san francisco: what to do and where to stay
San Fran. The Golden City. San Francisco. Most popularly known for its cable cars, The Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay, and being home to Silicon Valley and all of its tech powerhouses, this city has even more to offer than what meets the eye. So, we’re breaking down the must-do’s when making a stop in San Francisco.
WHERE TO STAY
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
Where else to stay but the City’s grand dame luxury hotel, The Ritz-Carlton. Located in one of San Francisco’s landmark buildings (dating all the way back to 1909), The Ritz-Carlton is set right in the midst of the Nob Hill neighborhood. With 336 rooms and suites that have some of the best views of both the skyline and the Bay, The Ritz-Carlton is a no brainer. Some of the amenities they offer are really what sets this place apart, from wine tastings in tandem with the legendary winemaker Jean-Charles Boisset to an expansive outdoor courtyard to some great food and drink at the onsite restaurant, The Lounge, and a 24-hour gym facility and sauna–to name a few. What’s even better is how accessible the city is. Take just a few steps out of The Ritz-Carlton and you’ll be presented with some of the city’s most popular things to do.
WHERE TO EAT
Nob Hill Café
A casual, family-owned restaurant featuring Italian fare. Not to mention it’s a favorite of former Mayor Willie Brown and Marian and Vivian Brown (the iconic San Francisco Twins).
A Michelin starred, seafood forward spot from the brains of the acclaimed chef Joshua Skenes of Saison. Located on the Embarcadero, the view of the Bay Bridge lights at night is one-in-a-million.
THINGS TO DO
Cable Car Rides
While there are many spots to hop on a cable car, if you’re staying at The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, you can catch the iconic ride just outside on California street. The cable car goes directly to The Embarcadero where you can then go to the Ferry Plaza, one of the best spots to dine and shop on the water.
Walk The Golden Gate Bridge
The best to-do is to walk the Golden Gate Bridge. Alternatively, if you’re looking to gaze at the bridge from a great vantage point, there are several places to do so. One of the best is Fort Point, just under the bridge on the southern end.
Live Like a Local
To live like a local, visit the Mission District. Director of Sales and Marketing for The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, Joel Costa, suggests going to Dolores Park for a picnic after picking up a pizza from Pizzeria Delfina. The park has stunning views of the downtown skyline, and you can get an ice cream from the nearby Bi-Rite.