Posted by: Pip | November 13, 2010


While we love shopping down in Union Square as much as our guests do, sometimes it IS the little things that count. Research (click for article) agrees!

Below we list some of the hotel staff’s favorite experiences in San Francisco:

Patsy with the Cliff House in the background

Patsy with the Cliff House in the background

Small Dog Walk at Ocean Beach, 10am Saturdays, on the beach between Beach Chalet restaurant and the Cliff House.  (Hilarious!)
Google Map

Frenchie Fridays, in Dolores Park, 4pm.  Funny park, great views, interesting (!) neighborhood, Tartine Bakery two blocks away at Guerrero & 18th St.
Google Map

Hot chocolate at the Warming Hut in Crissy Field below the Golden Gate Bridge (one of our favorite places for dog walking)
The Warming Hut
Crissy Field

Walking the Labyrinth at Grace Cathedral – or jogging for the younger ones…

Take a tour of the Fortune Cookie Factory in Chinatown – it is not what you expect, and there’s even an adults-only version!
Fortune Cookie Factory

Reading grave markers in the gardens of Old Mission Dolores

Riding the vintage F-line Trolley (the historic street cars) to the Ferry Building to take in the sights and smells of the organic farmer’s market, Saturdays and Sundays, 8am to 2pm.
Information on the historic street cars

Walking through the Peace Plaza in Japantown to either the Kinokuniya shopping center or the Kintetsu shopping center (each on opposite ends of the Peace Plaza).  Don’t miss peeking into the largest Japanese bookstore on the west coast, the Kinokuniya Bookstore or at trinkets in the Kinokuniya Stationary (both in the same-named shopping center).
Peace Plaza
Kinikuniya Bookstore

Iceskating in the Yerba Buena Garen’s skating rink (enclosed, open year-round) or for the braver exhibitionists, out in the open at Union Square’s holiday season skating rink.
Yerba Buena Skating
Union Square Skating

Watching the Nutcracker, a San Francisco holiday favorite!

Cavalia is also in town until December 12th!

Pip and Garland

Pip inspecting the Christmas garland...

Hoping you all have great winter experiences of your own…

-Pip and his persons



  1. Love seeing Pip and Patsy at work promoting the GGH.
    We are needing our GGH/SF fix and will hopefully see you in January 2011.
    Spending lots of time in Ashland at our apartment there….Balances out our wilderness homelife.
    Miss you all and Happy thanksgiving to Pip and Persons of interest….

    Love from a Fan

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