Wesley Harding

What has Manchester got in common with Hawaii, Oman, Rwanda and, er, Wales?

They are all places recommended by travel writer Spud Hilton in the San Francisco Chronicle as places to visit in 2017.

According to Mr Hilton, Manchester and San Francisco are ‘soul mates.’ He calls Manchester ‘England’s northern hub of creativity — culinary, digital and artistic’ and praises the city for its ‘cutting edge cuisine.’

Thanks, Mr Hilton. You’re definitely a Spud-we-like.

These are the places and events he recommends:

The Manchester International Festival

San Francisco newspaper names Manchester one of THE places to visit in 2017 I Love Manchester
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“Hailed by the New York Times for its focus on new work by performing and visual artists”

Ancoats

San Francisco newspaper names Manchester one of THE places to visit in 2017 I Love Manchester
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“Where derelict mills and a gritty street scene have been transformed by a surge in unique cafes, bars and arts venues, including…

Hope Mill Theatre

San Francisco newspaper names Manchester one of THE places to visit in 2017 I Love Manchester

…a combination of all three”

Spinningfields

San Francisco newspaper names Manchester one of THE places to visit in 2017 I Love Manchester
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“Home to highly rated restaurants and lounges such as the Alchemist, Artisan and Manchester House.”

The Pilcrow

San Francisco newspaper names Manchester one of THE places to visit in 2017 I Love Manchester

“Where all the fixtures — from pint glasses to bar stools — were built in public workshops led by local artisans. The beer, gourmet savories and sweets are handcrafted, too.”

The Principal Hotel

San Francisco newspaper names Manchester one of THE places to visit in 2017 I Love Manchester

“Gothic Victorian Revival landmark (formerly the Palace Hotel), reopened in November after a $31 million renovation that kept period details in the 271 loft-style guest rooms and grandeur in public spaces.”

Refuge by Volta

San Francisco newspaper names Manchester one of THE places to visit in 2017 I Love Manchester

“A globally inspired dining and bar complex founded by two DJs turned acclaimed restaurateurs.”

If you’re thinking of reciprocating and paying San Francisco a visit this year, Virgin Atlantic is offering massive savings on flights from Manchester Airport to many of your favourite worldwide destinations until February 7 2017. There’s 35% off tickets to San Francisco with prices starting at £409. Tickets are available across all cabin classes and are valid for travel on various dates throughout 2017. Visit www.virginatlantic.com for for information.

To read the original article in the San Francisco Chronicle click here.

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