City Escape: San Francisco
When you think of San Francisco, the first thing to pop into your head might be the technological center of Silicon Valley or the visual mainstays of the Golden Gate Bridge and steep, rolling hills of the city. What is not immediately apparent is the city’s position as a leader in the organic community. As one of the premier “green” cities in the United States, San Francisco is on the cutting edge of eco-friendly restaurants, attractions, and open spaces. Residents and visitors can enjoy “green” architecture, remarkable nature spots, and delicious organic resources.
One of the first cities in the United States to implement a ban on plastic shopping bags, many cities quickly followed suit. Innovative companies dedicated to providing fresh, organic produce are flourishing, from organic caterers to organic home food delivery services, making it easier and more convenient to lead a healthy lifestyle in a big city.
As a visitor, make sure to book a room at the Orchard Garden Hotel, one of the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified properties in America. Made with sustainably harvested wood and employing only chemical-free cleaning products, this boutique hotel is located in Union Square, next to the Chinatown gate, making it convenient to all the downtown sights. From here, explore San Francisco’s dynamic neighborhoods for a unique perspective on the city. From the multi-cultural flair present in the Mission district to the colorful Victorian buildings of the Haight-Ashbury district to the unique produce on display in Chinatown, each neighborhood offers something different and something new to discover. In addition to the endless variety of offerings the city provides, San Francisco is also surrounded by a diverse ecosystem, making for some wonderful daytrips into stunning natural surroundings.
I simply love San Francisco and can’t wait to share my favorite places, spaces, and local organic innovators with you!