KUDOS FOR CITY GUIDES:
San Francisco city guides are an inquisitive visitor's dream.
Sydney Morning Herald
[City Guides is] continuing to be one of the best free activities in the Bay Area, thereby benefiting all the people of the City and County of San Francisco and the State of California.
Assemblywoman Fiona Ma on behalf of the California Legislature
I am pleased to recognize the 200 trained volunteers who contribute their time and energy to sharing the treasures of our City with tourists and school children alike.
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House
I, Gavin Newsom, Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, in honor of its ongoing contributions to our City, do hereby proclaim October 20, 2008 as San Francisco City Guides Day in San Francisco!
Gavin Newsom, Mayor
City Guides hold the key to The City.
San Francisco Examiner
A perfect way to get a local’s take on your favorite neighborhood.
Best of the bay
San Francisco Bay Guardian
(City Guides) free tours in San Francisco are a treat
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Best Resource for Bay Area History
San Francisco Bay Guardian
(One of) best free things to do in San Francisco.
(One of the) best guided city walks.
(City Guides is) one of San Francisco's top attractions.
National Geographic Traveler
No matter how long you've lived here, you're bound to learn something new.
San Francisco Magazine
Free walking tours that'll make you smarter.
One of the greatest things about San Francisco is City Guides free walking tours.
New York Times
Fun and focused.
(These are) tour guides we like!
Best walking tour.
One of the last free services offered to SF visitors and residents.
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Your troops were as good as they get.
It seems too good to be true!
Hi, Just wanted to send our thanks and kudos for the great walking tour yesterday of Dogpatch and Potrero Point with Natalie [Wisniewski] and Sina [Ghaemmaghami]. They knew their stuff, were enthusiastic, and had GREAT visuals!!!! They clearly knew their material and were excited to share it. This is a fun, 5-star tour. These two really know how to give a fascinating tour!
Suzanne Dumont and Bill Hellendale
Guides John Ferreira and Sue Krumbein led a private group tour for people in town for a wedding: Thank you so much for all of your hard work with the Giles Wedding. It was a wonderful and smooth event. The couple felt great the entire time and had a blast. All of the hard work was truly appreciated and noticed. Many thanks for you, your talents and your time!
Pamela, Robyn and Allison, Outlined Productions
Ellen [McElhinny] was just outstanding -- knowledgeable, fun, and so interesting. We would like to send her a personal thank you note. I assume that I can just send it to the library address and she will get it? Thank you for arranging our guide and for giving us Ellen. We had the very best day.
My family took the Gold Rush City tour this Wednesday [9/27] and were very impressed with the guide, Alex Ramirez. He not only knew his stuff but treated us to lots of little fascinating tidbits. And his strong voice was more than a match for all the city hubbub. Congratulations on having such fine guides!
Greg [Pabst], I wanted to thank you for the time you spent with our 50+ group this past Friday. Haight-Ashbury is certainly a very interesting walk. Such beautiful Victorians and your knowledge shared with us made for a great time. Everyone in our group expressed how much they enjoyed your presentation. Thanks again.
We had a great tour of the Landmark Victorians of Alamo Square today led by Ellen Dudley. We just wanted to tell you and Ellen how much we enjoyed her enthusiasm, smile, knowledge, and interest in her subject. She was a real pleasure to have as our guide and enhanced our enjoyment of the tour. The weather even held for us today. Thank you and please pass on our special thank you to Ellen.
Dear Ken [Becker] (and a cc to Paul Cooney), Your enthusiasm and expertise as our tour guide yesterday was so appreciated by everyone on our [Nob Hill] tour. Am writing to thank you and to also let Paul and Laura know how pleased we were to have such a thorough and inspiring tour. It was a perfect balance of history and designers. The Cathedral Tour had a lot of surprises -- e.g. when you pointed out a window honoring Frank Lloyd Wright! I will definitely want to have a repeat tour - next Spring. We will have mostly new students at that time. Lastly, I have duplicated the brochure on "Partnership in Preservation" for my class. Thanks again for that! Best wishes.
Carolyn Talmadge, College of Marin Architecture Tours class
Ernie [Ng] was the most incredible guide [for the Chinatown tour]. He was everything the person who recommended him said he was and more. He has so much interesting information and was very helpful also in recommending a perfect choice of a restaurant in Chinatown. We all enjoyed it. He was so nice and the group wanted to keep together to hear everything he had to say. Please thank him for us!!!
Frana Price , Director of Member Programs, Congregation Emanu-El
I just wanted to pass along loads of compliments to Sean Timberlake for the tour of the Castro that he led for our group last Saturday, Sept. 2. He passed along much information of the area, was very articulate and spoke in a voice that was easily heard above the everyday sounds of the city. His manner and demeanor were professional, yet he was friendly and open to any and all questions which our group presented to him. Everyone had a great time and spoke glowingly of our wonderful tour guide. Thanks to City Guides and Sean for a most enjoyable day.
Lee Rust for the Adventures Hiking Group of the San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church
Keep up the good work. We look forward to walks when we come each year. We have done it so many years we are repeating now!
David and Carolyn Scofield, Sponsors, San Diego, CA
Just want to let you know how much we enjoyed the Dogpatch/Potrero Point tour. Our guide Natalie [Wisniewski] was very well-informed about the history of the area, and she was extremely professional, enthusiastic, and entertaining. I especially liked that she brought along interesting collateral materialsâ€”historic maps, newspaper articles, original nails from row houses, etc., to supplement the information she provided. I really look forward to our next City Guide Tour.
Bathsheba M and Keith W.
Wednesday morning I ran into friends and their out-of-town guests, who had just arrived in SF for a couple of days. I said they ought to try the Nob Hill walk. Well, this morning, I ran into them again, and the conversation went something like this: "Hey! Thanks SO much for recommending the Nob Hill walk. It was great! And our guide, Kathy Martin was wonderful! So knowledgeable, and so enthusiastic!" (They went on for a bit after that, repeating the praise a few more times.) Just thought you should know.
On Sunday my husband and I took the Victorian San Francisco tour with Katherine Lew and enjoyed it immensely. She did a great job and had obviously done extensive research on the topic. A big pat on the back for her! You are providing a wonderful service with these walking tours! Thank you and keep up the good work!
I wanted to tell you what a wonderful time my friends and I had on your tour of Telegraph Hill. James Hobbs was our guide and what an enthusiastic and entertaining person he is. We had a wonderful time and look forward to other guided tours in the future.
Linda Campopian, Walnut Creek, CA
I took the Japantown tour at 2 pm with Marian Halley and it was by far the best tour I ever had. She was absolutely fabulous. We clapped when she was through. Thank You!
Especially we would commend Carolyn Reese who led the informative, historically rich, politically and economically sophisticated tour of North Beach on Saturday morning (June 17).
Judy and Sandy Grabiner, Claremont, California
Kudo to Dave Styles sent via Paul Cooney, Group Tour Coordinator: I received a message from Lolly Osborne that praised the job you did on their recent Private Group Tour [of Historic Market Street for Lollyâ€™s Ladies]. They do a lot of tours and are excellent judges of tour guides. You exceeded their standards. And I thank you for supporting these tours.
Dear Mr. Lopez [Al Lopez], We just want to thank you one more time for the wonderful tour you gave us last Friday. We learned so much and had the best of times. We have shared the wonderful experience with our friends who plan to call and ask when you will be available for tours. By the way, you say you give other tours around the city. When and where, so we can join you? Muchissimas Gracias! Con Aprecio,
Jose & Roxana
A special thank you to Margaret Sheehan for leading a public tour of the Mission Murals with KTSF channel 26. Thank you, Margaret, for leading a great tour and introducing a new audience to our program as well as to the art and character of the Mission neighborhood.
I am writing to tell you how much I enjoy GuideLines as a new City Guide, class of 2006, Nob Hill guide. GuideLines always tells me something new and interesting. In the latest GuideLines, "What Could Have Been" got me a new little-known story to add to my tour; just when I thought I knew all I needed to know about Stanford and the big four you taught me something new and interesting. Yippee. Swinging bridge near the cliff house -- no way. I look forward to the August newsletter with the answer to your question "Can any City Guide tell us more?" I like the way you get us involved and of course the kudos recognizing some of our guides. Lots an lots of GOOOOOOd stuff. Thank you.
Dear City Guides, I just wanted to let you know that we enjoyed our tour with Jan Murphy last Friday in Chinatown. She was very informative and the pacing was great! We are making an additional contribution in her honor--please use it for library services, etc. Thanks again.
Gail Solomon, Los Altos Hills Newcomers
Thank you City Guides for three wonderful myth busting and enlightening Quake Walks! It certainly cleared up a lot of my understanding concerning this disaster. Enclosed is $5 for my certificate. Keep up the excellent work!
Mary Liz Harris, Sponsor
I went on the Japantown tour with Marian Halley. She was fabulous! And she said this was only her second time to give the tour. Well done!
I wanted to say that I very much enjoyed a recent tour of the Palace Hotel. The tour was led by a guide whose first name was Harlan [Hirschfeld]. He was articulate, informed and very comfortable to tour the site with. Thank you.
I did all three earthquake walking tours and collected the card for each tour (total three).I commend the City Guides for making our city more interesting and fun. You have a wonderful group of guides and their enthusiasm is very contagious. Thank you.
After City Guide Deborah Ogden followed up on a question from one of her walkers by emailing her information about Beaux Arts architecture in San Francisco, her walker responded: Ms. Ogden, Thanks so much for your research! Your tour was one of the highlights of my visit to San Francisco. I appreciate the enthusiasm and knowledge you shared with us all about your city! I should tell you that your wonderful green hat left an impression on me. I realized that I wanted to see the city but I also wanted style, so I paid a visit to Saks Fifth Avenue later and found two beautiful silk outfits--a little glamour to bring home. Thanks again for your warm and uplifting tour! Best regards.
Thank you very much for leading the tour. One of my favorite places that you showed us was the temple. It was very colorful, it also smelled very good. I found it very interesting that Portsmouth Square was the center of San Francisco. I could not believe that some people thought you could pick gold off the ground. In China I found it very interesting that a whole chicken means freshness. Thank you very much for the tour. I learned a ton.
Emma from Mrs. Vieira 4th grade class
I only knew a little bit of information about Chinatown when I got there, but by the end, I was an expert! I would never have known all those things about the butcher shop, the temple, and Chinese and Chinatown history.