San Francisco, CA

SF- Points East, North & South tour:

San Francisco, April 24-25.

The city by the sea has a lot to offer this Summer.

First-off, there’s the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, May 26-27. 38,976,078 vehicles crossed this 1.7 mile span in 2010. It stands within the frame of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, a federal landmark. In 2009, 14,200,000 visited the park, which sits on San Francisco Bay. Included  here is Alcatraz island which recorded 1,354,714 visitors in 2009.

SF has over 14,000 Victorian home-sites, 3,588 restaurants, 150 theaters and more. There are 43 hills to climb within the city proper. Twin Peaks at 910′ is the highest, while the Sutro Tower is the tallest structure at 981′. The official flower is the Dahlia.The official bird is the California Quail.  St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint. The official song is, of course, ” I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” And its official colors are gold and Black. The most popular attraction for me was the cable cars that strut more than 10 miles of city streets. There are 47 of them at last count.  It is a city of only 805,235 residents over 29.5 miles of shoreline.

SF is also a city of museums. There are 62 of them. The Pacific Heritage Museum, The Museum of Craft & Folk Art, the De Young Museum, the Asian Art Museum, the Chinese Culture Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Yerba Buena Center For The Arts are important places to consider. The California Exploratorium is a good place to start. It is an interactive exhibit located inside the precincts of the Presidio. But before you visit any of these perhaps you may try some of the foodie destinations in either Chinatown, the North End where a bevy of Italian restaurants are located, Union Square, the Mission district, noted for the best pizza on the West Coast, or Pier 39, the city’s most popular attraction.

In August and September  you’ll have a chance to experience  the World Series Cup for sailing, America’s oldest trophy in international sport. Beginning July 4- September 1, 2013, there’s the 34th America’s Cup racing series.

The city is a solid core for hotels and resorts, too. We discovered a handful of these in the medium price category. These included The  Golden Gate and the Cornell Hotel de France, along with its award winning Jeanne D’ Arc restaurant.  This property is truly unique as every one of its five floors is named after a figure in French history. It is  amply decorated with lively French themes while a turn-of-the century gold plated metal elevator complete with a hand crank gets you to your floor. And its restaurant is intensely decorated with French memorabilia and artists’ renderings of French pastoral scenes. It’s a living museum in itself. Chef Bernard has been there over twenty years we’re told. Breakfast is included in both properties. They are both located at Bush and Powell Streets in the city’s center. For the Cornell try www.

Perhaps the best thing about SF is the transportation. Easy to get to from all parts of the city. You have BART, the city transit line, and then there’s CALTRAN, the regional line. There’s also a cadre of ferry lines from the ports side. The choice is yours. You may prefer to use the SF City PASS booklet to partake of  many of the attractions the city has to offer. They are also good on public transit including the Cable Cars. For this go to:

For more on San Francisco you can go to:

About The Author

Michael Zufolo, Producer/Co-Host of Let's Travel! Radio

Michael has been an active player in Media Relations and Marketing for the past 30 years with stints at The New York Times, Forbes, WOR Radio, TV Channel 11, Attenzione Magazine,, and with participation in the Caribbean Tourism Org.,/ CTO, the Pacific Travel Assn./ PATA, the Foreign Press Assn./ FPA, and the International Society of Travel Writers/ ISTR. Libra/ America, his latest signature, provides travel opportunities to VIP travelers and groups world-wide. Let’s Travel! Radio is an extension of his experiences.

Leave a reply

Hornblower blows ‘em away!

Thurs., July 4 aboard the Hornblower Esprit, celebrating Macy’s 4th, the nation’s 233rd Independence Day anniversary. What a night!

Hornblower Yachts owns up to having the largest number of luxury vessels in eight U.S. cities, including New York. The company has seven here ranging from the largest, the Infinity, at over 200’, accommodating up to 700, to the smallest, the Esprit, at 90’ , accommodating 80-100. Cruises are set lunch/ brunch and dinner, for a coterie of special events and private parties, corporate meetings, and weddings, of course! They serve both sit-down and buffet menus.. They also do After 5 cocktail cruises, and a host of charitable events. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Ca. It’s now in its 40th year.

On the night we were on, the 4th, we were seated on the Sky Deck of the Esprit, a restored beauty. There were only seven tables on this top deck facing out and with a nicely appointed bar in front of us manned by Nicholas, a really talented barkeep, and with some soft jazz by DJ Mike, which later turned to Pop, Latin, Disc and Rock for or dancing pleasure. Gabriel was our Maitre’d and Oscar was our chef for the evening. Boy can this guy cook! Dinner started off with a plate of Blinis with Caviar, followed by a nice medley of Little Neck clams and oysters on the ½ shell, with a sampling of jumbo shrimp in the best salsa I’ve ever tasted ( I asked for a second. My apologies ). This was followed by a full serving of Agnolotti served Italian style over freshly baked cherry tomatoes and a very fresh salad of lettuce, celery, cucumber and more cherry tomatoes. The entrée: Lobster and Filet Mignon with a crab filling topped with a wild mushroom sauce. A bottle of Chandon white was offered to each guest complimentary. Ha! You can’t beat that! As for dessert, a chilled freshly baked apple strudel and chocolate dipped strawberries was the finale, with good coffee and an assortment of blended teas for the asking. And, yes, the bar was open for the entire 3 ½ hours we were on board. By the way, the company provides translaters for Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, French, German and Italian guests.

The yachts ail from Pier 15/ 75 South St. adjoining the South St. Seaport and Pier 40 on the West Side/ W. Houston St. and the Hudson River, from March thru-November with 10 daily departures, 7 days-a-week.

In New York they operate the Statue Cruises affiliate to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island State Park from the Battery Park Terminal on the Manhattan side, along with a Liberty Water Taxi service. They also serve the Metro New York area with a round-the-clock ferry service, the city’s first commuter ferry operation to points in Manhattan, Bklyn and Queens. In brief, the company is the world’s leading provider of high-speed ferry services. For more on Hornblower try: or 1-844TKTS, or phone 646-780.9693 or simply:



Recent Tweets

  • FndrsDay,150th anniv.,Flschmanns Co.,Flschmanns NY. landmrks/ archtr./,cultrl hrtge,/trdtns,/msms./1908basbl./…4F
  • LTR! May: NEPAL, magical terrain,mntns,rvrs&streams,wrlds hgst,Everest; wildlife,nat'l parks,spirt'l enclaves,…Tj
  • WinesofFrance-March '19. '18:Fr:wrlds 2nd lrgst pdn:1.225 mill glns/ 787millhctrs;18 glns pp. '18 Eurpe: 53% wrlds wine pdn.Italy #1@18% .
  • Luxembourg, EU CityofCulture'94,UNESCO;aka"CityofRoses";E's"most beautiful balcony"(Corniche);E's"most beautiful…T2
  • Macedonia, TavceGravce-Blkn/5 nat'l cuisines Roots:Roman,Bysntn,Serbn,Ottomn,Chrstn, Culture:Ottomn,Bysntn Gov't: Republic

The Blue Dahlia at Chelsea Market in NYC

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.

You have Successfully Subscribed!