Planning to come to San Francisco for the 2015 ACOG Annual Meeting May 2-6? We hope so! When you do, you’ll discover the exciting changes to the Annual Meeting and discover the vibrant city of San Francisco, filled with adventure for members — and their families and friends.
No matter who you are, there is something for you to enjoy in San Francisco. After making your way to the Annual Meeting, why not stop and enjoy life in the city? When making your travel plans, be sure to visit the San Francisco Family & Fun page of the Annual Meeting section on acog.org, and consider signing up for one of the ACOG Guest/Spouse tours. Got kids? Don’t forget Camp ACOG. With so much to offer, San Francisco is sure to impress and inspire you to come back for more!
To whet your appetite, we’ve consulted with the ultimate San Francisco insiders: ACOG leadership in the Bay area.
If you are a nature aficionado, there are numerous opportunities to satiate your inner flower child. District IX Chair John Wachtel, MD, FACOG, is enthusiastic about “Twin Peaks hike for spectacular views of the city, Fort Point for some spectacular views of the bay, Marina Green for typical San Franciscan activity, and The Presidio for beautiful undeveloped areas of the city (and some new awesome restaurants).”
Jeanne A. Conry, MD, PhD, FACOG, immediate past president of ACOG, said, “I love the California Academy of Sciences, with its aquarium, planetarium and natural history museum under one roof!”
How to see the Golden Gate Bridge
“Everyone needs a visit to Golden Gate Park,” Dr. Conry said. “Nothing beats it for running, birdwatching, hiking and visiting museums, gardens, and the Japanese Tea Garden.” Dr. Wachtel recommends the De Young museum in Golden Gate Park in particular.
“If it is not foggy, running, walking or biking over it is really a must,” says Dr. Conry. Feeling adventurous? Her suggestion (or is it a challenge?): “Hike across the Golden Gate Bridge to Mount Tamalpais in Marin County.”
A city serious about brunch
One of the perks of visiting such a bustling, vivacious city is being able to appreciate the smaller, more intimate experiences, like brunch. Dr. Conry warns visitors, though, that brunch in San Francisco is no joke!
Several noteworthy places to get a bite in San Francisco, while enjoying a wonderful view, are the “Waterbar and Epic Roasthouse; the venue for this year’s Welcome Reception,” she says. “The Cliff House is also great, and for brunch, try out Brixton, Mama’s on Washington Square, and Starbelly. You’ll find bottomless Mimosas at Sweet Maple and the best Bloody Marys at Park Tavern.”
Maybe you want to walk around, do a little shopping, and just take in the San Francisco lifestyle?
“Take a Ferry to Angel Island for gorgeous views of San Francisco or try Alcatraz Island tours (but buy tickets early if going solo!). The Ferry Building on the Embarcadero is a blast: Great shops, great food, and a great walk to get there. Take advantage of views of the bay, watch sailing on the waterfront, and enjoy great seafood at Hog Island Oyster Company. Do not miss out on the cable cars: take them to Fisherman’s wharf, enjoy the seafood and get some Ghirardelli Chocolate. There are great sundaes and chocolate candies to be had there!”
Fun with kids and dogs
Got kids? Bring ’em! Dr. Wachtel recommends checking out “the Exploratorium and the San Francisco Zoo,” and seeking out “the variety of free tours available all around the city.” Bringing a furry friend? “Fort Funston is a great dog park.”
Some romantic evening
If you are traveling solo, are a romantic at heart, or simply want to experience the fullness of San Francisco’s evening beauty, you haven’t been forgotten. “The San Francisco Bay Bridge is a real draw for anyone walking along the waterfront, or anyone who can enjoy the new lighting at night,” Dr. Conry said. “Think about taking a Ferry over to Sausalito and going to Murray’s Circle restaurant at the old Fort Baker. It is truly a fine dining experience for dinner.”