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Q&A JOEL COSTA, CMP [ DANIELLE RESTAINO, CMP SENIOR MEETING PARTNER GENENTECH What is your most memorable "only in San Francisco" experience? artistic communities and offer great shopping and exploring. JOEL: Valencia Street or Hayes Valley. If you had friends or family coming to visit for the first time, what's the one not-to-be-missed thing you'd want them to experience? DANIELLE: A San Francisco Giants game at AT&T Park, of course! Also, walking across Golden Gate Bridge is a must, and you can turn it into a different experience by renting a bicycle to ride across the bridge then down to the town of Sausalito, then after a bit of shopping and dining, take the ferry back to the city. JOEL: The Ferry Building and Embarcadero. Where's the best off-the-beatenpath shopping destination to find local artisans and unique gifts? DANIELLE: Fourth Street and Solano Avenue in Berkeley. Valencia Street and Hayes Valley in San Francisco. Capitola, Carmel and Sausalito are known as ] "My favorite place to recharge is Monterey/Carmel - gorgeous coastlines, history, dining, shopping and spending time at Big Sur." - Danielle Restaino DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING THE RITZ-CARLTON, HALF MOON BAY DANIELLE: Riding cable cars! I love bringing visitors on the lines that go up over Nob Hill ... an E ticket ride for sure! Also fun is heading down Lombard Street - walking down is a good option as traffic backs up for those interested in driving the winding road. If you want to explore places where the Summer of Love never ended, check out Haight Ashbury, a celebrated San Francisco neighborhood! JOEL: Beach Blanket Babylon and dinner out in North Beach. Tony's Pizza! POV What's your favorite Northern California weekend getaway? DANIELLE: My favorite place to recharge is Monterey/Carmel - gorgeous coastlines, history, dining, shopping and spending time at Big Sur. Following the grapes is another great way to see the Bay Area - and the cool thing is there are wineries in every direction you go! JOEL: Napa or Sonoma. Where would you go to get the best views of the Bay? DANIELLE: The top of Angel Island! Pack a picnic, take the ferry and hike to the top. It's breathtaking! Areas in the Presidio also have amazing vantage points of San Francisco and the Bay. Both the Lyon Street steps and the Filbert Street steps are well worth the hike for the views. Top of Twin Peaks or the lesser known neighbor Mount Davidson also provide incomparable vantages.  JOEL: The Golden Gate Bridge or Sausalito to look back over the city. What are some of your favorite outdoor activities to do in the Bay Area and where? DANIELLE: Spending time along the coast in Half Moon Bay/San Mateo, as well as Sonoma County beaches provide a true Northern California coastal experience. Lighthouses, beach "The Santa Cruz Mountain wineries have great views and a family feel, or there's Bolinas." - Joel Costa combing and great surf for those who want to don a wetsuit. Hiking Land's End trails near Ocean Beach in San Francisco brings you to the edge of the west coast. Point Reyes Station in Marin is a special place; fantastic hiking and camping with gorgeous seashore and inland views, with the opportunity to hike through a Tule Elk reserve. JOEL: Walk across the Golden Gate. Where would you go for the most incredible culinary experience in the Bay Area? DANIELLE: So many possibilities, from splurge-worthy dining experiences Gary Danko, Saison and Quince to exquisite meals at Lakehouse Restaurant at Calistoga Ranch, Chez Panisse Cafe, Bistro Jeanty and Passionfish in Pacific Grove. JOEL: French Laundry or Chez Panisse. What's Northern California's best kept secret? DANIELLE: Small-town charm. Along the way to our more well-known towns, pull off the freeway and see what you find. I still find great new-to-me gems I may have passed by for years. Coastal towns such as Pescadero and Bodega/Occidental have great communities, arts and dining.  JOEL: The Santa Cruz Mountain wineries have great views and a family feel, or there's Bolinas. It's a great little coastal town where the locals remove the exit sign off the highway to keep people from finding it! ● P E R S P E C T I V E | summer 2015 | 19

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MPI Perspective - Summer 2014

Editor’s Note
Take 5
President’s Message
Our Favorite Things About Northern California
5 Strategies to Create Cool Content for Social Media
MPINCCS’s Annual Gala & Silent Auction
Emerging Professionals Committee: Engaging Future Leaders!
IMEX America: A Short Flight to the Wide World of Meetings
Destination: Los Angeles
Index to Advertisers /

MPI Perspective - Summer 2014