December 2023 GM letter

“There is no place like home for the holidays…”

Come to your San Francisco home at the Suites to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. Owners are entertaining with lobster and crab feasts in their room or the Boardroom.

Bring your friends to enjoy a glass of wine around the fireplace that is festooned with Christmas garlands, while gazing at the festive decorated tree.

San Francisco, during the holidays, is like a brightly wrapped gift waiting under the tree to be discovered.

Huntington Park on Nob Hill is wrapped in cool blue and white lights and the Mark Hopkins features a brightly lit igloo on the entranceway, where you can sip a glass of champagne surrounded by falling snowflakes. Across the way, the iconic gingerbread house beckons from the lobby of the Fairmont Hotel. Grace Cathedral is home to the American Bach Concerts during December. Enjoy a great steak dinner at Osso Steakhouse and then walk across the street to Grace, to hear Handel’s Messiah performed on original 17th century musical instruments.

Union Square Plaza presents a symbol of optimism with the lighting of the Christmas tree and Menorah earlier in the month. The square is also brightly lit and may continue to be during the year as skaters glide by on the adjoining rink and shoppers pause for a coffee and decadent croissant filled with titian cream from Miller & Lux Patisserie or dine on roasted chicken and truffle potato salad across the square at the Miller & Lux Provisions

Looking for an unusual gift or a quiet place for lunch in a garden, The Magic Flute, and Sacramento Street is the answer.

Take an afternoon off and explore Sacramento Street

  • Michelin star Spruce serves the famous Spruce burger on the bar menu

  • This burger is so special that a new restaurant, Louie’s Original, was opened on Mariposa to feature the Spruce burger.

  • Go to the movie at the Vogue, shop for unusual gifts at Sue Fisher King and for one-of-a-kind pearl earrings at Mabel Chung.

New Year’s Eve festivities include:

  • watching the midnight fireworks on the Embarcadero from the Waterbar restaurant

  • taking a dinner cruise on the Bay with Belle of the Ball,

  • Broadway musical, Guys and Dolls at the SF Playhouse

  • NYE Baroque concert at 4 pm at Hearbst Theatre

A fantastic way to welcome in the new year.

If you choose to stay at your second home in San Francisco for the New Year’s, there is much to celebrate. The colorful garlands and Christmas tree will still be up in the lobby with the fragrance of hot apple cider in the air. While sharing a glass of wine in the lobby is always entertaining, you could take your glass upstairs and enjoy the last day of 2023 in the gazebo overlooking the City.

Lastly, if you choose to dine at home on New Year’s Day, after the plunge in the Bay, you could order take out of Prime Rib and Lobster from House of Prime Rib to enjoy at the Suites.

SFS reminders:

  • December 22 property taxes are due.

  • January 1 Call for Nominations is sent out to fill two positions on the Board.

  • January 9 Delinquent assessment foreclosure auction for 8 Masters and 5 Parlors

  • Owners who are not able to travel to SF could bank the 7 days with an exchange company and plan a trip to Hawaii, New York, or Paris

We all look forward to welcoming you back home for the holidays and celebrating with you the brand-new 2024!

Warmest wishes,

Cynthia Reid
General Manager
San Francisco Suites