Events & Meetings: An Annual Meeting Insider’s Guide to San Francisco

Are you coming to San Francisco for the 2015 ACOG Annual Meeting, May 2–6? We hope so! You’ll discover exciting changes in the conference as well as the vibrant metropolis of San Francisco, chock-full of adventure for members—and your friends and family. To whet your appetite, we’ve consulted with the ultimate San Francisco insiders: ACOG leadership in the Bay Area.

Nature Moments

If you’re a nature aficionado, the city offers numerous opportunities to satiate your inner flower child. District IX Chair John Wachtel, MD, FACOG, is enthusiastic about the “Twin Peaks hike for spectacular views of the city, Fort Point for spectacular views of the bay, Marina Green for typical San Franciscan activity, and the Presidio for beautiful undeveloped areas (and some new awesome restaurants).” Jeanne A. Conry, MD, PhD, FACOG, immediate past president of ACOG, adds, “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,” says Dr. Conry. “Nothing beats it for running, birdwatching, hiking, and visiting museums, gardens, and the Japanese Tea Garden.” (Dr. Wachtel recommends the De Young Museum in particular.) “If it’s not foggy, running, walking, or biking over the bridge really is 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.”

This City Is Serious About Brunch

One perk of visiting such a bustling, vivacious city is appreciating the smaller, more intimate experiences, like brunch. Dr. Conry warns visitors that brunch in San Francisco is no joke! Several noteworthy places to get a bite 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. For brunch, try Brixton, Mama’s on Washington Square, and Starbelly. You’ll find bottomless mimosas at Sweet Maple and the best bloody mary at Park Tavern.”

Neighborhood Destinations

Maybe you want to walk around, do a little shopping, and just take in the San Francisco lifestyle? “Take a walk around Union and Chestnut Streets for great boutiques and food,” says Dr. Conry. “Take a ferry to Angel Island for gorgeous views of San Francisco, or try an Alcatraz Island tour (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 to enjoy seafood and get some Ghirardelli chocolate. Great sundaes and chocolate candies are to be had there!”

Fun with Kids and Dogs

Have kids? Bring them! Dr. Wachtel recommends checking out the Exploratorium and 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,” says Dr. Wachtel.

Some Romantic Evening

If you’re traveling solo and 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,” says Dr. Conry. “Take a ferry over to Sausalito for dinner at Murray Circle Restaurant at the old Fort Baker. It is truly a fine dining experience.”

No matter who you are, there’s something to enjoy in San Francisco. After making your way to the Annual Meeting, May 2–6, 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 and consider signing up for an ACOG Guest/Spouse Tour. For the kids, check out Camp ACOG. With so much to offer, San Francisco is sure to impress and inspire you to come back for more!

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