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Natural Home Goes to San Francisco

Eat, sleep and explore in the city by the bay.
By Chelsea Brown
July/August 2005
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Golden Gate Bridge shrouded in fog San Francisco Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
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One look at your MUNI bus ticket, printed in soy ink, says something about San Francisco’s environmental awareness. With extensive public transportation, nearly eighty vegetarian and vegan restaurants, and a multitude of farmer’s markets, street fairs, and outdoor activities, Bay City truly shines.

Eating

Greens Restaurant
On the marina facing the Golden Gate Bridge, Greens is perfect for sunset dining on Chef Annie Somerville’s organic menus inspired by Mediterranean, Mexican, and Southwestern flavors.
Fort Mason Building A; (415) 771-6222 

Jardiniére
This elegant eatery serves organic French-Californian cuisine from local farmers, fishers, and ranchers. Nearly 85 percent of the restaurant’s waste is recycled or composted.
300 Grove Street (at Franklin); (415) 861-5555 

Sleeping

Fairmont San Francisco
A forerunner in environmental measures, this premier hotel recycles, composts, and donates food and furniture to local nonprofits.
950 Mason Street; 415) 772-5000

Green Gulch Farm Zen Center
Just north of the city, this Buddhist Soto Zen center offers meditation, philosophy lessons, a guesthouse and conference center, organic farm, and garden.
On Muir Beach; (415) 383-3134 

Exploring

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
With 75,398 acres of land and water, this is one of the world’s largest urban national parks—complete with hiking and biking. It’s home to 1,273 plant and animal species.
(415) 561-4700 

Otsu Vegan Boutique
Shop for hard-to-find vegan items such as shoes, belts, wallets, and bags.
3253 16th Street; (415) 255-7900 

Relaxing

Conservatory of Flowers
Home to more than 10,000 international plants, this stately Victorian greenhouse is tucked picturesquely into Golden Gate Park.
JFK Drive; (415) 666-7001 

Sacred Space Healing Center
This retreat and day spa features massage, hydrotherapy, internal cleansing, yoga, Middle Eastern dance, and more.
776 Haight Street; (415) 431-0878








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