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Christmas in San Francisco and BlogHer Pro

This entry is part 77 of 91 in the series Festive Fridays

The grand Christmas tree in the lobby of San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel

The Grand Christmas tree in the lobby of San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel

 

I just got back from a quick overnight trip to San Francisco where I attended BlogHer Pro. It is a one-day event designed to help blogging professionals take their business, marketing, and technical skills to the next level. It was a wonderful conference, full of amazing, talented women and inspiring speakers.

 

The event was held at the National Historical Fairmont Hotel on top of Nob Hill. The day was jam packed with information that is still swirling around in my head. While I process everything, I thought I would share some of the beautiful images from our San Francisco visit.

 

We are incredibly lucky to live so close to one of the most beautiful cities in the world. And this time of the year with all the holiday decorations and lights, it is even more spectacular. We have been having rain showers blowing through, but it was sparkling clear when we arrived.

 

View of San Francisco Bay from the Fairmont Hotel

Stunning view from our room; Alcatraz on the left and Coit Tower on the right

 

The Fairmont is famous for its Beaux Arts-style, glittering beauty, and is as close to the grandeur of European manors that we have on the west coast. The hotel was nearly completed when the earthquake of 1906 hit. The opening was delayed a year while architect/engineer Julia Morgan (of Hearst Castle fame) was brought in to do the retrofit.

 

The glorious Gold Room at the Fairmont Hotel

The glorious Gold Room at the Fairmont Hotel

 

The interiors speak to a more genteel time in our history and you cannot help but be swept up in its embrace when you walk up the staircase and into the grand entry with its soaring ceilings. Tony Bennet first sang his signature song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” in the Fairmont’s Venetian Room, the site of many of today’s events.

 

While I have spent many happy evenings at the Fairmont over the years, I have never attended a conference there, so having the opportunity to see some of the lesser known magnificent rooms was a treat.

 

Our beautiful room - hospitality at its best

Our beautiful room – hospitality at its best.

 

Please enjoy these seasonal images. I hope they fill your hearts with the same joy I felt.

 

Happy Holidays!

 

 

A Fairmont teddy bear tucked into the branches of one of the many Christmas trees

A Fairmont teddy bear tucked into the branches of one of the many Christmas trees

 

 

Poinsettias in the "snow"

 

 

The breathtaking two-story gingerbread house inside the Fairmont Hotel

The breathtaking two-story gingerbread house inside the Fairmont Hotel

 

 

Santa's Mail box!

 

 

Pine bough reindeer pulling a sleigh

 

 Gold decked tree tucked into the corner of the lobby

 

 

 

 

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