The D.E.A.L.: Dining, Entertainment, Attractions & Lodging: Going Victorian: Step Back in Time to an Era of Quiet Luxury.

For the quintessential San Francisco experience, an elegant Victorian Mansion/B&B such as Inn San Francisco, Chateau Tivoli, or the Queen Anne Hotel is highly recommended. These beautiful, historic Victorian mansions were built following the California Gold Rush (1890s) and offer you a chance to step back in time, to an era of quiet luxury with Victorian photographs, ornate woodwork, oriental carpets, marble fireplaces, chandeliers, antique furnishings and more.

The historic Queen Anne Hotel, with its elaborate architecture and warm ambiance is nestled amongst the charming Pacific Heights Victorian and Edwardian mansions, affectionately referred to as “the Painted Ladies.” There’s afternoon tea & sherry with freshly baked cookies at the Queen Anne while the Inn San Francisco has panoramic views from their rooftop sundeck and a redwood hot tub sheltered by a jasmine-covered gazebo in their peaceful English garden.

Chateau Tivoli, restored to its Victorian splendor in the ‘80s, has been home to many illustrious personalities including Ernestine Kreling, the owner of the storied Tivoli Opera House and Bob Kaufman, the poet who inspired the term “beatnik.” Once it won the hearts of Mark Twain, Lily Langtry, and Luisa Tetrazzini; some of its furnishings come from the estates of the Vanderbilts, Charles DeGaulle and J. Paul Getty, and all are artfully arranged to recreate the look and feel of life at the turn of the century.

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The Inn San Francisco is located at 943 South Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94110. Telephone: (800) 359-0913. For more info, visit

Chateau Tivoli is located at 1057 Steiner St., San Francisco, CA 94115. Telephone: (800) 228-1647, (415) 776-5462. For more info, visit .

Queen Anne Hotel is located at 1590 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA Telephone: (415) 441-2828. For more info, visit

This story originally appeared in the May/June issue of Exhibit City News, p. 85. For more pictures and original layout, visit 

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