Westin St. Francis: Sparkly Season

Chow down on yuletide goodies at the St. Francis Sweet Boutique.

WHEN YOU'VE SEEN A CENTURY GO BY, plus a few years beyond the first 100, you probably have your approach to the close-of-the-year convivialities pretty polished. And "polished" is an apt word for The Westin St. Francis, the grand hotel that's been neighboring San Francisco's Union Square since nearly the start of the last century. You might have peeked inside before catching a cable car out front (there is, of course, a stop nearby, which serves the steady stream of visitors both staying at the multi-wing landmark and calling upon it for a brief look-around). You might have admired it during a spin on the seasonal ice rink that pops up at just-as-historic Union Square. But if you haven't yet explored those close-of-the-year convivialities mentioned earlier, consider 2016 a prime time to do so, as much will be on the hotel's plate. And speaking of plates, the...

OAK ROOM RESTAURANT... shall be doing it up, with bells, whistles, and stylish details for a trio of tony dinners (you're right, solid guess, we are referring to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve there). And for those guests who go straight for the gooey-good stuff, The Westin St. Francis Sweet Boutique, located just off The Westin St. Francis lobby, will "orange-scented shortbread, gingerbread men," and a host of other goodies that will fortify those just in from the ice rink (or a cable car ride up Powell). And a special Holiday Tea, scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays from late November through Dec. 18, will add a dash of nutmeggy niceness to the whole sledful of special doings (also, check out the whimsical display in the lobby, and light-laden tree). Peek inside the famous getaway spot yourself, and ponder a dinner, a cookie, or a posh tea during your upcoming San Francisco idyll.

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