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The Greens Scene at Fort Mason for your wedding...

I’ve had enough of the turkey and I’m ready to go green… this week I’ve fallen in love with one of the most artistic, picturesque and delectable vegetarian restaurants in the city.

Located in a converted warehouse in the heart of the historic Fort Mason in San Francisco, Greens restaurant is one of the city’s most noted gems for aesthetic distinction, with an outstanding seasonal menu to beat.

Sunlight through the fog vow exchange.

Created by nationally recognized Executive Chef Annie Somerville, her innovative menu is focused solely on vegetarian cuisine. Somerville has earned a reputation for her creative approach to vegetarian cooking; she teaches classes throughout the Bay Area and is also the author of Fields of Greens: New Vegetarian Recipes from the Celebrated Greens Restaurant (Bantam Books, 1993) and Everyday Greens (Simon & Schuster, 2003). Her ideas have been featured in many publications, including Gourmet, Food and Wine, Ladies Home Journal, and Vegetarian Times.

Listed as one of the Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants by the San Francisco Chronicle, Greens has a Michelin Guide recommendation and is recognized as one of America’s top restaurants by Zagat. Produce is selected from local organic farmers, alongside their very own Green Gulch Farm in Marin County to ensure the freshest and most delicious seasonal ingredients in their dishes.

Architechtural, urban, rustic and luxe...

Greens is an ideal venue for a wedding reception with spectacular unobstructed views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Marina and Yacht Harbor, and the Marin Headlands. Founded and owned by the San Francisco Zen Center, the primary focus of Greens is service. Weddings are personally catered to the specific needs of the couple by event coordinator Ashley Pier, ensuring a special menu of unique appetizers, entrees, desserts and wine pairings. Floor plans, décor, flower arrangements, music, dancing, candlelight and photography are just some of the areas within Ashley’s expertise to ensure a perfect and memorable occasion on the big day.

The whole restaurant is available for buyout any day or evening of the week, for a wedding reception and ceremony. Greens can accommodate up to 135 people for a sit down meal or 200 for a standing reception, and the private dining room can seat up to 50 people for a meal or 70 people for a standing reception.

For further information about holding your wedding at Greens or to arrange a personal meeting, contact Ashley Pier, Special Event Coordinator at 415.771.7955 extension 114, or at

The restaurant is open for dinner every evening, and for lunch Tuesday through Sunday. You can view Greens spectacular seasonal menu on their Web site, and check out their Facebook page for photos and information of previous events and weddings.


Poolside at the Wyndham: beats leftovers hands down..

Thanksgiving is in a day and a half, but like many workin’ stiffs, if you can skip the family obligations (and the casserole/pie making ritual), you might consider getting out of town. For the adventurous types who somehow didn’t manage to get home to their tribe, aren’t invited to an “orphans” dinner, or want to bypass the Whole Foods Thanksgiving pre-made scenario, this could be your ticket out….Here are some tasty deals in warm places, and the best part is, you can still have your turkey and stuffing….

Puerto Rico or pumpkin pie, hmmm?

1.) Take Your Turkey to Trunk Bay: Westin St. John Resort & Villas is revolutionizing the traditional Thanksgiving by offering families a turkey feast on one of the world’s most breathtaking beaches, Trunk Bay. Families have the option to order the Dream, Extreme or Supreme packages where a hearty menu of delectable nibbles is served with a side of paradise. Starting at $75 for two, the “Dream Package” includes a Turkey lunch feast equipped with roast turkey and stuffing sandwiches, cranberry ginger and mango relish and an array of sides that taste buds can truly get excited about. Starting at $125, the “Extreme Package” features all of that plus two Westin St. John beach towels, two souvenir water bottles and an exploration book about St. John. Last but certainly not least, starting at $325 the “Supreme Package” boasts all of that plus high-end transportation to Trunk Bay, beautiful umbrellas and chairs and personal service for taking in the view in luxury. Additionally, when staying two nights through Nov. 30, 2010, guests receive 20 percent off fall travel.

2.)  Wyndham Rio Mar is rolling out a Turkey feast partnered with oceanfront accommodations that are sure to please. When booking two nights between Nov. 24-25th, guests can take advantage of nightly double occupancy rates starting at $165. Thanksgiving buffet for two rates start at $96 which will feature an expansive menu that fuses traditional Thanksgiving cuisine with the rich island flavor of Puerto Rico. Tax and resort fees are not included in the package price. To book the Thanksgiving exclusive package,call (800) 4 RIO MAR and reference booking code PKGTHK or visit (offer will be up on the website momentarily). The offer is subject to availability.

3.)  Family-Friendly Hill Country Thanksgiving
Horseshoe Bay Resort, 45 minutes outside of Austin in the Texas Hill Country, offers a full daily roster of family-friendly activities from Wed., Nov. 25 – Sat., Nov. 28, 2010; a Thanksgiving Day buffet with live music and Hill Country classic such as Cajun fried turkey; and nightly rates starting at $99.  Family-friendly activities include:

  • 4th Annual Boat Parade of Lights: Festively decorated boats parade past the Yacht Club on Lake LBJ.  A highlight of the event is the resort’s dining yacht, decked out with a holiday theme, featuring a synchronized light and music show.  Open to the public. (images available)
  • 4th Annual Family Fall Festival: Celebrate fall at Horseshoe Bay Resort with apple bobbing, hayrides, t-shirt tie-dying, lawn games, carnival booth games, face painting, pumpkin decorating and more.  Enjoy live music with Bahama Billy and fun carnival fare including turkey legs, roasted corn and fried PB&J sandwiches.
  • Additional activities: Turkey Day flag football game, family treasure hunt, Pilgrims and Indians arts and crafts, turkey golf shoot, digital scavenger hunt, family movie night and spa specials.

With ‘Stay More, Save More,’ prices are reduced by $20 per night for each consecutive day booked.  For example, nightly room rates are $179 for a one-night stay, $159 for two nights, $139 for three, $119 for four and only $99 per night for a five-night stay.  The offer is available through March 15, 2010.  Use promotion code D3Q when booking. For reservations and information, book online at, by phone at 877.611.0112 or e-mail at

4.)  Occidental Hotels & Resorts in Aruba, Mexico, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic are offering rates starting from $40 per person, per night this fall. In addition, the all-inclusive hotel chain is offering an unprecedented kids free offer at all Occidental Grand and Allegro properties in which two children age 12 and under vacation for free with one paying adult through December 17. The best part?  Since Occidental vacations are all-inclusive, there are no surprises at check-out!  Travelers enjoy unlimited meals and snacks, free-flowing drinks, all resort activities, including snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing, daily activities, nightly entertainment, Kids Club, and all taxes and gratuities.

5.) In Miami, Doral Golf Resort & Spa, a Marriott Resort, is offering the Escape Family Time package starting at $159 per night.  As the package includes complimentary kids’ meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for up to four children ages 12 and under, families can make the typical food-coma holiday into a wallet-friendly weekend away.  Kids will love the Blue Lagoon pool with 150-foot waterslide while Mom and Dad can sneak away to the award-winning Spa at Doral or hit the links on one of the resort’s five championship golf courses.  For reservations, visit and enter promotional code MAJ.  For resort information, visit

6.)  Known throughout Fort Lauderdale as a destination for foodies, Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is hosting a Thanksgiving Day buffet in the brand new 10,000-square-foot Ocean Ballroom overlooking the resort’s private beach (the largest in South Florida).  The culinary cornucopia is available from 1:30 – 5:30 p.m., $55 for adults and $27 for children ages 6-12.  Diners affected by the holiday’s “turkey coma” can stay the night at an advance purchase rate of $299 per room. Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is also enticing holiday-revelers to stay and enjoy the whole weekend with the Buy Two Nights, Get the Third Night Free deal, starting at $369 per night.  With the added savings, guests can visit the nearby Galleria Mall and Las Olas Boulevard for Black Friday shopping.  For reservations, visit

7.)  Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort is offering the Paradise Pays package starting at $274 per night over Thanksgiving weekend, including a $50 credit per night. The resort pulls out all the stops for families celebrating the holiday weekend on the pristine white sand beaches with complimentary sandcastle building lessons with a professional sand sculptor, followed by a competition for the best family-crafted castle.  For reservations, visit and enter promotional code D50. For resort information, visit

8.)   5 Fifty 5 at the New Orleans Marriott will be hosting a special Thanksgiving feast featuring dishes such as “New Orleans benedicts” with fried oysters and local caviar hollandaise, “Biscuits & Gravy” made from cheddar chive biscuits served with rotisserie chicken gravy, Boudin-stuffed pork loin, sage rubbed turkey with orange cranberry sauce and Gulf oysters on the half shell.  Diners should leave room for the restaurant’s homemade artisan breads and pastries as well as decadent desserts from Chef Yves like Creole cream cheesecake and Kringle cake. (Adults: $45; Children 12 and under: $15.) Over Thanksgiving weekend, rates at the New Orleans Marriott are available starting at $199 per night and guests will also receive the Marriott Passport to Savings booklet with over $500 in money saving offers at iconic attractions, restaurants and more in the Big Easy.

9.)  Rates Starting at $129 per night, a 70% savings! The Family Escape package from Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld offers almost 70% savings for families and is available starting at just $129 per night over Thanksgiving weekend.  The Family Escape features free kids meals for children 12 or younger throughout their entire stay* and an in-room movie night complete with movie rental, large pizza and soft drinks.  To ensure the children aren’t the only ones having fun, the offer includes a complimentary glass of champagne or sparkling cider for parents upon arrival and a 10 percent discount at the lavish nèu lotus spa to indulge in treatments such as the synchronized facial and foot massage or the four hands massage experience.  Available through Dec. 15, 2010, please call 1-800-228-9290 or use rate code P50 when making reservations online at * Up to four children eat free breakfast, lunch and dinner from the kids’ menu only.  Offer valid with purchase of adult entrée.

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