'Tis the Season

Location, Location

Celebrating its seventh hotel opening on the West Coast, Pineapple Hospitality’s The Alise San Francisco at 580 Geary Street is offering a winter holiday rate of $149. Choose from one of four room types — including corner Drama Queen suites and Celebrity Kings — at this hip new 93-room getaway located just below Union Square and only steps away from theaters and shopping. Take some time to hang out in the eclectic lobby, where you can try your hand at the bright red baby grand piano. thealise.com

Urban Oasis

A longtime fixture on California Street, the 393-room Stanford Court Hotel, built on the site of Leland Stanford’s former home, has been a beacon of luxury for visitors from around the globe for more than a century. Along with the debut of the new “Happy Dog” program, which as the name implies encourages guests to bring their four-legged friends, the hotel is offering a “Bike the Bridge” adventure package to work off all those holiday treats. Rates start at $239. stanfordcourt.com

High Life

Rising above the Financial District, Loews Regency San Francisco joined the Loews chain in 2015. It is perched on the top 11 floors of 222 Sansome Street, the third-tallest building in the city. During the weekends, guests enjoy wines and nibbles with the sweeping views from the expansive Sky Deck on the 40th floor. While there, check out the “Serenity Spa Package,” which includes a trip to the on-site spa, starting at $349. loewshotels.com

Mimi Towle

Mimi Towle has been the editor of Marin Magazine for over a decade. She lived with her family in Sycamore Park and Strawberry and thoroughly enjoyed raising two daughters in the mayhem of Marin’s youth sports; soccer, swim, volleyball, ballet, hip hop, gymnastics and many many hours spent at Miwok Stables. Her community involvements include volunteering at her daughter’s schools, coaching soccer and volleyball (glorified snack mom), being on the board of both Richardson Bay Audubon Center. Currently residing on a floating home in Sausalito, she enjoys all water activity, including learning how to steer a 6-person canoe for the Tamalpais Outrigger Canoe Club. Born and raised in Hawaii, her fondness for the islands has on occasion made its way into the pages of the magazine.