It may seem like a sleepy time -- this seasonal void between Christmas and New Year. In reality, you've got decisions to make. I'm not talking about end-of-year tax plans, or even resolutions. This is more imminently important.
Where are you spending New Year's Eve? With hundreds of possibilities in San Francisco and the East Bay, many are taking the nostalgic route and booking the night in a historic hotel.
Consider the benefits. Some of the most architecturally stunning buildings on earth are hotels. With their grand marble pillars and gilded ceilings graced with crystal chandeliers, these are American treasures -- and they lighten the mood of all who look back on our past through a rose-colored lens.
Here are three nearby historic hotels with spectacular New Year's Eve events:
The hotel has several options for New Year's Eve, including parties in the Claremont Ballroom (music by Martini Straight Up), Empire Ballroom with music by DJ Sal Castaneda, Paragon Bar and Meritage lounge. See http://www.claremontresort.com/ for pricing.
This New Year's Eve there are two ways to celebrate at the Palace. One is the NYE International Ball featuring four separate rooms with seven DJ's and an 11-piece salsa band.
Or you can soak up the ambience in the famed Pied Piper Bar & Grill with an elegant five-course dinner and dancing to the retro R&B/swing band Cosmo Alley Cats. $95 (includes party favors and a champagne toast). http://www.sfpalace.com/
Billed as Northern California's largest upscale New Year's Eve event, the "Passport to the World NYE Ball" is a 30,000-square-foot party with the largest dance floor in San Francisco and 15 DJ's from around the world. True to San Francisco style, you'll also see live art and an edgy fashion show. http://www.westinstfrancis.com.