For many that live and work in San Francisco, they know that the city has a look and feel that’s different from any other city in the country, or even the world.  They just don’t always have the time to sit back and re-discover the wonder of the city.

 

This very thought process is what inspired Jaslin Yu to bring her husband, son, and dog to enjoy a staycation at Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square, which is just an hour drive from their home in the South Bay. Though Jaslin works in San Francisco frequently and the family has visited together many times, it was a completely different experience staying in the city at our Private Residence Club for an extended period of time. Jaslin and her family enjoyed a two-bedroom residence with a full kitchen and living area while  taking advantage of the property’s chauffeured house car to experience the distinctive features wholly unique to the City by the Bay.

 

Many of the Owners at this award-winning Private Residence Club have purchased at Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square for just that reason. They use their second home in the city to take full advantage of the Opera season, to cheer on their beloved Giants, to partake in the culinary mecca of Michelin starred restaurants, or just have a central place for the family to gather on special occasions.  In fact, many of our current owners live within driving distance of the property and visit their second home for frequent Staycations based on their convenience.

 

“We wanted a place in the city to be able to enjoy San Francisco and not have the hassle to take care of it. The whole idea was to take several short vacations where we do not have to pack, take a flight and be there in an hour or so.  We wanted the view of the bay and access to the best walking/biking trails to enjoy outdoors while be close enough to enjoy the city night life and cultural insights.” – Sanna and Nicki, Cupertino

 

Consider making Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square your family’s second home vacation destination. Read on for the full details of Jaslin Yu’s review of her Holiday in the City.

 

 

News clipping

 

Date: 6 October 2015

Newspaper:  Sing Tao Daily – Sing Tao Features

Read on below for English, or jump to the Mandarin Translation.

 

 

 

Vacation inside the City

By Jaslin Yu

 

America’s economy was in a decline for several years; many people were not spending money, especially on overseas travel.  The concept of Vacation in the City then came into being.  Although the economy has now recovered, this special vacation concept continues to still be very popular.

 

My family and I were staying in the South Bay near San Jose.   My love for Vacation in the City started a few years ago when my family and I, four of us in all including the dog, spent a weekend in San Francisco to enjoy the city life.  Although we were very familiar with this city, this holiday had a completely different feel to it.

 

We spent a wonderful weekend staying in the Fairmont Heritage Place Residence near the famous Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. This luxury residence offered a residence property ownership.  You can spend at least 35 days in this residence or any Fairmont residences for that matter after purchasing the property ownership.  This gives you the same feeling as purchasing a second home.  We rented the residence this time as we wanted to experience the actual services and facilities before deciding on ownership of the property.

 

The geographic location of this residence is at Ghirardelli Place making it and is very close to Fisherman’s Wharf. This great location gives easy convenient access to anywhere. The residence provides a free private shuttle service to anywhere within two miles from the hotel.   The following morning we took a private shuttle to visit the Ferry Building.  We bought lots of fresh fruit and vegetables from the Farmer’s market followed by a walk in the beautiful sun and cool breeze back to the residence.

 

The two bedroom two living room residence was very well equipped. There was a living room on the left with an open-style kitchen plus dining area after entering the front door.  Alongside the corridor was a wardrobe, washing machine and tumble dryer.  The second part of the unit contained two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and the interior design gives it nice warm homely feeling. Our unit also had a huge balcony. No matter where you sit you can enjoy the great seascape of San Francisco.  Enjoying coffee on the balcony in the morning and spending time with the family next to fireplace in the evening was wonderful.  It was a rare opportunity to experience the quietness of the city.

 

The VIP lounge near the lobby, with indoor and outdoor seating, provided free buffet-style breakfast every morning and wine tastings in the afternoon. My partner and I liked to exercise in the gym located next to the lounge in the mornings to welcome a beautiful day.  We also enjoyed running along the coast if the weather was a fine.

 

This residence focuses on providing a unique personalized service. Every staff member was very friendly and attentive. They even noticed my son’s new haircut after I took him to a nearby salon and said that he looked very smart. The staff had even prepared a toy for my pet before our arrival. They provided us some chocolate ice-cream coupons that allowed us to experience the blissful atmosphere in the Ghirardelli after dinner.

 

There are several after dinner activities you can do like walking around the plaza or along Fisherman’s Wharf to feel the festive atmosphere or simply watch the local seals playing. Or simply have a quiet evening indoors enjoying a glass of wine in front of the fire, listening to music or watching television. Somehow you will forget whether you are at home or in the residence.  So, do I want to become a Fairmont Residence property owner?  I believe I’ve got the answer!

 

 

About the author

Jaslin Yu is a government official and a food & lifestyle writer. She writes and takes photos for two weekly columns focused on food, travel and lifestyle for the Sing Tao Daily of the West Coast Edition. Her articles are published on the front pages of the Food and Lifestyle sections. Her articles are also posted on www.singtaousa.com. Founded in Hong Kong in 1938, the Sing Tao Daily is the leader among all Chinese media serving the Chinese community worldwide. 

 

 

一舉多得之貴賓體驗

在繁忙的生活中,每天衹是顧著一天繁瑣的事情。記得久不久要讓身心休息和充電才能有力量再往前走。不同的生活體驗能擴大眼界之餘又能做善事的話,可樂而不爲。

有沒有想像過在人氣最旺的餅店中與師傅一起烘培,或是與明星厨師在餐廳中一起煮食又或者是到音樂會的後臺與表演者見面?通過IfOnly機構,這些願望現在都可以一一實現了。

最近在朋友介紹之下接觸到IfOnly機構,www.ifonly.com 爲客人提供與衆不同的體驗之同時,更將部分收入捐獻給慈善團體。2012年成立的IfOnly,宗旨是爲熱愛生活,特別是熱愛飲食,時裝,體育和娛樂的人士提供不一樣的經歷,再把百分之十的費用捐給非牟利慈善團體。

IfOnly過去幾年不斷拓展服務城市。直到現在所服務的城市包括紐約,洛杉磯,三藩市和酒鄉納帕和索奴馬縣。在這些城市中與很多名人明星和組織合作,訂製出一系列精彩難忘的體驗。客人衹要上網,通過網站的完善介紹就能輕而易舉地選擇及購買。

上網看過這機構的服務後,我感到非常有興趣。碰巧一個周末我打算請一對朋友夫婦吃飯,那我和伴侶就決定在IfOnly那裏訂購一個體驗,就是請一位私人厨師到我們家煮一頓四人晚餐。從在網上訂購以後,到晚飯那一刻,機構的職員細心爲我們準備一切,收集我們的口味喜好,然後與厨師合作,直到當天的晚餐,都是稱心滿意。還記得,我們請來的朋友夫婦,事前並不知道我們聘請了私人厨師。那個晚上,他們驚喜中也感到受到貴賓式的招待。讓我們做主人家的感到無限光榮。

現在我不時都會上IfOnly的網站看看有什麽有趣的體驗。老實說,我們一家人本來就是喜歡經常到處游歷,碰到這種又能體驗又能做善事一舉多得的機會,實在不會放過。最感興趣的就是與飲食有關的,例如請來私人厨師在家煮一頓西班牙海鮮飯,開一個八人的西班牙海鮮飯派對,在糕餅店學習如何製作杯子蛋糕,或是跟專人學習泡咖啡的技巧等等。

除了飲食體驗外,IfOnly還提供一系列戶外活動的選擇,譬如說與私人教練一起做運動,跟專業攝影師到戶外學習拍攝的技巧以及跟導游走進三藩市深入游覽等等。要進一步體驗貴賓式感受又花得起錢的話,可以訂購與當代名模特兒見面和一起觀賞花生秀,或者是與電影中的演員一同觀看電影,甚至到拍攝現場與演員見面和親身觀察他們拍攝的情況。

IfOnly所提供的體驗價錢有大眾化的十幾元到幾千元不等。好像我的一頓私人厨師到府烹調四人晚餐約幾百元。對於我們一向喜歡與朋友分享,以及尋找一些新奇有趣的事物,這個機構實在能爲我們帶來一個方便的平臺。就算是平常不多走出工作繁忙的人士,我也鼓勵大家多點放下手上和心上的事情,與家人朋友走出框框好好體驗。記得在享受的過程中,不但能充電還能做善事。現在就上網看www.ifonly.com 看有什麽體驗能觸動你的興趣?

IO001:享用一頓美味晚餐

IO002:與名厨一起烹調

IO004:與教練一同跑步

IO005:想像自己製作的菜式

IO007:學習烘培技巧

IO008:與明星厨師交流

IO009:近距離觀賞厨師烹調

IO010:學習製作杯子蛋糕