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Welcome to Town House Motel in San Francisco

Great value, perfect location.
Ron, Ventura, CA

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The Town House Motel invites you to experience affordable lodging in San Francisco that’s near everywhere you want to be. Located in the lively Marina District of San Francisco, we’re only minutes from Golden Gate Bridge, a 7-block stroll from Fisherman’s Wharf, and only 3 blocks away from Union Street shops, dining and galleries. Whatever brings you to town, we invite you to stay at our conveniently located San Francisco motel for all the right reasons: affordability, adventure, and access.

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Stay and Play in the San Francisco Marina District Motel

Relax. Explore. Let loose. There are plenty famous attractions to see just within walking distance from our San Francisco motel near Fisherman’s Wharf. Check out Fort Mason Center located on the historic waterfront of San Francisco bay—it’s just around the corner! The beautiful Palace of Fine Arts is only a three-minute drive away from Town House Motel. Our 23-unit motel near Ghiradellis Square is also a short stroll to Lombard Street.

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Roomy, centrally located, and affordable lodging in San Francisco

Spacious rooms featuring modern décor are what make our Lombard Street motel a popular budget hotel in San Francisco. Along with our great location as a motel near Union Square, Town House Motel offers complimentary continental breakfast every morning and free parking. Whether you’re a couple or traveling solo, on business or visiting for pleasure, you’ll find our friendly staff is eager to accommodate. Let the Town House Motel help you discover the very best of San Francisco.

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In The Bay

Is San Francisco On Your List?

While there are many places to visit on your holiday to the United States, there are an abundance of reasons why the beautiful city of San Francisco, has to be at or near the top of everyones list. Founded in 1776, when colonists from Spain established Presidio of San Francisco (Spanish for Saint Francis) at the Golden Gate and Mission San Francisco de Asís named for St. Francis of Assisi a few miles away.

Of Course the historic“California Gold Rush in 1849” saw a large influx of people, making it the largest city on the West Coast at the time. Naturally the gold caused a large growth in business both legal and illegal.

Some of the better know criminals of the Gold Rush era included names such as, James Egan, who served 35 years in San Quentin for killing a man in a saloon brawl. John “Chicken” Devine, beat a man to death with a rock. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California David. S. Terry killed US Senator David C. Broderick in a duel. Criminals were of course not limited to men, Jen Hastings and Dolly Mickey prolific pick pockets operated daily on the streets.

In 1906 an earthquake and fire destroyed three-quarter of the city. The resilient people quickly rebuilt and hosted the Panama-Pacific International Exposition just nine years later. During WW II, San Francisco was chosen as a major player for the embarkation for service members shipping out to the Pacific. After the war, San Francisco continued to grow becoming a trend setter leading the evolution of culture throughout the United States. Massive immigration as well as liberalizing attitudes created an epic center for rising cultures. Ushering in the rise of the “hippie” counterculture, the Sexual Revolution, the Peace Movement growing from opposition to United States involvement in the Vietnam War, and other factors led to the Summer of Love and the gay rights movement. All of this and so much more await you in San Francisco.

When speaking of San Francisco, one of the first things to enter your mine is the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. This iconic suspension bridge was the world’s longest until 1964. It is constructed over the Golden Gate Strait which separates the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean.

Featured in the eleventh installment of Rockstar Games’ iconic GTA (Grand Theft Auto) series.
As one of the most photographed bridges in the world.
Architect Irving Morrow selected international orange (orange vermilion) as the color of the bridge to increase its visibility in fog and because the color compliments the bridge’s natural surroundings.

The ultra Famous Golden Gate Bridge is 1.7 miles between San Francisco and Sausalito. Walking the bridge is permitted during the day. The center of the bridge is approximately 220 feet above water below. Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash. Biking the bridge is extremely popular and Bicycle rental are available throughout the area. Just down the block from Townhouse Motel “Bike & View” offers great equipment and fantastic prices and service. However, roller skates, skateboards and scooter-boards are not permitted and carry high fines.
Be sure to ask if your type of travel is permitted. As always be courteous and alert while walking the bridge.

NOTE: When contemplating the Bridge walk be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Because of the location it is windy so it is important to make sure you carry a jacket or sweater. locals use the walkway for daily exercise which include walking, running and bicycling. A round trip over the bridge equals about 3.4 miles. There are helpful resting areas along the way and snack shops are ideally located at both ends of the bridge. There are free paid guided walking tours are available for those wishing a more informative visit.

Ah Yes! The iconic Cable-cars of San Francisco.
Not to be confused with the trolley. The cable car offers the most thrill when navigating the famous hills of San Francisco. Fantastic way to interact with the locals whom use this as daily transportation to and from work. Or just enjoy a fun filled romantic ride with a “SPECIAL FRIEND”. Service at 6am daily and running until 9pm. The Cable Car gives a sneak peek into the past. For a better understanding pay a visit to the Cable Car Museum.


The Exploratorium:
has been called a scientific funhouse, an arcade for mad scientist, and experimental laboratory.
Frank Oppenheimer, a Particle Physicist. Founded in 1969 by Frank Oppenheimer, a Particle Physicist whom remained director until 1985.

Located at Pier 15 in the Fishermens Wharf. Described as a public learning laboratory, exploring the world through Science, Art and human interaction with the primary mission to teach through hands on exploration. A day at the Exploratorium will leave you excited an amazed. Plan a full day to take at the Exploratorium and especial if you have children, the learning experience is invaluable.

These are just a few of the wonders of the bay area, I will cover more in future articles.

With San Francisco in mind, make your stay a pleasant one with the Townhouse Motel, in the beautiful Marina district of San Francisco.

Culture In San Francisco Is Alive And Well

Our city is filled with culture, entertainment history and has some of the best museums in the entire country. Granted one would find it necessary to visit San Fraqncisco for a long period of time to take it all in in one visit. Just another great reason to play future visits to this city of diversity. Here are just a few highlights. If you love art, culture and science, fun and entertainment then San Francisco is definitely the place for you.

The Academy Of Science:


Situated in the Iconic Golden Gate Park Founded in 1853 the Academy sustains a rich history in California and San Francisco. Shortly after California joined the united states in 1850. With a forward thing approach to the involvement with women in science. Some of the first to hire women into professional positions as botanist and other occupations in the 19th century.
The its many years of existence the academy has itself has created history throughout the area. Located market street in the city the Academy fell victim to the 1906 earthquake and three day fire destroying books and specimen collections.

In 1916 the Academy moved to Golden State Park which was to become its permanent home. Throughout the years it has continued to grow in size as well as intellectually.
The Loma Preta earthquake of 1989 brought another setback to the Academy. Buildings suffered damaged as was the Steinhart Aquarium. This led to motivation for a complete overhaul and the closing of the main site. A temporary site on Howard street was set up. September 12th 2005 marked the beginning of the new $500 million building.
The Academy reopened September 27, 2008 greeting an admittance live over a mile long. $15,000 people were to be admitted while thousands had to be turned away.
The new building is an environmentally friendly design and as a result produces 50% less water waste, recycles rainwater for irrigation, uses sixty thousand photovoltaic cells, supports a living roof of 2.5 acres. It uses 90 percent natural lighting was constructed of over 20,000 cubic yards of recycled concrete and 11 millions pounds of recycled steel and was insulated with recycle denim. These statistics alone boggle the mind.

This in itself is enough to warrant a visit, but is by no means all there is to it. The Academy features a Aquarium, a living rain forest an emporium and so much more. A visit to San Francisco must include The Academy Of Science.

NOTE: Golden Gate State park is another truly spectacular site to behold. As well as home to The Academy Of Science, The Japanese Tea Garden, Beautiful Botanical Gardens offers 55 acres of over 50,000 individual plants. The park itself support many sports such as Golf, Baseball, Horseback riding, bicycling and horseshoes. Home to 10 lakes, Segway tours and so much more.

Don’t over look the De Young Museum when you visit the park. This museum is home to American Fine arts and crafts dating all the way back to the 17th Century. There are more than a thousand Paintings, 3000decorative pieces of art and about 800 sculptures that reflect the development of fine arts in USA from 1670 to date.
One really gets a look into the history of American art and how it has developed over the years. It is representative of around 125 cultures as they developed across the world. Looking at the similarities between the articles of clothing, one cannot help but infer the influences that different cultures had on each other. African and pacific art is also on display for people to learn and explore their culture and arts.

Exploratorium

This is perhaps one of the most famous science museums in the world. It’s a place where you can actually play with the exhibits (there are about a thousand of them). Even those not interested in science will instinctively have the urge to play around with the exhibits and find out how things work. Betchel Central gallery has tons of exhibits. The tour deforce is the South Gallery where people are free to make their own stop motion pictures.

Ripley’s Believe it or not Odditorium

Robert Ripley is no stranger to science. In the Chicago World Fair in 1933, he opened some of his collections to over 2 million people which was a big deal at the time. “Ripley’s Odditorium”, as its came to be known, was successful and led to a showcase on fairs across the US back in the 30s in places like San Francisco and San Diego. The Ripley’s Odditorium in San Francisco is located in the Fisherman’s wharf near the Famed Pier 39, and holds unique and odd exhibits and other attractions that you just have to see for yourself to believe.

Walt Disney Family Museum

This museum features the life and legacy of the legendary Walt Disney, the creator of Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney Studios. It features a ton of exhibitions and galleries that reflect Walt’s work and his vision. One exhibition shows how the pre digital era animators and artists produced legendary cartoons such as Pinocchio. It provides a glance into the production process of the cartoon and how the animators created it. From the man who lost the rights to his first animated character Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to the success story that is Mickey Mouse, this Museum encompasses it all.

Located in the exciting Marina neighborhood you’ll find Town House Motel is central to all the magnificent places you’ll want to visit in San Francisco. Offering convenience, low rates a friendly homey atmosphere and friendly customer service.

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