A Stroll Through Life and San Francisco

Darling Marty from A Stroll Thru Life 
asked me to be a part of her 
 "Show Off & Inspire" series.
You can catch more glimpses of our home there.
My husband and I are in 
San Francisco right now staying at 

I took these photos with my little camera.
My mom said that it was "Thee Hotel" 
when she was younger
and I think it is still cool and grand.
It has opulent Beaux Arts architecture.  
(Love the tiger pillows).
The hotel is listed on
U.S. Register of Historic Places.
 The Fairmont was designed by Julia Morgan, also the architect of Hearst Castle.  
It sits on top of Nob HIll.
Starting with Harry Truman, every U.S. president has stayed at the Fairmont
 We have a corner room with these views...
 The weather has been beautiful.
I keep humming "I left my heart in..."

When you visit A Stroll Through Life,
tell Marty I said hello!


  1. I'm coming from Marty's blog and Mary Ann, I can't believe I just discovered your wonderful blog and your talent! Your home is 'pure joy' to look at, I'm a new fan and follower. :-)

    Never been to the Fairmont, but I think the opulence and detail speaks for itself, it will be wonderful to stay here next time we got SF!

  2. I'm glad I got the photos of the view when I did as today we are looking out on a blanket of fog!

  3. This is a beautiful Fairmont. I've not been to this one but I love the one in Seattle (although this one looks a bit fancier.)

  4. So happy to have found you through A Stroll Thru Life. Happy to following along now...gorgeous children by the way!

  5. My daughter/blog partner was conceived at the SF Fairmont. She freaks out when I tell people this, but I am proud of it.

  6. I'm right there with you. Love the Fairmont, it's been our place since my daughter was about 6 years old. Love your photos, love the city, just don't get there often enough. And, besides everything else I can dress up in San Fran, it's not casual, which I adore. xx's

  7. My favorite city in the US. I want to move back there. Off to check out your post.

  8. I loved that hotel when I was young, do they still have the Tiki Room?? San Fran is such a fabulous city, enjoy!

  9. Oh I love the Fairmont, I stayed there years ago, and it really is a grand place. I am thrilled to be showing you off today, and we have had a ton of pageviews. You have totally impressed everyone with your fabulous talent. Have fun and enjoy your stay in SF. Hugs, Marty

  10. You're bringing back great memories for me, Mary Ann! My husband and I are celebrating our 11th anniversary next week and the Fairmont SF is where we spent the first few nights of our honeymoon. We had a beautiful suite with that very same view! Hope you're having a fabulous time in a fabulous city!

  11. I love that song! San Fran is one of my favorite cities to visit. Enjoy!

  12. What a grand, luxurious hotel in the heart of San Fran! Such a beautiful city and those views from your room prove it.
    Have a fabulous time!! But do bring your heart back to NB please!!!!

  13. What a beautiful hotel. My daughter lives in San Francisco and she loves it. It is a great city. Heading over to Marty's now to check out your post.

    Have a great weekend.

  14. Hey!!!
    You are in my hood!!!
    I wish we had time to meet up.
    I am having a bridal shower today and then we are heading down your way to bring a load of furniture to UCLA.
    Please give me a heads up the next time you find yourself in the bay!
    Have fun!!!

  15. Gorgeous....we were at The Fairmont too and we loved it, such a great city. Enjoy, will stop over. (To Marty's not San Francisco, lol)

  16. I spent a lot of time in San Fran in the early 80's....one of my favorite cities! Beautiful hotel and room! Hope you are having fun.....

  17. Mary Ann I so love San Fran -- my husband was just there for work last week and I was so jealous. Love that hotel. Have a great weekend! xo

  18. Mary Ann, Enjoy your stay by the bay. Love the Fairmont, I had my 16th birthday dinner there. Beautiful views of the bay from there. Sorry our weather is a bit cooler this weekend for your trip, but San Francisco is always beautiful! I really enjoyed the tour of your home over at marty's blog! She is such a love!!
    Next time you come up this way, maybe we could meet for coffee. I am only an hour away!

  19. Beautiful hotel...some day I would love to stay there.

    My husband and I were in San Fran in April. We stayed near Union Square, did so much walking. One day we walked to Coit tower and another day through Nob Hill up to Lombard St. My mistake...not bringing enough flats. Had to buy another pair while we were there!

    Have a wonderful stay!

    Linda in S.D.

  20. such a beautiful hotel-enjoy!!! have never stayed there but ran into snoop dog in the lobby in '97 :-)....that city has the best food!!! hope yall are having a great time!

  21. I haven't been to San Fran in years....hope you have a great time! The hotel looks fabulous...

  22. What a lovely view! And the hotel is so..."champagne wishes and caviar dreams!"

  23. What a lovely view! And the hotel is so..."champagne wishes and caviar dreams!"

  24. Mary Ann, Hope you are enjoying your time up this way! The Fairmont looks so glamorous. I haven't been there in a long time, but need to get back ! I was just up there in SF Thursday to have lunch at Neimans and meet another blogger, Adrienne. Did you get over to Union Square at all?

    Hope it was a good trip!


  25. Wow! This is great! It's not often that I get to read about Home. Places that are familiar to me. I am headed for Newport Beach this afternoon around three. Actually a bit farther south at Corona Del Mar. Celebration of Autumn with friends and family..bonfire and all.
    My daughter, Dawn and granddaughter, Ireland who has just graduated from Irvine, both live in San Francisco right now and they both love it. I lived there just around the corner from the Fairmont Hotel, back in the 1950's. I remember when Margaret Whiting appeared there so many years ago, and how much I wanted to go see her. but my very young husband, not quite 21 and 17 year old me, didn't get to see her. You had to be twenty one. I lived just off just around the corner on Turk St. It was a wonderful time. Honeymooning and living in San Francisco was fantastic but it was mostly exploring the city and I got to know San Francisco very well. My very first job was at the Strand Theatre on Market... *sigh* so..long ago. 1954 to be exact.

  26. What gorgeous views from your hotel room. I would want to stay in that hotel if I go to SF - it is such a classic. Isn't it the one that was in the TV show "Hotel". I think it is also used in a few scenes in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (not sure though). Have a wonderful time.

  27. I love hotels like this which have history and beautiful design details. We stayed in a historic hotel recently in Hanoi, Vietnam. It's lovely to stay in such special places. The views from your room are stunning too. I shall definitely make a note of this glamorous hotel! San Francisco has been on my must-visit list for a while!

  28. Mary Ann-
    I could live here. Stunning images, and i love the tiger against he silver gray! Thank you for sharing! Headed over to Marty's.
    Happy Monday.

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  29. Mary Ann, I loved seeing this post! I have stayed at The Fairmont Hotel many moons ago! Such a treat, so luxe,I do miss San Francisco!

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  30. I've been to SF many times and it's a thrill every single time I return. How can one not leave their heart there? I love the sense of neighborhood around the city districts and the small businesses. It's always fun to explore as it's always changing and it's so close to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. I was totally surprised how gorgeous and remote the coast is north up to Pt. Reyes. *sigh* I think I left my heart up there too. xoxo

  31. I'll agree with your Mom;) It is THEE hotel. Such a wonderful city. It's been years since I've been. I like Marilyn's comment.. how can one not leave their heart there? So true! Great shopping, cites, dinning .. and the city isn't too large so it's manageable. Glad you had a nice visit!

  32. You're in a wonderful spot!! I haven't been in the Fairmont for a while and hadn't seen the lobby make-over! Pretty snazzy and what a view from your room! Have fun!!


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