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Best Things to Do in San Francisco

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San Francisco is a magical city. Every year thousands of tourists and business travelers make the most of their trip by seeing the sights. The sheer number of things to do in San Francisco can be overwhelming. We’ve created this blog to share some insider info with you and hope that it will help you maximize your stay with us here at the Serrano Hotel. What are the best things to do in San Francisco? You’re about to find out.

Enjoy San Francisco!

Things To Do In Union Square

Things to do in Union Square - Serrano Hotel

Things to do in Union Square

A  San Francisco Neighborhood Spotlight: Union Square

Think shopping. Think theater. And think free outdoor entertainment. All that’s great about San Francisco culture comes together at Union Square, the shopping mecca of the city. Rated as one of the top destinations in the city, the district offers something for all of your traveling companions. Whether you have a day or an hour, hop aboard a cable car and make your next stop Union Square. (more…)

Going Green in San Francisco

Going Green in San Francisco - Serrano HotelThe Traveler’s Guide to Going Green in San Francisco

As one of San Francisco’s top eco-friendly hotels, going green is not just our mantra; it’s a way of life. At Serrano Hotel, we’re committed to doing our part towards a sustainable city. Because we know you care about our beautiful city too, our responsible travel practices allow you to join us as we make a difference.

Proud partners of KindTraveler, guests also have an opportunity to enjoy a lower rate when they donate to a charity of their choice. Find out more here.  Here are just a few more ways you can contribute to protecting our city by the bay. (more…)

A Walker’s Guide to San Francisco – Best walks in San Francisco

Best walks in San Francisco – A Walker’s Guide to San FranciscoBest walks in San Francisco - A Walker’s Guide to San Francisco - Serrano Hotel

Despite its reputation for steep hills, San Francisco is one of the most walkable cities in America– and with our central location, Serrano Hotel puts you at the heart of it all. Forty-square miles of shopping districts, parks, and scenic shorelines means there’s something new to explore around every turn. With so many options, often the hardest part is choosing where to start. Here are our hand-picked favorite walks to get you started! (more…)

10 Must-See Exhibits at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts Near Serrano HotelSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art

San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art deserves a place on your San Francisco vacation itinerary. With its expansion in 2016, the museum ranks at one of the largest in the world and viewing all of its galleries is a multiple-mile endeavor. However, if like most of us you only have a couple of hours to spare, choosing the highlights from the museum’s more than 33,000 pieces can be daunting. To make your visit easy, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 exhibits to see– and best of all, SFMOMA is just steps away from Serrano Hotel. (more…)

Traveling with Pets in San Francisco

Traveling with Pets in San Francisco - Pet Friendly Hotel Serrano Hotel Union SquareTraveling with Pets and Pet Friendly Hotels – Serrano Hotel

As one of the top pet-friendly hotels in San Francisco, Serrano Hotel will make both you and your pet feel at home. We understand that pets are part of the family which is why we think they deserve some perks of their own. Pets that stay at Serrano receive: (more…)

Charles Dickens Fair

CHARLES DICKENS FAIR - Serrano HotelCHARLES DICKENS FAIR IS THE BEST THING TO DO IN SAN FRANCISCO THIS CHRISTMAS 2016

It is the best of times, it is the best of times. Join the world of Charles Dickens for the annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair, Nov 19th– Dec 18th. Victorian London never looked so good with street vendors, holiday carolers, and chestnuts roasted on an open fire just inside. Feast yourself on the London-ish food as you make your way down to the Dickens’ Family Parlor. (more…)

UNION SQUARE HOLIDAY EVENTS

LOCAL’S GUIDE TO UNION SQUARE HOLIDAY EVENTS 2016

Locals Guide to Union Square Holiday Events 2016 at Serrano Hotel Union Square

Holidays & Union Square go together like Jimmy Stuart and Donna Reed, and if you live in San Francisco there’s no excuse for not making a visit to Union Square a staple holiday tradition. It’s the closest rendition of a winter wonderland you’ll find in a coastal city– enough lights, Christmas trees, decorated store fronts and Santa visits to make up for any lack of snow. If you don’t already have a visit to Union Square on the calendar, use our holiday guide to find the best events of the season. (more…)

LEAP SANDCASTLE CONTEST 2016

GUIDE TO SAN FRANCISCO’S LEAP SANDCASTLE CONTEST 2016 ON OCTOBER 15TH

Join LEAP for the annual Sandcastle Contest, October 15th, 2016 - Serrano HotelIf you didn’t think hauling, digging and scooping was on your “fun list”, think again. Join more than 3,000 others who show up at San Francisco’s LEAP’S annual sandcastle contest and get your toes sandy as they help in the epic building. Perfect for families, cyclists and fans of California’s beaches, everyone is welcome to the 33rd annual LEAP contest— where bigger is definitely better! (more…)

Raise Your Spirits at San Francisco’s Fleet Week 2016

San Francisco Fleet Week is October 3 – 10, 2016

San Francisco Fleet Week 2016 is Serrano Hotel!

San Francisco’s Fleet Week has long been a SF favorite, an event where water and wings meet for a duo show of patriotism at Pier 39. Begin your day with a tour inside the great ships which have carried thousands of our nation’s service men and women around the world, and then see the thrilling Blue Angel’s air show, colorful military bands, fireworks, and for the first time ever in the Bay Area, the Breitling Jet Team from France air show.

This year, everyone has the chance to show their patriotism and “Buy a Burger” for a Sailor, Blue Angel, Marine, or Coastie! The donations run from $8 a burger, $20 for a squad of burgers, $50 for a battalion…all the way up to a Fleet of burgers for $150. Find out how to donate here.

It’s time to put on your red, white and blue and join the festivities to honor our great nation and the brave men and women who have served our country. Whether you’re a tourist or a local, come aboard Fleet Week, October 3rd– 10th.

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Oktoberfest by the Bay 2016

Best Things to Do in San Francisco Fall 2016 – Oktoberfest by the Bay 2016

Oktoberfest by the Bay 2016-Serrano HotelThink beer. Think bratwurst. And think Oompah music. All that’s great about German culture comes together at Pier 48 this year for the 2016 Oktoberfest by the Bay festival, which of course includes the 21-piece Chico Bavarian Band and Deutscher Musikverein.

Fill your beer stein to the top and feast on sausage, dinner rolls, potato salad and heaps of sauerkraut as you celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese, back in 1810. This German festival is a must-do any fall, but when you combine it with the aromatic and gold-colored Spaten beer, you’ve almost made a National holiday. (more…)