Apec Conference November 11-17, 2023

The Apec Conference will be held at the Moscone Center with President Biden, White House staff, and foreign dignitaries staying on Nob Hill at the Mark Hopkins and Fairmont Hotels.

20,000 attendees are expected.

These 2 areas are designated as Red Zones and will be highly monitored by 1,000 Secret Service personnel.

The Apec Conference will be the biggest gathering of world leaders in San Francisco since the founding of the United Nations here in 1945.

The Charter was adopted at the SF Opera House on June 25, 1945. The next day, it was signed at the Herbst Theatre Auditorium of the Veterans War Memorial.

It will be a challenge traversing the City during this time, We were just informed by the Secret Service that Powell Street is in the Red Zone and cars will not have access to the Powell St Loading Zone. Valet service has been discontinued since November8-19

 Fortunately, Pine Street is considered a green zone and accessible by car. You can arrive at the Suites before 3 pm, park your car and the Houseman will help bring your bags in. Then you will need to 

self-park at 750 Bush Garage.

There is a lot going on at Union Square this November, the Christmas Tree arrives November 9 and the ice rink is open from 10 am to 11:30 pm

After checking out the sales and commencing with holiday shopping, stop by for lunch:

  • Miller & Lux Provisions Patisserie and Miller & Lux Provision’s Rotisserie on Union Square Plaza
  • Rotunda at Neiman Marcus
  • Chotto Matte rooftop restaurant across from Macy’s

Call the Concierge to secure your Thanksgiving reservations or if you want to have dinner at the Suites, you can always order a takeout turkey feast from Harris’

The hot theatre ticket this holiday season is “To Kill A Mockingbird” with Richard Thomas at the 

Golden Gate Theatre December 12-January 17. This was one of the finest theatrical experiences that I have attended in the last 20 years. It is recommended highly.

Lastly, if you happen to be at the Suites on November 13 and you see our President of the Board, Chuck Meibeyer, you can wish him “Happy Birthday”.

Let’s hope that the other two Presidents; President Biden and President Xi Jinping of China have a peaceful and fruitful meeting during the Apec Conference.

I enter this holiday with much gratitude for the wonderful owners, board members and excellent staff at the San Francisco Suites.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cynthia Reid