Outdoors Blog

Best of the Bay: Bucket List

Thanks to our friends at Thrillist – who compiled this great list of Bay Area Bucket List ideas, we feature one per month that tickles our fancy. For May, it’s paddling a boat on Stow Lake, in the heart of Golden Gate Park. There is a convenient café for all your picnicking needs. More information…

Opening Day on the Bay

April 22 marks the official start of boating season, this blessing of the fleet carries an impressive 100+ vessels sailing right in front of Hotel Zephyr. Book a Waterfront Balcony room, grab some grub from our Camper and enjoy the view. Or, insider tip – book a city view room and park on the roof…

Earth Day Street Fair

April 21 is the date to celebrate the 49th year of Earth Day. This year’s theme is Stand for the Redwoods/Stand for the Future. Head over to Civic Center Plaza for the celebration between 11am and 7pm. More information here.  

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

April 14-22 head over to Japantown to experience the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. This one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions. Each year, over 200,000 people attend this dazzling display showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community. More information here.

Bay Area Brew Fest

Happening this weekend just blocks from Hotel Zephyr, the Bay Area Brew Fest features over 70 breweries, food trucks and a DJ at Pier 35. Tickets and festival information here: https://www.bayareabrewfestival.com/

Holiday on Union Street

Enjoy the Festival of Lights this weekend just a few blocks away from Hotel Zephyr on Union Street. The festival features jugglers, costumed characters, singers, face painters, carriage rides, ponies dressed as reindeer, and Santa himself! More information here: https://www.sresproductions.com/events/union-street-holiday-program/  

Best of the Bay: Bucket List

Thanks to our friends at Thrillist – who compiled this great list of Bay Area Bucket List ideas, we’ll feature one per month that tickles our fancy. For November, it’s walking the Labyrinth at Land’s End, near Mile Rock Beach. More information here: https://localwiki.org/sf/Land%27s_End_Labyrinth  

Pier 39 Tree Lighting Celebration

On November 19th from 12:00pm – 6:30pm, enjoy carolers, holiday themed comedy, snap selfies with Disneyland characters and of course, watch the tree lighting when the sun goes down. http://www.visitfishermanswharf.com/events/  

Wharf Fest is Here!

This weekend is Wharf Fest! One of our favorite times of year to sample all the amazing chowder our ‘hood has to offer, all in one place. Ship tours, vendors, street music and fireworks round out the fun. Come join us from 11:00am – 5:00pm for this 5th annual event!  

Cruising the Bay

Our friends at Hornblower have an array of cruises to meet any of your scheduling needs while you are visiting. From brunch or lunch to dinner and dancing, plan your next Bay adventure today. More information here: https://www.hornblower.com/port/category/sf+diningcruises