For most of us, three-day weekends are rare so we want to make them special. Fortunately, that’s easy to do when visiting the San Francisco Bay Area and its endless array of world-class activities.
And our hotel is well-positioned to take advantage of it all. So with this blog post – and the occasional future post – we offer you an itinerary for your next three-day stay at The Rose Hotel.
Friday morning: A stroll down historic Main Street right outside the hotel’s front door. The area is pedestrian friendly and the streets are tree lined. Visit more than 150 stores ranging from gift shops and art galleries to restaurants and taverns. We invite you to visit the Pleasanton Downtown Association website to learn more about this quaint and enormously popular pedestrian corridor.
Friday afternoon: An early dinner at Barone’s, one of the East Bay’s favorite restaurants, located just around the corner from The Rose Hotel. Barone’s cuisine is inspired by fusing flavors from different regions of the world with the intent of create a one-of-a-kind fine dining experience. The chef combines traditional fare with innovative cuisine, and he prides himself on using the finest and freshest ingredients available. Think about an antipasto platter filled with cured Italian meats, cheeses, olive, cornichons, marinated roasted peppers and pepperoncini, served with toasted crostini. There’s also smoked salmon with dill-horseradish, crème fraîche, red onions and capers. Or, perhaps, ahi tartare is more to your liking, dressed with soy, ginger, avocado, sesame oil, scallions and Mirin wine served with crispy won-tons.
Friday evening: A San Francisco Giants baseball game at AT&T Park in the city’s South of Market district. The subway ride on BART zips you under San Francisco Bay and puts you within a few blocks of the ballpark. The Giants are in a race to win the division, the National League pennant and their second World Series in three years. AT&T Park is one of the country’s most picturesque baseball stadiums, and the quality of play and fan enthusiasm it hosts is very high. Check out the schedule to find the right game for you. But act quickly because the Giants sell-out most games and the season is drawing to a close.
Saturday morning: Attend the year-round Farmers’ Market where you can buy fresh produce, flowers and specialty items. The Farmers’ Market provides visitors with the season’s freshest fruits and vegetables, all California-grown and sold to you by the very farmers that planted, nurtured and harvested the crops.
Saturday afternoon: A limousine tour of Livermore Valley Wine Country. The Livermore Valley is one of the oldest wine regions in California and is home to more than 40 wineries, many of them are among the best wine producers in the state. Several limousine tours are available with knowledgeable staffs and experienced chauffeurs who will create a memorable day of wine tasting and sightseeing customized for you. Try Livermore Wine Tours, Elite Limo or Black Tie Transportation.
Saturday night: Japanese dining and a jazz concert at Yoshi’s at Jack London Square on the Oakland waterfront. Yoshi’s began in 1972 as a small, north Berkeley sushi bar owned by a trio of struggling students. Yoshie Akiba – who was orphaned during World War II, came to the United States to study fine arts, dance and dance therapy – opened Yoshi’s Japanese Restaurant with her two best friends. The original 25-seat restaurant quickly became successful and by 1977 the three partners moved to a larger space and began introducing live music. During the next 20 years, Yoshi’s built itself into one of the world’s most respected jazz venues and won a reputation as the Bay Area’s premier location for people who relish great food and smoking-hot jazz. Yoshi’s has hosted legendary jazz greats such as Betty Carter, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Harry Connick Jr. and Oscar Peterson among hundreds of others.
Sunday: After a continental breakfast of fresh fruit, baked goods and premium teas and coffee in The Rose Hotel lobby, a visit to Muir Woods National Park, replete with towering redwood trees and some of the greatest hiking in the country. When John Muir learned that William and Elizabeth Kent were naming a redwood forest near San Francisco in his honor, he declared, “This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world.” The couple had purchased the land to preserve its beauty and restful wilderness; and in 1908, they donated it to the federal government to protect it from destruction. Cross the historic Golden Gate Bridge by auto or take a ferry across San Francisco Bay en route to the trails in Muir Woods. Visitors can meander through ancient groves of coastal redwoods that offer some of the most scenic and photographed views in California. Shuttle and ferry tours are available.
It’s a packed 72 hours, but it’s a getaway you’ll never forget. While the selection of events and ticket procurement is up to you, we can provide your three-day stay in a Deluxe King room for just $599 plus 8 percent tax.
Find an open spot on your calendar, book a room at 925-846-8802, and look forward to an exciting time in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Written by Mike Consol