Bar­bara Ziegert

Tips from the Mar­riott Mar­quis lead concierge.

Where San Francisco - - Contents - Bar­bara Ziegert Lead Concierge, Mar­riott Mar­quis; Member, North­ern Cal­i­for­nia Concierge As­so­ci­a­tion

Q: Do you have any fa­vorite Nob Hill haunts?

A: Hav­ing lived in Paris, I’m par­tic­u­larly en­am­ored with Grace Cathe­dral atop of Nob Hill, a beau­ti­ful Epis­co­pal French Gothic church rem­i­nis­cent of Notre Dame in Paris and wel­com­ing any­body search­ing for a piece of self re­flec­tion and soli­tude amid the city’s hus­tle and bus­tle. Walk one of the two labyrinths and feel the med­i­ta­tive ef­fects, at­tend one of the live per­for­mances par­take in an Even­song ser­vice.

Q: Where do you send vis­i­tors in­ter­ested in spot­ting marine life?

A: Ven­ture be­yond the Golden Gate on one of the year-round, all-day ex­pe­di­tions to the oceanic wilder­ness of the Far­al­lon Is­lands. Known as “Devil’s Teeth” and lo­cated just 27 miles off­shore, the is­land of­fers sight­ings of a rich di­ver­sity of marine and bird life that in­cludes hump­back whales, gray whales and or­cas, blue whales, great white sharks, dol­phins, seals, sea lions, por­poises and the largest pelagic seabird pop­u­la­tion in the United States. And don’t miss the world-class Stein­hart Aquar­ium at the Cal­i­for­nia Academy of Sci­ences, which is one of the most bi­o­log­i­cally di­verse and in­ter­ac­tive aquar­i­ums in the world. (See your concierge for dis­count coupons!)

Q: Where do you send vis­i­tors who are look­ing to be ac­tive?

A: I sug­gest yoga in­side Grace Cathe­dral, free classes at the Ath­leta fit­ness store, open-air com­mu­nal tai chi and qigong classes in Wash­ing­ton Square Park or at the Mu­sic Con­course in Golden Gate Park, gor­geous golf cour­ses around the bay or kayak­ing from Sausal­ito (guided tours rec­om­mended)—what­ever your heart de­sires and fit­ness level al­lows. For avid run­ners, I sug­gest the Em­bar­cadero (of­fer­ing un­par­al­leled views of the bay); the Ecol­ogy Trail at the Pre­sidio; the many trails in Golden Gate Park; or the Ocean Beach to Fort Fun­ston route. If hik­ing is for you, don’t miss the iconic Marin Head­lands, Muir Woods and Mount Ta­mal­pais across the bay in beau­ti­ful Marin County.

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