94 percent of migrating gray whales pass within one mile of the tip of this peninsula.... Read more

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