Nirmala Nataraj

SF Station Writer

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Old-Fashioned Hospitality
By Nirmala Nataraj (Aug 18, 2009)
In the cozy Mendocino seaside hamlet of Little River, you’re likely to feel that you’re far from the vagaries and cares of city life. Rested, even. This diminutive village is home to a medley of inns and bed n’ breakfasts that take full advantage of the exquisitely windswept landscape and craggy bluffs that plummet into the ocean and find themselves replicated on many a postcard. There may be a dozen Victorian-style B&Bs where you can cozy up fireside while drinking in the view, but the Inn at Schoolhouse Creek definitely takes the cake as one that holds fast to old-fashioned hospitality and homey accents without playing up the chintz. More »
Taking it to the Poles
By Nirmala Nataraj (Aug 04, 2009)
In a room in San Francisco, a group of ten women ranging from ordinary-looking housewives to willowy co-eds are laughing and exchanging stories about sex, confidence, shoes, and self-acceptance -- with the music pumped up extra loud. It may strike the casual observer as being a typical girls' night in -- except it's not night, and at the epicenter of the women's conversations is, rather than relationship issues, a floor-to-ceiling stripper pole. More »
A Prime Location
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jul 21, 2009)
The Radisson Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf has a few points in its favor: it boasts a spectacular waterfront spot, it’s in the heart of one of San Francisco’s most beloved destinations, and it’s the prime location to ensure you’re around when the catch of the day gets dragged in. More »
Great Service and Maximum Convenience
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jul 21, 2009)
With more guest rooms than any other hotel chain in the world, Holiday Inn’s offerings are wide-ranging enough to accommodate everyone from the persnickety business traveler to the big, bustling family on vacay. And its location in Fisherman’s Wharf is no exception. More »
A Taste of Vintage San Francisco
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jul 21, 2009)
If you prefer cozy and intimate to ostentatious and cold, consider a stay at the Fitzgerald Hotel. This Victorian boutique mainstay gives visitors a taste of vintage San Francisco; it was built in 1910 and underwent a massive makeover in 2003, but it still retains the same classic touches that probably made it a tourist go-to back in its heyday (including an old-fashioned elevator). More »
Perfect for Out-of-Towners
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jul 21, 2009)
This Union Square mainstay cuts an impressive figure; smack-dab in the midst of one of the city’s largest shopping/theatre/entertainment precincts, Kensington Park Hotel (part of the luxury boutique Personality Hotels on Union Square) is perfect for out-of-towners eager to be in the midst of the hustle and bustle of city life. More »
An Intimate English-style Inn
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jul 21, 2009)
Take a foray into European luxury by staying at Nob Hill’s chic White Swan Inn (part of the Joie de Vivre boutique hotel chain), which offers guests a taste of one of San Francisco’s most beloved and beautiful neighborhoods. More »
Nanskin & Urban Allure
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jul 14, 2009)
Getting the perfect pores during summer is one of those enterprises that can make you go “hmmm". Given the unpredictable weather fluctuations all San Franciscans have accustomed themselves to, it’s kind of hard to plan in advance, especially in the hot-and-cold (often in the same day) season. But here are two skincare spas that pride themselves on offering stellar services that are always in season. More »
A Darker Side to Magic
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jun 16, 2009)
“Ever get the feeling that everything you’ve experienced tonight has happened before and will happen again?” That’s the enigmatic question that bookends magician Christian Cagigal’s latest show, “Now and at the Hour.” Cagigal is best known for “The Pandora Experiment", a brilliant solo performance that consistently played to sold-out audiences at the EXIT Theatre’s diminutive yet aptly intimate café in 2007 and 2008. While Cagigal has sacrificed childhood whimsy and ethereal parlor tricks for a more dramatic turn, the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree in his new piece. More »
The Lap of Luxury in Carmel Valley
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jun 10, 2009)
Looking for gracious hospitality, a laid-back vibe, and a historic destination that’s well outside the bounds of a dreaded marine layer? For close to five decades, Carmel Valley’s Quail Lodge, a haven well known to seasoned golfers and frazzled urbanites alike, has been hosting everyone from country club-coddled types to young couples intent on a coastal getaway sans all the fog and tourists. More »
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