Chip Conley is a participating author at this year's Litquake festival. He shares with us what he loves about San Francisco.

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October 4, 2019

How I See San Francisco: Chip Conley

New York Times bestselling author Chip Conley is the hospitality maverick who helped Airbnb's founders turn their fast-growing tech start-up into a global hospitality brand. Chip is also the founder of the Modern Elder Academy, where a new roadmap for midlife is offered. Chip Conley will be a participant at the Litquake 2019 festival, talking about his experiences as a mentor and entrepreneur. Chip shared with us what he loves about San Francisco.

What does a typical day in San Francisco look like for you?

My favorite day is Sunday, which allows me to go to a 9 a.m. Glide Memorial Church celebration with its award-winning gospel singing choir, poolside brunch at Chambers at The Phoenix Hotel shopping on Valencia St., grabbing a bite at Tartine or Foreign Cinema, people-watching in Dolores Park, and then maybe catching a flick at the historic Castro Theatre. That ramble from the Tenderloin to the Mission to the Castro is very walkable.

Which neighborhood other than your own do you like to explore?

I find the back alleys of Chinatown fascinating because it feels like you're neither in the U.S. or this century.

Where do you indulge your artistic side in San Francisco?

My favorite time of the year is the fall, due to the weather; but also because it's a great time to stroll and experience visual artists in various neighborhoods through Open Studios.

What's your favorite annual event that happens in San Francisco?

San Francisco Pride weekend is the most consistently large, interesting, and constantly evolving event each year.

Where and what would you choose for your last meal in San Francisco?

Probably Greens. I've had so many great meals there over the years and that view of the Golden Gate Bridge is epic.

Which restaurant is still on your list to dine at in San Francisco?

I've yet to make it to the Liholiho Yacht Club for their Hawaiian cuisine.

Where do you like to view sunrise and sunset?

The sunrise at Heron's Head Park in Hunters Point. It's a great place to walk your dog with the sunrise over the bay. You can't beat sunset at the Sutro Baths.

What’s one part of San Francisco that you wish visitors knew about?

Dogpatch. Between the new Chase Center, the major redevelopment of Pier 70, and the restaurants along 3rd and 22nd streets, this will become one of the most interesting areas of San Francisco in the next ten years.

What should every visitor to San Francisco do at least once?

Walk up the Filbert Steps from Levi's Plaza to Coit Tower. It's one of San Francisco's hidden treasures where you'll see wild parrots, a raccoon or two, and maybe a wild fox.

Any final advice for visitors coming to San Francisco?

Experience Japantown. It doesn't get the attention of Chinatown, but still has a real authentic flavor to it. Check out the Kabuki Springs and Spa, America's largest Japanese communal bathhouse.


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