www.sfpride.org SF Pride Email Travel Newsletter: 04.15.06

“It’s All Tops and Grooves”

In this issue:

Go on a San Francisco Adventure Pride Week!
Pride receives the Silver Cable Car Award
On You Go with AAA
Joie de Vivre Hospitality Welcomes you to Pride
Book your hotel early with The Argent Hotel!
Enjoy the Best Views of the Parade at the Historic Renoir Hotel

Go on a San Francisco Adventure Pride Week!

San Francisco is a world-class city with some of the most recognizable monuments and neighborhoods. Most visitors to San Francisco already have in their schedules a visit to the Castro, Union Square Shopping and maybe a tour of Alcatraz or a sunset on top of Telegraph Hill at Coit Tower. For those ready for a true San Francisco adventure, these are five lesser known San Francisco attractions you might want to visit on your stay during Pride week:

1.) Wave Organ
The Wave Organ is at the end of Yacht Road, past the Golden Gate Yacht Club
The Wave Organ is a wave-activated acoustic sculpture located on a jetty in the San Francisco Bay. The concept was developed by Peter Richards and was installed in collaboration with sculptor and master stone mason George Gonzales. Inspiration for the piece came from artist Bill Fontana's recordings made of sounds emanating from a vent pipe of a floating concrete dock in Sydney, Australia. The Wave Organ has unobstructed views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. It is located within walking distance of the Exploratorium and the Palace of Fine Arts.

2.) Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory
56 Ross Alley, 415.789.3956
Located in Chinatown’s Ross Alley, supposedly the ‘oldest alley in San Francisco’, this factory has been making Fortune Cookies since 1962. This is a great destination to visit while exploring the downtown Chinatown/Union Square/North Beach area. Murals depicting everyday life of the Chinese American Community line the walls of Ross Alley, which is located between Jackson and Washington Streets.

3.) Musee Mechanique
http://www.museemechanique.org, Pier 45, end of Taylor Street.
The Musee Mechanique is a collection of over 160 coin-operated automatic mechanical musical instruments and old fashioned penny arcade games. This is one of the world’s largest privately owned collections of such unique machines! This is just a short walk along the Embarcadero from Fisherman’s Wharf, a perfect way to end your day after exploring Alcatraz and the sea lions at the Wharf.

4.) Stow Lake and Strawberry Hill
Golden Gate Park, 415.752.0347
From the newly remodeled DeYoung Museum to the Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park has numerous opportunities for adventures and exploring. The Park contains nine named lakes, a series of fly casting pools, and a lily pond. The largest of the lakes is Stow Lake. It consists of a small hill called "Strawberry Hill" with a reservoir set on top surrounded by the water of the lake. There are two bridges, the Rustic Bridge and the Roman Bridge, that allow access to the trails on the hill. A great way to relax in the park is to rent a paddleboat or rowboat on Stow Lake. Paddleboats and rowboats can be rented at the northwestern side of the lake.

5.) Balmy Alley/Precita Eyes
The Mission District is known for its stunning views of the city skyline from Dolores Park, an abundance of tasty, homemade food at its many taquerias as well as the colorful murals that grace the buildings of this diverse neighborhood. Balmy Alley, located off of 24th street just south of Folsom, fully demonstrates the beauty of this art form. This one-block alley acts as an outdoor art gallery, with parts of the mural constantly changing and much of it featuring explicitly political themes. In addition, Precita Eyes, the Mission’s Mural Arts and Visitor’s Center, offers guided tours that explore the history of the neighborhood’s murals.

Pride receives the Silver Cable Car Award

The Silver Cable Car has been awarded annually since 1965 to an individual or organization making a significant contribution to San Francisco’s visitor industry. The award is presented at the Bureau’s Annual Luncheon Meeting, which is attended by over 1,000 industry leaders, members, city officials and media. This year, SF LGBT Pride will have the honor of accepting this award from the San Francisco Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, joining past recipients that include Herb Caen, The San Francisco Giants, Dianne Feinstein, Willie Mays, and Beach Blanket Babylon.

On You Go with AAA

AAA of Northern California offers a wide array of automotive, travel, insurance and financial services to more than 4 million members.

AAA Travel has vacation specialists specially trained to serve our lesbian and gay customers. AAA Travel offers a full portfolio of lesbian and gay cruises, resort vacations, and domestic and international travel to lesbian- and gay-welcoming resorts.

AAA offers registered domestic partners the same benefits as spouses of married members for membership benefits, homeowner’s and auto insurance.

To learn more, visit your local AAA office, log on to aaa.com or call 1-800-922-8228.

Joie de Vivre Hospitality Welcomes you to Pride

After you "Commemorate, Educate, Liberate and Celebrate" at this year's SF Pride Celebration, you’ll need to Recuperate, Rejuvenate and Sleep Late. We suggest a plush, fabulous, and extremely gay-friendly boutique hotel. Joie de Vivre Hospitality (SF Pride Gold Sponsor) has 18 gorgeous boutique hotels in the City—you’ll find one that fits your personality and your budget at www.jdvhospitality.com. Enter Promo code: SFPRIDE.

Book your hotel early with The Argent Hotel!

The Argent Hotel is located within steps of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Union Square, Yerba Buena Gardens and many of SOMA's hot restaurants and clubs. Ask about our Pride Packages. 877-222-6699. http://www.argenthotel.com/

Enjoy the Best Views of the Parade at the Historic Renoir Hotel

The Renoir Hotel*** on Market Street offers the best views of the Parade only steps from the Pride Festival (Civic Center).  135 rooms (Pride Rate $149), and a colorful Brazilian specialty restaurant. All public transportation near the hotel. www.renoirhotel.com, (800) 576-3388 and (415) 626-5200

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