Posted by: Pip | January 6, 2011

New Year Activities

After all the hectic planning, preparations, and stress of the holiday season, we here at the Golden Gate Hotel hate the idea of more planning and searching for things to do while on vacation.

So for those thinking about a trip to San Francisco, we’ve done some of the legwork and put together a list of activities that let you enjoy the sights.

No Brain Activities:

Rick Evan’s Architectural Tour of Downtown (415-264-8824 for same day)

Tom’s Muir Woods Walking Tour (we love Tom, he is great!)

Sail with John’s (the innkeeper) friends in a catamaran on the bay

Some can’t stand the idea of visiting an old prison, but it’s an icon that can’t be missed – especially if you book one of the night time tours guided by a former prison guard!

If you would prefer not to go on a guided tour and just do your own thing, stop by the office and borrow a copy of Stairway Walks in San Francisco by Adah Bakalinsky. It is full of fabulous walks with terrific views.

Activities That Involve Contemplation and Gazing:

Check out the absolutely enormous interior of St. Mary’s Cathedral followed by a walk to Japantown (see Experiences post!) and enjoy warm udon at Sapporo-ya or ramen at Suzu Noodle House (both in the Peace Plaza).

Oogle the stained glass window of the Masonic Memorial Temple on California and Mason Streets, followed by the Grace Cathedral (take a pew and rest) and then down into Chinatown for a tea tasting at the Red Blossom Tea Company (at 831 Grant St.) or Vital Tea Leaf (at 905 Grant St.).

Take the #38 bus into the Richmond district (by the ocean side of the city) and check out the Holy Virgin Cathedral at Geary and 25th Avenue. You’ll have to stand as there are no pews here, but the icons and priests look like they stepped out of the 5th century. Hop back on the #38 and head towards the Legion of Honor. Enjoy the art currently on display and a cappuccino…

Now, if your feet hurt after all that walking… sit down and enjoy a movie!

Enjoy a movie on the 50 foot high IMAX screens at the Metreon Theater

The Kabuki Theater caters towards the over 21 crowd in the evening. See a movie after 8PM and you can bring wine, beer, or a cocktail and snacks into the top floor screen.

Head to the mission district and see something at the Roxie Theater. Enjoy “the Best Burrito in San Francisco” at Papalote before or after your movie!

Head to the famous Haight-Ashbury district and enjoy some UNIQUE shopping as well as a movie at The Red Vic.

For a different movie experience, the Castro Theater in the Castro district has a Wurlitzer organ and sometimes has singalong movie screenings.




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