5 SF Restaurants Serving up Valentine’s Day Specials

With stunning walks along the water and intimate dinner spots on every block, love is always in the air in San Francisco. Whether you’re looking to impress a first date or simply celebrating with friends, we’ve rounded up a list of five of our favorite date night spots to make this Valentine’s Day even sweeter. Read on for our recommendations of local dinner spots perfect for Valentine’s Day below.

1. Alexander’s Steakhouse

If you’re in the mood for an upscale steak dinner, look no further than Alexander’s Steakhouse. Known for their extensive selection of Wagyu steak, Alexander’s Steakhouse offers an unforgettable meal. Featuring a staggering six course tasting menu and an optional wine pairing, make a reservation to experience Alexander’s Steakhouse’s full Valentine’s Day tasting menu here

2. 54 Mint Ristorante

54 Mint Ristorante brings you the full experience of a Roman trattoria right in San Francisco. The cozy spot offers up an intimate dining experience featuring traditional Italian fare. 54 Mint is offering a three-course dining experience for Valentine’s Day, finishing with a chocolate-hazelnut tart and raspberry tiramisu. Check out 54 Mint Ristorante’s full Valentine’s Day menu here.

3. Rooh 

Known for their progressive take on traditional Indian cuisine, Rooh is the perfect option to try something new this Valentine’s Day. Rooh’s Valentine’s Day menu is sure to impress—the five-course menu offers elevated selections of traditional Indian favorites and finishes with a decadent caramel strawberry cheesecake. Find out more information about Rooh’s special menu here.

4. Waterbar 

Set to endless waterfront views, Waterbar is an easy choice for an exceptional date night. Waterbar’s sparkling views of the Bay Bridge and San Francisco’s dazzling skyline create an incredibly romantic ambience. Don’t miss out on Waterbar’s fresh-caught seafood and delicious cocktails this Valentine’s Day.

5. Acquerello 

With artfully plated small dishes, Acquerello is a sophisticated Italian spot offering unique seasonal tasting menus. Acquerello combines classic Italian flavors and ingredients with modern techniques, creating a dining experience like no other. The michelin-star restaurant will provide a beautiful atmosphere for a charming Valentine’s dinner. Head to Acquerello’s website for reservations.

5 Local Spots to Shop for Your Sweetheart

From grand, romantic vistas of the Golden Gate to dazzling city lights illuminating the skyline, there’s no doubt that San Francisco lends itself to love. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we’ve got you covered in the gift department. Below, find five shops sure to offer the perfect surprise for your sweetheart.

Start browsing gifts at Anthem

This boutique procures a range of fine home goods, lighting, furnishings and gifts. Their website has a Valentine’s Day Gift Idea collection, and their store in Pacific Heights is open for pickup and delivery, so there’s no need to worry about shipping delays.

Trusted jewelers at Shreve & Co.

Jewelry and timepieces are timeless gifts for your significant other, regardless of gender. A local family jeweler since 1852, Shreve & Co. in Union Square hosts many high-end designer collections, as well as rare estate collections. 

Pick up flowers from Ampersand 

Even in the wake of monolithic flower delivery companies on the internet, nothing parallels working with a beloved city florist to craft gorgeous bouquets for your loved ones. 

Sweets for your love at Le Dix-Sept Pâtisserie

Botanically-inspired, Le Dix-Sept Pâtisserie is legendary for incorporating floral colors and flavors into their creations. Their Valentine specials include brioche “love” knots dusted with raspberry and rose, mixed confection boxes, and even flower arrangements.

Attend your own truffle-making class with Dandelion Chocolate

Shake up traditional gifting by making your very own truffles from one of San Francisco’s highest rated bean-to-bar chocolatiers. The virtual Valentine’s Day Truffle Class is $100 per kit, which includes large chocolate chips, ground chocolate, cocoa nibs and artisan toppings. Instructors will walk you through the process of making an easy dark chocolate truffle.

A Spirited Guide to the Best Cocktails in SF

While San Francisco is well-known for being a culinary hub, many don’t realize the city has been at the forefront of the craft cocktail revolution since the late 90s. In fact, the martini and mai thai both originated in the Bay area, as well as a number of other notable cocktails. Needless to say, San Francisco knows a thing or two about how to make a good cocktail. 

Read on for San Francisco’s best places to find a cocktail sure to lift your spirits.

Alchemist Bar & Lounge 

For your next night, head to Alchemist Bar & Lounge, situated around half a mile from The Harrison. This cocktail lounge boasts a number of innovative drinks, such as the Valley of the Voodoo dolls. Ingredients for this popular drink include Flor de Cana rum, Jamaican rums, Velvet Falernum, guava, jasmine, citrus and li hung mui. Another popular drink is Friendly Warning, consisting of tequila, pistachio, ancho verde, lavender and citrus. From the eclectic environment to the delicious drinks, it’s easy to understand why Alchemist Bar & Lounge is a favorite amongst locals.


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Located a mile and half from The Harrison, Peacekeeper is known for its light-filled, welcoming ambiance and tequila-centric cocktails. Their signature cocktail, simply called The Peacekeeper, is masterfully made with serrano, tequila, ginger, pineapple and lime. Aesthetically presented, this drink is perfect for those who want something refreshing, with a little added kick. In addition to its creative spin on cocktails, Peacekeeper is well-loved for its giant retractable roof, offering guests a unique indoor-outdoor cocktail experience. You can cozy up with your cocktail by the bonfire or bask in the sunshine.


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Calling all book lovers – we’ve got just the place for you. Novela is a book-themed bar that draws inspiration for its cocktails from famous works of literature. Between bookshelf-lined walls and cocktails with character, it’s hard to beat an evening spent here.  If you’re feeling adventurous, consider ordering an Atticus Finch, which consists of bourbon, earl gray, honey, and balsamic. An added perk is that Novela is located just over half a mile from The Harrison, so it might just become your go-to spot.

Tosca Cafe 

Considered one of the city’s most prominent drinking dins, Tosca Cafe has been a part of the community since opening in 1919. While the food here is noteworthy, the real start of the show is the House Cappuccino cocktail, a recipe that was created by Tosca Cafe in the heart of Prohibition. The recipe is made with steamed milk, bourbon, brandy and chocolate cocktail. This decadent drink is sure to leave a lasting impression. 


Enjoy your cocktail with your view at Cityscape. Located a mile away from The Harrison, San Francisco’s tallest sky bar offers 360 degree views of the city from the 46th floor of Union Square’s Hilton Hotel. In addition to offering seasonal mules, Cityscape is famous for their cocktail named Mission. The drink is made with Herradura, pomegranate juice, lime, simple syrup and a Tajin rim. 

Comstock Saloon 

Famous for their turn-of-the-century digs and house vintage cocktails, Comstock Saloon is situated just over a mile  from The Harrison. The bar occupies a historic saloon space that dates back to 1901, where legendary American boxer, Jack Dempsey, was once a bouncer. While it’s nearly impossible to go wrong with a cocktail here, this historic bar is known for their Pisco Punch, made with pisco, pineapple gum, and lemon. 

5 Wellness Activities Near The Harrison

New Year, new wellness goals. Whether you’re seeking to step up your fitness game or implement mindfulness activities into your day-to-day routine, there are ample ways to prioritize your emotional and physical wellbeing in 2022. Here at The Harrison, close proximity to health hubs and green space, plus access to five-star amenities and services right at home, makes it that much simpler to live well every single day. Below, find five of our favorite wellness activities.

Stroll The Embarcadero

Bring on the running (or walking!) resolutions. Spanning nearly 3.5 miles from Oracle Park to Fisherman’s Wharf, the iconic waterfront Embarcado is one of the most popular running and walking trails in the city. Plus, it all awaits mere blocks from The Harrison’s front doorstep.

Sweat it Out at The Harrison’s Fitness Center

The Harrison’s 2,500-square-foot fitness center is equipped with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, plus men’s and women’s locker rooms with steam rooms. Here, residents can craft their own workout routines or enjoy weekly guided virtual yoga and circuit training classes.

Fuel Up at a Local Cafe

In San Francisco, niche health-focused restaurants and cafes are around every corner – and The Harrison’s SoMa neighborhood is no exception. From Pressed Juicery to Vitality Bowls, residents enjoy endless options to refuel and nourish.

Opt for a Beach Walk

There’s little more rejuvenating than soaking up views of the bay on a sunny day. Research has shown that our body and mind have a personal and emotional relationship with water, also known as the “Blue Mind” effect. It’s scientifically proven that being near the water increases feelings of calmness, inspires creativity, reduces stress, and elevates happiness.

Visit a Nearby Park

From Yerba Buena Gardens to Rincon Park, green spaces near The Harrison are ample. Whether finding a quiet moment in nature or getting some fresh air with friends, research has shown there are plenty of health benefits to being outside – including lowered blood pressure, improved immune system and reduced stress, plus boosted mood.

A Guide to Celebrating NYE in San Francisco

2022 is right around the corner. Unsure of how to celebrate? Whether you like to go big for the holidays or prefer a low-key evening, San Francisco offers plenty of ways to ring in the new year – see below.  

Watch the Fireworks Over the Bay 

Every year, San Francisco boasts an extravagant firework display over the waterfront between the Ferry Building and the San Francisco Bay Bridge. After all, what better way to ring in 2022 than by watching fireworks with your loved ones? This event is one of the most widely attended celebrations in the Bay Area, attracting 200,000 spectators annually. This year’s show kicks off at 11:59 p.m.

Catch a NYE Cruise

Grab your friends and embark on a cruise of the San Francisco Bay to ring in 2022. With plenty of cruise and sailing options to choose from in San Francisco–including formal celebrations to 21+ party boats–you’re sure to find an adventure that suits you perfectly.

Dine at Cafe Boho 

Those looking for a more lowkey celebration might consider dining at one of San Francisco’s many top-notch restaurants, such as Cafe Boho. Located just three miles from The Harrison, Cafe Boho is known for its exquisite cuisine and vibrant atmosphere. This year, they’re offering a NYE special consisting of a 4-course dinner and a glass of champagne. Guests can choose from two seatings (6 p.m. at $80 and 9 p.m. at $115) or the option to go for just champagne, caviar, and oyster service for two ($190).

Grab a Drink at The Alchemist Bar and Lounge

Raise a glass at The Alchemist Bar and Lounge. The bar is set in a spacious and whimsical steampunk hideaway and is considered one of the city’s top cocktail lounges. Set less than a mile from The Harrison, this swanky bar is a great option for those who want to stay close to home. Don’t wait to grab tickets for the NYE celebration, where the night will consist of music, dancing, and expertly crafted cocktails.  

Set Up a Picnic  

Plan for a relaxed New Year’s Eve picnic at Dolores Park. Sunset is an especially beautiful time to kick back and take in the sweeping views of the city. 24th Street Cheese Company, located just over half a mile from the park, is a great spot to stock up on your cheese and charcuterie picnic supplies.

5 Not-to-Miss Holiday Events in San Francisco

The holiday season is in full swing, which means that now is the time to finalize your holiday plans.  From spectacular ballets to cheer-filled ice skating, San Francisco offers an array of spirited events and activities that your entire family can participate in. Let the festivities begin!

San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker

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Set just over two miles from The Harrison, the San Francisco Ballet is world-famous for their performances—especially when it comes to the Nutcracker, of course. With over 150 dancers, live music and a blizzard of snowflakes, the magical holiday show is sure to transport you into a winter wonderland. Children ages three and older are welcome to attend, while those 12 and older must show proof of vaccination. Showings are available through December 30.

Illuminate SF Festival of Lights 

Through January 1, don’t miss the dazzling Illuminate SF Festival of Lights. This highly-anticipated event showcases the talent of 32 artists and 43 light art installations across 17 neighborhoods. Many installations are located in Golden Gate Park, situated less than five miles from The Harrison. 

Joy at the SF Zoo

It’s the most magical time of the year at the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens. Joy at the SF Zoo is a loved local tradition that runs until December 29. Journey down Candy Cane Lane for a ride on the historic carousel or check out the Flying Reindeer Academy to see live reindeer. If you’re craving something sweet, stop by Peppermint Plaza for a toasty beverage. 

Ice Skating 

Skating under the city lights at the Union Square Ice Rink – located only a mile away from The Harrison – is a truly memorable holiday activity for the whole family. Available until January 17, ice rink hours are from 10am to 11pm daily. Tickets must be purchased online, as there are no on-site sales.

Pier 39 HapPIER Holidays Celebration

Gather your friends and family and experience the wonder of the holiday at Pier39 HapPIER Holidays Celebration. Pier 39 features a nightly show synchronized to holiday music, which comes to live every half hour from 5pm to 10pm until January 9. Adorned with thousands of speciality lights and ornaments, this 60-foot tall white fir is transformed into a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors and music.

Residence 39D: Unobstructed Views of the Bay Bridge from Every Room

From The Harrison’s remaining available residences comes this north-facing two-bedroom boasting stunning views of the Bay Bridge from every room and an abundance of natural light.  Throughout its 1,297 square-foot layout, 39D is replete with high-end finishes of diagonal-planked Siberian Oak floors, polished white slab Carrara marble countertops and unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures. Set high above the city, yet moments from San Francisco’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions, this residence realizes an idyllic life marked by five-star amenities, 24/7 concierge service and inimitable details selected by renowned designer Ken Fulk.

Upon entry through the gorgeous foyer, breathtaking vistas of the bay draw one into the expansive, open-concept dining and living room. From here, one can access the lavish primary bedroom and adjoining spa-like bath, where exquisite design and ample space offers the utmost in comfort. Complete with a state-of-the-art kitchen featuring Studio Becker cabinetry and premium appliances, there’s no shortage of luxury in this sky-high escape. 

This stunning retreat combines an unrivaled interior with a culturally vibrant SoMa locale, set just a stone’s throw away from the city’s best dining, sightseeing and entertainment. Now available for $2,750,000, residence 39D sweeps the busy San Francisco city-dweller to the sky for an idyllic yet modern lifestyle — all complemented by coveted amenities including personalized concierge services. 

5 Local Dessert Shops to Try This Holiday Season

The holiday season is in full swing in San Francisco, and what better way to bring in some extra holiday cheer this season than with a delicious holiday treat. From hot chocolate to decadent brownie sundaes, we’ve got you covered. Read on for our list of favorite local dessert shops nearby The Harrison.

Flour and Branch

This women-owned spot is just a five-minute drive from The Harrison. Featuring an extensive array of sweet treats and creative options, Flour and Branch is known for decadent, gourmet baked goods with out-of-the-box flavors. Don’t miss out on  their PB&J cookie or “The Chipper” – a mouth-watering combination of espresso, chocolate chips and smores.

Sweet Glory

Sweet Glory is an artisanal dessert cafe combined with a tea room and coffee shop. The celebrated shop, known for their 20-layer, handcrafted crepe cake, offers a wide variety of uniquely flavored cake layers – from mango and marshmallow to blueberry cheesecake.

Socola Chocolatier

While known most widely for their truffle chocolate boxes, such as The Little Saigon Box, Socola Chocolatier also has some of the best hot chocolate in town. Grab a cup of hot cocoa in store or a Chocolate Barista Kit to make it at home.

Recchiuti Confections

Known for their exquisite chocolate creations, Recchiuti Confections’ handcrafted desserts are meticulously crafted to offer a one of a kind tasting experience. From truffle chocolate boxes to decadent caramels, stop by the store and shop their extensive array of best-selling gifts—just in time for the holidays.

Humphrey Slocombe

Located on Harrison Street, Humphrey Slocombe is perfect for those late-night cravings. Specializing in innovative creations, Humphrey Slocombe offers one-of-a-kind sweets ideal for the adventurous dessert-lover. Try their “Warm brownie sundae, with tahitian vanilla ice cream and caramelized cornflakes. Or, go for their seasonal scoop, “A Christmas Carol,”  made with Victoria Sponge Cake and house-made raspberry jam swirl in creme fraiche.

3 Fall Recipes From Award-Winning, SF-Based Chefs

With the cooler weather and shorter days, fall is the perfect season to cook a cozy meal. Why not whip up a recipe from one of San Francisco’s own chefs? Known for its vibrant food culture, San Francisco boasts a number of award-winning culinary stars — try out these three chef-crafted fall recipes below. 

Pumpkin Tortellini by Thomas McNaughton 

Nothing says fall like pumpkin-flavored dishes — starting with pumpkin tortellini. Thomas McCaughton is an American chef, restaurateur, and owner of Flour + Water, a staple in the San Francisco food scene. McCaughton has received various accolades, from 10 Best New Restaurants in San Francisco by Conde Nast Traveler to Empire Builder by Food & Wine. This fall, you can look forward to making his decadent pumpkin tortellini with sage and pumpkin seeds. From the homemade ravioli dough to the rich brown butter sauce, this recipe is the perfect go-to for fall.

Corn Coconut Soup by Melissa King

There’s little that’s more soothing than a bowl of hot soup on a rainy day. Top Chef season 17 winner Melissa King is sharing the secret to her award-winning corn-coconut soup with chile oil. The sweet corn kernels are masterfully blended into the velvety soup with a dollop of creamy coconut milk. This recipe takes two hours to make, which contributes to the soup’s complex, rich flavors.

Pork Dumplings by Brandon Jew

If you’re looking for a fun recipe to make with your whole family, then we’ve got just the one for you – pork dumplings. Brandon Jew is the executive chef and owner of the Michelin-starred Mister Jiu’s restaurant, which is nestled in the heart of Chinatown. Jew is known for his tantalizing rainbow-colored pork dumplings, which get their stunning orange color from the juice of the butternut squash. A staple of Chinese cuisine, dumplings symbolize togetherness and completeness. PPrep time is estimated to take two hours but this savory treat will be well worth the wait.

Luxury Magazine Lists The Harrison Among Trending Pieds-à-Terres

An article from the fall/winter issue of Luxury Magazine a Mastercard publication exclusive to black card members — has included The Harrison among a collection of pied-à-terre offerings, specifically highlighting the landmark residential building for its cinematic views, expansive floor plans, concierge services and enviable interiors by Ken Fulk. Detailing the rising post-pandemic interest in returning to major cities, the article points to the recent return and renewed popularity of pied-à-terre spaces that offer effortless, urban second-home options. The Harrison is a prime example of the sought-after pied-à-terre, with buyers gravitating towards bustling city locations with excellent walkability, as well as homes with outdoor areas and spacious layouts. 

“A palatial two-story lobby with a grand piano sets the tone at the top of Rincon Hill, with cinematic views of the Bay Bridge, Twin Peaks, the city, and the Marina beyond.” 

Included among the article’s list of popular pieds-à-terre, The Harrison is applauded for its stunning Ken Fulk-designed interiors, 24-hour concierge service, top-tier appliances, exceptional views of the city and prime location in SoMa, just minutes from San Francisco’s waterfront Embarcadero. Emphasizing the undeniable allure of the design at The Harrison, Luxury Magazine explains, “Designer-to-the-stars Ken Fulk was tapped to create the interiors. ‘The goal was not to create pretty rooms, but to tell a beautiful story.’ Fulk says.” 

Beyond its enviable interior design, the article highlights The Harrison’s impressive professional-grade kitchens featuring high-end appliances from Bertazzoni and Sub-Zero, while also giving prominence to the building’s expansive open-concept floor plans and breathtaking views framed by floor-to-ceiling windows. Additionally, the around-the-clock concierge services offer everything from securing sought-after restaurant reservations to scheduling maintenance and move-in services. 

Glamorous—yet warm and inviting—The Harrison realizes an unparalleled living experience complemented by five-star amenities and services and a coveted SoMa locale. As underlined in the write-up, it is truly a one-of-a-kind offering for those interested in a second home in the city. 

Read the full article, here.

An Inside Guide to Outside Lands

Located only seven miles from The Harrison, Outside Lands is undoubtedly one of San Francisco’s most iconic music festivals. Read on to learn everything you need to know about this popular three-day event.

History of the Festival

The origins of Outside Lands can be traced back to 2008, when the British alternative rock band Radiohead performed the first-ever after-dark concert in Golden Gate Park. Over the past 13 years, it has become one of the most anticipated music festivals in the Bay Area. Nearly 210,000 people from across the country attend this vibrant annual three-day concert. An array of artists have performed on the main stage under the century old canopy of trees on the Polo Field. This includes notable figures, such as Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Lorde and many more talented artists.

When and Where 

Outside Lands takes place at the iconic Golden Gate Park. Due to the sheer size of the festival, the event spans across Polo Field, Hellman Hollow and Speedway Meadow. Although Outside Lands typically occurs in early August, this year it will take place from October 29-31. 

This Year’s Talent 

Every year, Outside Lands draws people from all over the country to see a talented array of artists, and this year’s lineup is one to impress. Headliners include The Strokes, Lizzo and Tame Impala. Other musical talents include Glass Animals, Kehlani, Tyler the Creator and many more. Check out the Outside Lands 2021 lineup to see who is performing on what days.

Festival Food and Drinks 

Get ready to experience the best of Bay Area food without ever leaving the festival. Over 85 Bay Area restaurants and vendors are represented here, including plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. From  award-winning Cambodian cuisine to mouthwatering delicious tacos, there’s something to satisfy your every craving. If you’re looking for a drink to accompany your meal, be sure to swing by Wine Lands (featuring some of the best wineries from NorCal) or Beer Lands (a celebration of the Bay Area’s always-evolving craft brewing company). 

What Else You Need to Know

Keep in mind that parking in and around the festival is extremely limited, which means that it’s a good idea to leave your car at home. Instead, most festival attendees rely on walking, riding a bike, or public transportation. Since you’ll be walking a lot, comfortable shoes should be a priority. Don’t forget to wear layers or pack some extra blankets to keep you warm in the cool breeze and fog. You also might want to download the official Outside Lands app, where you can find the latest festival updates, a detailed map of the grounds and a friend-finder location. This app is especially helpful for first time attendees.

4 Spooky Halloween Events to Attend in San Francisco

The countdown for Halloween has officially begun, and San Francisco is the place to be for this year’s spooky festivities. Read on to learn more about four not-to-miss Halloween events  in San Francisco this year. 

Ghost Tours

Immerse yourself in this year’s Halloween festivities by participating in the San Francisco Ghost Hunt Tour. A beloved favorite by visitors and locals alike, the tour allows you to walk into San Francisco’s strange past and learn about some of its most notorious haunted places. Plus, this event takes place five minutes away from The Harrison, which means you can get there in no time.

Dinner Detective Halloween Show 

Get ready to put on your thinking cap when you attend The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show. This event takes place at Le Meridien Hotel, located a mile away from The Harrison. Solve a mystery while enjoying a delicious four-course plated dinner. The mystery is sure to keep you on your toes as you hurry to solve the whodunit before it’s too late. Just don’t forget to book your tickets in advance.

Halloween Hoopla

Slither and crawl your way over to Halloween Hoopla, taking place on October 30. Located at the Yerba Buena Gardens, this festive event has been a part of the San Francisco community for the past 20 years. The event is open to kids under 10 and their adults. You can look forward to an afternoon of fun performances and activities. Bust out your costumes and join the fun.

Family Halloween Day

If you’re looking for another family-friendly event, then make plans to attend Family Halloween Day at the Randall Museum, located four miles from The Harrison. The event takes place on October 30 and is jam packed with an array of fun and spooky activities. Be sure to participate in the Ghoulish Games and the Creepy Crafts. Admission is limited and reservations are required, so don’t wait to register in advance.

Four Must-Visit Escapes to Nature Nearby The Harrison

There’s little that’s more refreshing than escaping from the everyday routine and connecting with nature. Set in the heart of San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood, The Harrison provides residents quick access to both coveted city attractions and an abundance of green retreats. Whether it’s down the street or across the bay, read on to learn about four ways to immerse in nature. 

1. Muir Woods

Located just across the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, Muir Woods spans over 585 acres. This park, which is home to some of the last standing ancient redwood forests, has been a National Monument for over 100 years. To make it even more impressive, some of the trees in the park date back nearly 1,000 years. Muir Woods is home to 380 different plants and animals, making it a great place to experience wildlife of all kinds.

Notes: Pay your entry fee and book a parking reservation ahead of time at GoMuirWoods.com. Pets are not allowed in Muir Woods. Masks are required outdoors, regardless of vaccination status.

2. Baker Beach

Nestled just below the Presidio’s western shoreline, Baker Beach is another spot that you don’t want to miss. Located only seven miles from The Harrison, this serene beach is a perfect place to escape from the hustle-and-bustle of the city to watch the waves and breathe the salty air. If you’re an early riser, get there before dawn, lay out a blanket, dig your toes into the sand and watch the sunrise over the Golden Gate.

3. Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park

A short 20-minute drive from The Harrison is Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park. The 1,077-acre regional park offers a variety of outdoor activities, such as exploring on one of the many hiking trails, enjoying a quiet walk among the 150-foot redwoods, or embarking on an overnight camping trip in the wilderness.

Notes: Overnight reservations are strongly encouraged, as slots can fill up quickly. You can book a campsite or cabin online or by calling 1-888-327-2757. Dogs are allowed. Pay attention to park rules for on- and off-leash regulations.

4. Mount Tamalpais (Mt. Tam)

More commonly known as Mt. Tam among locals, Mount Tamalpais State Park is another Marin County landmark. It is home to over 50 hiking trails, ranging from easy hikes suitable for the whole family to challenging hikes for experienced hikers. There are also opportunities for camping and wheelchair-accessible viewpoints.

Notes: Camping is available on a first come, first serve basis. Leashed dogs are allowed only in developed areas, such as paved roads and campgrounds. They are not allowed on trails, dirt roads, and backcountry areas.


The final release at The Harrison features 1-, 2- & 3-bedroom residences and penthouses set on the highest floors and with the best bay and city views available. Designed by the renowned Ken Fulk, The Harrison sets a new benchmark for lavish urban living — revel in unrivaled style, five-star services and amenities and close proximity to the waterfront Embarcadero, Oracle Park and so much more. 

Final release pricing ranges from $1.175M – $3.595M. Explore our featured residences below.


This striking corner home is the final two-bedroom, two-bathroom residence with a balcony and dramatic bay and Bay Bridge views. Residence 32E features an open-concept layout with a spacious living and dining area ideal to work, relax or entertain. Offered at $2,525,000.


This one-bedroom, one-bathroom corner home offers 1,241-square-feet of light-filled living space and a balcony overlooking expansive views of the Bay Bridge and city beyond. Offered at $1,550,000. 


Featuring dramatic Bay Bridge views from every room, this two-bedroom, two-bathroom home captivates with an airy, open layout, ample natural light throughout, and a spacious, spa-like primary bath. Offered at $2,750,000.


Signature Collection Penthouse 46A, the largest two-bedroom, two-bathroom home, is a corner residence featuring views of Twin Peaks, Salesforce Tower and the city beyond via an expansive balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows. Offered at $2,975,000.


Penthouse 49A offers a breathtaking two-bedroom, two-bathroom featuring Michael Friedes-designed interiors and far-reaching city views beyond an expansive 80 square foot balcony. Offered at $3,450,000.


This luxurious three-bedroom plus den, three-bathroom corner home offers ample space to spread out plus two balconies set to expansive views of the marina and Twin Peaks beyond. Offered at $3,595,000.

Four Ways to Celebrate Labor Day in San Francisco

In San Francisco, long weekends mean more opportunity to explore the endless attractions, sights and events that the city has to offer. With Labor Day right around the corner, we’ve curated a list of exciting happenings near The Harrison to give you a head start on planning the perfect weekend. With so much to offer, this vibrant city is the place to be this Labor Day weekend – and every weekend. Read on to discover what you can look forward to this upcoming holiday weekend. 


What’s a long weekend without cheering on your home team? Baseball enthusiasts can head over to Oracle Park—set just  one mile from The Harrison—to cheer on the San Francisco Giants as they compete against the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 3 – September 5 on their home field. Since originally opening in 2000, Oracle Park has been lauded as one of the most beautiful ballparks. Pick up your stadium treats, sit back with friends and soak up stunning views of the Bay Bridge and the bay. Be sure to reserve your tickets in advance to guarantee a seat. 


Nothing beats a day on the water. Embark on an unforgettable adventure with a sailing tour this holiday weekend. The San Francisco Sailing Company, conveniently located at Pier 39, offers daily sailing tours, including a 90-minute sail, sunset sail and Golden Gate sail. You can take in panoramic views of the city skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz — among a number of other notable sites. Between the weather, waves, and wind, you’re in for a memorable experience.


The Orpheum Theatre is located just two miles from The Harrison, which puts you in close proximity to some of the best shows around. This Labor Day weekend, BroadwaySF will be showcasing the Broadway smash hit musical, Hamilton. This acclaimed performance tells the story of one of America’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, making it the perfect Labor Day weekend activity. The show takes place from Thursday through Sunday, but be sure to reserve your tickets in advance. 


Soak up some live music at one of San Francisco’s most famous parks. The Golden Gate Band has been offering free concerts in Golden Gate Park for more than 100 years and is in its 139th season. The band will be putting on a Labor Day Celebration on September 5 and 6. This lively show consists of music, dancers, singers, costumed guest performers and speakers. Consider bringing along a picnic, where you can enjoy a meal on the grassy lawn during the performance. 

Meet Residence 32A: One-Bedroom Home with Inspiring City Views

From The Harrison’s last remaining residences comes this west-facing, one-bedroom home that offers dramatic western-facing city views and ample natural light. Throughout its 830-square-foot layout, 32A features a state-of-the-art kitchen, a distinguished home office and an expansive bedroom. Set high above the city, this stunning residence is moments away from some of San Francisco’s most desirable shops and restaurants. Residents of 32A have access to top-notch amenities, 24/7 concierge service, and inimitable details thoughtfully selected by esteemed designer Ken Fulk.

Upon entering the light-filled entryway, one is instantly drawn to the bright, airy kitchen to the left, complete with cutting-edge Bertazzoni appliances, opulent Carrara marble counters, and elegant Ash Molina cabinetry. Beyond the kitchen awaits the dining and living areas—the perfect settings to relax or entertain guests. This residence is also replete with diagonal plank Siberian oak wood floors throughout the kitchen and the living spaces.

The spacious primary bedroom boasts sweeping views of the city, offering an idyllic and luxurious hideaway to find serenity high above the city bustle. Set just outside of the primary bedroom is a study perfect for reading, working and finding quiet when needed. 

There is no better place to live comfortably and beautifully than Residence 32A. Learn more about The Harrison’s available residences, explore the neighborhood or inquire about this particular floor plan.

Experience the Best of San Francisco Nightlife at these 5 Destinations

San Francisco is known for its colorful personality and vivid nightlife. From live music to bars to theater performances, the city offers plenty to do and explore. Read on to discover five of San Francisco’s best nightlife destinations you don’t want to miss.

Orpheum Theatre

One of the best things to do at night in San Francisco is to take in a show at the theater. San Francisco is packed with dozens of venues, starting with acclaimed Orpheum Theatre. Since originally opening in 1926, this elaborate theater has undergone an extensive $20 million reservation and is now registered as an official San Francisco Historical Landmark. It showcases top-notch Broadway shows, ranging from Hamilton to Oklahoma.

Exploratorium After Dark 

If you’re looking to be inspired, be sure to stop by the After Dark event at the Exploratorium. The museum’s six galleries have been transformed to include  thought-provoking enhancements and one-of-a-kind activities. A large-scale kaleidoscope, mesmerizing light displays and dazzling mirrors are just a few examples of what you can experience here. This event, which takes place every Thursday night, will leave you feeling inspired and energized.


For the perfect rooftop bar setting, look no further than Charmaine’s. Located at the top of the San Francisco Proper Hotel, this rooftop bar-lounge boasts some of the best cocktails and views in the city. If you’re craving a bite to eat, consider perusing the menu created by Executive Chef Jason Fox. The craft cocktails are expertly made with bold flavors, creative combinations and unique bitters and syrup.

The Fillmore

For a night of live music, head over to The Fillmore. This historic venue was built in 1912 and has since become one of the city’s hottest music venues. A number of notable artists have graced the stage at The Fillmore, including Prince, Dave Chapelle and Radiohead. Be sure to check out the calendar of events, and keep an eye out for your favorite artists.


Spend your Friday night at Novela, a library-themed bar with walls of books in a rainbow of colors. Dubbed one of the trendiest bars in San Francisco, Novela specializes in handcrafted cocktails and traditional punches-on-tap. With its elegantly decorated design and literacy themed drinks, Novela offers a memorable evening out.

3 Local Bars Serving up Unconventional Cocktails

Whether you’re searching for a memorable date night spot or a fun place to gather for birthday drinks, San Francisco is bursting with an array of original bars that serve unconventional cocktails. From rotating seasonal menus to one-of-a-kind cocktails and garnishes, read on for three of the top cocktail bars to visit in our beloved city.

Trick Dog

Named one of The World’s 50 Best Bars in 2019, Trick Dog is a buzzy watering hole that launches a new cocktail menu every six months. Drawing inspiration from everything from Dr. Seuss books to UFOs and astrological signs, each menu features one-of-a-kind cocktails that double as conversation starters and art pieces. Whether you’re game to try a cocktail infused with “Everything But the Bagel Seasoning” or interested in a miniature peanut butter and jelly sandwich garnish, this Mission District mainstay has something for everyone.

Pagan Idol

Located in San Francisco’s Financial District, Pagan Idol is an island-themed oasis complete with a bar hewn from the hull of a wood ship and an erupting volcano. Polynesian-inspired drinks (think pina coladas and mai tais) are served in whimsical glasses and topped with fun garnishes like plantain chips and flaming marshmallows. Patrons can order drinks in pineapples or coconuts for added flair. 

Holy Water

Lined with crucifixes, glass jars that once held holy water, and other religious emblems, Bernal Heights’ Holy Water is a kitschy dive bar that offers creative craft cocktails in a laidback environment. In addition to tried-and-true staples like Moscow Mules, Holy Water switches up its menu with unique new offerings like After the Gold Rush, a cocktail made with bourbon, apricot, and pineapple gum. Customers will want to come for the ambiance and original decor and stay for the innovative drink menu. Best of all, Holy Water is a dog-friendly bar, which means you can bring your pooch along for the adventure.

Meet Residence 32B: Last Ken Fulk-Designed Two-Bed Balcony Home with Twin Peaks and City Views

From The Harrison’s coveted, last-remaining residences comes our very last B-Plan and our final Ken Fulk-furnished two-bedroom available. With a spacious open layout, this residence enjoys vast views of the city and Twin Peaks via floor-to-ceiling windows and an expansive balcony space. Designed by the award-winning visionary Ken Fulk, this residence lives and breathes sophisticated modernity. With high-end finishes such as diagonal-planked Siberian Oak floors, polished white slab Carrara marble countertops and unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures, Residence 32B rises high above the city, yet remains moments from San Francisco’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions. Live the high life in 32B with five-star amenities, 24/7 concierge service and inimitable details selected by Ken Fulk.

Beginning at the foyer’s grand hallway, an ideal space to display one’s art collection, one is immediately captivated by the kitchen—complete with Studio Becker Ash Molina cabinetry, polished Carrara marble counters and Bertazzoni and Subzero appliances. Beyond the kitchen are the dining and living spaces, adorned with sleek yet comfortable furnishing selections. With a breathtaking view framed by floor-to-ceiling windows, this integrated living and dining space is perfect for both resting and entertaining.

The dining area also offers direct access to the large balcony — a prime outdoor setting to revel in city views and fresh air. Moving on from the living and dining space, one room over is a stunning guest bedroom that boasts far-reaching views of Twin Peaks. To the right of the entry hallway, the primary suite is replete with high-end decorative finishes, a lavish spa-like bath and expansive San Francisco views. Both bedrooms enjoy Fulk’s contemporary-minded splashes of color and thoughtfully-considered textures. Here, prepare to escape the hustle of urban living and dwell both comfortably and beautifully.

Learn more about The Harrison’s residences, explore the neighborhood or inquire about this particular floor plan.

7 Scenic Spots to Picnic in San Francisco

Food is meant to be enjoyed, and where you enjoy it can matter almost as much as what’s on your plate. 

Where better to enjoy a meal on a gorgeous day than outdoors? Whip up a charcuterie plate or pick up takeout from your favorite local restaurant and enjoy the fresh summer air at one of these scenic outdoor spots.

1. McLaren Park

If your idea of a picnic is firing up a grill and cooking up a feast, check out San Francisco’s second largest park, John McLaren Park (usually known without the “John”). You’ll find 12 picnic areas with grills and tables throughout the park. After eating, stay and wander through the park’s 312 acres and more than 7 miles of walking trails.

2. Ocean Beach

When you hear the word “picnic” you might think of a grassy field or a shady spot under a tree. A picnic on the beach, looking out at the glistening sea, sounds just as nice to us. Ocean Beach is a 3.5-mile long stretch of sand and sea, perfect for social distancing or an intimate setting. Lay down a towel or blanket and watch the waves crash onto the shore for a much-welcome change of scenery from the rest of the city.

3. Dolores Park

If you get to Mission Dolores Park at the right time, you can snag a picnic table. If you prefer a picnic blanket lunch, there’s plenty of grass to go around. The park currently has plenty of social distancing circles drawn out on the grass to let as many people safely enjoy the park as possible. 

4. Golden Gate Park

Spanning 1,017 acres, San Francisco’s largest park has no shortage of picnic areas — whether you want to plop down on the first patch of grass you see or scout out a table-and-chairs situation. Enjoy lush greenery all around as you snack on whatever meal you brought. 

5. Yerba Buena Gardens

You don’t have to “escape” to nature to experience a taste of it. Have a picnic right in the heart of the city at Yerba Buena Gardens. With calming waterfalls and flower-filled gardens to admire, this beautifully landscaped park is idyllic for a picnic or a stroll.

6. Crissy Field (The Presidio)

Not many people get to gaze at a world-famous landmark (the Golden Gate) and the sparkling sea, among many other vistas, while taking a break for lunch. The Presidio’s Crissy Field offers picnic tables, grass and a beach for a picnic with a view.

7. Baker Beach

Picnic tables, grills, restrooms and iconic views of the Golden Gate and Marin County make Baker Beach one of the best picnic spots in the city. In lieu of your typical lunch or dinner picnic, Baker Beach makes a great coffee-and-breakfast backdrop. It’s worth forsaking a bit of sleep to get there before dawn to see the sunrise.

5 Fabulous SF Brunch Spots You Can Dine-in at Today

It’s no secret that the San Francisco brunch scene is having a moment in the limelight — especially with dine-in back in business. Whether you find brunch to be a holy weekend institution or just another scrumptious midday meal, there’s plenty of local options that bring the best of dense flavors and bubbly cocktails to your palate. From steaming dim sum plates to seafood-Hollandaise combos to die for, we’ve put together a brief list of some of our favorite brunch options in the city.

Yank Sing

Starting off right here in the SoMa neighborhood, Yank Sing at the Rincon Center is now open for both indoor and outdoor dining on weekends from 11AM to 3PM. Dim sum is a deeply beloved brunch staple in San Francisco, and this family-owned restaurant delivers on locally-praised xiao long bao and cabbage dumplings via pushcarts. And while you enjoy their tasty chili pepper sauce, soak in the brunch-worthy atmosphere of Rincon Center’s light-filled Art Deco atrium.

Foreign Cinema

Living in SF, you’ve probably already heard of Foreign Cinema and its reputation as one of the best brunch spots in the city. Sip on wine and oysters out in the open-air courtyard or indulge in caviar and tartare tapas inside their dining room — Foreign Cinema is fully open again and in full swing for any type of brunch outing. Try their lavender baked goat cheese and their homemade “Pop tarts” if you’re leaning towards a lighter breakfast, or go for grilled wagyu and a Croque Madam for a heartier lunch. Be sure to make a reservation ahead of time, as this place is as popular as it gets!


Mouthwatering is probably the most fitting adjective when it comes to describing brunch at Mymy. Under the guise of a simple coffee shop in Nob Hill, Mymy is a knockout choice for brunch, offering tantalizing Dungeness crab benedicts and a filling Challah French toast among its popular selection. Top it all off with a round of mimosas, and you’re in for a good time all morning long.


Sometimes, a delicate brunch menu just doesn’t cut it. Luckily, weekday brunch at either Brenda’s French Soul Food on Polk Street or Brenda’s Meat & Three over on Divisadero Street is sure to satisfy. Both owned by the legendary Chef Brenda Buenviajé from New Orleans, these are the town’s prime destinations for comfort brunch. Beignets, low country gumbo and stuffed johnnycakes? Say less. Meat & Three has more of a no-frills breakfast menu, while French Soul Food has the classic original brunch menu. Either way, bring a plate of heartiness to your regular brunch routine by dining in at Brenda’s.

Son & Garden

A large part of what makes brunch brunch is the ambiance. So we had to recommend the gorgeous Son & Garden that just opened last year for its gorgeous plating among its blooming floral interior. And it’s not just for show of course — Chef Kasem Saengsawang’s colorful and thoughtful creations are just as delicious as they are pleasing to the eye. Sate your sweet tooth on Matcha Mochi Pancakes or go savory with a slow-cooked pork belly benedict. There’s also a Cherry Blossom Tea Party set meal priced at $90 for two people that you may still reserve until June 30th. But no matter what you order, you can count on Son & Garden to deliver on fresh ingredients sourced from local farmer’s markets alongside delectable specialty cocktails.

6 LGBTQ-Owned Local Businesses to Check Out

As San Francisco celebrates pride and inclusivity this month, we recommend making it a part of your routine to connect with your neighborhood’s queer-owned businesses to not only show out for them following the pandemic, but to have a tremendously fun time while you’re at it. There’s a growing sentiment in our society to align our spending power with our ethical voice, so here our some of our favorites for shopping local, sustainable and queer.

1. Pentacle Coffee & Oros Gallery

Right here in our very own neighborhood of SoMa is Pentacle Coffee — a queer owned coffee company that also doubles as an art gallery. Serving Four Barrel coffees and vegan-friendly bites Monday through Friday, this charming spot currently has a open coffee window and courier delivery — and when its indoor reopens, sip your brew among bright murals.

2. Sui Generis Designer Consignment

“Make great luxury affordable” is the mantra of this award-winning fashion resale store. Started by owners and partners Miguel Lopez and Gabriel Yanez, Sui Generis Designer Consignment on Market Street is recognized as one of the finest consignment stores in the nation, offering pieces from European Classics like Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, to Japanese Fashion houses like Comme des Garcons and so forth. Sui Generis also hosts a dedicated team of stylists to grant patrons a personal shopping experience.

3. Bolerium Books

Bolerium Books is quite legendary in San Francisco for carrying rare titles on social movements as well as political memorabilia such as historical pamphlets. Describing themselves as “purveyors of rare and out-of-print books, posters, and ephemera on social movements,” the folks behind Bolerium Books make it their mission to collect and curate knowledge surrounding internal and international social movements, radical in all directions.

4. Alexander Nurseries

Another LGBTQ-owned business that may be found right in our neighborhood is Alexander Nursuries — a planting design business that specializes in vertical garden design and landscaping. Owners John Alexander and his partner Jai Alltizer grow everything at a local, private propagation nursery, and sell at local farmer’s markets, as well as at the new wellness space Kapwa Gardens right here in SoMa. An online store is in the works for them, so keep out an eye for that as well!

5. Hella Bay Clothing

Placing full emphasis on colorful and bold Bay Area Pride, Hella Bay Clothing is a local brand that mixes street culture with a spirit of inclusion and social justice. Unique and iconic, Hella Bay celebrates a type of pride that comes from our local community. We especially are fans of their bold Summer Tie-dye collection for this month in particular. Hella Bay clothing can be ordered online and from retailers in the city and around the Bay.

6. Lion Dance Cafe

While this business is located over in Oakland, we still had to place it on this list. Next time you’re in East Bay, drop by Lion Dance Cafe for plant-based Singaporean cuisine. Beloved by locals for its weekly new menu reveals of fare ranging from nostalgic family recipes to Eurasian-Californian fusions, Lion Dance Cafe is a gem owned and operated by queer immigrant woman of color C.Y. Marie Chia, who previously has worked in Michelin-starred kitchen in Paris. Celebrate pride and dining by scoping our their Instagram for menu reveals!

4 Local Art Exhibitions We’re Excited About

San Francisco is a sort of haven for art lovers — in addition to housing reputable fine art collections, the city is also host to incredibly innovative and dynamic curations that draw the public’s cultural eye. From the SFMOMA to the de Young Museum, a different kind of air is abuzz this summer in current and upcoming exhibitions, and we’re excited for all SF residents to set out to witness the current cultural moment and find wonder in eye-opening works of media. Without further ado, here are 4 local art exhibitions that we’re excited about:

Close to Home: Creativity in Crisis

Currently on at the SFMOMA, Close to Home: Creativity in Crisis unites the works of seven local Bay Area artists investigating their own introspective reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic and social upheaval of 2020. Each project arose from the disruptions, the anxieties and the instabilities of the global health crisis. The exhibit’s official page states: “Individually, the artists demonstrate a startlingly wide range of artistic, emotional, and political responses, a reminder of how this unprecedented period affects each of us differently. Taken together, their work emphasizes our shared experience in this collective crisis.

Lineage: Paul Klee and Ruth Asawa

Upcoming at the SFMOMA is a very special exhibit that examines the dynamism that splurges forth from creatives that focus upon line and pattern work. Combining works from the legendary modernist Paul Klee and California-born Ruth Asawa, Lineage: Paul Klee and Ruth Asawa looks to be a splendid curation of a modern founding father of spatial composition and one of the successors of his ethos — California’s very own Ruth Asawa, whose work is heavily interested in “the economy of a line.” For modernist art enthusiasts with a hunger for composition theory and a taste for eye-catching line work, this exhibit is not to be missed. This exhibit will be from July 10 to December 5.

Hung Liu: Golden Gate

Hung Liu: Golden Gate at the de Young Museum starts on July 17, and will run until early next year. Born under the Maoist regime in China, artist Hung Liu utilizes her training in the Socialist Realist style of painting to re-imagine traditional archival narratives. The de Young Museum introduces this exciting diasporic exhibit: “Reimagining some of her most iconic paintings…through the lens of her personal trajectory, she places herself among and celebrates the people who arrived in California from both land and sea.” Hosted in a city with a rich history of Chinese immigration, this exhibit is something we’re very excited to experience and learn from.

teamLab: Continuity

Coming soon to the Asian Art Museum is the futuristic exhibit titled teamLab: Continuity. An immersive and interactive technological art experience, this exhibit places the viewer into a digital environment of “blooming flowers, darting fish, and soaring crows.” From the renowned Tokyo-based collective teamLab, known for their genre-bending works, “Continuity” is whole new type of experience that melds East Asian art principles with technology to connect viewers to the feeling of nature.

Meet Residence 43A: Two-Bedroom Home with Dramatic Twin Peaks Views

One of the few remaining 2-bedrooms left, Residence 43A features a state-of-the-art kitchen, light-filled dining and living rooms framed by floor-to-ceiling windows, and two bedrooms boasting dramatic city and Twin Peaks views. Complete with diagonal-planked Siberian Oak floors, polished white slab Carrara marble countertops and unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures, 43A is an elegant retreat to the sky. Set high above the city, yet moments from San Francisco’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions, 43A enjoys the best of luxury living, marked by five-star amenities, 24/7 concierge service and inimitable details selected by renowned designer Ken Fulk.

Entering through the light-filled entryway, one is drawn to the state-of-the-art kitchen, complemented with Studio Becker Ash Molina cabinetry, polished Carrara marble counters and Bertazzoni and Subzero appliances. Immediately neighboring the kitchen are the dining area and living room, ideal for both relaxation and entertaining, framed by unobstructed Twin Peaks views through floor-to-ceiling windows.

Both bedrooms also enjoy sweeping vistas of Twin Peaks, including the main suite which features a spa-like bath with porcelain Herringbone floors, custom unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures, casted-glass wall sconces and beautiful Carrara marble countertops. There’s no better place to recline and rejuve than from residence 43A.

Learn more about The Harrison’s residences, explore the neighborhood or inquire about this particular floor plan.

The Harrison’s Scoop on SF Pride 2021

The city is getting back on its feet just in time for the very much beloved annual celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month. This year, Pride festivities include in-person, outdoor and digital events, both in the city and all around the Bay. Whether you’re planning on going out to the bars, driving-in to public movie screenings or taking your celebration up to wine country, here’s The Harrison’s local scoop on SF Pride 2021. 

In the City

Pride Movie Nights, June 11-12

In lieu of a parade this year, SF Pride is provided adjusted programming, including two nights of movie screenings at Oracle Park. The outdoor cinema event will include screenings of “In the Heights” on Friday and “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” on Saturday, along with live prescreening entertainment and concessions. Learn more about the event here.

Frameline 45 Festivities, June 10-27

In addition to the Oracle Park movie nights with SF Pride, Frameline is also hosting their 45th San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival with a mix of outdoor screenings and drive-in events before returning to indoor theaters later in June. The festival will also offer over 50 virtual screening programs for those who wish to celebrate from home as well. According to Frameline Director of Programming Allegra Madsen. “Representing 30 countries — from Argentina, Egypt, and India to Nigeria, Taiwan, and South Africa — this year’s slate of films will touch on themes ranging from the American Dream and gentrification to trans resilience and gender and race identity. Through these films, we believe we can cultivate a more compassionate and empathetic world.” Find out more here

Black Liberation Event with AAACC, June 18

On the eve of Juneteenth, SF Pride is partnering with the African American Art & Culture Complex to honor the dual struggles of the fight for LGBTQ+ equality and for racial justice.

“The African American Art & Culture Complex is proud to partner with San Francisco Pride, as we create space to celebrate and honor the collective freedom of our Black LGBTQIA sisters, brothers and sibs,” says Melonie Green and Melorra Green, co-executive directors of AAACC, who were named SF Pride 2021 Community Grand Marshals. Find out more here.

Thirst Trap Thursdays

A weekly series taking place on each Thursday this month from 5 to 10 p.m., Thirst Trap Thursdays at the Dirty Habit bar at Hotel Zeloshas everything from DJ music and craft cocktails to a specialty menu and an “adult photobooth.” A portion of the proceeds will got towards the SF Queer Nightlife Fund, a nonprofit network providing relief to LGBTQ nightlife workers and entertainers impacted by the coronavirus. Learn more here.


Bluegrass Pride’s 2021 Porch Pride Queer-antine Music Festival, June 6-27

Bluegrass Pride’s annual music and advocacy event has gone virtual this year. Hosting LGBTQ+ musicians and creators in roots music, the programming will include music showcases, jam-alongs, artist conversations and advocacy events. On the final weekend of June 26-17 is “Porch Pride” — the festival’s signature event is presented this year as a two-day live-streamed music festival from 3-6 p.m. Learn more here.

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Presents: Wired, June 24

Artistic Director Timothy Seelig and Executive Director Chris Verdugo will present an official San Francisco Pride-sponsored virtual showcase celebrating Pride month. The online presentation will feature uplifting videos from chorus members, gay men’s chorus special guests and more.

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus will be hosting “Wired,” a virtual show dedicated to Pride month. The program includes a homage to RuPaul, renditions of Todrick Hall’s “Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels” and “28 Barbary Lane” from Julian Hornik’s 12-movement musical, “@QueerZ,” and more. Register here.

Around the Bay

Taste the Rainbow, June 19

Drive up to Cadet Wine Bar in Napa to enjoy a wine flight, raffles, rainbow party favors, Pride treats and live sets from DJ Rotten Robbie. And as you celebrate in wine country, a portion of the proceeds will benefit LGBTQ Connection Napa and the Rainbow Action Network. Find out more here.

Wine and Pride: An Evening With Jody Watley, June 26

Another Pride festivity in wine country, Blue Note Napa presents the Grammy-winning artist Jody Watley at Napa Valley’s oldest wine estate. A portion of sales will benefit LGBTQ Connection Napa and the Rainbow Action Network as well. Join in on the entertainment here.

5 San Francisco Activities We’re Excited to Welcome Back this Season

There’s a sense of optimism in the air as San Francisco slowly opens back up. Indoor venues and activities are ramping up their capacities, while small outdoor activities have dropped mask requirements. As our favorite city opens more of its doors and moves into the final tier of its reopening plan come summertime, there are a lot of old traditions we’re ready to bring back. From activities you can readily do now to adventures that will return within the next month or so, here’s just a few of the classic seasonal activities that we’re ready to make up for lost time with.

Lay Down a Blanket in the Park

Now that fully-vaccinated adults are permitted to exercise and gather in small groups outdoors without masks, take this time to soak up the sunshine on the grass of Mission Dolores Park. Every summer, Mission Dolores Park can get a little crowded, but the foot traffic should be lighter this year, and with a bit of mindfulness and spacing out, allow yourself to breathe easier on your weekend picnics.

Museum Crawls

San Francisco is home to some of the most beloved museums in the world, and we’re eager to peruse all the amazing exhibitions coming up. Just this spring, the Asian Art Museum, Contemporary Jewish Museum, SFMOMA, and the de Young Museum have all reopened, and most of them are able to open to 50% capacity as of May. Art lovers, rejoice — because we know there’s nothing quite like experiencing art up close and personal. Be sure to wear a mask, as they are required in these indoor spaces according to city regulations.

Jump on the F-line

How long has it been since you’ve enjoyed a ride on one of Muni’s vintage streetcars? Lucky for us, after over a year,  the F Streetcar line between Fisherman’s Wharf and the Castro will reopen on May 15 for all seven days of the week.

Hop on a Bay Cruise

SF Bay cruises are up and operating again. When the sun comes out, take to the water and return to that maritime spirit that rules the Bay Area. As of May, there’s limited capacity, mask requirements and as increased cleanings to ensure safety.

Feel the Vigor of a Sports Match

The San Francisco Giants are back on the field, and this month, capacity for fans has increased from 22% to 50%. With either proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the game, fans can finally return to Oracle Park to show up and show out for our staple baseball team.

LX Collection Spotlights The Harrison’s Ken Fulk-Design Library

In LX Collection’s latest article on stunning private condo libraries, The Harrison’s very own Ken Fulk-designed reading space is spotlighted for its one-of-a-kind details, unrivaled style and hanging artworks procured through SFMOMA Artists Gallery. An extension of The Harrison’s spectacular Grand Salon, the breathtaking library presents a sophisticated, welcoming sanctuary further complemented by a grand piano and two stories of tomes set in cerused oak bookshelves.   

Read the full article, here.

5 Prime Springtime Day Trips in the Bay Area

As we enter the thick of springtime, having San Francisco as a home base for Bay Area day trips only gets better as the air grows warmer and the wildflowers continue to blossom. While there are endless sights to see within driving distance of the city, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite spring destinations to visit below.

San Bruno Mountain

This year’s wildflower blooms have just peaked, so catch a day trip to San Bruno Mountain before you miss them. Only half an hour away from The Harrison, this parkland is home to blooms from the famed California poppy to the beloved Douglas iris. Keep your eyes peeled for lupine, fiddleneck, Indian paintbrush and yellow rocket among many others. Offering rugged terrain that’s not too far from home, this day trip is low-prep and low-stress.

Point Reyes National Seashore

Famed for its wildlife sightings of Northern Elephant Seals and the Tule Elks, Point Reyes National Seashore is a host to multiple enclaves worth exploring. Over 90 species of wildflowers have been sighted at the Chimney Rock Headland, and the neighboring Point Reyes Lighthouse is also a charming photo-op stop. Don’t forget to swing by Limantour Beach to view sprawling purple-hued Douglas irises.

Half Moon Bay

An hour drive from the city is Half Moon Bay — a sandy beach town that you’ve likely heard praises about. Here is the place to ring in summer early with a bit of sunbathing, surfing and picnicking. And if you’re still chasing spring blooms, there’s been a surge of yellow mustard blooms along the PCH just south of Half Moon Bay.

Mount Diablo State Park

All Bay Area residents ought to make the trip to Mount Diablo at any time of year, but especially during our temperate spring season. Hike among pockets of poppies, silver lupine, Pacific pea and periwinkles.


When you’re all tuckered out from the more high-energy adventures, two hours away from SF is Calistoga — famed for its hot springs and mineral pools. In the heart of Wine Country, enjoy mud baths, massages and healing waters in your time away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. For those seeking to refresh and rejuvenate, this is your go-to day trip.

5 Home Spa Rituals Perfect For The Harrison’s Primary Bath

When The Harrison is home, a five-star relaxation experience is always within reach. Each one-, two- or three-bedroom residence boasts spa-like baths with deluxe details steeped in soothing neutral hues. Within every primary bath, find porcelain Herringbone floors, custom unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures, casted-glass wall sconces, beautiful Carrara marble countertops and subway tile. Expansive and inviting, this luxurious retreat is the perfect place to enjoy at-home spa rituals. Below, we’ve listed some of our favorite home spa rituals we use to rejuvenate and renew.

Indulge in Epsom Salts and Bath Soaks

The most relaxing section of the spa-like primary bath— the soaking tub—is perfect for candlelit soaks. Indulge in a coconut bath milk or sprinkle some rose bath salts to create a leisurely spa day in your own home. Have a glass of wine and put on some relaxing records and voilà—your standard bubble bath is now an immersive spa-calibre soak.

Ban-shin-yok: The Korean Half Bath

Esthetician and founder of cult-favorite K-beauty brand Peach & Lily, Alicia Yoon, recommends ban-shin-yok, a spa practice from Korea. Fill a warm bath only halfway so that the water grazes your belly button as you sit up, then make sure your upper body stays above the water for at least 20 minutes. The contrast in temperature between the halves of your body promotes healthy circulation, aiding digestive and detoxifying processes as well as easing muscle tension. For those days where we simply need a reset, this soaking strategy resets our bodies from the inside out.

Aromatherapy Shower

Although there’s nothing quite like reclining into a hot bath, showers can provide an equally restorative experience. All it takes is adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil to a damp sponge or hand towel on the floor of your shower and letting the steam release the aroma. Plus, The Harrison’s large glass-enclosed showers offer the perfect setting for such a moment. Opt for lavender to unwind or de-stress with scents of bergamot.

Add Exfoliation to Your Routine

Exfoliation isn’t something necessary to do every day— however, 1-2 times a week can work wonders for your skin. An exfoliant removes the dead layer of cells on the surface and serves to brighten and prime your skin for later treatments. We recommend scrubs for the body and chemical peels for the face, as different sections of the skin need different kinds of attention. Prep a brown sugar scrub on the bath’s pristine Carrara marble countertop and store some chemical peel pads in a vanity basket, turning your sink area into a one-stop spa session.

Follow-up Facial

After cleansing and exfoliating, following up with a facial will grant your skin delightful rejuvenation. Choose a sheet mask for an intensive hydration or go for some additional exfoliation with a wash-off mask. Simply apply the facial while in the tub or at the sink, relax for 20-30 minutes and then continue with the rest of your bath rituals.

San Francisco Business Times Spotlights The Harrison’s Recent Sales Success

In their latest article, city publication San Francisco Business Times featured The Harrison’s recent sales success, noting that the landmark residential high-rise is quickly nearing total sellout. 

The Harrison, set high above SoMa’s Rincon Hill, sold 10 homes in the first quarter of 2021 — and now, only 21 homes remain available. SFBT writes that, according to The Harrison’s Compass sale team, this current wave of sale success is powered by the successful Covid vaccine distribution and sustained low-interest rates.

The article goes on to praise The Harrison for its post-pandemic resilience: “The S.F. condo market took a hit during the height of the pandemic — especially in terms of pricing and sky-high inventory — but may be eyeing a post-pandemic rebound. Now 95% sold, The Harrison has one remaining half-floor penthouse which is newly offered at $7.8 million.”

Read the full article, here.

Spotlight: 6 Asian-Pacific American Creatives Refreshing Interior Design

The world of home goods and design is moved by artisans with standout ideas and unique sensibilities. Amplifying the voices of Asian and Pacific creatives is not just necessary — it’s what moves our industry forward. Here are some amazing artists and designers that we’d like to highlight in our homes.

Eliza Blank

Started by Eliza Blank, The Sill is your destination for potted plants to beautify your space. Gardening was a way that Blank’s mother maintained a connection to her home in the Philippines, so Blank grew up with a green thumb.  The Sill has both an online store and a brick and mortar location in Cow Hollow, so you can head out from The Harrison to select your botanicals in person, or browse foliage online and get it delivered!

Cindy Hsu Zell

Cindy Hsu Zell crafts amazing handmade sculptures with mindfully-sourced natural materials. Each piece of her’s is deeply unique, meticulously combining techniques of carving and hand-spinning rope. Zell also collaborates with Alyson Iwamoto on ceramics. Zell’s individual pieces serve as studies on gesture, curves, depth, and weight — and are readily purchasable online.

Syrette Lew

Syrette Lew’s Brooklyn-based design studio MOVING MOUNTAINS designs whimsical and minimalist furniture that seamlessly integrate into a high-rise interior. Lew’s pieces are typically made to order, but the artist also collaborates with select clients and retailers such as Colony (founded by Jean Line) on unique commissions.

Eny Lee Parker

Georgia-based designer Eny Lee Parker is an artisan of delightfully playful furniture pieces, ceramics and accessories. Lee Parker’s endlessly creative lighting sculptures in particular make for eye-catching sconces and lamps in a modern urban home, like our residences at The Harrison. All pieces are made to order.

Eunice Byun and Dave Nguyen

This Asian-American power duo founded Material when they saw a gap in the market for the kind of kitchenware they were looking for. Dedicated to stylish and functional cookware, Material curates beautiful designs with a minimalist sensibility. Their products are available online or in stock at retailers such as West Elm, Anthropologie and Verishop.

Image: Cindy Hsu Zell

Local Women-Run Businesses to Support this Month

Women’s History Month means not only showing up for our mothers, daughters and sisters — but also for our local creators, movers and shakers. San Francisco is bustling with women-owned businesses and women-powered talent. This April, and always, consider supporting your local, woman-owned businesses — we’ve shared a few of our SF favorites to get you started below. 

1. Harlow & Grey

Powerhouse cousin duo Jeanne Chan and Gloria Wong started one of San Francisco’s most beloved woman-driven businesses back in 2014. Harlow & Grey offers stylish partyware and lifestyle goods, from lunch napkins sets to party garlands. We absolutely love how much their disposable dining sets mimic upscale china — color-coordinated and aesthetic to the max, Harlow & Grey sets out to turn your parties into precious memories. Their Blanc and Soirée collections meld seamlessly with the polished marble and brass finishes we have at The Harrison, but we also love their Secret Garden collection’s floral details. Order online or find them stocked at Picnic on Polk Street.

2. Monastery

Athena Hewitt’s Monastery is inspired by the power of aromatherapy and natural skincare products from the Greek Cyclades. Incorporating her grandmother’s holistic recipes for purifying and healing skin, Hewitt spent years studying and practicing skincare before opening her own studio right here in San Francisco.  This tightly curated collection of cream serums, gels, moisturizers, and face and body oils is made in small batches at Monastery’s studio. 

Image: Monastery 

3. Three Babes Bakeshop

Started by Lenore Estrada and Anna Derivi-Castellanos, Three Babes Bakeshop was born from their love for pie and fresh produce. Stationed at Cuesa’s Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, the shop sells delectable pies and cookies. Stop by at the Ferry Plaza!

4. Bini’s Kitchen

Right here in SoMa is Bini’s Kitchen. Run by owner and chef Binita Pradhan, Bini’s Kitchen brings Nepalese cuisine to San Francisco. After coming to San Francisco Bini really missed native home-cooked food. Bini’s Kitchen brings the home ground spices of Nepalese Soul food from the foothills of Himalayas right to San Francisco — walking distance from The Harrison.

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In With the New: What to Add to Your Routine this Spring

All the telltale signs of spring are upon us: longer-lasting daylight hours, budding blooms and gentler climates. And what better way to embrace the new season than by refreshing your routine? Below, find a list of ways to adjust to the changing weather and improve overall wellness. 

Rise with the sun

While some of us may have already tried hacking our sleep schedules by setting earlier alarms many times before, the perfect time to introduce an earlier wake-up time is actually to follow the transition from winter to spring. The spring equinox, on March 20th this year, marks the first day that daylight hours begin to surpass the nighttime hours. So as the sun rises earlier with each coming day of spring, take this time to take a cue from nature and reconfigure your sleep schedule — starting off your day with a bit of sunlight and serenity will be well worth the boost in serotonin.

Add variety to your caffeine options

We get it — we’re not crazy about when that one friend bugs us to replace our beloved morning coffee with tea, especially when we live in a city with some of the best pick-me-up brews. Instead of quitting coffee altogether, we’d suggest diversifying your options — maybe switch to matcha teas and maca blends just for the weekends. This way, you can conveniently discover new ways to energize yourself without divorcing yourself completely from your staple morning coffee.

Opt for lighter moisture

All skincare routines can be adapted according to seasonal change. Here in San Francisco, this period marks a time after the biting temperatures and blasting heaters of winter. So for this season, you won’t want too heavy of a moisturizer to weigh down your skin as you enjoy the change in the air. 

Spend more hours outside

The combination of increased daylight and hospitable weather will already have you itching to put work down and take more strolls outside. After spending a whole winter cooped up at home among blankets and central heating, this will be the time to enjoy a daily fresh breath of air, as well as relieve some stress in the outdoors.

Meet Residence 41C: 3-Bedroom Set to Bay Bridge & Marina Views

From The Harrison’s remaining available residences comes 41C, a stunning three-bedroom home framed by picturesque Bay Bridge and marina views. Set high above the city, yet moments from San Francisco’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions, this residence brings to fruition a deluxe lifestyle marked by five-star amenities, 24/7 concierge service and inimitable details selected by renowned designer Ken Fulk.

The bright, airy floor plan commences in the expansive foyer, ideal for the avid art collector, where two of the home’s bedrooms lie to the left—one of which boasts an en suite bath and walk-in closet. Framed by floor-to-ceiling windows, each retreat revels in stunning Bay Bridge views and a wealth of natural light. The foyer flows onward into the home’s state-of-the-art kitchen, living room and dining room. Embraced by glass, this expansive and open space captivates from sunrise to sundown with far-reaching views of the Bay Bridge and marina just beyond. Here, one can also access the home’s balcony, which serves as the ideal spot to unwind and revel in unobstructed vistas.

Past the kitchen is the home’s master suite, featuring a deluxe bathroom with porcelain Herringbone floors, custom unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures, casted-glass wall sconces and beautiful Carrara marble countertops. Sophisticated in setting yet casual in layout, this residence presents a unique opportunity to escape the hustle of urban living and dwell both comfortably and beautifully. Learn more about The Harrison’s residences, explore the neighborhood or inquire about this particular floor plan.

3 Local Spots in SF to Celebrate Spring

Milder weather and reopenings await us in the springtime. Luckily for residents of The Harrison, season festivities and blooming natural escapes are never too far in our local Bay Area. Here are just a few of the many options you have to enjoy the new season this year.

Reserve Your Opening-Day Sail Early

Ring in the start of boating season on April 25th, this year’s annual historic boat parade on the Bay. While you can view the maritime show of both vintage and contemporary boats from the shore, now is the time to reserve a spot aboard the Schooner Freda B if you’d like to celebrate on the water! This event sells out every year, with the coveted sunset sail already sold out. Indulge in both local history and a breath of fresh ocean air this spring by planning ahead. Tickets are $255.

Start a New Spring Tradition and Visit the Rhododendron Dell

This enclave of Golden Gate park is a memorial dedicated to the former park superintendent, and is lush with his favorite flower of rhododendrons. This month of March is when the blooms run in delicate pinks and deep reds. A unique labor of love, this garden is one of the most romantic spots in the city to observe the beauty of spring.

Camp in Wine Country

Itching to get out of the city to see the tidings of springtime? Campgrounds and most trails have reopened at Bothe Napa Valley State Park, so now is a great time to escape among redwoods and vineyards. With more than 10 miles of hiking trails at your disposal, there’s no shortage of opportunities to immerse yourself in nature. Take this opportunity to welcome the new season with a bottle of Napa wine and an adventure in tree groves.

6 Wellness Practices to Watch in 2021

Wellness is something that’s been on all our minds lately. In an ever-changing world that continues to throw new curveballs, society has pushed back with a mission to prioritize health in every sense of the word. Here are some of the physical, mental, and spiritual wellness trends we’ve got our eyes on for 2021.

Digital Cleanse

So-called “digital detoxes” have been en vogue even since before the pandemic. But since the stay-at-home lifestyle came about, sometimes our only portal to the world feels like the digital one. Now more than ever, it’s so important to manage digital input. While the affordances of social media have the ability to connect us to each other, digital input can quickly become overwhelming, isolating, and exhausting. In their Almost 30 podcast, wellness experts Krista Williams and Lindsey Simcik advocate for consciously setting boundaries: “A digital detox can be devoting a week, weekend, or even just a day to living without your phone, social media, and TV.” Taking the time to put your devices away, setting screen time limits, or temporarily deleting certain apps can go a long way in reconnecting with the present moment.

Augmented Tech Use

While digital cleanses are a straightforward way to provide tech-life balance, augmented tech use is a newer trend that addresses our needs to still interface with our electronics in a more mindful way. To combat fatigue and burnout, but still keep the practicality of staying plugged in, we look to the trend of using software extensions and accessories to improve our user experiences. This can be as simple as buying blue-light glasses to preserve vision and optical health, using adjustable or standing desks to improve our posture, and switching to ergonomic home office chairs. In terms of browser extensions we’ve been looking out for, apps like Oasis and Fresh Air offer guided wellness reminders every time you open a new tab.

Intuitive Eating

Dieting trends rise and fall away like the seasons. In 2021, a practice that we see outlasting temporary fads and trends is the practice of intuitive eating. Rather than quick fixes or monolithic ingredient binges, intuitive eating is a gentle approach to nutrition — it’s a patient and attentive process of listening to your body and understanding its unique needs. In an interview with Kitchn, certified dietician and eating counselor Christy Harrison explains, “I always say that intuitive eating is the default mode, the way we’re born knowing how to eat, before diet culture and its fatphobic and food-phobic beliefs take hold and mess up our relationships with food and our bodies.” Rather than a ‘miracle’ trend, intuitive eating is meant to be a natural state of honoring your hunger, forgoing calorie-counting for a healthy means of fullness.

Health Starts at Home

While self-care routines have been in the spotlight for the past couple of years, we’ve kept an eye on the growing popularity of “home-care.” The environmental equivalent to self-care, curating physically and spiritually comfortable living spaces has skyrocketed in importance after being under shelter-in-place orders. While residents of The Harrison already have aesthetics nailed down with posh interiors and luxury finishes, a way to take home health further is to invest in embellishments that meet spiritual needs. Decking out relaxation spaces with plantlife to clear the air, warm aromas from candles, cool scents from diffusers, and healing crystals are all popular ways to lean into home health. Ambient lighting setups also sets the mood of home health as well. 

Proactive and Preventative: Herbalism

Western medicine as we know it tends to be treatment-oriented and finding curative drugs after the health issue surfaces. Lately, with health and safety on the mind, folks are looking more towards Eastern medicinal approaches of preventative treatments and overall immunity-boosting herbalism. Eastern medicine is very holistic — rather than focusing on treating illness pharmaceutical drugs, preventative practice builds immunity by emphasizing stretching and exercise, sleep and rest, and body-fortifying supplements like  ginseng, turmeric and spirulina.

Wellness Travel

Looking towards the latter half of 2021 and beyond, once people are able to safely trot the globe once again, we foresee an uptick in wellness-focused travel. Travelers will be seeking more retreat-oriented trips to trek in natural splendor, meditate in gorgeous locations and soak in world-famous hot springs. While the word “travel” may evoke international sentiments, many will grasp opportunities for wellness tourism in their own locales. For residents of The Harrison, getting ahead of this trend is as simple as taking advantage of the building’s five-star amenities at your fingertips and venturing into the countless nature-steeped locales of the Bay Area.

Local Events To Check Out During Black History Month

February is a month dedicated to honoring the historical legacy of Black Americans and the African Diaspora. It’s a time to not only celebrate past achievements, but also to look inward in confronting inequalities and to look forward towards a greater future. The Bay Area has long been a hub of rich diasporic culture, and there are countless ways to engage with our community’s events, from digital museum exhibits to drive-in film screenings. 

Virtual Events

The Joyful Noise Gospel Singers Sundays

“Songs, Poems, and Stories of Black History” takes place at 4pm every Sunday this month. The upcoming February 21st presentation will be “Jim Crow, Work Songs, and the Blues,” with profiles on Fannie Lou Hamer and Bessie Smith. The final installation on February 28th features “The Civil Rights Movement: Freedom Songs,” with profiles of Bernice Johnson Reagon and Harry Belafonte. View here.

Food for the Soul: Screening of Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace’

The Marin County Free Library is partnering with the County of Marin African American Employees Association to present an online screening of Aretha Franklin’s concert film, documenting her return to her gospel roots. The virtual event will take place on February 19th at 7pm.

African Roots and Rhythms with Unique Derique

Register to learn the art of Hambone body percussion from The Bay Area’s very own Unique Derique. There will also be a discussion of Hambone’s evolution in America through a presentation and performance suitable for all ages. The free event will take place on February 20th at 3pm. Register beforehand here.

The History of African Americans in Santa Clara County

Celebrated author and beloved local Jan Batiste Adkins will be hosting a program with the Los Altos History Museum to commemorate contributions by black visionaries in the Bay Area from 1777 to the present day. Told through photographs and stories of African-American pioneers of the region, Adkins will also offer research from her book, “African Americans of San Jose and Santa Clara County.” Taking place on February 24th at 5pm, the event may be accessed here.

Richmond Art Center Presents: Art of the African Diaspora

Richmond Art Center is hosting an online group exhibition now through May 16th, wherein artists will present virtual open studios, discussions and other events. The program includes “At This Very Moment: A Richmond Art Center Community Photo Project,” an exhibit of photographs by Richmond community members curated by Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh.

In-Person Events

KQED Presents: A Love Supreme, Black History Month Drive-In at Fort Mason

Mark your calendars for February 23rd, because KQED is hosting a drive-in movie night from 8-10pm. The program will feature shorts by local Black artists and a screening of WHEN THE WATERS GET DEEP, a film that revolves around the Oakland band, SOL Development. More details here.

Tomika Iyalla the Nigerian Queen Presents: Afro Groove

Immerse yourself into the culture of African dance with this in-person event. This is a unique opportunity to learn afro dance movement from areas ranging from Nigeria to South Africa. Taking place in an outdoor, distanced class setting, prepare to let loose and have fun! With masks and COVID safety measures in place, stop by on February 27th at 1pm. Details here.

Photo courtesy of the Richmond Art Center/Val Kai.
“The 2nd Line” by Val Kai is part of “Art of the African Diaspora” exhibition at the Richmond Art Center.

The Harrison’s Lunar New Year Guide: The Year of the Ox

One of the most profound parts of the San Francisco experience is the rich multicultural texture that makes up the fabric of the city. On the other side of the world from Asia, our city hosts one of the largest and oldest Lunar New Year celebrations in the world. No matter if you’re of Asian heritage or a San Francisco local that has had the pleasure of partaking in the culture, there’s plenty of good fortune this holiday season to be shared, even during the pandemic. From virtual events to prime takeout advice, here is The Harrison’s curated guide to this year’s celebration.

The Year of the Ox is said to follow a cultural tone of stability and nourishment — a nice reprieve from the tumultuous Year of the Rat we had in 2020. 

Digital Events

Virtual 2021 Chinese New Year Parade

San Francisco’s Chinatown on Thursday, February 11, is a self-guided walking tour of San Francisco’s Chinatown based on the book of the same title by award-winning author and photographer Dick Evans and celebrated journalist Kathy Chin Leong. Both a visual and literary journey into the “mélange of American and Chinese culture,” this is an immersive look at a beloved locale.

Lunar New Year Poetry and Calligraphy 

From the Asian Art Museum, the program Lunar New Year Poetry and Calligraphy will feature thematic works in both English and Mandarin from poets Michael Warr, Chun Yu, and calligrapher Aiqin Zhou on February 4th at 7:00pm. 

Chinese New Year Virtual Celebration

San Francisco Symphony’s Chinese New Year Virtual Celebration is a virtual concert hosted by Joan Chen, and featuring SF Symphony musicians, conductor Ming Luke, yangqin player Wenying Wu, erhu player Tao Shi, and other special guests. Tune in at 4:00pm on Feb. 20 and 27 on NBC Bay Area,  3:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 and Feb. 27 on KTSF 26.

Public Displays

The Year of the Ox on Parade

While San Francisco’s iconic annual Chinese New Year Festival and Parade are canceled due to the pandemic this year, The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco is debuting a wonderful alternative: The Year of the Ox on Parade, a commission of 11 life-size ox sculptures that have been placed around the city. From now until March 14, prepare to embark on a sort of scavenger hunt to see all the oxen and scan their QR codes to learn more about each piece before they are auctioned off for charity.

Auspicious Eats

Eight Tables

Eight Tables by George Chen is offering a 5-course Chinese New Year meal for two, which may be pre-ordered online. Delight in rice-stuffed chicken wings, rose petal buns, and steamed ginger black cod among other delicacies.

Far East Cafe

Far East Cafe, one of the oldest banquet establishments in the city, is serving a Hong Kong specialty: poon choi, also known as a ‘treasure pot.’ Pre-order before 5 p.m. by calling 415-269-3960.

Image: Eight Tables Set Meal

4 Local Eateries Offering The Best Stay-Home Takeout

Over years and years of growth and migration, San Francisco has curated a diverse and robust palette of the best restaurants in the region. Whether ordering takeaway or dining out, discovering new — and unforgettable — restaurants is a quintessential part of the urban experience. Here are a few outstanding eateries that are right within reach of The Harrison. 

1. Sunset Squares

Close to home right in the neighborhood of SoMA is Sunset Squares, a family-run operation that serves fresh pizza with unorthodox toppings. With a foundational crust made from a 3-day, cold-fermented sourdough process, these square pizzas offer toppings that range from Asian-style mapo tofu to classic artisan pepperoni. Check out their website to choose between their preorder exclusive menu, daily pickup menu, and Doordash delivery options.

2. Acquerello

Not too far from The Harrison is Nob Hill’s favored destination for high-end Italian cuisine: Acquerello. Now open for takeout Wednesday through Saturday from 4:00-6:00pm, this restaurant has a vast fine dining menu for when you don’t want to just settle for fast-casual fare. They’ve actually partnered with The Caviar Co. to offer a flight of three Acquerello private label caviars, along with a four-course prix fixe menu, prepared fresh and meant to be heated up and enjoyed that day, a curated cheese selection, and a dessert trio. Just order online, then pick it up when it’s ready.

3. Deli Board

Sometimes, when hunger creeps up on us, we want something quick and delicious. That’s where SoMa’s very own Deli Board comes in. This lunch spot doesn’t take phone orders — all orders are taken at the front door of the deli. When you’re looking for something truly filling and satisfying, try a loaded sando on a classic French roll or a garlic Dutch crunch.

4. Zazie

Reopening in early February, Zazie’s free local delivery option marks them as the perfect brunch provider within five miles. From 9am to 1pm, Pierre Noir eggs benedict or gingerbread pancakes right at home. We also love their “Build Your Own Mimosa Kit” to fully indulge in the brunch experience. 

Meet Residence 21E: Ken Fulk-Furnished Two-Bedroom with Balcony Set to Bay Bridge & Marina Views

From The Harrison comes the very first opportunity to own a two-bedroom home fully furnished by world-renowned interior designer Ken Fulk. Replete with jaw-dropping decor and dazzling, modern style that could only be achieved by Ken Fulk himself, this impossibly chic city escape is complete with a balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows framing far-reaching marina and bay views. With diagonal-planked Siberian Oak floors, polished white slab Carrara marble countertops and unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures, Residence 21E is the ultimate combination of upscale interiors and sweeping marina views. Set high above the city, yet moments from San Francisco’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions, this home brings to fruition an idyllic life marked by five-star amenities, 24/7 concierge service and inimitable details selected by award-winning designer Ken Fulk.

Flowing into the home through the entry foyer, one is immediately drawn to the sun-drenched living room, dining room and a bedroom leading to the balcony. The state-of-the-art kitchen is an epicure’s dream, complete with custom Studio Becker Ash Molina cabinetry, polished Carrara marble counters and Bertazzoni and Subzero appliances. Set to stunning Bay Bridge and marina views by virtue of floor-to-ceiling windows, this extensive space is ideal for both prime relaxation or entertaining.

Onward from the kitchen, the home’s main suite captivates with far-reaching marina vistas. Offering plenty of closet space and an ensuite bath — where porcelain Herringbone floors, unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures and beautiful Carrara marble countertops and subway tiles create the ultimate spa right at home — the main suite is the ultimate getaway.

Learn more about The Harrison’s residences, explore the neighborhood or schedule a private tour of Residence 21E by calling 415.721.7788 or inquiring here.

3 Outdoor Spaces for a Quiet Escape in San Francisco

While San Francisco is known for its buzzing, vibrant energy and plethora of exciting things to do and places to see, the city is also home to several serene, natural escapes perfect for finding quiet when needed. And setting aside time to reconnect with the outdoors? Sometimes, that can make all the difference. Below, find a few closeby spots to reground and recenter. 

1. Tank Hill Park

Not many people know about the hidden treasure Tank Hill, which is tucked away near Twin Peaks. The hilltop may be accessed via either a stairway on Twin Peaks Boulevard at Crown Terrace or a longer path at the end of Belgrave Avenue. The area has rock outcroppings perfect for enjoying breathtaking city views.

Image: Wikipedia

2. Lafayette Park

If you’re seeking out some in-city greenery, head to Pacific Heights’ crown jewel of Lafayette Park. With numerous paths and open spaces, you can comfortably enjoy outdoor recreation without the crowds. Gorgeously landscaped, Lafayette Park is perfect for strolls and picnics alike.

Image: Time Out

3. Sutro Heights Park

Perched above Cliff House at the western edge of San Francisco is Sutro Heights. A historic park, Sutro Heights is a delightful enclave for strolls through garden ruins and gazing at the Seal Rocks and the Pacific Ocean beyond. Typically not too busy, this park is the one to visit if you want to pair a bit of a rustic walking adventure with your dose of the outdoors.

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No Bars Open? No Problem: 6 DIY Cocktails Inspired by Local Mixologists

Moments of celebration look a little different this year. From virtual happy hours to in-kitchen fiestas, we’ve all spiced up our creativity with cocktails a bit lately. Although evenings after work look a little different for everyone this year, the persisting tradition of sharing spirits allows us to slow down and savor the moment. Luckily, bright, state-of-the-art kitchens here at The Harrison offer an ideal setting to try out some inventive mixology or perfect your favorite drinks with variations inspired by your city’s best bartenders.

Re-live pre-pandemic bar classics with Thad Vogler’s Cuban-style cocktails

Award-winning mixologist Thad Vogler is one of the city’s best-known barkeepers. Vogler was named one of Forbes Magazine’s most interesting people back in 2011, and has been recognized as an authority on craft spirits in the world of food and drink. Unfortunately, 3 out of 4 of his restaurants have had to close amidst the pandemic, but you can still enjoy star-quality drinks from your own home with signature sips from his award-winning bars. Settle into vacation mode with Vogler’s mojito variation developed for the Obispo — Cuban-style and steeped with mint. Another Cuban classic is Bar Agricole’s El Presidente Cocktail, accented by the refreshing citrus of curaçao. Alternatively, try out Vogler’s Agricole Mule, a variation of a Gin-Gin Mule that takes advantage of agricole rum’s gin-like, aromatic sugarcane-composition.

1. Thad Vogler’s Mojito
2. El Presidente Cocktail
3. Agricole Mule

Image: El Presidente Cocktail, Imbibe Magazine

Comfort cocktails from San Francisco’s no-frills favorite Mary Palac

San Jose’s favored Paper Plane bar is temporarily closed under pandemic restrictions, but their well-loved mixtress Mary Palac has shared a few of her top drinks that can be made at home.  Named a Top 4 American Bartender of the Year by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation, Palac refers to her style as low-maintenance, but hard-hitting. If you’re looking for one of her best-sellers, her play on Irish Coffee with its own kick – Chai-Rish Coffee – is the one to try. Alternatively, perfect the balance of delicate aromas and robust flavors with Palac’s Gunmetal Fix, which is gorgeous with its violet liqueur. 

4. Chai-Rish Coffee
5. Gunmetal Fix

Image: Chai-Rish Coffee, Punch

Want to stick with the classics? Take Caitlin Laman’s advice to perfect your drink

While nationally-recognized mixologist Caitlin Laman is currently based in Chicago, her most meticulous variation was developed when she worked at Trick Dog in San Francisco. Laman’s Manhattan is so simple, but is full-flavored and doesn’t skimp out on bitters.

6. Caitlin Laman’s Manhattan

Image: Laman’s Manhattan, Punch

No Tree? No Problem: 5 Easy Ways to Bring the Holidays Home

Holiday festivities look a bit different for all of us this year, with many of us planning to celebrate from home. And, while we might be skipping staples such as grand parties and neighborhood caroling, there’s still plenty to enjoy this winter. Below, find a few prevailing traditions that cater to anyone seeking a bit of warmth, light and life during this holiday season.

1. Bring Nature Indoors 

Adding the sweet smell of pine cones into your home is a great way to welcome the holiday spirit. Go simple by setting  a bowl of pine cones on your favorite coffee table, or spice it up by creating an intricate dining table centerpiece of pine cones and candles.

2. Get Creative with Your Greenery

While artificial  trees can be both convenient and gorgeous, there’s nothing quite like welcoming the real deal  into your home to bring cheer during chilly season. And why not go beyond the classic evergreen? Try potting some poinsettias in your home. The indoors is also the perfect setting for substitute trees like succulent Christmas trees that you can order off Etsy or create yourself. Alternatively, you can go even simpler and turn your existing house plants into festive yuletide decor by weaving some string lights around your standing fig trees. 

3. Deck the Walls

If you’re more into minimalism, sprucing up your space is as simple as hanging some mistletoe. However, if you want to bring in some yuletide tradition, creating a deconstructed Christmas tree out of a rope ladder and ornaments lingering around your inventory can be both gorgeous and creatively stimulating.

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4. Decorate with Branches Galore

For most people, styling a live pine tree in your home takes a lot of commitment and a lot of maintenance. Yet, both for those who celebrate Christmas and those who observe different winter holidays, adding a splash of classic evergreen can liven up the home in a brisk winter. And the simplest method for doing just that? Light a pine-scented candle or fashion pine tree branches in clear vases by your windowsill.

5. Opt for Seasonal Fabrics

The magic is in the materials — and sticking to seasonal fabrics always works. When it comes to upholstery, wool tartans, soft velvets, faux furs, and lightweight cashmeres are great choices to set the holiday mood indoors.

The Harrison Gift Guide: 6 Local Shops to Fulfill all of Your Holiday Needs

We’ve reached the season of gifting and gratitude — opportunities to show appreciation and joy, no matter if we’re together or apart. While gifting is an extraordinary quest for some and an anxious affair for others, a prevailing principle for finding the perfect present is to seek something that sparks joy — whether it be more practical or more extravagant. Luckily, for those of us avoiding shipping slowdowns and hoping to support local during this holiday season, San Francisco offers an array of creative, independently-curated boutiques to fulfill your giving spirit. Here are six nearby shops that keep it local, yet span a wide variety of gifting desires.

1. General Store

Peruse an eclectic inventory of home goods at this charming California-minded emporium. This local store situated in Outer Sunset carries all unconventionally beloved goods from vintage coffee table books to handcrafted jewelry. For those with a love for artisanal items and clean, rustic aesthetics, General Store is your one-stop shop. 

2. St. Frank

Image: Stylebeat

Located in Presidio Heights is St. Frank — a San Francisco-founded store that carries ethically-sources handmade, vintage, and printed pieces from around the globe. A step into St. Franks is like travelling to a microcosm of markets across the world, with options ranging from alpaca throw blankets woven in Peru to Oaxacan pottery fired in the south of Mexico.

3. b8ta

No Bay Area gift guide would be complete without paying homage to the tech hub that San Francisco has evolved into. While consumer electronics tend to toe the line of the more practical side of gifting, there’s no reason as to why tech can’t be festive and fun — which is why SF is lucky to have two b8ta locations in Hayes Valley and Mission Bay. A gifting haven for tech-lovers, b8ta stocks the most innovative electronics, from typewriter-inspired bluetooth keyboards to AI voice translators that fit into your pocket.

4. Le Dix-Sept

Perfect for more casual acquaintances, the sweet and edible variety of gifts are the perfect mix of ephemeral and practical. Le Dix-Sept is the Mission District’s tastiest artisan bakery and patisserie. Known for their botanically-inspired pastry art, Le Dix-Sept is also offering a delectable nougat gift box this time of year — soft and chewy confectionery treats with a generous shelf life of a couple of months.

5. Museum of Craft and Design

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Known for their engaging exhibitions and collaborations, the waterfront Museum of Craft and Design also has a store with an inventory practically made for leisure gifting. This contemporary design store offers curbside pickup for their wide variety of unique accessories, home goods, books, gifts and children’s toys. From handcrafted home goods by local artisans to carefully curated art books for children, their collection spans all of your recipients’ needs.

6. The Epicurean Trader

Holiday parties may be out of style in 2020, but spirits remain as classic gifts perfect for any occasion. The Epicurean Trader has several in-person shopping locations open, and has been recognized by several publications as the best store for wine and spirits in the city. Peruse their rare Japanese whisky collection or go for a cocktail kit for the quintessential box-and-bow gift. 

5 Home Decor Tips to Embrace the Winter Spirit

Seasonal changes serve as the perfect opportunity to refresh your living space. From more pragmatic ways to adapt to the weather to more festive ideas that match the holiday spirit, here are some tips for bringing a change of scenery into your home this winter at The Harrison.

1. Drape a New Winter Throw

Throws are a classic way to both add a pop of texture to a room and also bundle up from the cold. Warm fibers such as wool and alpaca are perfect for cozying up without drying out your skin from overuse of your central heating system. Try out a faux fur thrown over neutral bedding or a colorful accent draped over our beloved couches curated by renowned designer Ken Fulk. 

2. A Touch of Pine

For most people, styling a live pine tree in your home takes a lot of commitment and a lot of maintenance. Yet, both for those who celebrate Christmas and those who observe different winter holidays, adding a splash of classic evergreen can liven up the home in a brisk winter. And the simplest method for doing just that? Add a bowl of pinecones to your centerpiece, light a pine-scented candle or clip a few pine tree branches to place in clear vases by your windowsill. 

3. Add Texture

Take a page from Ken Fulk’s book and enhance the tactile and visual texture of your space. It never hurts to add a touch of winter-specific elements to the year-round style of your residence’s interior to keep the atmosphere dynamic. Soft sheepskins, deep velvets, cable-knit wools, and luxurious jacquards are all perfect winter-friendly fabrics to lend to your space. Swap out furnishings such as accent pillows, window curtains, and various upholstery for richer textures and deeper colors to up the ambiance of your winter wonderland.

4. Let it Glow

The time of year with the least daylight deserves as much attention to indoor lighting as possible. Invest in a new floor lamp for your favorite reading nook and hang some classic string lights to really light up the corners of your home. For a more rustic atmosphere, consider going cordless with beautiful reflective lanterns or flameless candles to avoid a fire hazard. And lucky for those who live at The Harrison, the twinkling Bay Bridge lights emanate just beyond our floor-to-ceiling windows.

5. Candles that Delight the Senses

Winter candles never fail as a subtle source of warmth and fragrance in your home. While flameless tea light candles are a safe option for gorgeous centerpieces and candle logs, nothing quite compares to a real candle to stir your favorite seasonal aroma around your home.

7 Magical NorCal Spots to See the Fall Foliage

As the landscape turns golden with the changing leaves, there’s no better place to enjoy the thick of autumn than from our beautiful corner of Northern California. Below, we’ve rounded up a few of the best spots to escape to near the Bay Area, ranging from short day trips to longer camping tours.

1. The Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park

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The beauty of living in San Francisco is that you don’t need to go far to find seasonal beauty. Without stepping a foot outside of the city, enter our local oasis of sweeping ginkgo trees and vine maples among Golden Gate Park’s botanicals. With plenty of walking trails and viewing decks to snap photos from, there’s nothing more photogenic than the splashes of color of the Japanese Tea Garden.

2. Rancho San Antonio Nature Preserve

Less than an hour away in South Bay is the Rancho San Antonio Nature Preserve, home to a stunning array of maples, oaks, and flowering persimmon trees. Open from half an hour before dawn to half an hour after dusk, the preserve has plenty of self-guided tours for taking in the area’s woodland splendor. Stop by the quaint ranch of Deer Hollow Farm on your way to experience a classic animal farm of piglets, sheep, goats, chickens, and cows.

3. Marin County

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Samuel P. Taylor State Park is also just one hour away north of the city, yet the symphony of honeyed leaves against timeless evergreen that awaits you may make it seem like it’s a whole different world. This spot is for those who enjoy a mix of perennial forestry along with a spice of color. Hike or bicycle through Cross Marin Trail along Lagunitas Creek to experience that satisfying crunch of leaves among crisp autumn air.

4. Nevada City

The enchanting crimsons and golds of Nevada City are currently at their peak, according to the California Fall Color Report. Around 2.5 hours away from San Francisco, Nevada City is one of the handfuls of delightfully charming Gold Rush towns. When you pay a visit, there are plenty of routes to take that are already highlighted by the city’s chamber of commerce, including the Victorian California Fall Colors Tour, a popular self-guided tour that weaves captivated travelers through the Maple, Ash, Birch trees that decorate the historic districts of the town. There are plenty of quaint cottages to stay the night at or simply drive through the town on your driving tour of the Grass Valley area. 

4 Must-Have Cookbooks From Local SF Chefs

San Francisco has long been a gastronomical mecca for food-lovers, hosting a little bit of everything from humble local dives to Michelin-starred dining experiences. However, in the new era of social-distancing, we’ve all been testing the waters of kitchen experimentation. But developing a habit of cooking at home doesn’t have to mean sacrificing the best flavors that SF has to offer. So for each and every difficulty level, here are four essential cookbooks from local SF legends that should grace your kitchen counter. 

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1. The Zuni Café Cookbook – Judy Rogers 


Over forty years ago, Zuni Café opened its doors on Market Street and has been one of the Bay’s most beloved bistros ever since. Long helmed by the late Judy Rogers, Zuni is known for its rustic take on local, seasonal dishes. Within the bounds of its earthy covers, you’ll find recipes for Zuni’s iconic roast chicken with bread salad and addicting ricotta gnocchi. Perhaps the most invaluable gift Rogers imparts — aside from her famous recipes — is a meticulous attention to technique and her admirable philosophy on from-scratch cooking. Written by Rogers herself and edited by Maria Guarnaschelli, this is a timeless tome of what defines quintessential California-inspired cooking from one of SF’s most beloved chefs. It’s currently available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, and at Zuni Café itself!

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2. Atelier Crenn: Metamorphosis of Taste – Dominique Crenn & Karen Leibowitz


Atelier Crenn will probably be one of the most elegant publications to grace your coffee table. But don’t be deceived by it’s decorative minimalism — it’s much more than just an accent to tie your sitting room together. Beyond its gorgeous cover lies the ample wisdom of the only female American chef to earn three Michelin stars. Crenn brought a taste of her native France to San Francisco’s culinary scene, and every recipe detailed in Atelier Crenn is deeply personal. The central philosophy of this cookbook is the idea of poetic culinaria — “food that delights the palette as poetry delights the ear.” And her cookbook reads like poetry. One chapter, simply titled “The Sea” introduces her squid ink meringue recipe with Crenn’s childhood memories of her mother preparing shellfish. While the recipes are well-explained, they are much more advanced than the average family dinner, so beginner chefs — be wary! The book is currently available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, and Bookshop.

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3. Eat Something – Evan Bloom & Rachel Levin 


A lighthearted take on comfort food with a slice of humor, Eat Something is the highly-anticipated cookbook from Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen, the Mission District’s long-cherished joint for deli fare. Wise Sons take on food has what they describe as a “Bay Area ethos,” as traditional Jewish fare is remixed with a Californian take. In addition to recipes for braided challah and “Morning After Matzoquiles,” the voice of Evan Bloom really highlights that what lies behind SF’s bagel scene is a rich family culture — the cookbook recounts everything from sibling quarrels to bar mitzvahs. With essays titled “Confessions of a First-Time Seder Host” and “Iconic Chinese Restaurants, As Chosen by the Chosen People,” why wouldn’t this title be on your must-have list? If you need any more convincing to pick this charming celebration of Jewish culture up, just take the advice of the book’s subtitle: “A Wise Sons Cookbook for Jews Who Like Food and Food Lovers Who Like Jews.” It’s currently available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chronicle Books, and Bookshop.

4. Vietnamese Home Cooking – Charles Phan 

Beginner – Intermediate

From the chef of The Ferry Building’s legendary Slanted Door restaurant, this cookbook strikes at the core essence of what Vietnamese cooking is all about: ingredient-driven flavors, fresh and robust aromas, and a balance of savory and sweet. While Phan’s second cookbook covers more of his restaurant’s highly modern cuisine, this debut cookbook focuses less on his signature fusion style and instead introduces an unfamiliar audience to a no-frills Vietnamese food philosophy. And true to Phan’s ethnically Chinese immigrant roots, there are plenty of recipes from daikon cakes to pickled cucumber that pay homage to the closely intertwined heritages of China and Vietnam. For those looking to explore the pure flavors of Phan’s cooking, this cookbook has detailed instructions and also includes highly-prized advice on choosing a wok as well. It’s currently available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Penguin Random House

6 Weekend Road Trip Destinations Within About 3 Hours of The Harrison

Itching to get out of the city and immerse yourself in nature for a few days? Pack a bag or load up your camping gear and hit the road to one of these stunning locales for the weekend.

1–2 Hours Away

1. Half Moon Bay

About a 45-minute drive from San Francisco, the quaint beach town of Half Moon Bay could easily be a day trip, but we recommend an overnight stay to take in the sunrise and sunset over the water. Pitch a tent and camp overlooking the sand at Francis Beach Campground or enjoy the comforts of home at The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay. While you’re there, be sure to consider a seaside horseback riding tour via Sea Horse Ranch.

2. Napa Valley

Wine country is about an hour away—with some of the world’s best wine and food waiting for you. Book a multi-night stay at a hotel or bed & breakfast to experience as much of the Napa Valley as possible. No formal wine tastings or tours necessary to enjoy the comforts and delights of wine country.

3. Santa Cruz County

Though famous for its boardwalk, Santa Cruz is much more than a summertime tourist destination. The coastal county is home to expansive redwood forests by way of Big Basin Redwoods State Park, which is great for day hikes or overnight camping. It’s also home to quirky artisan shops by way of charming Capitola. It’s a surfer’s paradise by way of Pleasure Point. Plan for a 1.5-to-2-hour drive.

2–3 Hours Away

4. Carmel-by-the-Sea

As far as idyllic beach towns go, Carmel-by-the-Sea tops many lists. About two hours from San Francisco, you’ll find soft white sand on secluded beaches, eclectic art viewing, boutique shopping, wine tasting, and more. Don’t miss a chance to visit Point Lobos State Natural Reserve—for hiking, picnicking, or artistic inspiration—during your trip.

5. Big Sur 

Hugging Pacific Coast Highway a couple hours south lies the rugged and lush city of Big Sur. Not to be missed: the iconic Bixby Creek Bridge (most recently featured in the intro to HBO’s Big Little Lies series), the beach-adjacent McWay Falls waterfall, and Pfeiffer Beach for sunset viewing. We recommend making your weekend getaway a backpacking trip to take in all the wildlife, stunning vistas, and challenging trails.

6. Yosemite

Head east for about three hours, and you’ll wind up in one of the most beautiful, wondrous settings in the state of California. The 1,200-square-mile Yosemite National Park is on many a bucket list, but San Francisco residents are close enough to visit nearly as often as you’d like—and you’d still discover something new every time. Consider tent camping, in-park lodging, or vacation rentals and explore the park high and low.

Note: Reservations are currently required to visit the park, so make sure to plan ahead. Some hiking and climbing trails/ventures require permits.

10 Iconic San Francisco Sites to Tour on Foot

There’s something about the simplicity of walking: it’s free, essentially effortless and good for mental and physical wellbeing. Whether walking without distraction or pairing your stroll with an audiobook, playlist or call to a loved one, there are plenty of iconic areas to explore on foot in San Francisco. 

1. Twin Peaks 

Almost in the center of the city stands a pair of 922-foot-high hills, aptly named Twin Peaks. Drive up and walk around the 64-acre hilltop park or get your exercise in walking up to the top of the hill. Either way, you’re getting beautiful, expansive views of the city.

2. Lands End

Put on your hiking shoes for a walk along the winding Lands End trails at the northwestern corner of San Francisco. Try a walking meditation around the Lands End Labyrinth, a winding path with beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco coastline. 

3. Golden Gate Bridge

Walking within view of the bridge or across it are both iconic ways to experience this world-famous landmark. The bridge is 1.7 miles across, so it should take just over an hour to get across and back, depending on how fast you walk. Prefer similar views via a different route? Take a stroll around Fort Point, Baker Beach, or Crissy Field.

4. Lombard Street

While technically not the steepest or most crooked street in the city, Lombard Street is definitely the most iconic. The street boasts a 27 percent grade slope, so your calves will get a nice workout walking up and/or down.

5. Golden Gate Park

With 1,017 acres to explore, a walk at Golden Gate Park could be different every time you visit. Take a short walk to find a place to picnic or set out on a path and keep walking to your heart’s content. 

6. San Francisco Botanical Garden

Within Golden Gate Park, you’ll find a botanical garden filled with nearly 9,000 different types of plants from all around the world. Peruse the plant arbor on weekends and pick up a new plant to bring a little life into your home.

7. Coit Tower

It’ll be more of an urban hike than a casual walk up the Greenwich Steps to Coit Tower. On the way up, you’ll see historic homes, gardens, and art. Once there, it’s worth staying a while to take in the views of the city and bay.

8. The Palace of Fine Arts

Originally constructed in 1915 for the Panama–Pacific International Exposition (an extravagant world fair), The Palace of Fine Arts definitely stands out in a city known for breaking norms. Take a walk along the small lake adjacent to the iconic dome. 

9. Painted Ladies + Haight-Ashbury

The birthplace of 1960s hippie counterculture and the “Summer of Love”, the Haight-Ashbury district is worth a walkthrough, if just to get a feel for its rich and wild history. We recommend stopping to admire the infamous Painted Ladies (AKA “”Postcard Row”) houses at 710–720 Steiner Street from a seat on the lawn at Alamo Square.

10. Chinatown 

San Francisco’s Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia and the oldest in North America. Within its 24 blocks lies so much culture and history. Take in the unique architecture, and be sure to grab some takeout from Dim Sum Bistro or Sam Wo Restaurant while you’re there.  

Coming Together: How to Help California Wildfire Victims

With the wildfires raging across California, our local Bay Area has been especially hit hard by disaster. From residential displacement to compromised air quality, the havoc wreaked by the fires has affected all of us in some way, shape, or form. Rebounding from this disaster is no easy feat, but out of disaster arises a moment for social solidarity — an opportunity to show up for one another. Here are some ways that the Bay Area community has been uplifting each other, and how you can unite with us. 

Donate Money

Aid workers say that donating to a nonprofit dedicated to disaster relief and aid for wildfire victims is generally the best method to support affected communities. Not only is it convenient and contactless with consideration to the pandemic, but it is also a flexible form of aid, as experts closer to the issue can determine how to best utilize the funding. We suggest using Charity Navigator to vet organizations before you donate, but here are some pre-screened organizations we’ve picked out below.

Donate Goods

While online donations are the best option due to Covid-19 considerations, for those who prefer to be more hands-on and involved in how their donations are spent, donating supplies is another option. Given the spread of Covid-19, shelters are only accepting brand-new non-perishable goods, clothing, and bedding, all in unused condition. For those with the means to drive down south, Santa Cruz County has a call for donations here


Aside from personally volunteering at your local food bank or emergency shelter, both of which are fair game if you’re a frontline type of worker, there is also the option to help out with reception and phone help to direct callers in need of help with Animal Services. Whether you’re volunteering your physical presence or your time from a remote location, going local is a great way to show up and show out. If you’re looking for a larger presence to contribute to, the Red Cross is taking volunteer applications as well.

Our hearts go out to all those affected by the California wildfires, and we stand strong together with our Bay Area community in its efforts to recover.

10 Stylish Work-From-Home Essentials

Working from home presents a unique opportunity to reimagine your office entirely — one that fully embraces your personal style and complements your living spaces in every sense. From major statement pieces to innovative tools, discover some stylish ways to upgrade your work-from-home routine below.

1. Standard Desk

Let your kitchen counter or dining table resume its regular function and invest in a sturdy, stylish workspace. 

Need some inspiration? Here are a few desks we love:

2. Portable Desk/Lap Desk

Sans the office, you have the freedom to move from your desk to your couch to your bed to the poolside. We don’t judge and we won’t tell.

Need some inspiration? Here are a few portable desks we love:

3. Desk Chair

Stylish and supportive—the ergonomics of an office chair meets the style of an accent chair.

Need some inspiration? Here are a few desk chairs we love:

4. Bluetooth Speakers 

Combat the silence and jam out to whatever motivates you.

Need some inspiration? Here are a few bluetooth speakers we love:

5. Noise-Cancelling Headphones

For tuning out noisy pets, kids, significant others etc. when you need to enter focus mode.

Need some inspiration? Here are a few headphones we love:

6. Coffee Mug

Now’s as good of a time as any to splurge on a very special coffee mug you’ll love to drink from every day.

Need some inspiration? Here are a few coffee mugs we love:

7. Coffee Maker/Espresso Machine

Since you’re probably not making it to the coffee shop every day, bring the coffee shop to you.

Need some inspiration? Here are a few coffee/espresso makers we love:

8. Candles

Because scent can have such a powerful effect on mood. And candles make great décor even when they’re not lit.

Need some inspiration? Here are a few candles we love:

9. Plants 

They double as air purifiers, bring life into your space, and complement any space. And plants can be good feng shui!

Need some inspiration? Check out the best indoor plants for high-rise living.

10. Loungewear

Getting dressed up for work is overrated.

Need some inspiration? Here are a few places we love to shop:

Curbed SF Celebrates The Harrison as Part of SF’s Grand Skyline

In the article “San Francisco’s tallest towers, mapped,” Curbed SF features One Rincon Hill’s Tower Two, home to The Harrison. Spotlighting the building as a 641-foot tall member of San Francisco’s skyline, Curbed proudly touts the skyscraper as an essential component of SF’s urban grandeur. 

“Tower Two, completed in 2008, is 60 stories topped with 25 LED floodlights that change according to the weather. One Rincon Hill was designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) architects.”

Read the full article here.

Livabl Recommends The Harrison’s Luxurious Condo Living

Livabl, a news publication for home buying and investing as a part of the BuzzBuzzHome network, has noted The Harrison as an enticing move-in option of the SF area. The article spotlights The Harrison’s lavish amenities and coveted location.

“These one-, two- and three-bedroom homes feature custom, high-end details and unrivaled views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay and SoMa.”

Read the full article here.

The Middletown Press Features The Harrison’s Coveted Amenities

The Middletown Press released a story originally published on Realtor.com on NBA superstar Stephen Curry’s luxury condo purchase in SF. In the article, Compass Development managing director Morgan Ball references The Harrison as a standard for high-rise living in the city’s newest condos. 

“Ball notes that at the Harrison, residents enjoy a seven-days-a-week concierge service that can arrange housecleaning or grocery delivery.”

Read the full story here.

SFGate Cites The Harrison are Large Condo Luxury

Bay Area news and entertainment publication SFGate published a story originally published on Realtor.com about Stephen Curry’s purchase of a high-rise condo in SF. In the article, Compass Development managing director Morgan Ball speaks about The Harrison as an example of luxe living in the city’s newest condos. 

“In new construction, the condo market is really strong in these larger units that we’re seeing.”

Read the full story here.

New Haven Register Highlights The Harrison Lavish High-Rise

New Haven Register looks to The Harrison in reporting pro basketball player Stephen Curry’s move to San Francisco. As Curry’s residence had not yet been completed at the time of purchase, the article consulted Compass’ Morgan Ball, who used The Harrison as a point of reference for high-rise luxury.

“Condo living is also attractive to high net worth types and celebrities who won’t be staying in the building full time. ‘It’s the complete convenience of the “lock and leave” lifestyle,’ says Ball.”

Read the full story here.

Realtor.com Spotlights The Harrison’s Hospitality Level Concierge Services

Realtor.com featured The Harrison in its coverage of NBA superstar Stephen Curry’s luxurious condo purchase in SF. As the building of Curry’s residence had not yet completed construction at the time of the article, Realtor.com consulted Compass’ Morgan Ball, who referred to The Harrison’s concierge services as a point of reference for high-rise luxury. 

“Ball notes that at the Harrison, residents enjoy a seven-days-a-week concierge service that can arrange housecleaning or grocery delivery. ‘It’s akin to living in a hotel,’ he adds.”

Read the full story here.

San Francisco Magazine Features The Harrison Among SF’s Posh New High-Rises

In their real estate issue, San Francisco Magazine featured The Harrison as a part of their breakdown on SF’s latest high-rises. Focusing on the experience of luxe tower living, the article highlights The Harrison’s top-tier amenities — from private entertainment spaces to personalized concierge services. 

“There’s The Harrison, a 49-floor, 298-unit building with interiors by Ken Fulk. The lobby is a grand salon with a vintage piano, and the top floor is a private event space, accessible to residents only, with unparalleled views of the city and Bay.”

Read the full story here.

Luxe Magazine Praises The Harrison’s Penthouse Event Space

In their deep dive on high-rise living and luxury real estate, Luxe magazine highlights The Harrison as “ahead of the curve” by designating the penthouse floor as a shared entertainment space, calling it a “democratizing move.” In their investigation of the new demand for cutting-edge grandeur that retains warmth and character, Luxe spoke to The Harrisons interior designer Ken Fulk:

“With 180-degree views spanning from the ocean to the bay, we imagined this as the sky-high aeri or a bon vivant explorer that just happens to be your favorite uncle.” – Ken Fulk

Read the full story here.

San Francisco Chronicle Highlights The Harrison’s High-Rise Views

San Francisco Chronicle mentions The Harrison’s Signature Collection and top-floor entertainment space  in their article on penthouses in San Francisco. Following a description of The Harrison’s “17 luxurious penthouses” and “swanky lounge,” the article also measures the elite penthouses’ prices against median condo price per square foot in San Francisco:

“The Harrison penthouses are ‘relatively affordable’ for the views, said Debrah Kemp, project director with Compass Development, which is marketing the property.”

Read the full article here.

The Close Explores The Harrison’s Forward-Thinking Marketing

In the article “Can Experiential Marketing Save The Real Estate Industry…Again?,” The Close chooses The Steinway Suite event at The Harrison as a successful and unique marketing case study. Highlighting how The Harrison partnered with Steinway & Sons to bring their residences to life with the finest handcrafted grand pianos, The Close writes on how this brand partnership brought something new to the table for both brand partners and prospective buyers.

“Eager to get their high end instruments in front of well-heeled homebuyers, Steinway offered one of their top of the line Spirio player pianos. They then hired a concert pianist to play the piano at their launch parties, and also got to show off the piano’s (amazing) self-playing features on showings.”

Read the full article here.

The Registry SF Profiles The Harrison’s Available Penthouses

Bay Area real estate news source The Registry SF  has featured The Harrison’s last three remaining penthouses, speaking to the desirability of stylish SoMa living. The article covers the fully-amenitized high-rise penthouses 48B, 48A, and 48C — 48B being a half-floor penthouse, and the latter two being corner penthouses. 

“‘We’re seeing strong demand for stylish living in a fully-amenitized luxury high-rise in what’s becoming the city’s tech epicenter,’ said Bree Long, Managing Director of Compass Development, California. ‘SoMa offers everything buyers are looking for — cultural intrigue, top dining options, public parks and access, so we anticipate sales to continue to soar.’”

Read the full article here.

Forbes Features The Harrison Penthouse’s Modern Vintage Lighting

In an article exploring design trends of 2019, Forbes foregrounds modern vintage lighting, specifically tapping Michael Friedes, of Michael Friedes Design Associates, who designed for a penthouse at The Harrison. In the article, Friedes predicts the continued popularity of halo LED chandeliers, as he procured for this dining area in The Harrison.

“Halo LED Chandeliers will also be big next year according to Michael Friedes, of Michael Friedes Design Associates. ‘They offer a sense of a sculptural form that produces a very functional light source at the same time—as evidenced in this dining area I designed for the penthouse apartment at The Harrison in San Francisco.’”

Read the full article here.

Robb Report Shows Off The Steinway Suite’s $100,000 Piano

Robb Report writes on The Harrison’s famed Steinway Suite, featuring its $100,000 Steinway Model M high-resolution player piano. Gorgeously placed within The Harrison, the piano is described to be a major selling point for musically minded buyers. 

“The smartphone-enabled piano uses high-tech software and sensors to self-play hundreds of hours for music (making it the perfect choice for those who love the piano but don’t know how to play it). ‘The best part is even if you’re not trained to play, you still get the richness of the symphony sound,’ says Bree Long, managing director of Compass Development. Of course, the piano can be played the regular way too. The fully furnished penthouse, which marries swanky sophistication with 1940s-era glamour, is on the market for $3.7 million.”

Read the full article here.

Haute Living Names The Steinway Suite As One of SF’s Top Two Designer Penthouses

Haute Living introduces readers to The Harrison’s penthouse residence as one of “San Francisco’s Top Two Designer Penthouses.” Designed by Michael Friedes, the penthouse suite is applauded for its subtle details that add a bit of whimsical flair to a refined space.

“Inspired by the old-school glamour of classical pianists, Friedes outfitted the space with 1940s glam meets Mid-century-modern decor. Custom armchairs with fabric that resembles piano keys, hand-blown glass and gold table, and rich textures like cowhide, silk, and mohair give the home an opulent relaxed vibe.”

Read the full story here.

SFGate Features The Harrison’s Steinway Penthouse Listing

SFGate highlights The Harrison’s Steinway Penthouse as a featured listing at $3.7million. The publication details the penthouse’s floor plan and features, and invites readers to learn more about the tower’s amenities.

“Nicknamed the “Steinway Suite” because it includes a self-playing Steinway piano, this 49th-floor corner penthouse enjoys dramatic views of San Francisco through floor-to-ceiling windows. Interior designer Michael Friedes fashioned the fully furnished, top-floor residence with a hand-blown glass table, custom swivel chairs and a sitting alcove accessorized by original album covers. Midcentury-style cabinetry and a large closet waits in an owner’s suite looking out at the bay.”

Read the full article here.

Realtor.com Highlights The Harrison’s Steinway Suite’s Self-Playing Piano

Realtor.com features The Harrison’s “Steinway Suite,” a fully furnished retreat soaring high above SoMa. With interiors by award-winning designer Michael Friedes, the $3.7 million penthouse is emphasized for its warm, yet refined elegance, as well as its desirable Rincon Hill location. Realtor.com also touches upon its unique selling point of a $100,000 Steinway piano:

“For those who appreciate a piano concerto or jazz tune to accompany their high-rise views, a penthouse in San Francisco with a self-playing Steinway grand hits just the right notes.”

Read the full article here.

Wealth Magazine Features “The Steinway Suite” at The Harrison

Wealth Magazine shines a spotlight on “The Steinway Suite” at The Harrison — a $3.7 million marvel Steinway Model M Spirio high-resolution player piano valued at $100,000. The 1940s-inspired glam suite is designed by the award-winning Michael Friedes, and Wealth Magazine focuses on its unparalleled combination of charming interior space with effortless amenities.

“The ‘Steinway Suite’ owner has access to The Harrison’s robust amenities including: Uncle Harry’s, the building’s penthouse lounge; private dining room; grand entry salon; pantry; valet; fitness center; swimming pool; Jacuzzi; and, Luxury Attaché, a dedicated concierge who coordinates everything from dinner reservations to private functions to monthly events.”

Read the full article here.

Mansion Global Spotlights The Harrison’s Top-Floor Penthouse

In the article “San Francisco Penthouse Comes with Self-Playing Steinway Piano,” Mansion Global illustrates the glamorous suite that sits atop the 49th floor of The Harrison. With interiors designed by Michael Friedes, the suite has it all with panoramic views and a smartphone-controlled Steinway piano. 

“In total, the home has two bedrooms styled with mid century decorative touches, including a chaise lounge overlooking the bay in the master suite and a 1960s-inspired lucite and turquoise chair in the guest room. The unit, which is being marketed by compass is one of two remaining top-floor penthouses in the luxury high-rise, which boasts a laundry list of shared amenities.”

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The Registry SF Features “The Steinway Suite” at The Harrison

The Registry SF presents to readers a detailed profile of The Harrison’s top-floor penthouse, detailing its intimate sitting alcove and grand living and entertainment room in addition to the sumptuously-designed bedrooms. The unrivaled listing is presented as a retreat to whimsical luxury that has no shortage of amenities.

“We’re absolutely thrilled with Michael’s vision for the Steinway Suite. It exudes a casual sophistication that merges nostalgic elegance with a contemporary, fashionable style. The self-playing piano is a great addition and the ultimate high-rise luxury. And, the best part is even if you’re not trained to play, you still get the richness of the symphony sound in your home.” –Bree Long, Managing Director at Compass.

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Robb Report Presents The Harrison’s Top-Floor Penthouse to Music Lovers

Robb Report heralds The Harrison’s “Steinway Penthouse” as the ultimate home for music lovers. Particularly highlighting its coveted Steinway Piano, the publication illustrates the listing as a high-end residence with a one-of-a-kind design and feel.

“Aspiring pianists of all ages will find that the Steinway Suite at the Harrison in San Francisco hits all the right notes. Located on the 49th floor, the two-bedroom unit comes with a Steinway Model M high-resolution player piano valued at $100,000. The smartphone-enabled piano uses optical sensors and proprietary software to self-play hundreds of hours of music—though it can be played the old-fashioned way, as well. It’s ideal for budding and accomplished pianists and for music lovers who enjoy listening to the symphony but don’t play the piano.”

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CA Home & Design Shines a Light on The Signature Collection Penthouses at The Harrison

CA Home & Design presents to its readers The Harrison’s Signature Collection of penthouses in their article “Life At The Top In Rincon Hill.” The article highlights penthouses 46B and 46C for their gorgeous Bay Bridge views with a glimpse of the hills. The Signature Collection on the 46th floor is designed by Summer Chapin and Maxime Jacquet of Premier Stagers, and CA Home & Design raves over their combination of top-tier amenities with premium interiors.

“The sleek, 49-story beacon overlooking San Francisco and the Bay was designed and curated by tastemaker Ken Fulk, bringing his unique style to create public spaces and amenities far beyond the usual.”

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Pursuitist Crowns The Harrison as a Dream Home

In their “Daily Dream Home” series, Pursuitist features The Harrison for its astounding SF views and high-end finishes. The article also mentions that in addition to designer furnishings, what makes these residences so desirable is also their location:

“Penthouse residents are also within walking distance to AT&T Park and many of the city’s best restaurants, bars, shops and businesses, including Facebook, LinkedIn and Dropbox, as well as The Transbay Transit Center and City Park, now named Salesforce Park, which will connect eight Bay Area counties through 11 transportation systems.”

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Haute Living Highlights The Signature Collection’s Sky-High Views

Haute Living shares with readers about The Harrison’s Signature Collection of penthouses, particularly highlighting their sky-high views of the Bay Bridge, Twin Peaks, and the SF skyline. Haute Living hones in on penthouse 46B for its furnishings of “custom art by Alexander Partman, a vintage Triumph motorcycle, custom graffiti trunks, and a limited edition Louis Vuitton helmet.”

“‘The Harrison’s Signature Collection ushers in a new era of luxury penthouse living in the heart of San Francisco’s most desirable neighborhood,’ Hana Cha, the managing director of Compass Development, the group behind the Harrison, said in a statement. ‘These extraordinary move-in ready penthouses offer residents everything one could desire in a downtown residence, from breathtaking views to an unrivaled level of service.’”

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Luxatic Celebrates Sumptuous Penthouse Living at The Harrison

Luxatic invites readers to consider The Harrison’s Signature Collection: 17 gorgeous half-floor and corner penthouses. The publication describes the interiors from their polished white-slab Carrara marble countertops to their Bertazzoni appliance-equipped kitchens.

“With spa-like baths, sumptuous bedrooms, and floor-to-ceiling windows, getting your well-deserved relaxation at home seems quite an easy task. Future residents will also get to enjoy a 49th-floor penthouse lounge and speakeasy. as well as a private dining room, a swimming pool, and a fitness center.”

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Robb Report Presents a Photo Gallery of The Harrisons Stunning Interiors and Views

From jaw-dropping Bay Bridge sunsets to exquisite finishes on furnishings, Robb Report’s photo gallery of The Harrison’s designer interiors and floor-to-ceiling vistas paint a portrait of high-end SF living for readers. 

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