Wednesday, May 10, 2017

San Francisco celebrating 'Summer of Love' with groovy specials (special videos)

Relive the 60s in the City by the Bay

By Patti Pietschmann

The Summer of Love was a social phenomenon that occurred in 1967, when as many as 100,000 people, mostly young people sporting hippie fashions of dress and behavior, converged in San Francisco's neighborhood Haight-Ashbury. Although hippies also gathered in many other places in the U.S., Canada and Europe, San Francisco was at that time the most publicized location for hippie fashions. Hippies, sometimes called flower children, were an eclectic group. Many were suspicious of the government, rejected consumerist values, and generally opposed the Vietnam War. A few were interested in politics; others were concerned more with art (music, painting, poetry in particular) or religious and meditative practices. Wikipedia

Fifty years later San Francisco is  gearing up for the Summer of Love’s 50th Anniversary with specials and events that turn back the clock to a time of free love, LSD, Timothy Leary and sex, drugs and Rock & Roll. Check into any of these hotels to get your 60s flashback:  Hotel Zephyr, St. Regis San Francisco, Stanford Court, The Marker and Hotel Zoe. Fun programming will include a hippie photo session in Golden Gate Park, De Young’s "Summer of Love: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll" exhibit, psychedelic totes, flash tattoos and a “Flower Power Hour Welcome Reception.”

·         Hotel Zephyr, this  boutique waterfront hotel in San Francisco will be at the forefront of the festivities, featuring the Love Anchors Z Soul package. Guests get a shopping experience at a local vintage boutique, a hippie photo session in the Haight or in Golden Gate Park, and a trip in Vantigo’s San Francisco City Tour. The stay will also include a modern-day Bluetooth record player with records, and a gift certificate to Amoeba Music. Book now for a minimum two-night stay.

·         St. Regis San Francisco, a new dimension of luxury and timeless elegance to San Francisco, is offering breakfast daily for two in The Grill or in the privacy of your guest room; two tickets to the "Summer of Love: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll": exhibit at the De Young Museum (April 8-August 20); and a couples massage, aromatherapy bath and two bath robes. Two night minimum stay and seven day advance purchase required. Reserve your experience online, or call (415) 284-4101 and ask for rate plan “GOLDEN.”

·         Stanford Court, San Francisco’s modern 393-room hotel poised atop famed Nob Hill, will include overnight accommodations in a Standard or Deluxe Room, plus two VIP tickets to the de Young Museum’s special exhibit” Summer of Love: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll” (April 8-August 20). A map of San Francisco’s Summer of Love attractions and Beat Generation hangouts that still exist today will also be available, along with tie-dyed psychedelic tote bag, flash tattoos, John Lennon small frame retro round sunglasses and bubble wands. For reservations, please visit here or call (855) 968-3430.

·         Hotel Zoe, San Francisco’s newest boutique hotel, is offering guests a $50 hotel credit, a 1967-themed arrival amenity and will be able to listen to a Hotel Zoe hit list through Spotify. Two-night minimum length of stay required and the package is not valid with any other promotional offers.

Timothy Leary in 1967

·         The Marker, a luxury boutique Joie de Vivre hotel located in San Francisco’s historic theater district, will feature a “Flower Power Hour Welcome Reception,” for meetings and events with a Munchie Welcome Amenity along with Psychedelic Upgrades of two guestroom upgrades to suites. The Meditation Stress-free break and Ride the Free Wave will be waived (based on Food and Beverage Minimum from Tratto, restaurant, just adjacent to the hotel). The Marker offers 11,000 square feet of recently renovated, flexible meeting space, including 12 flexible meeting and board rooms accommodating up to 190 seated guests, and up to 350 for a private reception.