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Travel Tips

Whether you’re looking for a day to explore the path of beatniks in North Beach or a joyride aboard the city’s iconic cable cars, our travel tips are made to help you navigate your way around the perfect day.

December 13th, 2019

SF Neighborhood Guide: Fisherman’s Wharf

Many of the neighborhood's landmark businesses were founded by immigrants who helped establish the city around the time of the Gold Rush. 

November 11th, 2019

Tracing San Francisco’s Diverse City Squares

People-watching in a city square isn’t a past time reserved for European vacations. Take a glimpse of these squares in San Francisco.

October 22nd, 2019

Plan Your Alternative Thanksgiving in SF

If you’re in San Francisco and unsure of how to spend this holiday, go the untraditional route. As always, the city by the bay has you covered.

October 8th, 2019

SF Neighborhood Guide: The Mission

The Mission is a diverse district with Spanish and Mexican influence, hip boutiques, Michelin-star restaurants and street murals that pop.

September 30th, 2019

A Brimming, 2-Day Itinerary for the Solo Traveler in San Francisco

Maximize your 48 hours and hit all the big spots, from the colorful Castro to the beatnik stomping grounds of North Beach.

September 17th, 2019

San Francisco for the Tourist Who Hates Being a Tourist

Looking for interesting places in SF that aren’t particularly touristy? Here are some suggestions for an itinerary that’s mostly off-the-radar to a typical tourist.

September 6th, 2019

SF Neighborhood Guide: SoMa

Known to locals as SoMa, the varied neighborhood is rapidly changing the shape of San Francisco’s skyline, with additions like the Millenium and Salesforce towers.

September 1st, 2019

Why September is the Best Month to Visit San Francisco

San Francisco is the best version of itself in September, when everything seems to be in full-swing.

August 20th, 2019

Clearing the Fog: Packing Essentials for Your SF Trip in Any Weather

One moment the Golden Gate Bridge is blanketed in fog; the next it’s illuminated by sunshine. We wouldn’t have it any other way, but it can be a tricky place to pack for.


June 30th, 2019

SF Neighborhood Guide: The Castro District

Today, the LGBTQ community has made strides toward equality that were unimaginable decades ago. The Castro is now a place to celebrate gay pride all year round. Here’s a look at the nation’s favorite gayborhood.

May 21st, 2019

Weekend in SF with Kids

Planning a summer trip to San Francisco with the family? From toddlers to teens, the city has sights, museums and parks that will keep your kids off their phones and immersed in the experience—except when taking photos or videos!

May 17th, 2019

SF Neighborhood Guide: The Fillmore District

Rhythms of 'The Harlem of the West' mix with Japantown to the north, free love of the 60s, and city development projects. The Fillmore isn’t just one thing – it’s a bit of everything SF.

February 1st, 2019

What to Expect at the Chinese New Year Parade in SF

The nighttime-illuminated procession of fire dancers, fireworks, acrobats and dragons garners international attention.

January 21st, 2019

Fresh Date Ideas in San Francisco

A date doesn’t have to involve dinner at a restaurant. Switching it up makes for a more memorable time – and San Francisco is the best city to stumble upon something new. Let serendipity abound! Here are some unique date ideas.

December 28th, 2018

Pamper your Furry Friends in these SF Pet Shops

When your carry-on is a furry companion, there’s no better place than San Francisco. As a pet-friendly mecca, SF isn’t short of excellent pet shops that offer top-of-the-range articles, cruelty-free products and innovative grooming experiences.

May 8th, 2018

How to Cross the Golden Gate Bridge

Walk the orange suspension bridge that's synonymous with San Francisco.

April 16th, 2018

Traveler's Guide to Golden Gate Park

Not sure what to see in Golden Gate Park? Lucky for you, there's no shortage of options.

March 16th, 2018

The SCH Guide to Japantown

Today, SF's 'Nihonmachi' stretches about six city blocks with the Japan Center as its focal point.

February 28th, 2018

Take Your 2018 Spring Break in SF

Spring! It’s not quite here yet, but you can feel the anticipation in the air, especially if you live in a colder part of the country. We’re here to help.

February 23rd, 2018

Your Guide to North Beach

North Beach is one of America’s favorite neighborhoods. It’s home to Joe DiMaggio, the hub of the West Coast beatniks and site of the very first topless bar in the U.S.

February 20th, 2018

A Day in the Mission

The Mission is home to Mission-style burritos, long lines for ice cream and thrift stores that sell by weight.

February 12th, 2018

2018 SF Valentine’s Day Events & Activities

Whatever your plans this Valentine’s Day, if you’re in SF it’s hard to beat a visit to Cupid’s Span. It’s a two-story tall, 135-foot wide tribute to the mischievous god of love himself.

January 24th, 2018

Try These Amazing Local Brews at SF Beer Week

SF Beer Week is a time to sample the best craft beers in northern California. Not sure which to choose? Here are 5 local brews you should try during SF Beer Week.

January 8th, 2018

January Happenings in SF

Check out the best events planned in our fair city for January 2018.


December 26th, 2017

Ring in 2018 Like a Local at These Spectacular SF Events

Whether your 2017 was a year to remember or an obstacle course filled with unexpected challenges, here’s to a new year and new beginnings! The city has plenty of things happening that will help you #LayDownTracks for the new year.

December 5th, 2017

Healthier You Will Become: SCH Yoda Yoga Mats Are Here to Inspire

You know what we say — #NeverStopStartingUp. A new year is coming soon, and maybe that means you need to keep on pushing toward your health goals. We’re here to help. And so is Yoda.


November 14th, 2017

Free Things to do in SF: November Edition

As is SCH monthly tradition, here are some highlights of upcoming free events in November that cost #zerodollars.

November 10th, 2017

Best of SF Museums

Here’s a guide of the best art, family and miscellaneous museums in SF you don’t want to miss.

October 23rd, 2017

Can the Golden State Warriors Do it Again?

Coming off a championship season, the Warriors will battle it out against more than their world-class opponents this season. They’ll also go head-to-head against ...

October 20th, 2017

Take a Day Trip to Half Moon Bay

Located about an hour south of San Francisco, HMB is a half-moon shaped beach with a quaint downtown and lots of farms.

October 19th, 2017

The SCH Guide to Halloween in SF

Whether you come to SF for business, leisure or to visit family, there’s no shortage of Halloween events for all ages and interests.

October 17th, 2017

SCH Day Trip Guide to the Redwoods

To see anything from 1200 years ago, you might think you’d have to go to the castles of Europe or at least to a museum. But ...

October 16th, 2017

#SCH Guide 2 the Embarcadero

While we love all of the offerings in Nob Hill, the Embarcadero has a special place in our hearts and is often one of the main attractions we encourage visitors to explore.

October 9th, 2017

Bike trails we love

When you stay with us you get access to borrow our bikes and cruise the city streets.

October 2nd, 2017

How to do #SF like a Local

When you visit a city you want to get immersed in it, right? Live like a local? Well, whether you’re coming to San Francisco for two hours, two days or two weeks, we’ve got the places you will want to check out.

September 29th, 2017

The SCH Guide to The Castro

The Castro is one of SF’s most unique and historic neighborhoods. It gets its name from José Antonio Castro, a leader in the Mexican army and acting governor of Alta California in the mid-1800s. 

September 27th, 2017

Why You Can't Miss the Autumn Moon Festival

The yearly event that is the Autumn Moon Festival is set for Chinatown on Sept. 30-Oct. 1; two full days of lion dancers,

September 27th, 2017

The Best #DateNight Walks in SF

Date nights are about discovery. Maybe a little bit of adventure. You can learn a lot about someone when things are unstructured — is this person spontaneous and carefree?

September 22nd, 2017

How 2 Get from the Airport 2 SCH #LetUsCountTheWays

Let’s get practical. You’re coming to San Francisco, and, to make things even better, let’s assume you’re staying with us! We’d love to have you. But how are you going to get here?

September 20th, 2017

With this Offer, Planning Your Holidays Early Pays Off

The holidays can be a great time to get away. With a spirit of kindness and gratitude in the air, it’s one of the best times to see a new city and connect with family and friends in a different locale.

September 18th, 2017

SF Slang Explained

San Francisco is one of the most international cities in the world, with a minority-majority population that makes SF a hella unique place.

September 15th, 2017

5 Perfect Ways to Celebrate Your Honeymoon in SF

A honeymoon is a time to be transported, to escape and enjoy each other. It’s a time for new adventures as you begin your big adventure as a married couple.

September 12th, 2017

3 Reasons to Drop What You’re Doing and Get to SF Right Now


So, what are you up to?

Stuck in a cubicle? Staring at a computer screen? Errands? Netflix binging to drown your summer-is-over sorrows?

September 12th, 2017

Free Things 2 Do in SF: September Edition

Ah, September. The buses are back on the street. The pencils have been sharpened. And school's back in session.

September 5th, 2017

Why We're Screaming 4 the Museum of Ice Cream in SF

SF’s love affair with ice cream is no secret, so we’re thrilled that the dreamlike Museum of Ice Cream, a pop-up museum that celebrates our favorite frozen snack, will make its SF debut this September.

September 4th, 2017

The Color Factory is the Most #InstagramWorthy Thing in SF Right Now

We’re not totally sure if The Color Factory was created for anything except for the glory of Instagram — but have you seen the photos?! If not, check out #ColorFactoryCo on Instagram now.

September 1st, 2017

3 Ways We’re Getting Green in Cali

Sometimes, going green can feel like a big deal. It is the planet we’re talking about after all.

August 18th, 2017

5 Free Things 2 Do in SF

Ready to hear something obvious? Ok, here goes. There are plenty of ways to spend money in San Francisco and have a good time.

August 9th, 2017

5 Things That Will Steal Your Heart in SF

First, there’s way more than five things, but we have to start somewhere, right? Like a little taste of what you can discover and love about SF.

August 2nd, 2017

Plan Ahead for Dreamforce 2017

Dreamforce is coming!

In November.

What’s that? Oh, yes, we know it’s currently early August. But we have your back.

July 26th, 2017

3 Tips for Doing SF w/Kids

If you have kids, you know. Just getting out the door — nevermind going on a #summervacay to an unfamiliar city — can feel like a monumental task.

July 15th, 2017

Leland Stanford & Cinema

In case you didn’t know, our namesake Leland Stanford has deep roots in California.

July 12th, 2017

The SCH Day Trip Guide 2 Sausalito

Sausalito is just 10 miles north of us on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s name is derived from a Spanish word meaning “small willow grove.”

June 27th, 2017

The Concerts We're Looking 4ward 2 This Summer in SF

Summer is the best time of year for concerts, esp. in such a music city like San Francisco.

June 16th, 2017

The SCH Guide 2 the Summer of Love in the Haight-Ashbury

Now that we’re in the thick of the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love (which, BTW we’re running some mad specials for), it’s high time we presented you with our guide to the iconic Haight-Ashbury neighborhood,

June 14th, 2017

The June Festivals U Can’t Miss in SF

June is prime festival month in the City by the Bay. From live music to delectable eats, there’s something going on every weekend. Here are our picks for the top festivals in SF in June:

June 6th, 2017

SCH #ProTips for Parking in SF

Parking in SF is no easy task. Whether it’s grabbing a spot that isn’t restricted, avoiding a ticket or just finding an empty space, it’s no secret that parking in the City by the Bay is tough.

May 19th, 2017

#LocalTips 4 Surviving Bay to Breakers

Although Bay to Breakers is the oldest race in the country, it also happens to be San Francisco's best party. Expect lots of costumes and even some birthday suits in this 12K race.

May 18th, 2017

6 Reasons 2 Go 2 Outside Lands

Outside Lands is a SF tradition. From the August fog rolling in over Golden Gate Park to Ranger Dave, the eco-friendly MC, this music festival is pure San Francisco.

May 11th, 2017

Where 2 Take Mom This #MothersDay in SF

It’s that time of the year again, the most special day in May, the one where you take mom out for an afternoon on the town.

May 2nd, 2017

Things to Do in San Francisco in May 2017

With some of SF’s best weather happening in May, this month is an excellent time to get out and enjoy some of the City by the Bay’s best events. Here are the Stanford Court Hotel picks for what’s going on in San Francisco in May 2017.

April 26th, 2017

The SCH Guide 2 Unplugging

For as connected as SF always is, it’s also can be just as unplugged. That’s because although San Francisco is THE techie city in the United States, it’s also filled with numerous outdoor areas and natural wonders.

April 19th, 2017

The Best Places to Go #OffTheGrid near SF

San Francisco is gorgeous. With its iconic hills and dramatic coastlines and miles of forested areas, there’s nothing quite like the City by the Bay.

April 17th, 2017

The Stanford Court Guide 2 Polk Street

Polk Street gets pegged for its bars and nightlife scene, because, well, there are quite a few. But it’s also got some of the coolest shops in the Nob Hill - Russian Hill area. It’s only a short walk from Stanford Court Hotel. Here are some spots that you shouldn’t miss along Nob Hill’s most popular avenue.

April 10th, 2017

The Most Scenic Running Routes in SF

At SCH, we’re all about living a healthy lifestyle, which is why when we’re not at the 24-hour SCH fitness center, you’ll find us jogging around San Francisco

March 20th, 2017

Monet: The Early Years @ The Legion of Honor

If you think you’ve seen Monet, think again. The latest exhibition, “Monet: The Early Years” shows the artist in a completely new light.

March 13th, 2017

Hamilton Comes to San Francsico

The musical Hamilton has taken America by storm. And now it’s finally making its way to San Francisco. Through August 5, 2017, Hamilton will be at the SHN Orpheum Theater.

March 10th, 2017

6 Things to Do in San Francsico in March 2017

Here are the Stanford Court Hotel picks for what’s going on in San Francisco in March 2017.

February 18th, 2017

Union Square Holiday Fun

Our Nob Hill hotel is located just a few blocks away from the iconic Union Square shopping district of San Francisco.

February 2nd, 2017

Things to Do in San Francisco – February 2017

There’s never a lack of things to do in the City by the Bay. Although the city can get run over with festivals, there are a few that even us locals like to check out. JSYK, these are the events on our radar in February 2017


December 18th, 2016

Our Favourite San Francisco Views

One of the advantages of living in a very, very hilly city is that there are so many great places to take in beautiful views of the city and see far distances in the Bay Area.

October 25th, 2016

San Francisco Halloween Events

There are a lot of Halloween activities in San Francisco and we thought we would share our favorites. Whether you are looking for something fun to do with your family or a fun adult night out, here are our suggestions to get in the Halloween spirit!

October 24th, 2016

Rainy Day Activities in Nob Hill

Rainy days in Nob Hill still allow for plenty of fun. Don’t be discouraged by a little rain- you can still enjoy San Francisco.

October 23rd, 2016

San Francisco Giants NDLS

You might think after a great weekend with the Blue Angels that San Francisco would be tired.

October 22nd, 2016

Fleet Week 2016 Events

With the end of summer, most people think that the fun ends. In San Francisco the fall is one of the busiest and most exciting times with fun fairs, events, and the popular Fleet Week.

September 24th, 2016

Best San Francisco Activities in September

Summer in San Francisco is unlike most parts of the country. Warm weather days are a special treat rather than an expected occurrence.

July 20th, 2016

Stan’s San Francisco Activity Suggestions

Whether it is your first, fifth or fifteenth time to San Francisco, there is always something new to explore.

April 22nd, 2016

San Francisco Celebrations for Tony Bennett

If you have been to San Francisco before, you know how easy is it to leave your heart in this magical city.

March 30th, 2016

San Francisco Earth Month Events

April is Earth Month and we excited for all of the great happenings in San Francisco.

March 14th, 2016

Best Nob Hill Spots to Watch March Madness

March Madness is upon us and there is nothing more important than a bracket with good odds and a great place to catch the upsets, victories, nail-biters, and championship.

January 13th, 2016

Mother’s Day Activities in San Francisco

Are you celebrating your mother, grandmother, aunt or yourself this Mother’s Day and want to do something fun and different? Instead of making brunch the main attraction, check out some of our favorite Mother’s Day Activities in San Francisco!

January 9th, 2016

Best San Francisco Hikes!

We’re known for our steep hills and our health conscious locals. Whether you are looking to capture that image that will increase your instagram game or just looking to get your heart rate up.

December 16th, 2015

Nob Hill Hidden Gems

Here at Stanford Court we think we’ve got it pretty great.

December 15th, 2015

Aw Shucks! 5 Great Places To Eat Oysters!

The sight of delicious oysters over ice with a glass of champagne has our mouths watering. However, we know sometimes those platters can get a bit pricey so we’ve narrowed our list down to some great happy hours that tame that seafood craving without breaking the bank.

November 11th, 2015

Summer Travels to San Francisco

Are you traveling to San Francisco this summer? We would love to host you at our historic Nob Hill hotel!

October 7th, 2015

San Francisco Murals!

San Francisco is a melting pot of cultures and you can see it throughout the city. From the Mission District to Russian Hill, walls are covered with a variety of cultural, social, and political images.

September 14th, 2015

Packing Tips for Your San Francisco Trip!

Most people think that packing for a trip is super stress-inducing because it is time consuming and challenging to pack appropriately.

September 2nd, 2015

Best San Francisco Hikes!

Spring is officially here (well for the rest of the united states), but we can’t really complain about our weather here in San Francisco.

September 17th, 2014

Father’s Day Activities in San Francisco

Father’s Day Activities in San Francisco


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