Urbanist, outdoorsman, and cultural dilettante.
Volunteer architectural tour guide for a local historic preservation society since 2004. I have a fine-grain knowledge of the city on the level of a travel guidebook writer. Happy to share recommendations on the arts, cultural, music, dining, and bar scenes.
My approach to hosting is guided by own travel experiences at various lodgings. What I found missing so often in my stays was a sense of warmth and place. So when I went to work on designing my own lodging experience, I was mindful of incorporating artwork, quality lighting, soothing colors and textures, tropical plants, and high-end comforts. After all, you don't put up with shabby sheets, pillows, blankets, and towels at home, so why should you downgrade when traveling?
Consider me your local contact and friend for help with all things San Francisco. Better than at any hotel, really, because unlike the help downtown, I live in the heart of city rather than the ex-urbs, and I don't receive compensation from restaurants, bars, or galleries in return for my recommendations.
San Francisco and Mission District neighborhood resident since 2003 -- originally from Seattle.
Guests' Bill of Rights and Expectations
1. Your reservation is secure. I only accept a reservation if I'm sure I can honor it and the dates absolutely work for me.
2. Your privacy. I won't need to enter your room and will not do so without your knowledge and consent.
3. You're not subject to my personal life. You can expect that I will not have my friends and family hanging around.
4. A friendly, welcoming atmosphere. You can expect that I will leave the porch light on for you.
5. New and premium sheets and towels.
6. Clear communication to set expectations, offer feedback, and apprise you of my plans and schedule.
7. A clean living space in a curated environment.
8. An atmosphere that is respectful, flexible, and collaborative.
9. Customer support to get you oriented and offer recommendations.
10. A "thermostat" host experience that allows you the option of company over morning coffee and evening dinners or the freedom to go your own way.
My News and airbnb insider tips, updated July 2014. Travelling to Portland, Oregon with airbnb to take in summer and the Riverfront Blues Fest.
May 2014. Summer Season of free Sunday outdoor concerts in Stern Grove announced with a heavy soul - R&B line up;
February 2014, attended masked Mexican "lucha libre" wrestling in the Mission District with the guest I'm hosting;
January 2014, when booking for more than two weeks, you can often secure the best price by reserving at the monthly rate and save money even if you can't use all 30 nights;
December 2013, always ask any potential host how many units are in the building and what any neighbors within the building are like. It's also entirely within your right to ask if the neighbors are on board with the airbnb experience;
November 2013, one of the leading causes of hosts cancelling reservations at the last minute is a landlord finding out about an unapproved airbnb situation. Ask your prospective host if they are a renter and what they can do for you should they need to cancel;
October 2013, a last minute cancellation by a prospective host is the easiest thing that can go wrong on airbnb, since the penalties are relatively minor. Ask your host if he has cancelled on guests before and what certainty s/he can provide that your reservation will not be cancelled;
September 2013, this is the final month to catch SF as the host city for America's Cup Race of multi-million dollar sail boats on the north waterfront overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.
April 2013, Now is the best time to view the storied California poppy, in full bloom on the sun-facing slopes of the Bay Area hills surrounding San Francisco.
Feb. 2013, Noise Pop rocks the Mission with free shows daily at Benders -- a dive bar Smithsonian of local grit capturing the days before the Mission gentrified.
Oct. 2012, the line up for the Hardly Strictly free music festival in Golden Gate Park Oct. 5 - 7 has been announced and includes free perfomances by Dwight Yoakam and the reunited Son Volt.
September 2012, Backpacking Montana wilderness.
March 2012, Tapped by airbnb to participate in a demonstration project and provide advice on labs features for enhancing the site's user experience.
Feb. 2012, Beginning outline of chapters for online direct-to-market independent book with working title "Complete Host's Guide to Success on Airbnb."
Jan. 2012, Back from three weeks traveling Mexico on airbnb with a renewed sense of what makes for a good stay and what a guest wants.
Oct. 2011, People get ready as LitQuake (Oct. 7 thru Oct. 15) is poised to overtake the Mission and SF with smart readings and many a glass held high, culminating in LitCrawl on Oct. 15.
Sept. 2011, the line up for the Hardly Strictly free music festival in Golden Gate Park Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 has been announced and includes Merle Haggard, Robert Plant, Bob Mould, and Thurston Moore!
Aug. 2011, just returned from 5 nights of backpacking the North Cascades about 5 miles south of the Canadian Border.