Hold Onto Your Heart

Burke Nicholson

August 2005

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AWCI’s Industry Executives’ Conference & Committee Week will be in San Francisco Sept. 27–Oct. 1, 2005. The AWCI has some great things planned, including education seminars (the subjects of the two education seminars are "The 2020 Leader,” which will help you learn now what it will take to survive and thrive by the year 2020, and "Financial Trends in the Construction Industry,” which will provide you with the tools you need to help your business run more profitably) and activities that will easily fill your time. Visit www.awci.org for more details.

But beyond the conference, this city offers exciting tours and attractions that will make your stay worthwhile. I hope you’ll spend a week, or more, to enjoy this incredible city and the surrounding area. Weather-wise, it’s the best time of the year to visit San Francisco, but the weather is fickle, so bring a sweater and coat.

There is a self-directed tour available (upon written request) by long-time resident Sharon Daniels, who is married to Tom (of Tom Daniels Taping). If you have the time, a visit to the wine valleys of Napa and Livermore—a couple of hours’ drive from the city—is a must. Marin County, which has Muir Woods and lovely Sausalito is just across the Golden Gate. You can tour the bay by boat, helicopter or seaplane. Then there is Carmel and Monterey featuring a world famous aquarium, and the famous 17 Mile Drive. Or take the breathtaking Highway 1 laced with dramatic ocean vistas. The waterfalls at Yosemite, meanwhile, are at an all-time high.

Also worth consideration are Lucas Films’ new studios at the Presidio, with picturesque views of the headlands. Drive or walk Lombard Street, the windiest street in the world, or enjoy world-class golf courses, professional baseball, football, great nightlife and taste the world at some of the many ethnic restaurants the city offers. If you have the time, drive to Sacramento and visit old town and Sutter’s Fort, named after the man who discovered gold in California. You might even see the Governator—that’s not a typo, that is what we call him.

For three days the AWCI has plans for you, but I hope you will spend more time here in San Francisco and Northern California—just don’t call it Frisco. I promise the time you spend will be a memorable, and maybe you too, will leave your heart in San Francisco.