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.”

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.

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

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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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