Stay in a National Historic Landmark Victorian, constructed in 1883, with many of the original mantlepieces, fireplaces, mirrors, and ornate molding gracing the 14-foot ceilings. Owners John and Joan have used their artistry to craft a one-of-a-kind bed-and-breakfast in the heart of the city, just steps to lower Haight and Hayes Valley commercial areas, and treat visitors like houseguests, offering after-dinner drinks and candies, and one of the best breakfasts in town.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Park in nearby garages or drive around the neighborhood like the locals to find street parking.
Spacious rooms feature 17th-century beds and antique treasures like apothecary cases and turn-of-the-century armoires. Massive windows fill the rooms with light.
YOU SHOULD KNOW A couple rooms house wood-burning fireplaces to warm up on those chilly winter mornings.
Spruced-up bathrooms have large glass showers. One room even boasts a claw-foot tub.
Parson, the dog, occupies the downstairs area, where guests congregate to watch TV in the parlor, read in the living room, and surf the Web.The paintings and antiques throughout the parlor will educate you on the rich history of this slice of the city.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Wi-Fi is free for guests.
Breakfasts like a goat-cheese soufflé with strawberry sauce paired with fresh fruit and pastries start the day right. The attractive eating area invites guests to swap travel tales. Cookies are served in the afternoons.
Brandy appears after dark for guests to enjoy.
Hosts point guests to garages with somewhat affordable rates. Occasionally drivers can score on-street parking. Otherwise, walkers will find many of the city's vibrant neighborhoods--Castro, Mission, Hayes Valley, Haight--within a twenty-minute gander. Muni buses stop outside and can deliver you to a station to catch the BART train to the east bay.
Carnivores must try San Francisco favorite Zuni Cafe's (5-minute walk) roasted chicken at least once in their lifetime. Over in lively Hayes Valley, slide into a tightly packed table at Rich Table (6-minute walk) for douglas fir levain, BBQ black cod, or porcini doughnuts.
In fun lower Haight, bar hop between the psychedelic Noc Noc (6-minute walk) for a swanky sipper, then brave the salty bartenders at the legendary Toronado (5-minute walk) to sample of one of their 45 craft beers on tap.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Feel like a visiting friend at this lovely historic B&B, situated on the edge of Hayes Valley in lower Haight.