Cable Car Museum – Open 10 am – 5 pm – Free Admission – Located in the historic Washington/Mason cable car barn and powerhouse, the museum deck overlooks the huge engines and winding wheels that pull the cables. Downstairs is a viewing area of the large sheaves and cable line entering the building through the channel under the street.
Grace Cathedral – Open daily at 8 a.m., Thursdays at 7 a.m., Closing times vary. On cathedral holidays the church is open from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The cathedral requests a suggested donation from tourists, but it is not required for entry. For a listing of typical service times, click here. Famed as a destination for visitors from all over the world, the cathedral is known for its striking architecture, the Ghiberti Doors, two labyrinths, stained glass, Interfaith AIDS Chapel, and for being home to a vibrant and diverse congregation. Tours of the structure are offered daily, while artistic and intellectual programs are scheduled throughout the year.
Additionally, the Fairmont Hotel concierge can also direct you to Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach (the historic Italian neighborhood), Lombard Street (AKA the Crooked Street), Coit Tower, and more
Union Square – this one-block plaza and surrounding area is one of the largest collections of department stores, upscale boutiques, gift shops, art galleries, and beauty salons in the United States. Stop by Macy’s to make use of the special STA coupon from your welcome bag!
Take a Sightseeing Cruise on the San Francisco Bay
Red and White’sSM boat cruises of San Francisco Bay can be a spectacular and convenient way to discover the many famous sights of the City by the Bay in a relaxing and classic way. This family-owned fleet has been in operation since 1892, and they have graciously provided STA attendees with a $4/ticket discount code! Simply input, “SAVE15PER” at the time of checkout.
Optional Conference Activities
Tuesday, January 6
– 8:00 PM – Shotzpeare! One-act plays inspired by Shakespeare especially for STA, written by local playwrights, at Shelton Theatre, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. $10 for a ticket and a beer. Pay cash at the door (no cc). Please reserve in advance with Rebecca Ennals.
Wednesday, January 7
– 7:00 PM – A Very Drexler Cabaret – San Francisco Shakespeare Festival actor/teaching artist twins perform at Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., SF.
Thursday, January 8
– 5:00 PM – Walking Tours from San Francisco City Guides, Complimentary, Advance Registration Required. Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco. The Master of Suspense loved San Francisco and used its beauty, elegance and mystery to great effect in several films. From Nob Hill to Union Square, you’ll see some of the hotels, clubs, retail stores and other locations featured in Vertigo and other Hitchcock classics. You’ll hear why Hitchcock chose them and how he filmed them. And you’ll learn about their history, architecture, and the stories they tell about the San Francisco of fifty years ago and today. Register here.
Nob Hill. Here once rose the rococo palaces of the old railroad and silver kings. Expect architectural tidbits and anecdotes about a great cathedral, four prestigious hotels, and a most exclusive men’s club. Elegance, urbanity, and fabulous views. Register here.
– 7:00 PM – Theater Outing – Promises, Promises at San Francisco Playhouse, 450 Post Street. Advance ticket purchase required. Use discount code TOBEORNOTTOBE online or call 415-677-9596. SF Playhouse cannot issue partial refunds for incorrectly purchased tickets, so please make sure everything is correct before finalizing the sale. If you have any problems, please call 415-677-9596.
Friday, January 9
– 5:00 PM – Walking Tours from San Francisco City Guides, Complimentary, Advance Registration Required. Nob Hill. Here once rose the rococo palaces of the old railroad and silver kings. Expect architectural tidbits and anecdotes about a great cathedral, four prestigious hotels, and a most exclusive men’s club. Elegance, urbanity, and fabulous views. Register here.
Fairmont Hotel. In 1906 the “Grand Dame” rose from the ashes of the earthquake and fire making the history of the Fairmont Hotel an important part of the history of San Francisco. Learn how this famous hotel rose from the ashes of the 1906 earthquake, why Presidents and diplomats from around the world choose to stay in this magnificently designed Italian Renaissance palazzo masterpiece. The Fairmont Hotel tour winds it’s way through several beautiful and surprising venues and rooms that are not always open to the public. Join your City Guide and enjoy discovering the history and secrets of the magnificent Fairmont Hotel, the Grand Dame of San Francisco. Register here.
Chinatown. Explore local alleys and walk among sites of temples and tongs, and shops of joss, dim sum, herbs; learn some colorful history and stories from the oldest Chinatown in the US. Register here.
*All walking tours will start in front of the Fairmont Hotel on the Corner of California & Mason under the small black awning. Thursday tours will end at the San Francisco Playhouse. Guides will have suggestions for quick dinner options in the area.
The conference will also host a Welcome Reception on Wednesday, January 7th at 7:00 PM and a Closing Dinner on Saturday, January 10th at 7:00 PM. Both events will take place in the Crown Room of the Fairmont Hotel. No additional registration is necessary for conference attendees to attend these events.