Young Thais are drawn by the big city lifestyle
Forty-nine: in San Francisco, it's more than just a number. From the 1849 Gold Rush to the 49 square miles that comprise the city, San Francisco seems drawn to seven squared.
Discover what the number means to you with today's escape: $225 for a one-night stay for two with a free upgrade at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, plus two orchestra or premier first-tier seats to the San Francisco Symphony on July 7, 8, or 9.
Pull into free parking at the 39-floor hotel (a $51 value) and check into your upgraded view room just steps from Union Square. Outfitted with a pivoting 32-inch LCD TV, a pillow-top mattress and a towering vista, the rooms at this iconic hotel are the perfect launch pad for 49 hours of fun.
Just before cocktail hour, head to 49 Geary, about three blocks from the hotel. The former West Coast headquarters of Western Union, this historic building now houses about 20 independent art galleries and four rare-book dealers. Photo buffs: check out the fourth-floor Fraenkel Gallery, which specializes in 19th and 20th century photography.
Next, head for Davies Symphony Hall about an hour before the concert of your choice for summery bites, specialty cocktails and live music. Evoking the zeitgeist of Paris circa 1920, vocalist Laura Benanti performs her favourite Gershwin tunes with the orchestra on 7 July in My Classic Gershwin. On 8 July, pianist Valentina Lisitsa plays a host of Russian composers, from Rachmaninoff to Mussorgsky, in My Classic Russian Favourites. And for a quintessential classical concert experience, join pianist Sara Davis Buechner for an evening of Beethoven on 9 July in My Classic Beethoven.
Afterward, treat yourself to a nightcap at Absinthe Brasserie & Bar. This 13.5-year-old bistro in Hayes Valley (yep, that's about 4,900 days) specializes in classic and contemporary cocktails and French-inspired fare. Sip a Joy Ride — that's locally produced Hangar One Vodka, Campari, and fresh-squeezed grapefruit — and sup on coq au vin in the warmly lit, split-room dining area.
Before checking out in the morning, peruse 49 Hours of SF: Arts and Culture for more weekend suggestions. With virtually infinite possibilities, you might just want to stay another night to squeeze in that 49th hour of fun.
- One-night stay for two with guaranteed upgrade to view room on 7, 8 or 9 July
- Complimentary parking at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis
- Two orchestra or premier first-tier tickets to the San Francisco Symphony on 7 July (My Classic Gershwin), 8 July (My Classic Russian Favourites) or 9 July (My Classic Beethoven)
- Book by 8 July