MPI Perspective - Summer 2014 - (Page 19)
JOEL COSTA, CMP
DANIELLE RESTAINO, CMP
SENIOR MEETING PARTNER
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
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
JOEL: Beach Blanket Babylon and
dinner out in North Beach. Tony's Pizza!
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
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
JOEL: French Laundry or Chez Panisse.
What's Northern California's best
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! ●
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