My wife and I have just returned from our honeymoon, spending two nights at The Parsonage, and we had an absolutely wonderful time. In fact, having done a lot of sightseeing in the city, we found the bed & breakfast and the owners, Joan, John, and their dog, Pilar, to be the best part of the trip.
The moment we walked into the unassuming Victorian house on the corner of Haight and Laguna, we were blown away by its beauty and charm. Our bedroom was wonderfully romantic with a four-post bed, antique furniture, spacious bathroom with sky lighting, and a claw-foot bathtub.
One of our favorite parts of the stay was breakfast in the morning (the delicious smells filled the house, pleasantly waking you from sleep). When we were there, Joan made soufflé with preserves and sourdough waffles, which were made from John's father's sourdough starter, which has stayed alive for over 50 years. The breakfast was also accompanied with delicious, local, fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, oatmeal, and Tartine bread (a local bakery that is internationally known). But what made the breakfast even more exceptional was the fact that all the guests were seated around one table and engaged in conversation. We met a French teacher, his wife and daughter, an IT professional from London, and an immigrant lawyer couple from North Carolina. All wonderful people. All providing wonderful conversation.
The location is also perfectly placed if you're looking to walk to great restaurants and areas. My wife and I were able to walk to the Castro district, Mission district, and Valencia. We ate at Bar Jules, Delfina, Pizzeria Delfina, Tartine Bakery, Rosmunde Sausages and Toronado Bar.
If you're looking for authenticity, charm, beauty, pleasant company and conversation, and a momentary retreats from the city, The Parsonage is the place for you.