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The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco is teaming up with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy this spring for a new Give Back Getaways program that includes voluntourism excursions to Alcatraz Island and the Presidio Nursery.
The program will give hotel guests the chance to help preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, which stretch 70 miles north and south of the Golden Gate Bridge, by spending a half-day volunteering, cleaning, pruning, weeding, and planting in the parklands.
George Lucas might have sold Lucasfilm to Disney, but that doesn't mean he's ready to ride off into the sunset.
The Star Wars Guru recently submitted a proposal to The Presidio Trust to build an art museum on a commissary site at Crissy Field in San Francisco.
Lucas is an avid art collector who currently owns more than 1,000 works of art, enough to rotate a gallery collection every six months for six years.
Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new featureTravel Catfocuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).
Travel Cat spotted in: San Francisco, CA.
This week's Travel Cat comes from Instagrammer @bohemianbackpacker, who spotted this window cat chillin on one of those typical SF streets, probably wishing for more sun.
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Ever want to do the Charleston and carry a parasol and not give a damn what anyone else thinks because it's just awesome? Well, head on over to Governor's Island this weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, for the Jazz Age Lawn Party. Hosted twice a summer by Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra, the event sees hundreds dressed up in their finest 1920s garb for picnicking, cocktails, classic car viewing, some shopping vintage accessories and, of course, dancing!
Tickets are $15 per person, per day, purchasable at the entrance to the Lawn Party. More info right here. We're actually going to this, so see you there?
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This weekend, Virgin America decided to celebrate turning five years old just as I'm sure most of us celebrated our fifth birthdays: by parking a giant float outside of a baseball stadium, giving away lots of free swag, and blasting dance music. I mean, at least that's how I remember my fifth birthday party.
As we recently found out on Virgin's inaugural flight from San Francisco to Portland, the airline does know how to throw a party. We arrived to San Francisco's AT&T Park just as the "Virgin America Day" festivities were beginning. The DJ was playing the hits, lots of Virgin America employees were hanging out showing off their new Banana Republic uniforms, and Giants fans were climbing over each other to catch a free t-shirt.
Woody Allen's most recent movies, including Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Midnight in Paris, and To Rome with Love, have focused as much on their location as the character's relationships. And now, as Allen begins filming his next romantic comedy in San Francisco, we wonder if he'll be able to capture the beauty of San Francisco the same way he has these European cities.
Though little is known about the movie, starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard and Louis C.K., it is said to be about a woman trying to make it on a budget so she moves to San Francisco from New York City and has to now except the new city as her home.
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Ain't no party like a private island party...and that's even truer when we're talking about a special private island with a dark history. Like, say, Alcatraz.
Believe it or not, the entire island of Alcatraz is available for nightly private stays through the "experience service," Vayable. It's $600 for up to 20 people or $5,500 for up to 350 people and though the cost may be high, that money goes to the park service, not to ensure you're having a 5-star stay:
When life hands you long layovers, go explore! That's just what we did on a long layover in San Francisco. At first, when we were stuck with the itinerary including SFO (on a transpacific long-haul), we weren't very happy. But then we had a think and a few friends sent along their recommendations to make a painful layover a bit more interesting.
We were flying internationally and our connecting flight put us in to SFO about 7 hours before we were scheduled to depart overseas. Our options were catching some z's in the lounge or partaking in some duty free shopping. Neither of those appealed so we decided to go on a mini adventure with our Instagram app ready to snap!
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Okay, who wants to go to Hawaii? Really, the better question would be who doesn't to go to Hawaii? Even though it seems all the state can do is cry about how they need more tourists, airlines have been upping their island game all season. Heck, Hawaiian Airlines is gearing up to begin NYC-Honolulu direct service next month, while that Mokulele thing is doing some other island-hoppy stuff and now we may be able to throw Virgin America an "aloha."
The SFO-based low-cost airline is flying their birds back and forth between San Francisco and Hawaii already...but not with paying passengers. Instead, the FAA is onboard as, according to the NYCAviation discussion board, the airline's Airbus A320s undergo ETOPS trials.
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At this point we're dead sure that Virgin America is attempting to solidify their budding reputation as hipster airline of choice. C'montheir last three big route announcements were Palm Springs, Philly and Portland and nowAND NOWthey've actually gone and given one of their planes facial hair.
Granted the unshaven A320 references the beard of San Francisco Giants pitcher Brian Wilson, as this Airbus is Virgin America's tribute livery to the baseball team. Hitting the skies on April 2, the plane (named "Fly Bye Baby") heralds the opening of the airline's sponsored Club Level lounge at AT&T Park (with mood lighting, natch) and the beginning of a contest.
Planespotters! On your marks, get set, go...spot the bearded airplane, snap a photo and share it using the hashtag #FlyTheBeard to be entered to win roundtrip tickets. Virgin will pick a winner once a month until the end of baseball season. Beyond that, a single winner will score season tickets for 2013. Niiiice. Full contest rules here.
Like anyone really needs more of a reason to fall in love with San Francisco, the tourism board has developed a cute, heartwarming video showcasing all the little bites of life that make SF...well, SF. And there literally are bites, of pancakes.
The video is titled "A Day in the Life," but all the different neighborhoods, landmarks and little social experiences make it more of a week, or several weeks if you're an average visitor trying to hit them all.
It's definitely no ">time-lapse, tilf-shift Lisbon, but it is a nice watch if you're trying to convince yourself to hit the City by the Bay in 2012, or if you already live there and want to fall back in love with the city.
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As many already know, we have a serious obsession with airline cocktails, and so much is our passion that we've created a whole first-Friday-of-the-month feature called In-Flight Cocktail of the Month, which highlights the special concoctions that flight attendants whip up with only a cocktail shaker, some tiny liquor bottles and a whole lot of hope that it won't make you drunk and unruly.
Up until now, Virgin Atlantic's In-Flight Cocktail of the Month accolades have been the liquidy soundtrack to our past two summers. But a cocktail is for life, not just the hot months, so for December we're warming up with the SFO Clubhouse's signature cocktail: the Virgin Kiss.