San Francisco: Flower Show, Fortune Cookies and Fantastic Hotel

 

I love to visit San Francisco. When I lived there, I was teaching and going to graduate school and somehow never knew about the Flower Show and the Fortune Cookie Factory. Fortunately, friends of mine showed me the way and I discovered new things on my recent visit.

San Francisco ViewIn Union Square at Macy’s, there is a spring time flower show. The 2018 theme was “Once Upon A Springtime.” My favorite part was to sit in the Princess chair but I was told that in San Francisco, “We do not bother with Princesses, we are all Queens here!” So grab some attitude and enjoy the flower displays all over the store. This event happens at Macy’s New York, Chicago and San Francisco where the stores are “transformed into breathtaking floral scenes with blooms, fantasy flowers and lush plants from around the world. Millions of guests filed in during the two-week exhibition as our stores blossomed with themed events, specialty gardens and more.” The theme of the show was “heroic characters triumphing over competing forces to usher in the beauty of spring.”

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During my stay at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, I learned that the Fortune Cookie started in San Francisco in 1914. I walked from the hotel to historic Chinatown and visited the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory.

Fortune Cookie at The Ritz Carlton SF

It is free to visit the factory which is open from 9am to 6pm and you can create your own fortune cookies! Located at 56 Ross Alley, you walk in and say hello. You are welcome to take photos but the best part is you can write up your own fortunes and watch them get wrapped into cookies! I wrote Happy Birthday messages for my mom! You will pay $1.50 for two cookies with your personal messages. If you take photos, please leave a tip for the hard working team. While this Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory has been in operation since August 5, 1962, you will not find fortune cookies in China. They are a San Francisco invention started by a Japanese American in Golden Gate Park at the Japanese Tea Garden.

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I loved my stay at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. Did you know that children have their own check-in table?

The Ritz Carlton SF Kids Check in here

Not only was my room gorgeous but it had the best black-out curtains so after my adventures in the city, I could take an afternoon nap!

My room The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco

This array of chocolates, cookies and brownies were a most delectable San Francisco treat!

My treats at The Ritz-Carlton San FranciscoWant more information and rates for The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. Click here!

Outside at The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco

Whether you are staying at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco or just nearby, make a reservation for The JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset Tasting Lounge with rare wines in an intimate setting.  Looking for a romantic date, a place to propose or a wine tasting to rekindle the fires, this stunning tasting lounge offers exclusive wine tasting flights, ranging from $35 to $75 per person, and includes some of the most decadent, exquisite, limited wines within the Boisset Collection. JCB-at-The-Ritz-Carlton-SF

Are you wondering about the service at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco? The Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton always go the extra mile to make sure your stay is remarkable in every way. They even helped me get more organized! Thank you to The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco.

Lisa Ellen Niver

After exploring 99 countries and sailing for seven years on the high seas, Lisa Niver is ready for more active adventures! Find her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.25 million views on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and YouTube. Her stories include Dutch designer villas for Luxury Magazine, interviewing Fabien Cousteau for Delta Sky, skiing with the blind for Sierra and WWII for Saturday Evening Post and Smithsonian. She is verified on both Twitter and Facebook and is the Adventure Correspondent for The Jet Set TV. Her latest projects are 50 new things before she is 50 and Facebook Live for USA Today 10best. She has run 13 Travel Writing Awards publishing nearly 2000 writers from 75 countries and this summer is the first We Said Go Travel Photo Competition. She was a winner in the 59th annual 2016 Southern California Journalism Awards for her print column in The Jewish Journal. She was invited to the United Nations as a Champions of Humanity ambassador, to the red carpet at the Oscars with United Airlines and to New Orleans with American Express and Starwood Hotels. She also contributes to USA Today, Wharton Business Magazine, the Jewish Journal and was a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, a 2014 nominee for the Charles Bronfman Prize and a finalist in two categories for the 59th annual Southern California Journalism Awards.

One response to “San Francisco: Flower Show, Fortune Cookies and Fantastic Hotel

  1. Hello
    I would like to show you my appreciation about your talent in writing and photography.
    I like the full travel guide to San Francisco that tells us about things to do, places to visit and more of the beauty of such a great city. Your photos take us to those places like an amazing film.
    Please keep on writing you are really talented. Reem Zeyad

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