Treat Yourself to Elegance in San Francisco

July 15, 2018
Category: San Francisco Attractions

San Francisco, California, attracts millions of visitors each year and is considered one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. This city is thriving with culture, unparalleled diversity, an abundance of gourmet dining, endless outdoor adventures, exciting live entertainment, world-class museums, stunning architecture, and breathtaking views. With majestic vistas, rolling hills and famous landmarks, San Francisco is home to dozens of attractions. During your stay, treat yourself to a night out with gourmet French cuisine from an award-winning chef and a trip to the Opera. 

Visit Altier Crenn and The Opera House

A two-star Michelin Star and multi-award winning Chef, Dominique Crenn, offers an unforgettable culinary experience in a quaint yet luxurious dining room at Altier Crenn using the finest and freshest ingredients. Upon arrival, guests are warmly welcomed with poems - each line embodying cues representing the course of their meal that evening, and are surrounded with unique hand-painted artwork by Crenn’s father. The menu is a tribute to the home garden Crenn cultivated with her mother growing up and is a genuine, mouthwatering treat - and artwork in and of itself, or “poetic culinaria.” Crenn’s menu was labeled “an expression of taste, scent, and vision” upon winning the 2018 James Beard Foundation Award. The cuisine is as beautiful, if not more, than the artwork displayed on the walls and is sure to satisfy both the eyes and the appetite.  

Altier Crenn offers a rotating multi-course tasting experience for groups including up to six individuals in a romantic setting, with two seating turns per evening. Wine pairings are included featuring some of the top wineries internationally, and locally. Some items previously sampled on Crenn’s menus include: handmade chocolates, poached pear almond brioche, mushroom tartine with espelette aioli, Tsar Nicoulai Caviar, honeycomb sandwich (honey sapote and pollen), Mt.Lassen trout, coconut et pineapple and courgette farcis - a scrumptious tart featuring summer squash, sauteed garden vegetables and blossom jus that appears just as beautiful as planted flowers. 

After enjoying one of the most creative dinners available, treat yourself to a night at the Opera. The San Francisco Opera, founded in 1923, offers a lovely variety of live performances for visitors. Experience theatre art like never before at the San Francisco Opera. Shows rotate monthly, so each visit is bound to be a one-of-a-kind experience. This month, enjoy three amazing shows: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Tosca, and Arabella.

Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci is a new production to the Opera House, sung in Italian and offering subtitles in English. Music performed live by Pietro Mascagni and Ruggero Leoncavallo. With a setting and story taking place in a small town, secret affairs, budding jealousies and passion lead to heartbreak and trouble. This 2 hour and 57-minute production is recommended for individuals to take an interest in American Horror Story or The Sopranos. 

Also performed in Italian with subtitles provided in English, Tosca focuses on political Roman corruption and a beautiful woman protecting herself and all she holds dear to her heart when challenged by a lustful chief of police. With music by Giacomo Puccini and a superb cast, Tosca is a delightful musical feast. This exciting two hour and forty minute production is recommended for individuals who are fans of Les Miserables and Dan Brown novels. 

Lastly, this month of Opera also offers Arabella with music by Richard Strauss, sung in German with English subtitles provided. Arabella, recommended for Shakespeare lovers, is a three hour and fifteen-minute romantic comedy about a female who is required to marry for money to save her parent's fortune but yearns for genuine love. Mistaken identities, grand balls, and a comedic twist make this production sure to please. 

Stay at Alpha Inn & Suites

Conveniently located near Downtown and walking distance from dozens of attractions, Alpha Inn & Suites is the perfect budget-friendly option for all visitors. Smoke-free Alpha Inn & Suites offers guests, complimentary parking and WiFi, friendly staff, choice amenities, spacious and comfortable rooms, suite options with kitchenettes, and location convenience. Book direct for lowest rates at