Live Like A Local
Live Like A Local

Our staff knows just where to go!

Getting off the beaten path and discovering hidden gems is one of the wonders of travel. But how do you find those special places? Ask a local. The Harbor Court Hotel helps you make the most of your San Francisco stay by sharing our staff's favorite picks and insider tips.

We asked our intrepid staff: If you had only two days in San Francisco, what would you do? Take a peek, have some fun and live like a local.

Hang Gliding (Fort Funston)
If you're up for a little thrill, Fort Funston provides one of the best "hang three" intermediate level hang-gliding spots in the US. If hang gliding isn't your thing, you can always watch them from the observation deck. Also be sure to check out the former military buildings and artillery battery in the protected area.
--Sally, Accounting

Green Apple Books (Inner Richmond)
Remember paperback books before you got your Kindle? If you're still a bookworm without the tech, Green Apple Books is the place for you. Peruse thousands of new and used books, or attend one of their many weekly in-store events. These include poetry nights, readings and more! And if you're into a fun treat, join the Apple-A-Month Club, a subscription club where Green Apple sends a new fiction pick to your doorstep every month.
--  Aubria, Housekeeping Supervisor

CandyBar (Western Addition)
If you've got a sweet tooth, Candy Bar is the place for you. Serving up a dessert-only menu, prepare for a night of decadence. All desserts are made in-house, and frequently change on the whim of the chef, so there's always something new to try. And if you can't choose, order the dessert sampler so you can try a little bit of everything! Drinks and dessert -- I'm in!
-- Jessica, Front Desk Agent

Bourbon and Branch (Tenderloin)
A modern speakeasy in the heart of San Francisco, this hot spot gives you the chance to imbibe with a generous cocktail and spirit list. Grab a reservation and don't forget your password (it's how you get in!). Enjoy Prohibition-inspired cocktails at the bar or the library room, or grab one of the many whiskys on their extensive list and soak up the view. Either way, you'll find something to take pleasure in, whether you're a bourbon aficionado or novice.
-- Chris, Assistant Front Desk Manager

Glen Canyon Park (Glen Park)
Grab BART to Glen Park Station and take a short jaunt to the end of Chenery Street -- just beyond there you'll find one of the best hiking spots in San Francisco. Deep canyons and natural beauty surrounds you, making the perfect backdrop for a hike or jog. The sight is even better at sunset when the lights hit the rocks.
-- Brad, Front Desk Supervisor

San Francisco City Guides (Citywide)
SF City Guides provides free walking tours around the city, every day of the week. Choose between dozens of different themed tours, ranging from Downtown Deco to Land's End: Sutro Heights. You'll be sure to find something that will pique your interest!
-- Michael, Engineering

Keith Haring: The Political Line (Golden Gate Park)
Head over to the De Young for one of the most exciting exhibits in San Francisco at the moment.
Over 130 of Haring's graffiti-inspired pieces have made their debut in the US, making a splash with their influences based in political activism and social justice.
-- Luis, Bellman

Musee Mecanique (Pier 45)
If you're looking for a unique museum to check out in San Francisco, don't miss out on Musee Mecanique. This museum boasts one of the largest privately owned collections of mechanically operated arcade games, musical instruments and more. The collector has over 300 items in his collection, most of which is housed in the Pier 45 location.
-- Kit Yee, Housekeeping

For more information about any of these suggestions, and for additional favorites, contact our front desk at 1-415-882-1300.