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Backyard Garden Makeover at SF Vacation Hut

posted Feb 1, 2013, 11:30 PM by SF Vacation Hut   [ updated Feb 1, 2013, 11:39 PM ]

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!

The Bold Italic celebrates "La Lengua"

posted Sep 4, 2012, 11:28 AM by SF Vacation Hut   [ updated Sep 4, 2012, 11:36 AM ]

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 CreamSecession Art and DesignICHI SushiCruz Skate ShopRock Bar31RaxEl Rioand 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

We've got Solar-Powered Internet and FREE Long Distance

posted Jul 23, 2012, 4:03 PM by SF Vacation Hut   [ updated Jul 23, 2012, 4:04 PM ]

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

SFO Airport now features a YOGA STUDIO!

posted Jan 29, 2012, 2:19 PM by SF Vacation Hut   [ updated Jan 29, 2012, 2:22 PM ]

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.



Fair Oaks Street Fair, Saturday, May 7, 2011

posted May 4, 2011, 9:18 AM by SF Vacation Hut

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.

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San Francisco International Arts Festival, May 18-June 5

posted May 4, 2011, 9:04 AM by SF Vacation Hut   [ updated May 11, 2011, 12:28 PM ]

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.  

Organic Eco-Friendly Noe Valley, April 15-21 (6 Nights)

posted Feb 13, 2011, 4:47 PM by SF Vacation Hut   [ updated Apr 9, 2011, 4:01 PM ]

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.

Stay in Mission / Noe for S.F. Beer Week

posted Feb 2, 2011, 11:50 AM by SF Vacation Hut   [ updated Feb 4, 2011, 8:57 PM ]

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
San Francisco Brewer's Guild

Lots of January Upgrades

posted Jan 18, 2011, 12:16 PM by SF Vacation Hut   [ updated Jan 19, 2011, 12:23 PM ]

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 ...
  • A new digital SAFE for your laptop, passport, extra cash, etc.  We found the perfect spot for this in the top shelf of one of our closets.  You'll be able to set your own combination for the safe when you get here.
  • A vanity shelf and framed mirror in the bathroom.  Now one person can be busy at the sink, while the other person can be busy adjusting hair style, make-up, etc, using the new vanity shelf and framed mirror.
  • A floor length mirror for the hallway (on the outside of the bathroom door).  Now, if the bathroom is occupied, you can easily make adjustments to your outfit.  Added bonus: when you open the bathroom door, you can check out the back of your hair style, using the new mirror on the door, along with the new mirror on the wall in the bathroom.
  • New plants for front patio area.  I'll post pictures soon!
  • New solar-powered lights to illuminate the pathways in the back patio area at night.
  • A new mechanical food chopper for the kitchen
  • Another bamboo cutting board for the kitchen
  • A cloth-lined wicker basket, to better organize the organic lotions, soaps, shampoos, and other incidentals that we provide in the bathroom closet
  • A new scale that measures weight and body-fat percentage. (If you don't want to know, just leave it stowed in the bathroom cabinet!)
We also found some fantastic locally produced preserves (made with whole fruit, and only half the sugar that is normally found in jams & jellies) at the Ferry Building Farmer's Market last weekend. Our guests in Spring 2011 will have the chance try at least one of these wonderful flavors ... Meyer Lemon, Boysenberry, Strawberry, and Raspberry.
 

We just launched our new web site (mark 2).

posted Nov 9, 2009, 10:59 AM by SF Vacation Hut   [ updated Nov 22, 2010, 10:52 PM ]

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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