Staff Picks


Break the Ice

While it might not usually get cold enough to ice skate in San Francisco, it doesn’t mean you can’t. At the Yerba Buena Gardens Ice Skating and Bowling Center, visitors can hit the ice year-round at their gorgeous rink, located less than twenty minutes from our San Francisco-area hotel. 

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Art Meets Aaaah!

If you're looking for a unique way to spend Halloween, consider checking out Ghost Ship VIII, which is part art show, part Halloween party, all awesome, currently in its eighth year. Read more


Sip and Cycle

Looking for a beer tour of San Francisco that exposes you to microbreweries you couldn't find on your own, as well as cool, off-beat spots in the city, maybe a tour that even burns as many calories as it offers? Such a tour exists, and it's called Beers and Bikes San Francisco. Read more


Take a Hike!

If you're yearning for a break from the city and some time in the great outdoors, you don't have to go very far to find it! Located less than fifteen minutes from our San Francisco area hotel is San Bruno Park, where visitors can enjoy twelve miles of hiking, riding and jogging on nearly a dozen different trails. Read more


Where the Land Ends

If you're up for a hike and a beautiful view, take a trip to Land's End. Located just twenty-five minutes from our San Francisco area hotel, Land's End is a scenic area by the coast that offers incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Point Bonita and the Marin Headlands. Read more


A Living Museum

If you're looking to spend a day discovering natural wonders and interacting with a whole host of animals and habitats, then you can't beat the California Academy of Sciences. Read more


Saddle Up

We've all seen that scene in a romantic movie, the horseback ride across the beach, the bright sun sparkling off the tops of the rolling waves as the horse moves majestically across the white sand. Read more


Easter Egg-travaganza!

For all-out Easter fun, we can't think of a better spot to spend a day than Golden Gate Park. The park's fun, family-friendly Eggstravaganza 2015 features Easter Egg hunts for all ages (yep, including those of us who've long since retired our baskets), children's crafts, music, storytelling and more. Read more


Tiptoe Through Tulipmania

For a floral fest you won't believe, head from our Daly City hotel to Pier 39 in San Francisco for Tulipmania, a colorful and eye-catching display of more than 39,000 tulip bulbs in full bloom. Read more


Treasure By The Bay

Love a good flea market? Head to Treasure Island Flea, a monthly open-air flea market that brings shoppers and collectors together with an eye-popping array of local vendors. Read more


Ringing in the New Year (For Real)

Looking for a more spiritual way to ring in the New Year? Head to the Asian Art Museum, one of San Francisco's best museums, for the 29th Japanese New Year's Bell-Ringing Ceremony, a contemplative event highlighted by a chance to strike the museum's ancient 2,100-pound Japanese bronze bell. Read more


Soda Shop 2.0

Channel a 1930s soda fountain vibe, add a classic lunch counter and you're beginning to appreciate the appeal of The Ice Cream Bar, our hands-down favorite for ice cream, sodas and savory treats made with locally sourced organic dairy and produce. Read more


Wharf Fest Fun

Soak up the flavor of San Francisco's iconic Fisherman's Wharf at Wharf Fest, a fun and free festival on October 25. The Wharf Fest celebrates everything wonderful about this Bay area historic treasure. Read more


Dragon Boat Racing in the Bay

San Francisco's a cultural melting pot, to be sure, and few things are more fun than free festivals that celebrate the city's colorful, oh-so-cultural side. With that in mind, we can't say enough good things about the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival, highlighted by 40-foot dragon boats, games, creative arts, crafts, exhibits, entertainment, live dance and music âÂ?" in other words, a little bit of everything that makes festivals so much fun. Read more


An Evening in Sardinia

We're often asked "What's your favorite restaurant in San Francisco?" With thousands and thousands of eateries in San Francisco and the surrounding area, that can be a tough one but when you narrow it down Read more


Get Out for the Outside Lands Festival

Tom Petty, Kanye West, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis...they're all part of the all-star lineup for the Outside Lands Festival, scheduled August 8-10. One of San Francisco's most talked about music festivals, this three-day gathering in Golden Gate Park Read more


Fun on Fillmore

After the July 4th fireworks, fans of jazz head to Pacific Heights for the annual Fillmore Jazz Festival, a two-day fete spanning three stages (and more than a dozen blocks) and featuring lots of live jazz, local artists and eclectic international cuisine. Read more


Picnic at the Presidio

Food truck meets farmers market meets funky outdoor market in Off the Grid's Picnic at the Presidio, a fun, free, family-friendly outdoor fest featuring kite-flying for kids, Bloody Mary "kits" for the parents and plenty of great food from top restaurants and favorite San Francisco food carts. Read more

Golden Gate Park's Spreckels Temple of Music


It's April - time for the Golden Gate Park Band to kick off another season of Sunday Concerts. Read more

Pier 45's Musée Mécanique


Before video games and vines, amusements involved a generous dose of mechanical magic. Read more

Embarcadero Pier 7


The San Francisco skyline doesn't have to work too hard to dazzle but right now, there's even more awe-inspiring wonder in store. Read more

Walt Disney Family Museum


If you loved "Saving Mr. Banks," we know you'll adore San Francisco's Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio. Read more

Portsmouth Square, Washington & Kearney, San Francisco


While staying at our boutique hotel, don't miss the chance to go behind the scenes of the largest unified Chinese community outside of Asia on the "Chinatown Alleyway" tour. Read more

Embarcadero Center


Sure, New York has a tree at Rockefeller Center but we prefer the all-out illumination of Embarcadero Center's four soaring towers, which usher in the holiday season on November22. Read more

pez muesum


Proof that there just might be a museum for everything, the nearby Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia pays tribute to that icon of American pop culture, the Pez candy dispenser. From Bullwinkle to Batman, Pez has produced more than 900 unique characters in its 50+ year history. Read more