IN SAN FRANCISCO
There is a big new buzz in San Francisco and it’s coming from the bees. Yes, bees. Seven San Francisco hotels have built hives on their rooftops
in an effort to help save the local honeybee population.
The Urban Bee and Herb Garden Project began
when the Clift Hotel General Manager Michael Pace
was the chairman of the Sustainability Committee for
the Hotel Council of San Francisco. In 2015 10 queens
and 100,000 bees were brought to the hotel’s rooftop
where local bee keeper Roger Garrison arranged the
box hives to match the downtown city grid, acting as
skyscrapers and even a gold dome to represent City
Hall. Garrison tends to six of the hotels’ bee hives.
At the Fairmont
were not a new
concept. In 2008,
the brand installed
hives in Toronto and
Vancouver to help
fight Colony Collapse
Disorder. Now in San
Francisco, the brand
has about 250,000
bees that produce about 1,000 pounds of honey each
year. Over at the Clift they are on track to have over 70
pounds of honey per hive by this summer and expect-
ing at least 800,000 bees by next year.
What to do with all the honey? The hotels are using
it in cocktails, beer, food and spa treatments as well as
selling it in gift shops. The Clift’s The Peerless Purple
drink includes gin-infused lavender, honey syrup and
lavender bitters, and its watermelon salad has laven-der-infused honey and goat cheese.
“Since we are chefs in California, we like to use a
lot of things that
are local,” says the
Clift’s chef, Thomas
ty-five percent of our
products are local
Other hotels taking
part in the project
are the Omni San
Francisco, W San
Zetta, Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf and the Holiday Inn
and Express Fisherman’s Wharf, and two more proper-
ties have rooftop sanctuaries in the works.
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