Overview

Learn the secrets of the Silver Kings and Railroad Barons who lived on Nob Hill. Tour inside some private rooms and gardens at the beautiful historic Fairmont Hotel which survived the earthquake of 1906. See where Tony Bennet sang “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” for the first time and the famous “hair cut” scene with Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage that took place in the film ”The Rock”.  Linger in Huntington Park with its fountains followed by going inside the magnificent Grace Cathedral. See the intimate Huntington Hotel restaurant, The Big Four, full of historic photos and the Peacock Court ballroom in the Mark Hopkins Hotel with the most famous bar, The Top of the Mark. The tour our ends in the Stanford Court’s eclectic “techie” lobby filled with computer art.


Places We Love To Visit

Fairmont Hotel

A 1906 earthquake survivor. Last building to burn on Nob Hill. Beautiful Beaux Art architecture with ballrooms, gardens and historic rooms.

Laurel Court in the Fairmont

Spectacular open rotunda dining area surrounded by Doric columns and Italian countryside murals.

Vanderbilt Room in the Fairmont

Lovely Beaux Art style room built for Birdie Fair Vanderbilt. 

Julia Morgan Memorial Rooftop Gardens in the Fairmont 

Tour guide Kathy and guests enjoying the flowers, fountain and view.

Moorshead Apartments

1915 French Baroque architecture. Most expensive Real Estate on Nob Hill.

James Flood Mansion 

Last mega mansion built in 1886 on Nob Hill by Silver King James Flood for his wife. An earthquake survivor because it was made of Connecticut brownstone. Neo-classical style.

Tony Bennett Statue

Eight foot bronze statute created by Bruce Wolfe for singer’s 90th birthday and his first performance of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” sung in the Venetian Room in the Fairmont.       

Huntington Park Fountain

Magnificent identical copy of the Fountain of Turtles located by the Spanish steps in Rome.

Grace Cathedral

Third largest Episcopal cathedral in the United States. French Baroque styling. Described as a “small Notre Dame” with famous Ghiberti bronze doors and Keith Haring altar.

Mark Hopkins Hotel

A 1926 Gothic Revival style hotel with Peacock Court ballroom and Room of the Dons.

Stanford Court Hotel

Circa 1972. Previous location of Leland Stanford’s 50 room Italian villa.

Seagull Statue

“Seagull” by artist Benny Bufano.

*All tour locations are subject to change based on weather, availability and interest