Social program features the City by the Bay

By: Annie Hayashi

By Annie Hayashi

San Francisco is a city of great beauty, with a temperate climate and tremendous cultural diversity. This year’s social program, which is only available to family members of AAOS Annual Meeting attendees, takes advantage of the best this city has to offer. On-site registration is available today through Saturday.

See the sights
Interested in historical landmarks, architectural wonders, or tours of the city?

“Highlights by the Bay” is a narrated motor coach city tour that travels through well-known parts of the city as well as some newer destinations.

“Dynasty of the Past” features the red brick mansion from the long-running television series “Dynasty.” This Georgian-style country estate, with its original furnishings, was built by the gold baron William Bourn. Enjoy the 36,000 square feet mansion, with its 43 rooms and 16 acres of gardens.

Take a short trip to San Jose for a guided “Winchester Mystery Tour.” This house is an architectural wonder with many strange and unexplained phenomena; doors open to blank walls, staircases lead to nowhere, and windows are built into the floor.

Start the day with a 60-minute “Morning Walk” led by a local professional guide. Learn about historical sites and experience the city.

Outdoor adventures
Spring blooms are at their best in March, so consider exploring the sights on foot.

Start the day with a 60-minute “Morning Walk” led by a local professional guide. Learn about historical sites and experience the Embarcadero, Union Square, and China Town.

“Walking on Water” is an invigorating walk over one of the world’s architectural and engineering wonders—the Golden Gate Bridge.

Take in the natural beauty of “Muir Woods—Sausalito,” with a walking tour to view 750-year-old giant Sequoia trees. Then visit Sausalito—San Francisco’s “Riviera”—to enjoy the art galleries, shops, or “lunch on your own.”

Wine Country Excursions
Increase your knowledge and enjoyment of wine as you “Journey through the Vines”—a tour and taste of some of Sonoma Valley’s finest wineries.

Enjoy a private tour and tasting at two of Napa’s renowned wineries when you register for “Taste of

the Napa Grape.” See how grapes are fermented into various wines from red and white to blush and champagne.

“Viansa Winery—Wine and Cheese Pairing” will introduce you to the art of pairing wines and cheeses. You’ll have time to shop for specialty items in Viansa’s famous Italian Marketplace.

Culturally Yours
“The Art of Glass” is an exclusive tour of a preeminent Bay-area glass artist’s studio. Randy Strong and his staff will explain the fine art of glass blowing and demonstrate the actual process in the “Hot Shop” where the pieces are crafted. Plan to pick up a souvenir following the demonstration.

The “Japanese Tea Garden,” in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, is a “wet walking garden” with its pavilions and tea house. You will visit the Conservatory of Flowers, a museum that is home to many rare and endangered tropical plants, including the giant Imperial Philodendron—now more than 100 years old.

A guided tour of San Francisco’s “Museum of Modern Art” is also being offered. This museum has many fine collections, including Matisse, Picasso, and Chagall, and is home to regional artists as well.

Interested in learning about effective investment strategies, retirement planning and distribution strategies, real estate investment, or estate planning strategies? Concerned about identity theft or protecting your assets? Sign up for one of the many seminars offered on these and other topics.

On-Site Registration
For a complete listing of dates, times, and/or costs, visit the on-site registration area located at the Moscone Center West, level 2.