Oncology Nursing Society 2010: At-a-Glance

San Diego, CA, is an ideal location to have an oncology conference.

With approximately 1 million people living in the city limits and an average daily temperature of 70°F, San Diego, CA is an ideal location to have an oncology conference. Not only will you gain further knowledge about the medical specialty, but there are so many fun activities, nice restaurants, shopping, and the beach. Because there is so much to do, please visit these resources to find things that we may have missed or were unable to include: www.sandiego.org and www.sandiego.gov.

On the Waterfront

Located across the street from the San Diego Convention Center, the Seaport Village offers a great place to relax in between lectures, poster presentations, and exhibits held throughout the day. Here, you will find 50 shops, a number of sit-down and on-the-go restaurants, and artistic performances by bands, dancers, and magicians.

www.seaportvillage.com

The Flower Fields

For the green thumbs out there, visit the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch to view more than 50 acres of giant tecolote ranunculus, roses, and Ecke poinsettias on foot or by tractor. During the conference, two fun events will be happening here, Bluegrass Day on April 12 from 11:00AM-4:00PM and an Arts and Crafts Fair on April 12 and 13 from 9:00AM-6:00PM. Visit www.theflowerfields.com to learn more.

More than a park

As one of the more popular places to visit in San Diego, Balboa Park (www.balboapark.com) is the home to many museums, gardens, artistic performances, and restaurants, including the world famous San Diego Zoo (www.sandiegozoo.org). The Zoo is comprised of 100 acres and is home to more than “4,000 rare and endangered animals representing more than 800 species and subspecies” in addition to more than “700,000 exotic plants.” This is one place you don’t want to miss!

Top 10 Restaurants

1. Donovan’s Steak & Chop House

2. Parallel 33

3. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

4. Rama

5. Sushi Ota

6. George’s at the Cove

7. WineSellar & Brasserie

8. Oceanaire Seafood Room

9. Bertrand at Mr. A’s

10. Marine Room

www.10best.com/San_Diego/Restaurants

Gaslamp Quarter Nightlife

For a night out on the town, the Gaslamp Quarter (www.gaslamp.org) may be your best bet to have a good time. In addition to the many restaurants and bars, it is guaranteed that you will find live entertainment somewhere such as Croce’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar (www.croces.com) and Dublin Square Irish Pub (www.dublinsquareirishpub.com). Piano lovers should check out the Shout! House (www.theshouthouse.com), a dueling piano bar.

Wine Tasting

While Napa Valley is more widely known as being wine country, San Diego County can hold its own with a number of local wineries (www.playsandiego.com/visitors_guide/wineries). Here is a short list of some of the more notable wineries to visit:

1. Bernardo Winery (www.bernardowinery.com)

2. Falkner Winery (www.falknerwinery.com)

3. Fallbrook Winery (www.fallbrookwinery.com)

4. Orfila Vineyards (www.orfila.com)

5. San Diego Wine & Culinary Center (www.sdwineculinary.com)

Don’t forget your passport!

If you are daring enough, head south of the boarder to Tijuana, Mexico, barely 15 minutes from San Diego. There you can find cheap food and drinks, shopping, and even hotels should you choose to stay in Mexico during the conference.

www.tijuana.com