Willows Inn – San Francisco Gay Inn

Author: , June 28th, 2018

Willows Inn - San Francisco Gay Inn

The popular Willows Inn Bed & Breakfast is conveniently located in San Francisco’s Lesbian and Gay Castro neighborhood. We’re an easy drive or street car ride from all of San Francisco’s popular sights. And we’re just a short walk from the epicenter of gay San Francisco life, Castro Street.

Housed in a 1903 Edwardian, the Inn’s decor is a blend of handcrafted bentwood willow furnishings, antique dressers, armoires, and cozy comforters.

We’re ideally situated at the crossroads to San Francisco’s efficient transportation system. The subway will whisk you downtown in 10 minutes, while the streetcars, buses and the antique trolley service can take you to any other point in the city. Golden Gate Park, the Bridge, Union Square shopping, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Baker Beach (San Francisco’s nude beach) — all of San Francisco is easily accessible.

The Castro neighborhood itself offers a wide range of restaurants and cafes, specialty and second hand shops, gyms, bars, and a vintage ’30’s movie palace.

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California Dreaming – Once Upon a Journey

Author: , June 22nd, 2018

California Dreaming

Time flies when you are having fun! After a year in Asia, we fly to the other side of the world. Now we can call our trip a world trip for real! After some fantastic days in Hong Kong and Macau, we fly to San Francisco. The culture shock is huge, the jetlag as well…

HELLO SAN FRANCISCO!

As soon as we arrive, our friend David – who we met in Myanmar – takes us to the Golden Gate bridge. We enjoy the view over the iconic bridge from the best spot you can think of, and David also surprises us with some champagne. We couldn’t wish for a better start. Later on, not only the jetlag but also the champagne kicks in.

During the first days in the States, it’s difficult to adapt. The jetlag is enormous, it’s cold and rainy outside and the people are so different. People talk small talk to us, and we are not used to that at all. Besides that, it’s the first time after a year of travelling that I feel unsafe. Something I never expected to happen in San Francisco. There are so many homeless people, which is shocking to me. Feeling unsafe had something to do with being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I would not recommend people to be in the city centre and the areas close to the city centre of San Francisco late at night.

Before arriving in the States we were thinking of hitchhiking from San Francisco all the way down to San Diego (we like adventure), but after hearing a couple of horror stories, we book the first night bus down to Los Angeles. From Los Angeles, we travel further down by bus, to San Diego. The buses in the States are not that bad at all!

By Roxanne Weijer – Full Story at Once Upon a Journey

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Parker Guest House – San Francisco Gay Guest House

Author: , April 14th, 2018

Parker Guest House - San Francisco Gay Guest House

Thank you for your interest in the Parker House San Francisco. The Parker House is a 21 guest room Edwardian mini-mansion with gardens perfectly located in the heart of San Francisco’s vibrant Castro District. We are just steps from the Castro’s excellent transportation, parks, restaurants, bars and cafes.

Guest services include extended continental breakfast and use of the properties extensive public rooms, gardens, computer station, sun decks and steamspa area. All rooms come equipped with down comforters, terry cloth robes, private phone, voicemail, second line data ports (many with DSL), cable TV, new all-tile baths, and top of the line amenities.

Complementary FAX service is available from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. All rooms are non-smoking but, smoking is allowed on the front and rear porches and the gardens. On-site secure parking is available for $15 per night. We accept AMEX, Mastercard, Visa and Discover Cards.

The Parker House is the most highly rated gay and lesbian guest house in San Francisco receiving top mention from OUT & ABOUT, Damron Guides and Fodors Gay Guide. Our complete business facilities make us an ideal place to stay for both leisure and business travelers.

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Inn on Castro – San Francisco Gay B&B

Author: , February 16th, 2018

Inn on Castro - San Francisco Gay B&B

The Inn on Castro odernist interior in a circa 1890 townhouse, just three houses up from Castro and Market streets.

With eight rooms over three floors with almost all private bathrooms, free wifi and hard wired internet access, flat screen tv, dvd player and our well known organic full breakfast, the Inn on Castro is a great way to stay in the heart of San Francisco’s Castro District.

From poached eggs with fresh hollandaise sauce to smoked salmon and fresh basil omlette, we serve amazing breakfasts every day.

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Half Moon Bay and Pescadero – Gay Star News

Author: , December 23rd, 2017

Half Moon Bay

If you are visiting San Francisco and feel like a change of scene for a few days, take your cue from the locals who weekend in nearby Half Moon Bay and Pescadero.

Half Moon Bay

It’s a short but spectacular 46-minute drive from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay – through the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Half Moon Bay is everything that you could want from a weekend mini-break – great restaurants, interesting shops, art galleries, wineries, redwood forests, and the stunning Pacific Ocean shoreline.

If you’re into surfing (or just into surfers), then this is where you’ll find the Mavericks’ surf break location – a beacon for boys who like to ride waves.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Twelve Essential Restaurants In San Francisco – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , February 8th, 2017

La Taqueria - Globetrotter Girls

San Francisco is one of the most popular cities to visit in the U.S. – and not only because of the Golden Gate Bridge or its iconic Cable Cars, but also for its diverse food scene. From Mexican and Central American food to Chinese restaurants and authentic Italian cuisine – there is nothing you can’t get in San Francisco.

Since there are literally hundreds of restaurants you could go to, I’ve selected ten restaurants you shouldn’t miss on a visit to San Francisco. Of course there are dozens of others that are also worth visiting – so don’t see this as an ultimate guide, but rather as an ‘appetizer guide’ to get you started. This is the 2017 edition – 12 restaurants that are worth including in your San Francisco itinerary. Some of these restaurants have risen to fame in recent months or are brand new and buzz-worthy, others are all-time San Francisco classics, and then there are a couple of fine dining gems.

Without further ado: Twelve essential restaurants you need to visit in San Francisco:

1 BEST BURRITOS: LA TAQUERIA

The Mission District is a mecca for foodies – thanks to its large Latino population, you find a myriad of Mexican, Latin American and Central American eateries here, and to choose a place for a burrito can be overwhelming. I suggest La Taqueria, which was recently awarded the title America’s Best Burrito. Head there to find out if they deserve this recognition, but the continuously great reviews and long lines speak for themselves. What makes the burritos here special is the fact that they don’t have rice. Instead, the flour tortillas are filled with pinto beans, meat, and toppings that include salsa, guacamole and hot sauce.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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Castillo Inn – San Francisco, California

Author: , December 28th, 2016

Castillo InnPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

The Castillo Inn is a five minute walk from the heart of San Francisco’s gay area, The Castro, at Market and Castro Streets, and just two blocks to major city transportation.

Our guest rooms share a bathroom. Three of our rooms have queen beds, and the fourth has a double bed. Our rooms are clean, quiet and comfortable.

Stays at the Castillo Inn B&B include a continental breakfast each morning, and in the common area, we have a a refrigerator, microwave and a telephone with a voice mail for guest use.

Wireless internet access is also available for your laptop, and we have a fax as well for business travelers to use.

Ask for parking. The Castillo Inn, is a non-smoking establishment.

The next time your travels bring you to San Francisco, come stay with us at Castillo Inn Bed & Breakfast.

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Queer San Francisco’s Lost History

Author: , August 26th, 2016

queer San Francisco

Osento, a Japanese bathhouse on Valencia Street in queer San Francisco, is long gone, closed now for nearly a decade. I could have used a soak, though: It was an uncommonly hot and muggy day in the city, and I’d been walking its streets for hours.

Back in the day, people looking for Osento on a similarly soupy afternoon were probably just as confounded. The women-only communal bathhouse, a frequent haunt for lesbians, didn’t have a sign out front. It was mostly known through word of mouth by its clientele, who say its founder ended a nearly three-decade run when she shuttered it in 2008 and moved north to Lake County, Calif.

Now it is a splendid Victorian dwelling, kaleidoscopic in hues of magenta, turquoise and gold. On its facade are stunning sculptured plaques of sea horses, conchs and starfish. Elaborate cast reliefs of tattooed mermaids by a San Francisco artist named Natasha Dikareva gaze ahead. While the relaxation rooms, saunas and a secluded deck for nude sunbathing were all gone, somehow the bathhouse’s spirit lives on.

By Elizabeth Zach – Full Story at The New York Times

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San Francisco’s Japantown

Author: , April 17th, 2016

Photo by David Yu - Japantown

You don’t have to travel halfway around the world to experience the Japanese tradition of celebrating the blooming of the cherry blossoms in springtime. In April, the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival is happening for the 49th year in the heart of San Francisco’s Japantown.

The festival concludes April 16-17, bringing together food booths, live bands, martial arts demonstrations, a pageant, cultural performances and more than a few young people dressed as their favorite anime character. The April 17 Grand Parade starts in City Hall and ends in Japan Center.

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival attracts about 200,000 people, which makes it the best time of year to visit Japantown, one of only three designated Japanese neighborhoods in the U.S. and which also happens to be the oldest and largest.

Full Story at Queerty

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No Pink Party in the Castro This Year

Author: , March 21st, 2016

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San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener confirmed Thursday that there will be no Pink Party in the city’s gay Castro district the Saturday before the annual LGBT Pride parade.

Following a March 17 meeting with key stakeholders, Wiener told the Bay Area Reporter that there will be no street closures this year. In previous years, the streets were closed for the unofficial party.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence had produced what was known as Pink Saturday for nearly two decades. Last year, however, the Sisters decided to end their oversight of the street party due to escalating violence. A sister and his husband were attacked in 2014, while Stephen Powell, 19, died after being shot toward the end of the party in 2010.

By Cynthia Laird – Full Story at the BAR

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