The garden we've had for the last few years at SF Vacation Hut was lovely, especially in the springtime.
Unfortunately, in spring 2011, our neighbors cut down the apple and plum trees that you see to the right of the gold-colored fence, and they put in a deck instead. In addition, they put in a new building directly to the right of the fence. So there is no more greenery to the right of the fence, and instead there is a building.
We wanted to make a change that would direct attention away from the neighbor's new building and provide more space for dining and enjoying the backyard with friends. Daniel Gregory, my high school classmate, offered to design a new garden for us. Here is Daniel's plan.
The plan includes purple hop bush along the right-hand side of the garden (looking toward the back), which we'd like to grow tall enough to provide the private feeling we enjoyed when we first moved here.
Daniel Gregory came to visit from Denver, and with help from Chris and Tomas, as well as yours truly (Rachel and Jeff), he has completed Phase 1 of the project. Phase 1 includes everything in the rectangle at the back of the backyard area. We replaced the gingko at the front with an espalier apple tree, and we instead planted the gingko to the back right area of the new garden. The palm tree shown in the design is labeled "Smoke Tree?" but in reality, we did plant a palm tree.
The work to build the planter boxes for the Purple Hop Bushes, as well as the new planting beds with the magnolia, and the deck with a new retaining wall and circular planting bed ... all of that will be accomplished as part of our larger house remodel, which we hope to embark on soon within the next year or two.
Stay tuned ... I will show you photos of our completed project in a future post!
Thursday, August 23, 2012, the Bold Italic hosted a neighborhood party near our house ... what I call "The Tiffany Triangle," but what others call "La Lengua," "SoCha," the "Transmission", or even "Bernal Flats" ... celebrating the merchants, fun eateries, and other hang-outs in our area. Featured merchants included: Mitchell's Ice Cream, Secession Art and Design, ICHI Sushi, Cruz Skate Shop, Rock Bar, 31Rax, El Rio, and the Way Out! Cafe. We have a lot more businesses besides those, including the Royal Cuckoo, Cafe 76, Thai Idea (totally vegetarian Thai restaurant), Taqueria Cancun, Xocalo, Locavore, Spicy Bite, Emmy's Spaghetti Shack, Baby Blues BBQ, the Blue Plate, the Front Porch, Cole Hardware, the list goes on and on. Read a bit more about it here: http://www.thebolditalic.com/Erin_Conger/stories/2324-tongue-in-cheek
At SF Vacation Hut, we've thrown off the shackles of AT&T. With great happiness, we embrace our new internet and telephone service provider: privately owned LMI.net in Berkeley, California. Now we've got high speed internet (partially powered by solar) and FREE Long Distance Calling from the land line. Capitalistic nirvana is privately owned businesses operating at a local level, keeping profits in the community, hurray! Read more about our new telephone and internet service provider here: http://www.lmi.net/about/topten
Travelers, as of January 2012, you can experience rest and relaxation while waiting for your airplane to arrive ... in the yoga studio at SFO airport. Imagine that! News story here.
Every year the street of Fair Oaks, from 21st St to 26th St, becomes a giant neighborhood garage sale .... talk about my idea of heaven! This is a 5-minute walk from the guest apartment, so if you're in the area, don't miss this!
This year the street fair is May 7, from 9 am to 4 p.m.
Fill up on dance, music, opera, performance art, and theatre during the San Francisco International Arts Festival. Guests at SF Vacation Hut can reach the festival venues by public transit, using the Muni passport, or hail a cab ... our city is so small, geographically, everything's cabbable! Visit sfiaf.org for details on this year's festival, May 18 - June 5, 2011, or check the program for next year.
Special Rates APRIL 15-21 ... $110 per night for 6-night stay, $120 per night for 5-night stay.
SF Vacation Hut has six nights available, April 15-21 ... after that, we have May 1-May 13 available.
This fully furnished, well-stocked Noe Valley guest apartment (vacation / holiday rental) is the perfect springtime get-away. Located less than a 5-minute walk from the J-Church Muni line and less than a 15-minute (very flat) walk to the 24th St BART station, the apartment is ideal for business travelers and convention-goers. It is a 5-minute train ride on BART from 24th St Mission to the Powell St stop. From there it's a short walk to the Moscone Convention Center.
Note the following conventions going on during the dates we have available.
2011 Joint CCAE COABE National Conference - April 17-21, 2011 - California Council for Adult Education (CCAE) and Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE)
California State Sheriffs Association Annual Conference - San Francisco, CA - April 17-21, 2011. (Sheriffs, take note: we are a member of the Force Group Network (#12452).)
Aging in America Conference, San Francisco, CA, April 26-30, 2011
Customer Engagement Technology World, April 26-28, 2011
Stay at SF Vacation Hut, an organic, eco-friendly Noe Valley vacation rental, instead of a hotel, and enjoy having your own kitchen and laundry room, and a tranquil backyard garden ... and much more space than a hotel. The apartment is great for the visiting parents / grandparents or other friends and relatives of our neighbors in Noe Valley, the Mission, and Bernal Heights, too!
If you'd like to book with us, please send us an inquiry through Home Away #335147 or one of the other sites listed on the left.
S.F. Beer Week Special Offer. Stay for $120 per night*, including parking, between Feb. 9 - Feb. 19. Our guest apartment / VRBO is perfectly situated, walking distance from Pi Bar (where February is strong beer month), Humphry Slocombe (beer ice cream!), Mission Pie (Steak and Stout Pies), Rosamunde, Ommegang Spring Training at Amnesia, and the start of the Beer to Brakers ride (933 Treat Ave). Walking distance from 24th St Mission BART and the J-Church, ideal for stumbling home after the S.F. Brewer's Guild Opening Gala on February 11 and events across the City and the East Bay. Visit us at Home Away #335147, or e-mail / call us to book your S.F. Beer Week home away from home.
* Plus 14% hotel tax and 1% tourism fee.
Prime Your Liver: SF Beer Week Returns, Feb. 11-20
Jeff and I have been busy making upgrades to the apartment during the month of January. Here are some of the things that we have added ...
The first web site for SF Vacation Hut (mark 1) used "smartspace" by GoDaddy. The new web site (mark 2) is using google "sites." I'm hoping the new web site will make it easier for me to add content and new updates for SF Vacation Hut.
This was how our old web page looked. The "photo tour" in the upper left corner was a flash animation slide show.
FAREWELL! Out with the old, in with the new!
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