As San Francisco welcomes the finals of America’s Cup 2013, one of the world’s premier boating events, there’s no better time to experience the City by the Bay. To ensure smooth sailing for your travels, here’s a quick itinerary to best enjoy your America’s Cup adventure.
The History: For the first time in 18 years, the America’s Cup, the competition for the oldest trophy in international sport, comes home to the U.S.
While the cups name might mistakenly imply the race has domestic roots, it’s actually an international event, named after the America, a charter member of the fledgling New York Yacht Club and 1851 winner of the first race.
Queen Victoria, a spectator of that inaugural event, famously inquired who came in second, to which she was answered, “Ah, your majesty, there is no second.”
Since then the cup has been passed between countries and competed for on many shores, the most recent domestic hosting in San Diego in 1995. The Golden Gate Yacht Club brought home the trophy from Valencia in 2010, and now the cup comes to San Francisco where BMW Oracle Racing will defends its title.
Recommended Resort: The emergence of SOMA (that’s South of Market Street for those new to the neighborhood) has opened up new real estate for hoteliers looking to get in on the San Francisco business and tourist market.
One such company is The St. Regis, who debuted its spacious high-rise hotel in the historic Williams Building. With 22,500 square-feet combined of indoor and outdoor space, there’s no packed sardine experiences here.
In fact, the rooms are spacious, contemporary and nicely appointed with luxury amenities. The tempting Remède Spa makes for a soothing afternoon escape, and dining at signature restaurant Ame, is nothing short of spectacular.
Check In: 125 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA. 415-284-4000, stregissanfrancisco.com.
Check Out: The local cuisine. Culinary aficionados will be in their full glory while visiting San Francisco, with everything from amazing Chinese to hearty Italian in North Beach.
In the spirit of the America’s Cup, seafood is on the menu at almost all the eateries at Fisherman’s Wharf, including family-owned Alioto’s, the oldest venue in the neighborhood and some of the best bay views. For more information, click here.
If you want something a little less touristy, try Georges in the Financial District, serving sustainable seafood and a raw bar. For more information, click here.
For vegetarian fare at its best and guaranteed amazing views of the boating action, make a reservation at Greens at Fort Mason. For more information, click here.
And what would any trip to San Francisco be without a visit to Ghirardelli. Even with an influx of gourmet gelatos and assorted frozen treats around town, their hot fudge sundae still takes the cake. For more information, click here.
Don’t Miss: The event in action! The AC Finals began on September 7th and will continue until the 21st.
The afternoon races start off the Golden Gate Bridge, heading east towards Fisherman’s Wharf, up to Crissy Field, repeat course and finish at the foot of Lombard Street.
The race can be watched from most vantage points on the northernmost shores of the city. More adventurous spectators might want to take in the action from Alcatraz or Treasure Islands, the Golden Gate Bridge or even by private boat (but double check with the marshals for appropriate on-water viewing).
For more information about America’s Cup, click here!
Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Always a Bridesmaid Columnist, Darren Elms.
Photos courtesy of America’s Cup and St. Regis San Francisco.
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