Ask the Expert Ray­mond A. Archer


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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.

Dirty Habit

Ray­mond A. Archer Concierge, Trav­elodge at the Pre­sidio; Com­mu­nity Li­ai­son, North­ern Cal­i­for­nia Concierge As­so­ci­a­tion

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