Welcome to the Hotel Griffon blog! Stay up-to-date on everything that's going on around our boutique hotel on the Embarcadero waterfront in downtown San Francisco. Featuring events, things to do and special offers, our hotel blog will keep you current on all of the latest happenings, including nearby attractions such as the Ferry Building, AT&T Park, Pier 39 and more.
Savor a fantastic array of premium cuisine at San Francisco Ferry Building restaurants. From sustainable Vietnamese specialties and wood-fired favorites to Mediterranean treats and gourmet fast food, you'll find an appealing array of food and drink at this iconic attraction. Dine with a backdrop of the Bay, inside by the fire or at a charming sidewalk cafe. Continue reading
From live music on the waterfront and street performers to family activities, food and Pier 39 fireworks, the 4th of July in San Francisco is an exhilarating time to be in the city. Enjoy festive performances from Tainted Love and the USAF Band of the Golden West throughout the day during this family-friendly event, and celebrate Independence Day in style. Continue reading
Dubbed a "food truck pod" by some foodies and a "restaurant/street food hybrid" by others, one thing is for sure: the new SOMA outpost is one of the more unique eating locales in the city. Envision a triangular park with a constantly rotating fleet of food trucks, a place to sit under the sun, free WiFi, bike parking, a projection screen for movies, and a beer garden, and you'll have a vague idea of what you might find at SOMA StrEat Food Park. Continue reading
As hard as it is to imagine San Francisco without its iconic red span spreading across the bay, there was once a time where this was true. A ferry system connected Marin and San Francisco Counties, shuttling passengers across the narrowest part of the bay from present day Fisherman's Wharf. Climb aboard and check out old vessels anchored to the pier to learn a bit of San Fran history before the bridge. Continue reading
Home to San Francisco's Little Italy and the Beat movement, North Beach has long been one of the many cultural centers of the city. June 14th and 15th marks the 60th Annual North Beach Festival, one of the country's oldest outdoor urban celebrations. In addition to great food, drink, and arts and crafts, the traditional animal blessing takes place at the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi both days in the afternoon. Continue reading