Living the San Francisco Dream


Exploring San Francisco with a pre-teen

Exploring a city with a pre-teen can be a lot of fun -- especially when you find new places to go, new experiences to share.

This last weekend our almost -12-year-old granddaughter joined us in San Francisco. Yesterday we had a couple of free hours, so decided to:

1. Take a cable car ride to the top of Nob Hill! We left our condo and walked the 4 short blocks to California and Van Ness, hopped aboard and rode the cable car to the top. Necessary? No, we could easily walk. Worth it? Yes -- the adventure had begun.

 Riding the cable car

2. Stop in the Mark Hopkins Hotel. We enjoyed the grandeur of the lobby, took the elevator up to the 20th floor, to the famous Top of the Mark, where we simply gazed at the cityscape below, and Alcatraz in the bay. The hostess even gave our granddaughter a See's chocolate bar. What a wonderful way to make a young person feel special and welcome! (Can you say "future customer?")

 Lobby, Mark Hopkins Hotel

3. Next, a visit to the Fairmont Hotel, to compare lobbies and descend a gorgeous staircase which took us to ballrooms on a lower level. Finding an empty ball room, we danced and pretended we were at a ball with the Queen of England. (No way would we have done that without a young person with us!)

Lobby, Fairmont Hotel 

4. Last stop at the top of Nob Hill: a visit inside magnificent Grace Cathedral, where a quiet moment to give thanks was most fitting.

 Inside Grace Cathedral, SF

5. A quick bite to eat at ThaiThai Noodle on the way home was fun and tasty, and we all drank numerous glasses of water--who knew dancing was such a thirsy business?

6. Last stop: Plant Warehouse, a bit of the tropics in the midst of the City. Not only is the store packed with house plants, large and small, they set up a corner of complimentary refreshments. (This city really knows how to take care of us!)

 Plant Warehouse, SF

We plan to return in a few weeks to see how holiday decorations have changed the looks of the Fairmont Hotel and the Mark Hopkins Hotel.

San Francisco is fun for all, and our neighborhoods make it easy to explore. I'm living my San Francisco dream; how about you?

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

Peninsula Living Business Page



Comment balloon 7 commentsLottie Kendall • November 25 2013 02:55PM


Lottie, You certainly know how to tour anyone around the City.  It's so nice that you got to spend time with your grand-daughter and let her experience the magnificence of the City you so dearly love. 

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) almost 7 years ago

A terrific day...and building great memories.   Very nice.

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) almost 7 years ago

I loved taking that tour with you to see the sights of your lovely city.  I have no doubt your granddaughter will carry the treasures of this day with her for a lifetime.

Posted by Geri Sonkin, Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert (Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103) almost 7 years ago

Lottie - Pre-teen or not, I think anyone would enjoy exploring San Francisco with you!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) almost 7 years ago

Lottie, your tour of San Francisco sure does look fun, and know I missed a great tour.     Hope your grand daughter enjoyed all this beauty!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) almost 7 years ago

Kathleen - I love exploring San Francisco and sharing it with others!

Hello Li - this city is so much fun to explore; from elegant to woodsy and rural, it has it all

Geri, keep this in mind when you're visiting here

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 7 years ago

Laura, it's hard to say who had more fun, our granddaughter or me!

Joan -- you'll be back; then you can explore some of the nooks and crannies that give San Francisco such character. It easy when you live here.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 7 years ago