Living the San Francisco Dream


How to be a tourist in your own back yard

Some weekends (most weekends) we REALTORS work long hours. Some weekends we blend fun times and work. Other than answering emails and a couple of phone calls, this last weekend was a mini-vacation for my husband and me - we played tourist in our own back yard!

It started Friday evening, with the opera "Carmen" at the elegant San Francisco War Memorial Opera House.

Inside the SF Opera House

Saturday morning we donned our day-and-a-half backpacks, walked to BART and hopped on a train for the 20 minute ride to Berkeley. Once there, we found a spot for lunch as we walked to the Hotel Bancroft, a delightful, charming "find" across from the University of California Campus.

Semi-private balcony off our room

We dropped off our packs, and spent the afternoon wandering around the beautiful UC campus, spotting the famous International House, wandering into Memorial Stadium (go Bears!) and meandering along winding footpaths through redwood and eucalyptus groves.

UCB-Memorial Stadium

A trip to the top of the Campanile Tower is a must, and the crystal clear day provided 360-degree views of the area.

UCB Campanile Bell Tower

The evening featured dinner at one of our favorite Thai Restaurants, Gecko Gecko followed by a performance of "Treasure Island" at the Berkeley Repertory Theater before walking back to our hotel.

After a relaxing morning and a continental breakfast at the Bancroft Hotel, the backpacks came out again, and we took BART to downtown Oakland. A 15 minute walk brought us to Jack London Square and our planned trip on the bay aboard the USS Potomac, FDR's  "floating White House."

On board the USS Potomac

Three hours later, we walked to the very next pier and boarded a ferry boat to take us back to San Francisco and our walk home.

We were away less than 30 hours, but came home feeling like we had enjoyed a mini-vacation. Sometimes being a tourist in your own back yard is just the right thing to do.




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

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547






Comment balloon 15 commentsLottie Kendall • June 19 2016 08:04PM


Hi Lottie - good for you.  You have so many wonderful sights and so do we.  Be a tourist in your home town first.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 4 years ago

Lottie-What a wonderful mini getaway you two had. We all need those.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 4 years ago

Hello Grant Schneider and Sharon Lee - we traveled as we do on European vacations--no car, public transit, and on foot - our favorite way to enjoy the sights of an area.


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

Lottie Kendall - What a wonderful tour of your mini-vacation.  You have so many wonderful places to see and things to do in the greater San Francisco area.  I love how you never needed a car and did it all with public transportation and by walking!  A very green mini vacation!

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) over 4 years ago


There are so many things to do in San Francisco . . . . It feels like everyday is a vacation when you live in San Francisco.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 4 years ago

Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale - foot and public transportation makes a trip seem like a vacation. No traffic snarls to deal with either.

Lou Ludwig - the first year we lived in San Francisco we had no desire to take a vacation anywhere else; we enjoyed a stay-cation in our own condo!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

Lottie- you really know how to do itAs I was reading this, I thought of a European vacation, traveling via public transportation or by foot.  It made me stop to wonder if I could get everything I need for an overnight stay in a backpak. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 4 years ago

Sounds like a wonderful time.  And I think I'm going to talk to Donald about doing that.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 4 years ago

Good morning Lottie. What a great day you described. You can be a tourist locally and it is a great thing to do.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 4 years ago

Thank you for the nice photos. I enjoyed reading your post.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 4 years ago

Hi Kathy Streib  - everything fit nicely in my day-and-a-half pack, and there are some great travelling clothes that don't wrinkle.

Tammy Lankford, - I highly recommend it! While it's sometimes difficult to take a long vacation, a short get-away works well.

Good morning, Sheila Anderson - I'm glad we decided to spend the night in Berkeley - that made our weekend much more like a holiday.

Hi Gita Bantwal - thanks for your comments. Wishing you a great day.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

Life is an adventure and you're making the best of opportunities that surround you, starting within your own backyard! I really like this post and your style of writing Lottie!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 4 years ago

Thanks, Patricia Feager - that is nice to hear, especially coming from you!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

Lottie, I love the idea of playing tourist in your own back yard! We do it occasionally, too, as it is such fun to see local attractions through a tourist's eyes. Great post and love the pics!


Posted by Diana Zaccaro, "The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida (Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp) over 4 years ago

That was the most enjoyable 30 hours I've spent in quite a while, Diana Zaccaro - and all without getting in a car and enduring inevitable traffic jams!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago