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  • Movies Under the Stars

    August 07, 2017

    The Monterey Bay Aquarium invites you to join us for Film Night in the Park. One of San Francisco’s most popular events during the summer and early fall, this outdoor film series has been attended by over 100,000 people since its inception in 2003. All films are free of charge and are screened amidst scenic park surroundings at three different venues: Dolores Park at Dolores and 19th Streets, Union Square, and Washington Square Park in the North Beach neighborhood. The parks are easily accessible via BART/MUNI, and attendees are also encouraged to walk or bike to the events. Director Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” will be showing on August 26 at Washington Square Park at 7:45 p.m. This winner of multiple Oscar and Golden Globe awards has been lauded for breathing new life into classic film genres. Next up in September: Mike Nichol’s iconic satire, “The Graduate,” will show on September 9th in Union Square, and “The Breakfast Club,” director John Hughes’ seminal film about adolescent angst will be screened on September 23rd at Dolores Park. Picnicking before the film is also part of the experience, so be sure to bring plenty of snacks, drinks, and blankets.

  • A Fun and Educational Walking Tour

    July 04, 2017

    San Francisco is home to so many famous attractions that it’s often difficult for guests to choose what sites to visit based on the time available to them. For those guests, and for others who want to do more than take a few photos, a SF Library Walking Tour is one of the best ways to learn the history and discover the essence of the city beneath its veneer. Led by knowledgeable and experienced docents, these free tours are scheduled at various dates and times, and the tour selection includes many of the city’s iconic landmarks and neighborhoods. The Russian Hill and the Castro tours will remind visitors of Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City,” and “Harvey Milk.” Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Coit Tower Murals, and City Hall and the Civic Center are also popular. Historic Nob Hill and the Beat Generation’s North Beach are two of the most requested tours, along with the Japanese Tea Garden, and many other historic sites. A list of tours, along with their descriptions, dates, and times can be found here: http://www.sfcityguides.org/current_schedule.html.

  • Chocolate and Art Show Benefits "Artists for Trauma"

    June 05, 2017

    This year, forget the ties, the after-shave, and the campy boxers, and give Dad something he'll remember for years to come – a San Francisco getaway. Father’s Day is an ideal time to visit the city, and Dad can play tourist to his heart’s content. San Francisco is also a city of multicultural festivals and events, many of which help to raise funds and awareness for a variety of organizations, such as the one below. This year’s Chocolate and Art Show will be held at the SOMArts Cultural Center on June 22 – 23, from 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Featuring live body and face painting, live music, and live portraits, the show will also feature the work of some of the city’s best new artists. There will be free chocolate for all, and a portion of the proceeds will go to “Artists for Trauma.”

  • Mission Murals: Tour the Art Alleys

    May 01, 2017

    For guests of the Calista who enjoy public art and culture, the Mission Mural Tour is a must-see. A vital part of the city’s public art scene, they are a fascinating mélange of Depression-era WPA art, early 20th century Mexican muralists, and graffiti artists whose work demonstrates a heavy influence by graphic comics and/or pop culture. Balmy Alley and Clarion Alley are where most of the murals are located, but there are many other places in the Mission area to view these, including the back side of residences, and there are hundreds of murals by artists of all ages, ethnicities, and levels of experience. Mural themes vary, but social injustice and frustration with inequity is a popular topic due to the city’s rapidly changing demographics. Others range from the fantastic to the more traditional. The murals are best viewed on foot, so wear comfortable shoes and plan on roaming freely. The area is easily accessed via BART, and a map of nearby stops is available. To schedule your own mural art “staycation,” call us at (415) 287-3657, or visit: http://www.calistaorganichotel.com/

  • Best Bars in San Francisco: Food & Wine Picks

    April 03, 2017

    San Francisco is home to a huge variety of trendy boites and bistros known for cutting-edge design and experts in the art of cocktail-crafting. So, how can tourists new to the city select one, two, or even a few during their stay? Food & Wine magazine recently solved this dilemma by searching out the best destination bars in the U.S. Their list of “50 Best Bars in America” includes seven of San Francisco’s own, and the three below are less than 20 minutes away from the Calista Organic Hotel. Rich Table keeps it fresh and local. Try the Tiger Lily cocktail – it’s a dreamy blend of blood oranges, Blanco tequila, Aperol, and Mexican Liqueur. For reservations, call (415) 355-9085. Beretta is popular for its upscale pizza and its impressive cocktails. A base of absinthe and rum mixed with bitters, lime, and maraschino makes the Dolores Park Swizzle an interesting choice. Call (415) 695-1199 for details. With its reputation for excellent modern Vietnamese food, and cocktails that complement the menu, the Slanted Door features such libations as the Pisco Apricot Tropical. Call (415) 861-8032.

  • Book Now for Bargains

    March 06, 2017

    One of the best travel bargains in San Francisco, the Calista Organic Hotel is featuring more savings in March with our special packages listed below.   Shopping Spree Package: From $599 Begin your three-night stay with a bottle of organic wine and concierge services for shopping in Union Square, home to Macy’s, Barneys NY, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Westfield SF Centre. Rest and refresh at any of the square’s enormous selection of restaurants, outdoor cafes, and coffee shops. Use rate code "Organic3."   Winter Getaway: From $999 Want to spend more time in our fabulous city? Opt for the six-night package and get the same concierge services for Union Square shopping, along with a bottle of red or white organic wine. Use rate code "Organic6."   Loyalty Program We love our returning guests, and, to show our appreciation for their loyalty, we offer rewards of valuable points with every stay. Each reservation gets you closer to a new reward.   Our Shopping Package and the Winter Getaway are only available until April 1, so make your reservations soon! To make reservations, or for more details, email: reservations@calistasf.com, or call us at (415) 287-3657.

  • Valentine's Day for Wine Lovers

    February 06, 2017

    Whether you’re a couple of hopeful singles on your first date, or a long-married couple celebrating an anniversary, there is nothing more romantic than sipping wine together. Fortunately, the city offers more boites and bistros than you can shake a decanter at, and the three below are only minutes away from the Calista Organic Hotel. Located at 476 Castro Street, Blush! Wine Bar was inspired by European wine bars and offers over 50 wines by the glass. High marks are consistently garnered for service, ambience, and wine selection. Call (415) 558-0893, or visit: http://www.blushwinebar.com/home. The Etcetera Wine Bar at 795 Valencia Street features a large selection of wines by regions, along with knowledgeable servers, and some tasty tapas. Fun, trendy music and a laid-back vibe is ideal for first dates. Call (415) 926-5477 or visit: http://etceterawinebar.com/. Listed in Food & Wine’s “Best New Places to Drink Wine,” Gourmet & More is ideal for those who prefer BYO. Located at 141 Gough Street, their back patio is a great setting for pairing your wine with fine (primarily French) cheeses from their cellar. Call (415) 874-9133 or visit: https://gourmetandmorestore.com/.

  • Get Your Flix Fix at the Castro Theater

    January 09, 2017

    Minutes away from the Calista Organic Hotel, the Castro Theater is a notable city landmark, and a Mecca for cinephiles. This January, the theater will show its regular movie calendar, but will also present NOIR CITY 15 from January 20-29. An annual tradition, NOIR CITY features ten days of the best noir from some of the industry’s most respected directors. This year’s theme is “The Big Knockover,” and portrays the history of the heist from the 1950’s to 2015. The 24-film selection will include such Hollywood heavyweights as “The Asphalt Jungle” and “Criss Cross,” along with British director Basil Dearden’s iconic “The League of Gentlemen.” Also showing will be Argentinian director Fabián Bielinsky’s neo-noir thriller, “El Aura,” which cemented Bielinsky’s name in the industry. Additional films include Takumi Furukawa’s “Cruel Gun Story,” Jules Dassin’s “Rififi,” Mario Monicelli’s “Big Deal on Madonna Street,” and Claude Sautet’s “Classe Tous Risques,” all selections of the prestigious Criterion Collection. The Castro Theater is located at 429 Castro Street. Call (415) 621-6120 for details, or visit: www.castrotheatre.com/p-list.html

  • Close to the Calista: Three Great Breakfast/Brunch Stops Within Walking Distance

    December 05, 2016

    San Francisco has a ton of terrific restaurants, and some of the best places for brunch and breakfast are mere steps away from the hotel. Check out our suggestions below for nearby scrumptious eats. The Pink Elephant Alibi at 142 Minna St. is famous for its Bottomless Mimosa Bar with pour-it-yourself champagne and a huge selection of juices (including jalapeno, watermelon, mango, coconut, and guava), their delicious food (Sassy Bacon, Salmon Eggs Benedict), and their loud, youthful vibe. It's a great choice for a boozy brunch. In the mood to grab n’ go? Stroll over to 100 Van Ness Ave. and pick up some of The Corridor Café’s famous “Cruffins” and one of their distinctive coffees or lattes. For more substantial fare, order their mushroom breakfast burrito – it’s served with green chile crème fraiche, cheddar cheese, and a side of tater tots. For a jazzy, New Orleans-style breakfast, come to Brenda’s French Soul Food at 652 Polk St. They serve up large portions of Catfish Eggs Benedict, Grillades with Grits, fried chicken, and Crawfish Beignets, along with a tasty gumbo made with chicken, sausage, and okra.

  • The Best Bargain for Your San Francisco Staycation

    November 07, 2016

    Swear off the overpriced hotels with all those amenities you'll never use, and check into the Calista Organic Hotel instead. Our modern efficiencies are clean and comfortable, with kitchenettes that include refrigerators, coffee/tea makers, and microwaves. You’ll enjoy daily housekeeping, cable television, and complimentary Wi-Fi too. Best of all, you’re only a few minutes away from Fisherman’s Wharf, Market Street, Union Square, Lombard Street, and Lafayette Park, among many other world famous attractions in the Bay Area and beyond. You’ll find an enormous selection of eateries, clubs, and other entertainment options, most within walking distance. Our friendly staff is happy to assist with everything from restaurant or club suggestions to directions for those unfamiliar with the area. We’re also near local grocers and some of the best takeout in the city, if you’re in the mood for a quieter evening. Next time you travel to San Francisco, be good to yourself and your wallet, and make the Calista Organic Hotel your preferred staycation location.

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