In my opinion, Manhattan should be done in a mad three-night journey. It allows you to go for broke without actually succeeding. Instead of staying put though, reserve at two of the city’s newest, swankiest hotels. You’ll get a taste of different sides of the city (and save on cab fares). The Surrey, on a posh block of the Upper East Side, is your one-night splurge. Originally a residential hotel built in the ’20s, its lobby now houses Chuck Close’s painting of Kate Moss. Lauren Rottet’s black and white décor is an elegant mix of modern and traditional design, a relief in the era of Philippe Starck.
Waikiki Beach may have its strengths—cerulean skies, crystal waters, white sand—but you don’t get much world-traveler cred back in SF for it. That’s too bad, because not only is it one of the most gorgeous destinations on the planet, but it’s also been getting a facelift, resort by resort, over the past decade.
After nearly 27,000 votes, we're thrilled to announce that 7x7 readers voted the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center as San Francisco's favorite charity. In addition to our $700, they received an additional contribution from Gump's as recognition for the wonderful work they're doing to protect and nurture San Francisco's children. They will also be profiled in the February issue of the magazine as "A Charity You Love."
In perhaps one of the coolest schemes to raise money and awareness for local non-profit 826 Valencia, Dave Eggers, Anthony Myint (of Commonwealth & Mission Chinese Food fame) and ex-Talking Heads guitarist Jerry Harrison will battle to the death against champions in ping pong games inspired by the new book Everything You Know Is Pong, which is about--you guessed it--ping pong's status in pop culture and world history.
Have you seen those crazy new touch screen Yahoo ads at bus stops lately? They're actually games that pit SF neighborhood against neighborhood and until January 26th, when they disappear, you basically won't have a chance to get bored waiting for Muni again. But that's not all--the winning neighborhood wins a block party with indie band OK Go!
If you're an East-Coast transplant bemoaning the lack of snow here during the holidays, here's a little piece of home: There's a winter wonderland right here in San Francisco, next door to the Embarcadero ice skating rink in the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Here, you can drink hot chocolate and watch snow falls three times a day (at 4pm, 6pm and 8 pm) amongst 300,000 sparkling lights.