It's no surprise that songs have been made about leaving your heart or wearing flowers in your hair in San Francisco. Just one visit will melt your heart and leave a permanent postcard on your memories. Unlike any other city in the world, San Francisco is most famous for it's steep rolling streets, adorable antique houses, vivacious culture and people, and awe inspiring landmarks and attractions.
Luckily, representatives from some of San Francisco's top attractions and hospitality groups, came together in Los Angeles last Thursday at Hatfield's Restaurant located on 6703 Melrose Avenue, for an evening of exquisite wines, delectable culinary creations, and the opportunity to meet wonderful people with a true admiration for San Francisco's many ventures. From hotels to museums, by the end of the first course, we were sold on visiting San Francisco as soon as possible.
"I enjoy working at the Fairmont because it's like working in a little city with all of the events and dinners and different departments we have, and the Fairmont is truly a remarkable hotel and it really does seem lie the city is built around it." Melissa Farrar, Fairmont’s public relations specialist explained, as we chatted while enjoying tempura prawns, apple fennel soup shots, and mozzarella, roasted tomato, and candied basil skewer, passed hors d'oeuvres.
Seated at mixed tables of six, we chose our selections for the specially created three-course meal menu by Hatfield's Restaurant including octopus salad, grilled striped sea bas, and a vanilla almond ice cream with mixed berries. As the wine kept flowing and food made us salivate, we were presented with exciting information about many San Francisco attractions such as; The Exploratorium, The California Academy of Sciences, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Pier 31, The Aquarium of the Bay, Blue and Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure, and the de Young Museum and Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum. We also heard from the one who made seeing all the attractions at a reasonable price possible, Mike Gallagher, founder and CO-CEO of CityPass.
Muni and cable cars are also a famous staple of San Francisco, especially to those who were fans of shows such as Full House, which was based in the city and who’s house can be seen on one of San Francisco’s sloping streets. The world famous cable cars that ride along The San Francisco Municipal Railway provides transportation to all of the CityPass attractions plus the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Warf, and Chinatown.
From personal experience, Alcatraz is a historic landmark that is a must see for all. Tours can be taken on the Blue and Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure, which offers the best panoramic views along with a fully narrated tour. Ferry’s to and from the Alcatraz are also available almost every hour, and once on the island, headsets are provided for self guided tours around the movie-like scene of two rows of tiny cells. Alcatraz’s historical background is quite the interesting story, especially when it comes to the story of the great breakouts of Alcatraz.
Aside from the landmarks and attractions, San Francisco also offers an abundance shopping, from trendy vintage clothing to antiques, and lush peaceful greens such as Hippie Hill, where locals and tourists alike can hang out and relax. Without a doubt, lunch or dinner from Fisherman’s Warf is a must, especially for crustacean lovers or clam chowder fanatics.
Leaving with a giddiness to book a trip to San Francisco, we savored the exciting information we gained, new friends we met, and the exceptionally palatable food and wine that were served. If looking for a truly memorable experience, visit San Francisco and enjoy all that it has to offer.