Best New Year's Resolution - Have More Fun!

Best New Year’s Resolution – Have More Fun!

Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution before? If you have, chances are you’ve tried to lose weight, advance your career, learn a new hobby or achieve some other such goal to reinvent yourself. All of these goals require a long-standing commitment and many fizzle out, leaving you feeling unsatisfied.

Now’s the time to change things up. Instead of committing yourself to a long-term obligation, set a New Year’s resolution around fun and excitement, the kind you simply won’t find at home. Set your resolution to leave your same-old, same-old behind to travel and explore someplace new and exciting.

San Francisco can be that area for you. With numerous attractions, it’s great for groups or quiet romantic getaways. Here are a few reasons San Francisco delivers immediate fun and long-lasting memories.

* Something for everyone.

No matter where you go, you should pick a destination that works for your entire group and allows everyone to enjoy the best vacation possible. San Francisco, for example, has numerous activities and attractions that deliver something for everyone. Visit California highlights a highway one road trip, with the San Francisco Bay Area as the final stop on the tour. These are the highlights to finish the trip in one of the world’s greatest cities. For an exciting way to visit “the City by the Bay” park your car and explore San Francisco by foot, bike, and unique public transportation. Pedal bikes across the Golden Gate Bridge and back, then explore the lush Presidio, a former military base that’s now a park, or head into Golden Gate Park to visit museums and row across a secret gem, Stow Lake.

Continue along the flat Embarcadero to Fisherman’s Wharf and the Exploratorium science and learning museum. Park your bikes and hop a cable car to ride over the hill to the high-end shops and enormous Macy’s, NikeTown, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus around bustling Union Square.  San Francisco Travel has a complete guide to shopping, dining and shows in Union Square.

Nearby, stroll boutique-lined Maiden Lane—a pedestrian-only thoroughfare during the day, when cafes set up tables and chairs right in the street. Nearby Westfield San Francisco Centre, a dazzling complex on once scruffy but now spiffed up Market Street, glitters with even more stores, including a deluxe food court on the lower level.

While San Francisco is teeming with cutting-edge restaurants, and plenty of wine from nearby Napa and Sonoma, the city also boasts its own wineries and tasting rooms—like Bluxome Winery, with a location in Ghirardelli Square, and a small tasting room for groundbreaking Napa Valley winery Chateau Montelena, tucked in the lobby of the Westin St. Francis.

At night, catch a show in the theater district, or head to North Beach to see Beach Blanket Babylon, a raucous and irreverent San Francisco institution. For more nightlife and dining, stroll Valencia Street in the Mission, a trendy and eclectic hotbed of restaurants and bars, and awesome late-night scoops at Bi-Rite Creamery—a sweet way to finish your road trip.

The new year is no time to introduce new debt, so find value in your travels whenever possible. Tilden Hotel offers affordable lodging and special offers for every budget level, allowing you to plan the trip that matches your goals and your bottom line. Look for lodging and package deals now and throughout the year.

*Best Restaurants & Craft Cocktails

Visitors come to the Bay Area for a long list of reasons. The sights, sports, music, and cultural attractions alone inspire millions of travelers each year. However, the biggest draw is San Francisco’s renowned culinary landscape. Food and drink are intricately woven into the region’s history and traditions, making the Bay Area a dining destination like no other. Here are the reasons why San Francisco is so delicious and why craft cocktails and master mixologists are all the rage in the City by the Bay.

Culinary Innovation 
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San Francisco restaurants and chefs have been a driving force in global culinary innovation for decades, and there are countless examples of local establishments leading the way in experimentation, advancement, and excellence.

You can see this innovation at work by dining at restaurants such as Lazy Bear, where diners get to commiserate with chefs are their meal is prepared. A meal at In Situ will show you what inspires chef Corey Lee. Here, he curates a rotating of menu of dishes perfected by his peers all over the world.

San Francisco was also the birthplace of the Impossible Burger, the site of sourdough’s perfection, and the first city to embrace farm-to-table philosophy on a large scale.

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Pacific Cocktail Haven

It’s almost as if Kevin Diedrich is hiding in plain sight. The expert barman used to command the bars at BDK, Jasper’s, and Burritt Room before opening up Pacific Cocktail Haven, his own tiki-inspired bar near Union Square, which serves up reasonably priced cocktails to locals and tourists alike. Add to that the low-key interiors, and you might think he’s out to prove that all that really matters are the drinks. And his drinks really matter.

Bar Agricole

Is Bar Agricole the best bar in the city? It’s certainly in the top five, based on the groundbreaking cocktail program developed by bartender and owner Thad Vogler; the award-winning architecture and interior design by local favorite Aidlin Darling; and a daring menu centered around produce from nearby organic and biodynamic farms. Vogler used to bartend in Tokyo, and his obsession with Japanese precision shows.

The Riddler

With the rise of the craft cocktail, sometimes it can feel as if the bubbles have been left behind, which is what makes the Riddler such an effervescent addition to the San Francisco scene. It’s a wine bar with a laser focus, offering more than 100 champagnes by the bottle and dozens of sparkling wines by the glass.

Start planning your resolution today

There’s no time like the present to start a New Year’s resolution. Make yours to explore somewhere new and exciting this year. It’s a great way to start 2019 right, and one resolution you’ll look forward to keeping. To learn more about what you can see and do in San Francisco, visit


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