Hobnob Tours

Hobnob Tours brings the irresistible and gossipy history of San Francisco back to life for tourists and locals. Since 1999, these fun, fascinating and informative walking tours include Nob Hill, the Financial District, and Union Square/Chinatown.


Local Guides

Our experienced Bay Area-born guides love San Francisco and its history. Research was done at major university libraries and historical collections. We’ve made it possible to tour venues not open to the general public.

Valarie Huff

“Val” grew up in a pioneer Los Angeles family that instilled in her a respect and appreciation for history. She came North to the “city she always wanted to live in­-San Francisco” to attend the University of California at Berkeley and graduated with a major in American History. She loves meeting people and sharing the extraordinary San Francisco history. 

Kathy Lindgren

Kathy Lindgren is a local guide, growing up in San Jose. Her love of travel led her to attend and graduate from ITMI (International Tour Management Institute). She sits on the San Francisco Tour Guide Guild Certification Committee and she is on the board of the Dublin Senior Center.

Andrea Marek

Andrea Marek grew up in Germany and emigrated to the US and the Bay Area. She taught German and English as a second language as an Adult education Instructor. She has traveled extensively in Europe and the United States. Andrea is active with German Exchange Student tours. She graduated from International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) and has worked with many tour companies. 

Margot Heltne

Margot grew up in the Bay Area. She is a 20 year veteran of the San Francisco Tour Guide Guild and an International Tour Management Institute graduate. She was a history and art major.

Mary McCloy

Mary is an Irish San Francisco native. She is a Certified Guide with the San Francisco Tour Guide Guild and an International Tour Management Institute graduate. She is a clinical psychologist and marathon runner.


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