Bridgit's guide to surviving ENR FutureTech
ENR FutureTech is the construction industry’s leading technology forum for business and IT leaders. Interactive sessions combined with intimate networking opportunities will allow attendees to glean the latest industry knowledge in a meaningful, applicable way.
This year, the conference is being hosted at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, right on the waterfront. There’s lots to do in the city, and that’s especially tempting when so many attractions are walkable from the hotel venue. Here are a few of our ideas on how to optimize your time in the Bay Area:
While at the conference:
Since a lot of the sessions will be interactive, it’s a good opportunity to unplug and take notes by hand. This way, you take in more information, especially if you’re the kind of person that likes to attend as many sessions as possible.
Places to go near the Hyatt Regency San Francisco:
San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park
San Francisco Railway Museum
Sculpture Tour of Embarcadero Center
Popular food and drink spots:
Embarcadero Center Dining
Ferry Building Marketplace
Ghirardelli Square (the chocolate hotspot)
Nick’s Crispy Tacos
Pepper Palace (one of our Head of Marketing’s favourite spots)
Pier 39 (the seafood lover’s dream)
Philz Coffee (found in San Francisco only)!
Sweet Maple (home to world-famous Million Dollar Bacon)
See more suggestions on the Hyatt Regency San Francisco website.
Other things to do in San Francisco:
Alcatraz: Formerly home to some of the most infamous criminals, like Al Capone, Alcatraz is an architectural wonder on an island. Take the self-guided audio tour and learn about all of the wild things that went on. If you’re lucky enough to go on the last sunset boat, they might even let you tour the kitchen.
Alta Plaza Park: This small, but mighty park features incredible views. Look across at the Painted Ladies, which includes the original Full House house.
The Golden Gate Bridge: This is THE landmark of San Francisco. Rent a bike and ride across to Sausalito (with one of our RXBARs in your bike basket), or just sit in the sands of Crissy Field Beach.
Golden Gate Park: Beautiful gardens, museums, and science centres are found here. There’s something for everyone.
Lombard Street: Known for its spiral pattern, Lombard Street is one of the most famous streets in the world. No matter how you look at it, it will blow your mind.
Mrs. Doubtfire House: This beautiful white house is still home to a family, but also serves as a memorial to the late Robin Williams. Every stone outside, and every leaf on the trees, is covered in notes left in fond memory of him.
Mosto Tequila Bar: Home to renowned cactus tacos and the coolest ceiling in town. Take down one of the Mason jars from the ceiling and leave a little something behind. Everything from coins to bus tickets are found there.
Palace of Fine Arts: A free attraction to check out near the Golden Gate Bridge. If you’re into beautiful terra-cotta architecture, this is a must-see.
San Francisco Bay Trail: Take a walk along the waterfront (or rent a bike) and stop in at different spots; The Exploratorium, Pier 39, and In-N-Out are all on the way
Twin Peaks: Despite its name, this isn’t too high of a hike. You’ll be able to see everything in San Francisco - and then some.
Still thinking about the conference? Check out the ENR FutureTech website. Hope to see you there!