Destinations / TRAVEL BUZZ
Travel With Ease
To avoid being “that person”
(the one holding up the boarding
process due to bag struggles) this
holiday travel season, you need to
plan a bit before you leave. We’ve
asked Heather Sanchez, a veteran
Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant,
for her tips on de-stressing the
boarding experience. MIMI TOWLE
• Pack light if you are carrying on luggage.
Wear your biggest shoes and heaviest
jacket or sweater on the plane and leave
the shampoo and bath products at home;
most hotels offer an unending supply.
• Most airlines allow passengers one
carry-on and one personal item (purse,
briefcase, laptop bag, small backpack or
small musical instrument). Avoid having to check your bag by following these
rules: bags must not exceed 25 pounds
and must not exceed 22 inches long, 14
inches wide and 9 inches high.
• Use containers or ziplock bags to
organize your belongings and keep
clothing from getting wrinkled.
• Parents are allowed to bring car seats,
infant-carrying seats and strollers as part
of their carry-on allowance as long as the
items can fit in the overhead compartment.
• Check with your credit card provider;
most airlines have credit card programs
that offer great perks, including free
• For carry-on, keep your bag of toiletries
separate and accessible. The Transportation
Security Administration allows you to bring
one quart-size ziplock bag through the
checkpoint holding 3. 4 ounces per container
of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes.
1On the Embarcadero The swanky Hotel Vitale and
attached Americano Restaurant
is celebrating the season with a
“Park, Shop and Sparkle” package, featuring 15 percent off
your stay (two-night minimum).
Highlights include a special
performance by the Notre Dame
Children’s Choir, and throughout
the month guests can indulge
their sweet tooth with churros
and hot cocoa or take a relaxing
10-minute chair massage break
in the lobby. Rates start at $245.
2A Mont So Fair Experience the holidays at
the Fairmont San Francisco, where
the luxury destination company
Fairmont Hotels and Resorts
opened its first namesake hotel in
1907. The opening was delayed after
the 1906 earthquake; architect
Julia Morgan was called in to repair
damage and reinforce the structure.
Daughters of silver baron James
Graham Fair planned the Fairmont
as a posthumous monument to their
father that would carry on the family
name in an exclusive location at the
top of Nob Hill. This month enjoy
holiday brunches, gingerbread tea
and festive decor. Rates start at $259.
3Pacific Heights Heaven Carefully note the location of
Hotel Drisco, because once you’re
in Pacific Heights it’s challenging to
locate it amid the many mansions
(it’s at the corner of Pacific and
Broderick avenues). Built in 1903,
the place makes an ideal escape.
You can walk to the Presidio, shop
on Sacramento Street and dine in
Fillmore Street cafes. A breakfast
buffet and an afternoon wine
reception are both delicious and
complimentary. Guest reviews deem
the staff of this locally owned and
operated hotel “gracious, capable
and friendly.” Rates start at $375.
Special occasions, office parties or gingerbread teas — here are a few lodging
options across the bridge to consider this holiday season. M. T.
San Francisco Sleep Over