Eco-Friendly Vacation Destination: San Francisco

by Andrew Arslan on April 26, 2012

San Francisco is famous — and infamous — for its progressive nature, and has become a beautiful example of what it means to be a truly “green” city for people that seek an eco-friendly destination. The heart of California’s Bay Area consistently ranks as one of America’s greenest cities. Siemens’ Green City Index ranks San Francisco as the greenest city in both the United States and in Canada when all of the cities in both nations are ranked together.

San Francisco’s reputation for being a progressive city is reflected in the conception of Earth Day, which was pioneered by John McConnell in 1969 at a UNESCO conference in the city, and it was first observed on March 21, 1970 before April 22nd became the official date.

San Francisco is a major hub for finance, with the 18th largest economy in the world, which means that it is not only a beautiful city for vacationing but also a city in which businesspeople frequent for work. For a truly eco-friendly stay, the Orchard Garden Hotel, located in the city’s beautiful Union Square, offers visitors a first-generation eco-friendly establishment that has been built to the national standards for development by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Valet parking, a concierge, morning car service, assistance with directions and researvations at theaters, restaurants, and attractions are provided to guests. Complimentary car service is also offered each morning Monday through Friday to the Financial District. Bike racks and rentals are made available to support alternative transportation.

Meeting spaces are available for businesses and a rooftop garden is also available on the hotel for celebrations or just to visit — it is open throughout the day. The hotel’s 10th floor provides guests with incredible views of the city.

The hotel makes it easy for businesspeople that are traveling. Wired and wireless Internet access is provided and remote printing access is also provided in the Business Center. Wireless Internet is provided throughout the hotel.

A fitness center with state-of-the-art exercise machines and weights are available for guests. To utilize a gym outside of the hotel, special discounted passes are provided, too.

Dining at the hotel is done easily at the classy Roots Restaurant & Lounge, which was named San Francisco’s Best Organic Restaurant by San Francisco Weekly in 2009. The restaurant uses fresh, locally sourced products, as well as naturally raised meats and sustainably caught seafood. Since San Francisco is one of the most vegetarian-friendly cities in the nation, dining is easy outside of the hotel, too. provides residents and visitors a chance to visit vegetarian-friendly restaurants.

This world-class city has plenty to offer its residents and visitors aside from its year-round comfortable weather. Appreciators of art can enjoy a multitude of art galleries throughout the city as well as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which is one of the nation’s “Big Five” museums. Visiting the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the world-famous Castro, or riding the cable cars around will provide tourists with endless things to do during their stay.

The Orchard Garden Hotel has been Green Seal Certified.

To book reservations or to learn more about the hotel, visit its website.

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Andrew Arslan

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