New custom private tour–the “Silvia.” See the North Coast, Russian River, and Wine Country in the convertible MINI Cooper.

I recently had a great experience with a guest, Silvia, a world traveler from Switzerland. After taking her on a 6 hour private tour of San Francisco and Muir Woods, she booked me 2 days later to show her the surrounding Bay Area. She said whenever she travels (and she’s been all over the world), she not only likes to see the city, but the countryside that is nearby. This way, she said, she feels like she gets to know more about the city. Plus it’s fun. And since she could customize her private tour anyway she wanted, I was at her service.

She wanted to see all the diversity that Northern California has to offer. So we started driving the convertible MINI up the coast, stopping in Bodega Bay for coffee, and continuing to highway 116. There we turned along the Russian River, and drove through Monte Rio and Guerneville, where we were surrounded by redwood trees. Then down through Sebastopol to the Sonoma and Napa wine countries. And Silvia could just relax and enjoy it all, because she didn’t have to focus on driving.

It was a great experience, and driving along in this beautiful Northern California scenery in a convertible is considered to be a “real California” adventure. It was so much fun, I decided to offer it as a tour, and name it after the guest who inspired it.

california-coast-highway as seen from the custom private tour of San Francisco


The 16th Ave. Tiled Steps — beautiful views, beautiful mosaic, and way off the usual path.

Since January of 2003, neighborhood volunteers and artists have transformed a drab hillside staircase into an art piece. Each of the 163 steps are decorated with a tile mural. The stairs are on city property, so they are for the enjoyment of everybody. It is a community project, bringing over 300 people together to enhance this neighborhood, and  of San Francisco

But taking in the tiles is just one part of the fun. Climb the stairs, and you get treated to an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean.

Big Tour buses are not allowed in the neighborhood, and it is located far enough away from Golden Gate Park that very few visitors make the trek to discover the 16th Ave. steps. But for the adventurous, it is worth it, and will be one of those experiences to brag about back home. Of course, if you don’t want to walk, I can take you there on a custom private tour as well.

16th stair tiles as viewed from the MINI Cooper custom private tour of San Francisco

16th stair view from the custom private tour of San Francisco in the MINI Cooper