Cool Places to
Shop for the New Year
Holiday presents of money burning a hole in your
pocket? After shopping for everyone else, it’s time to treat
yourself. Shopping by ferry is a wonderful way to begin the year.
Here are a few choices to consider:
San Francisco Scores Highest in the United States in Condé Nast
Traveler’s 2004 Readers’ Choice Awards–Big Win for “Everybody’s
San Francisco received the highest score of any city in the United
States in Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards,
published at the end of 2004. This is the 16th win for San Francisco
out of the poll’s 17 years, and the12th consecutive year that San
Francisco has scored the highest in the poll’s “Top Ten US Cities”
category. San Francisco received the third highest score for any
city in the world, following Sydney, Australia and Florence, Italy.
the category of “Top Ten US Cities,” San Francisco received a score
of 86.6 (beating its own score from last year of 85.6), surpassing
the next rated U.S. cities, Santa Fe, NM (82.9), New York (82.8),
Charleston, SC (82.7), and Chicago (80.9).
Every year since 1988, a random sampling of Condé
Nast Traveler 779,000 +subscribers have received the “Poll of
Consumer Attitudes.” The 2004
poll received 30,000 completed surveys. Each city was judged
according to specific criteria such as ambiance, friendliness,
culture/sites, restaurants, lodging, and shopping.
The award to the city of San Francisco was
presented to John Marks, president of the San Francisco Convention &
Visitors Bureau, by super model Christie Brinkley during a ceremony
at Lincoln Center in New York.
information on hotel packages and reservations, events, activities,
and transportation in San Francisco, visit www.sfvisitor.org. For
lodging reservations by phone, call (888) 782-9673 toll free within
North America or (415) 283-0155 elsewhere.
At the end of PIER 39 is a very special gallery. The Wyland gallery,
located on the upper level of the complex, looks out at the San
Francisco Bay and the Whaling Wall mural, which was painted on PIER
39’s parking garage structure.
humble beginnings in Hawaii, Wyland is now considered the world’s
premier ocean artist. He has been a pioneer in the marine art
movement since 1971, and is a renowned painter, sculptor, and
muralist. He is one of the most prolific and celebrated artists of
our time. There are over 25,000 collectors of his work around the
globe. To date, Wyland has completed 84 of his landmark Whaling
Walls around the world. His goal is to create 100 walls, which he
hopes will raise awareness of the vanishing beauty and inspire
people all over the world to take the needed steps to conserve and
protect species that may otherwise become extinct. It is estimated
that over 1 billion people see his art each year, but it is even
more pleasurable to own a piece of his beautiful art.
Wyland Gallery at PIER 39 has something new for the new year! Along
with Wyland’s work, the gallery is now showcasing work by other
talented marine artists.
Sausalito is a city full of fun shops to wander through on an
afternoon. Off the beaten path is a shop filled with things
nautical. Games, calligraphy art supplies and instruction books,
clocks, models, clothes, and many, many hats. The husband and wife
team who took over the shop last year have done a fine job of
keeping the very best, including the reading and relaxing area in
the back corner with soda and coffee available to sit and enjoy the
harbor view, as well
adding new items of interest for those who enjoy the look and styles
of items designed to offer protection from wind, water, sun, and the
inclement weather of winter.