Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf Introduces 2010 Group Hot Dates

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The Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf has announced last-minute Hot Dates for October 2010, typically San Francisco’s busiest convention, group and meeting period. Hot Dates for groups are Oct. 17 to 20 and Oct. 24 to 30. To book a group event, call Marianne Milton at 415-486-4415 or email marianne.milton@hyatt.com . For hotel information, call 800-233-1234 or visitwww.fishermanswharf.hyatt.com.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Come to Knuckles to Watch College Football

Knuckles is serving up $3 beers for college and NFL football games this coming season. For college football on Thursdays and Saturdays, enjoy $3 mugs of Bud and Bud Light. NFL enthusiasts will receive $3 mugs of Coors and Coors Light on Sunday and Monday night games. Cheers ~

Monday, August 16, 2010

Special insider secret from Red and White Fleet President Tom Escher:

Head to Boudin Bakery at Fisherman’s Wharf and purchase any of their French bread, plus your favorite beverage. Then, walk across Taylor Street to Fisherman’s Grotto #9 crab stand (outside where they cook and sell fresh crab) and buy the largest Dungeness cooked crab (be sure the crab is heavy as I feel the heavy crabs are the sweetest). Ask for the crab to be cracked – no extra charge - and wrapped in paper. Request a few lemon slices…if you smile I think he will probably give them to you for free….some people like cocktail sauce so if you like cocktail sauce ask for a little container…personally, I just like the crab with a drip of lemon. Don’t forget to ask for an extra paper bag for all the waste. With your picnic in hand, stroll down Taylor Street to Pier 45. There is a roadway between Fisherman’s Grotto # 9 and Pier 45. Take this roadway and go west in the direction of the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue about 300 meters to the waters edge. There you will find a brown building with a bell tower on your left…that is the Fisherman’s & Seaman’s Chapel. Go around that building onto the water side – right next to the building – and stop. You have arrived. Sit down, put your back against the building, open the beverage, open the crab, rip the bread, enjoy the meal and watch the fishing boats entering and departing the historic wharf area. And, please be sure to clean up by putting the trash into the paper bag so that the next person can also enjoy the views of San Francisco.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Happy 137th Birthday Cable Cars!

The driving force behind the San Francisco cable car system came from a man who witnessed a horrible accident on a typically damp summer day in 1869. Andrew Smith Hallidie saw the toll slippery grades could extract when a horse- drawn streetcar slid backwards under its heavy load. The steep slope with wet cobblestones and a heavily weighted vehicle combined to drag five horses to their deaths. Although such a sight would stun anyone, Hallidie and his partners had the know-how to do something about the problem.

Hallidie was born in England and moved to the U.S. in 1852. His father filed the first patent in Great Britain for the manufacture of wire rope. As a young man, Hallidie found uses for this technology in California's Gold Country. He used the wire rope when designing and building a suspension bridge across Sacramento's American River. He also found another use for the wire rope when pulling heavy ore cars out of the underground mines on tracks. The technology was in place for pulling cable cars.

The next step bringing Hallidie closer to his fate was moving his wire rope manufacturing to San Francisco. All that was now needed was seeing the accident for the idea to become full blown…a cable car railway system to deal with San Francisco's fearsome hills.

On August 2, 1873, Andrew Hallidie tested the first cable car system near the top of Nob Hill at Clay and Jones Streets, thus introducing this new transportation system to the world…and the rest is history, as they say. For more information, visit http://www.sfcablecar.com/history.html.

(Note: the Cable Car California Street line will be closed from January until June, 2011 while its tracks and mechanical parts undergo a much-needed overhaul.)

As the best hotel in San Francisco’s #1 destination, the newly renovated Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf is offering those with a sense of adventure the Explore Local Discovery Package. The package features accommodations for one night along with two cable car passes for unlimited, one-day use. Whether it’s “climbing halfway to the stars” or just getting from one place to another, the cable cars are not only the city’s most iconic landmark, but a charming and environmentally friendly means of transportation. Rates for this package start at only $244.

For reservations and information, visit http:fishermanswharf.hyatt.com or call (800) 233-1234 and click on or ask for the Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf “Special Offers.”

(Note: the California Street Cable Car line will be closed from January-June, 2011 while its tracks and mechanical parts undergo a much-needed overhaul.)

Top Ten Explore-Adventures In San Francisco

1. Climb the notorious Filbert Steps. This unique “stairway to Heaven” leads up to Coit Tower, with gardens ad sculptures guiding the way up to a phenomenal, panoramic view of the bay at the top.

2. Take ‘em out to the ballgame at San Francisco Giant’s AT&T Ballpark. From the hotel, the entire family can board the historic F Line street cars to get to the park.

3. Wend your way through Pier 39’s new mirror maze.

4. Board one of Red and White Fleet’s vessels for a California Sunset Cruise or one of the city’s “original bay tours.”

5. Walk the decks of the tall ships and stroll along the Hyde Street Pier, home of the world's largest collection of historic ships by tonnage, where visitors can board several National Landmark vessels

6. Explore the National Maritime Museum (www.maritime.org) and the USS Pampanito Submarine Museumwww.maritime.org/pamphome.htm

7. Take a thrilling adventure on Turbo Ride through the magic of films and sophisticated simulation technology where the hydraulic seats move in sync with the action on the big-screen at Pier 39

8. Take a 30-minute flight-seeing tour of the bay with San Francisco Seaplane Tours

9. Rent bikes or roller blades and head out to the 240 miles of scenic Bay Trail

10. And, to chill out from all the exploration at any point of the day, hang out at the Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf’s outdoor swimming pool, one of the only hotel pools in the city.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

In the Neighborhood...

The 16th Annual Aloha Festival - Sat Aug 7 - Sun Aug 8

The Pacific Islanders of the San Francisco Bay Area offer their talents in music and dance during this FREE ADMISSION, two-day festival of arts held during the first full weekend of every August. Entertainment highlights include Pacific Islander music as well as Polynesian dance. The festival will also feature arts & crafts vendors, island cuisine, educational exhibits and workshops, and an `Ohana Korner with simple games for the kids! This is an alcohol-free event.

Location: Presidio Parade Ground at the Main Post San Francisco, CA between Lincoln and Presidio Blvds (near the Officers Club and Visitor Center)

In the Neighborhood....

Outside Lands Music Festival - August 14-15

The same nexus that brought the world the microchip, the mountain bike and the Summer of Love will once again light up this summer for the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. The 3rd Annual Outside Lands will be held August 14th & 15th, 2010 in historic Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California to benefit SF Recreation & Parks. Not just your typical music festival, Outside Lands transcends the genre with its staggering fusion of music, food, wine and art. Visitwww.sfoutsidelands.com