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A March 2002 trip to San Francisco by Stella

The Awards Dinner Photo, San Francisco, California More Photos
Quote: "This is a user-friendly city." - Robin Williams IgoUgo's first offline event was the 2002 IgoUgo Guide Get Together in San Francisco. Community members and staff met in person, explored the city, and celebrated the best contributions to the site.

The IgoUgo Guide Get Together

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Hilly Streets Photo, San Francisco, California
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The Guide Get Together from March 22-24, 2002 was a huge success. Not only did IgoUgo guides and staff get to meet in person, but all of the participants and their guests were able to explore the city of San Francisco with special IgoUgo discounts and arranged tours (thanks Alyssa!) including a Victorian Home Walk, complimentary tickets to the Symphony and a SF Fire Engines Tour. A City Pass (including a 7-day Muni pass, free admission to museums, etc.) Sony Metreon coupons, a VIP Culture Passport and special San Fran surprises were waiting for the guides in their hotel rooms. Memorable Moments - Cocktail hour before the Awards ceremony, when all the guides met in perso...Read More

Commodore Hotel

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Hotel | "The Commodore Hotel"

Commodore Hotel Photo, San Francisco, California
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The Commodore Hotel is located in the heart of Union Square, right on eclectic and luxurious Sutter Street. Stepping in from the street, the Neo-Deco lobby, reminiscient of a 1920's luxury liner with its circus-style patterns and fun colors, creates a warm welcome for weary travelers. The Commodore, which offers 109 guestrooms featuring walk-in closets, full tubs and showers, cable TV, dataports and voice mail, is also home to the Red Room cocktail lounge, a New York-style bar and lounge with, you guessed it, red walls and deep couches for the trendy crowd. Mornings are brightened with breakfast at the Titanic Cafe and the realization that you're right in the middle of the city- you might even...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 9, 2002

Commodore Hotel
825 SUTTER STREET
San Francisco, California 94109
415-923-6800

Hotel Rex

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Hotel | "The Hotel Rex"

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Situated on one of the most lively and pleasant streets in San Francisco, right around the corner from Union Square, the Hotel Rex is in a prime location for first-time visitors and veterans alike. Sutter Street is one of the main shop, café, and restaurant hubs of the city proper. Its central location makes it easy to catch a trolley (half a block up is the famous Powell Street Cable Car line) or to walk to your desired destination. As it was my first trip to San Francisco, I felt constantly wide-eyed and overwhelmed by a city so very different from those I am familiar with on the east coast. The Hotel Rex was no exception to my amazement...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 16, 2002

Hotel Rex
562 SUTTER ST
San Francisco, California 94102
415-433-4434

New Delhi Restaurant

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Restaurant | "The New Delhi Restaurant & Bar"

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The vast expanse of open floor space, littered with a multitude of tables clad in bright white cloth is the first thing that struck me upon walking into the New Delhi Restaurant in downtown San Francisco. As I awaited the arrival of the two IgoUgo guides I had come there to meet, I had a chance to look around. The sheer size of the restaurant (a converted hotel ballroom) was perfectly complimented by its high ceilings, looming columns, and ornate woodwork. The walls of New Delhi are authentically adorned with antique tiles imported from Florence, Italy. The ambiance of the restaurant is best described as elegant, yet subdued -- not at all overdone. After everyone had arrived, we all...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 16, 2002

New Delhi Restaurant
160 Ellis Street
San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 397-8470

Teatro ZinZanni

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Restaurant | "Teatro ZinZanni: Love, Chaos & Dinner"

Teatro ZinZanni Photo, San Francisco, California
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"Would you like your face painted?" A lady in a corset with peacock feathers pinned in her hair approaches me, holding a palette dabbed with face paint and sparkles. Teatro ZinZanni is a place where a plume blooming in purple from the corner of your eye is perfectly normal. It is not merely a restaurant or a theatre; it is more like a Moulin Rouge SF style, "blending European cabaret, circus arts and spectacle with fine dining." The theme is Love, Chaos & Dinner and each of these three elements is brought to life by an extraordinary cast, band and chef. Take your seat inside the spiegeltent, a sort of circus tent/ life-sized jewelry box built in the 1920's completely ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 9, 2002

Teatro ZinZanni
Pier 29, The Embarcadero
San Francisco, California 94111-1900
+1 415 438 2668

IgoUgo Guide Awards

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GUIDES OF THE YEAR MALE: Jake Ryan FEMALE: Linda Kaye Don Juan Award (Best Night Moves/Single Scene Journal): romeogolf (NOLA: Food for the Body and Soul) Geronimo Award (Best Adventure Prone Journal): nmagann (Caribbean Paradise) Robert Frost Award (Best Off-The-Beaten-Path Journal): samepenny (The Secret Places - Alaska) Cupid Award (Best Romantic Journal): ...Read More
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Most guides and their guests arrived in San Francisco on Friday night, just in time to attend one of the free dinners organized by IgoUgo. Participating restaurants typically cost $39-$99 per person, but IgoUgo guests enjoyed special rates. Dining establishments (a few offering dancing and entertainment) included: Azie www.restaurantlulu.com Located in the (formerly?!) high-tech SoMa area, this trendy Jody Denton restaurant serves highly rated French-Asian culinary delights. Ondine www.ondinerestaurant.com Chef Wakabayashi's restaurant on the Sausalito waterfront serves Eastern/Western fusion cuisine. Teatro ZinZanni...Read More

Touring the City- Saturday and Sunday

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In addition to the free tours and museum admissions that IgoUgo Get Together guests received with their VIP Culture Pass and CityPass, they also took advantage of special tours and offers available throughout the weekend. The San Francisco Symphony www.sfsymphony.org IgoUgo offered two complimentary tickets to "Strauss' Also Sprach Zarahustra" - remember the opening theme to "2001: A Space Odyssey"? Victorian Home Walk www.victorianwalk.com A charming 2.5 hour walking tour of Victorian homes in San Francisco was available to our guides for FREE! San Francisco Fire Engine Tours & Adventures www.fireenginetours.com Ri...Read More

Who Attended?

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IgoUgo Community Members
guide linda kaye
guide romeogolf
guide barbara
guide cheryl morgan
guide gosusan
guide sarah date
guide eve carr
guide ally
guide redsie
guide lisanti
guide chuckk
guide chewie

IgoUgo Staff
guide jim
guide tcguide
guide stella
guide megan143

Saturday Night IgoUgo Awards Dinner

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The Awards Dinner Photo, San Francisco, California
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The Awards ceremony began with a cocktail and hors d'oeurvres reception at the Hotel Rex, when all the guides and staff got to meet in person for the first time.

Dinner followed along with special presentations by the IgoUgo staff and fun activities including a Travel Trivia game, raffle, t-shirt giveaway and Q&A session.

The Awards were announced at the end of the evening. Winners of the Guide of the Year Award received a free international trip while other award winners received gift certificates to ebags and special deals...

For a list of the winners, click here.