Welcome to San Diego As the new director of convention and meetings for ASHA, learning that the first Convention under my direction is in San Diego, in November, provoked mixed reactions. What a tough job to convince ASHA members that San Diego in November is where you want to be...the sun, warm weather, the ... ASHA Convention Coverage
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ASHA Convention Coverage  |   September 01, 2011
Welcome to San Diego
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  • Ellen Shorthill, director of convention and meetings, can be reached at eshortill@asha.org.
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ASHA Convention Coverage   |   September 01, 2011
Welcome to San Diego
The ASHA Leader, September 2011, Vol. 16, 36. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC5.16092011.36
The ASHA Leader, September 2011, Vol. 16, 36. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC5.16092011.36
As the new director of convention and meetings for ASHA, learning that the first Convention under my direction is in San Diego, in November, provoked mixed reactions. What a tough job to convince ASHA members that San Diego in November is where you want to be...the sun, warm weather, the beaches, and the general rejection of all things winter sure do make it a hard sell! Of course, our exciting program, state-of-the-art meeting facilities, and a long list of changes and improvements to the meeting experience might help you realize there is nowhere else that you want to be. I just have to convince you to stay inside and attend the many exceptional sessions and special events planned for you!
Just in case you need a little icing on the cake—or enjoy random trivia—I have some additional information for your consideration and planning.
About San Diego
San Diego is California’s second largest city and the country’s eighth-largest. San Diego boasts a population of nearly 1.3 million residents in neighborhoods such as downtown’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, Coronado, La Jolla, Del Mar, Carlsbad, Escondido, La Mesa, Hillcrest, Barrio Logan, and Chula Vista, to name just a few. The city is known for its idyllic climate, 70 miles of pristine beaches, 92 golf courses, and dazzling array of world-class family attractions. It averages 247 sunny days and 117 partly cloudy days a year. The average annual precipitation is less than 12 inches, and the average temperature in November is 70 degrees.
Attractions
You’ve probably already heard about some of the best San Diego attractions—world-famous San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Sea World San Diego, and LEGOLAND California. But did you know many local San Diego establishments offer educational tours that mix fun and learning at the same time? Perfect for field trips, family outings, or a random jaunt, these tours are a perfect way to experience the diverse businesses and museums that make San Diego so welcoming. Check out the Bates Nut Farm, the Firehouse Museum, Chinese Historical Society, the Monarch Program Butterfly Vivarium, or the Salk Institute. Take some time to visit the San Diego Convention and Visitors website to see what is happening around our Convention dates.
Restaurants
San Diego’s arts, culture, and culinary arts are booming. I’m a foodie, and a visit to San Diego is always a treat. After a long day and several miles of walking within the convention center, I can easily rationalize visiting fantastic new restaurants. The hottest new culinary arts talents prepare award-winning meals throughout the region’s 6,400 restaurants. With hundreds of restaurants and every type of cuisine imaginable, San Diego offers something for all tastes and price ranges (including plenty of lower-cost options that won’t provoke a lengthy discussion about receipts with the accounting department back home). From modest take-out establishments to four-star dining rooms, you’ll find great food at every turn. I use www.yelp.com and www.sandiegorestaurants.com to read reviews and check out menus and prices in advance.
I’m particularly excited to share with you the news that the San Diego Bay Food and Wine Festival is sharing the city with us Nov. 16–20. You can wander to the Embarcadero from the convention center and treat yourself to the best lunch in town.
I look forward to seeing you in San Diego!
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