Posted by: Pip | June 5, 2015

Pip’s Summer Grooves

My humans have been busily finishing up spring cleaning in preparation for the busy summer.  They have been turning mattresses as if they are dancing with them; cleaning windows and window sills (now I can really see myself!); just making everything nice and clean.


Pip inspecting cleaning supplies…


First timers might not realize it while experiencing our overcast, chilly conditions in May, but yes people, it really is summer time in San Francisco!  You know Mark Twain is quoted as saying, “the coldest winter I ever spent, was a summer in San Francisco.”  Ha!  He obviously didn’t have his own coat of fur.  While guests stand around confused wondering why they need coats during summer time, I especially love having longer days to curl up under a warm lamp.  When you are staying with us, come join me!  You can enjoy a hot cup of tea in the afternoon and I’ll enjoy having a warm body to cuddle up against.


This picture we took for the Red Chair Project last year was taken in August…

I get to hear lots of people’s plans in between naps.  Most like to begin in one of 4 ways: hop on a cable car, walk up a hill, eat, or go shopping!

Looking uphill, the cable car seems to climb halfway to the stars!  No exaggeration!  If it’s your first time in San Francisco, don’t leave without taking a ride!  Each of the cable car lines offers spectacular views of one of the city’s celebrated hills.

On the other hand, these hills were made for walking!  San Francisco is one of the most walkable cities in the U.S.  Going uphill from us will bring you to the peak of Nob Hill and Grace Cathedral while going downhill will bring you to Union Square.  Within a few blocks you can go from Union Square to Chinatown or even a few minutes further will bring you into North Beach, aka Little Italy.  Italiano! Italiano!

Food!  San Francisco has more restaurants per capita than any other major city in the U.S.  Local chefs excel at combining the best of local ingredients with authentic international flavors.  Freshly cut sashimi or homestyle carbonara anyone?  San Francisco is also known for its Fusion restaurants, blending old with new or even different cultures!  Say hello to Korean kimchi burritos, Hawaiian chicken n waffles, or fancy-meets-street: escargot-on-a-stick!

To many humans, San Francisco is the home to internet and mobile innovation.  Did someone say Instagram photo op?  But it isn’t just food and tech!  The city is also the home of innovation in retail.  If you’re looking for truly local gift shopping, here are a few brands that call San Francisco home:


The original San Francisco innovation wasn’t Apple, Yahoo!, or Facebook.  It was blue jeans.  When Levi Strauss co-invented the blue jean in 1873, he didn’t know that he was creating a global brand that would become known for self-expression and classic American cool.


What if finding the perfect pair of jeans was easy?  In 1969, on Ocean Boulevard in San Francisco, Don and Doris Fisher set out to solve just that problem and created the Gap.  In that quest, Gap has expanded into six brands – Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, Athleta, and INTERMIX – with the first 3 having flagship locations near Union Square.


Timbuk2 is a San Francisco original bag company that was founded by Rick Honeycutt, a bike messenger, in 1989.  The bags have continuously been manufactured in the Mission District ever since.

Richshaw Bagworks

Another bag-based company in San Francisco, Richshaw Bagworks, is inspired by the creative energy of the city, urban cycling, and an intense desire to make great products.  With access to art, theater, music, and restaurants, there’s an energy that pulses through the community.  They design bags for people who thrive on the urban experience and celebrate the creative spirit.


Other Paw-sitive news

The Golden Gate Hotel is joining forces with’s Global Soap Project.  The Global Soap Project works with partners around the world to provide access to soap in a sustainable manner to enhance long-term and comprehensive local water, sanitation, and hygiene programs.  The recipients they target include maternal health programs, schools, community health providers, and nutrition programs.  We collect all the used soaps after a gust’s stay and send them away to be recycled into new bars of soap!  (I personally like the round disk soaps as they have my logo on it.)

Okay people, it’s time for me to go inspect a newly checked-in guest’s room (ie: take a nap).  Come spend a weekend (or a week!) with us and let my people graciously host you at the Golden Gate Hotel.

Four paws into adventure,


Sleepy one paw into adventure!

Sleepy one paw into adventure!



  1. The only commercial emails I like getting are Pip’s.

  2. Hi Pip!
    We miss you and your humans.Do ever travel ? We would love a visit up here in Oregon from our SF friends.
    Keep up your hard work; we know hospitality is not easy!

  3. Pip you are the best receptionist ever. Keep the others on their toes to the very high standard of hospitality you supervise. We are in Scotland and not certain if we will make it back to the States but will certainly visit you if we do. Keep up the good work!!

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