Ask the Expert Raymond A. Archer
Tips from the Travelodge at the Presidio concierge.
Q: What are your favorite neighborhoods for shopping?
A: Fillmore Street has some of the city’s greatest shops and restaurants. The Valencia corridor from 14th to 24th streets is the longest stretch of independently owned shops in the United States. No big name brands here, just wonderful locally owned shops, and great restaurants too.
Q: Where do you send guests to enjoy a cocktail outdoors?
A: For great cocktails and bites near Union Square, Dirty Habit atop the fifth floor of Hotel Zelos is hard to beat. If you like vodka, try a Bloody Shame, my favorite. The Yard at Mission Bay, located close to AT&T Park, is another great place to enjoy drinks while taking in great views of the ballpark. It’s partnered with Anchor Brewing so expect a great beer selection. Take advantage of Off the Grid at Fort Mason on Friday nights, where up to 40 Bay Area food trucks gather along with live music and three bars.
Q: Any tips for guests planning a day trip to Livermore?
A: Plan on going to the new San Francisco Premium Outlets and be sure to stop in the old firehouse to visit the Centennial Light Bulb, which has been burning continually for more than 115 years. If you want a great adrenaline rush, finish the day at Umigo Indoor Kart Racing driving some of the fastest karts in the Bay Area.
Raymond A. Archer Concierge, Travelodge at the Presidio; Community Liaison, Northern California Concierge Association