Your BlogHer PRO Mini Conference Guide
The BlogHer Events Team is excited to welcome you to our very first BlogHer PRO in just a few weeks! I’m particularly excited about the location for this event, because it’s not only in my hometown, but my neighborhood -- the beautiful and historic Nob Hill. Here are some tips and information to help you get here, and enjoy your time at the conference.
How to get to the Fairmont San Francisco
The Fairmont is located at 950 Mason Street. Taxis, while the most direct form of transportation from the airport, can be pretty expensive, but there are several shuttle services, from both SFO and OAK, as well as public transportation, to get you to the hotel.
Driving? Where to park.
Street parking in Nob Hill is limited to 2 hours Mon-Sat for non-residents, and is strictly enforced. There are four large parking garages within a block of the hotel, and several more past that. The Grace Cathedral Garage is the least expensive, but is also the smallest and fills up fast. For rates and other nearby parking options, check out Parkopedia.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the questions we get asked most often with any event. Did we miss something? Ask us in the comments!
How do I pick up my badge?
Your badge will be pre-printed and ready for you at Registration, located in the Gold Room on the Lobby Level of the Fairmont. Registration will open at 7am on December 13th, and remain open throughout the rest of the day. You will need your badge to access all the sessions and meals, as well as the reception.
What should I bring? What should I wear?
Wear what makes you feel most comfortable and confident. BlogHer apparel runs the gamut, so you can't go wrong! It will be cool here in San Francisco, so layers are always a good idea. And a scarf or sweater for air-conditioned conference rooms will come in handy.
Don't forget to bring your laptop, notebook, iPad, or favorite device to take notes! There will be tons of great info that you'll want to jot down. We'll also have plenty of places to plug in, so keep your power cord handy.
Will there be food?
Yes, we will be serving breakfast and lunch, as well as beverage breaks throughout the day. And as with all BlogHer events, there will be vegan and gluten-free options. We'll also have appetizers at our reception.
Recommendations from a local.
Did you know that Nob Hill got its name because that’s where all the society folk went to hob-nob? And that the term “hob-nob” came from the canes that fancy gentlemen used to carry that had decorative nobs on top? (I was told this story by a cab driver, so I can’t vouch for whether it’s actually true, but I think it’s pretty great, so let’s pretend it is.)
BlogHer PRO is only a one day event, but I hope you'll still be able to take some time to explore this beautiful part of San Francisco. There are hundreds and thousands of books and blogs about this fair city, so I won’t expound too much here. Here are my recommendations of what to check out within a 2-block radius of the hotel.
The Fairmont anchors a 2x1 block area that has some of the most historical buildings in the city: The Mark Hopkins Hotel, the Flood Mansion, the Huntington Hotel, and Grace Cathedral. Being my ‘hood, I’m a PRO when it comes to this area (see what I did there?). I walk my dog every day in Huntington Park, and it’s a great spot to sit and have a coffee and people watch. Grace Cathedral is always open to the public, and the doors are exact copies of Bernini’s bronze doors from the Baptistry at the Duomo in Florence, Italy. The Flood Mansion was the only building to survive the famous fires in 1906. It’s currently the home of the Pacific Union Club, a private men’s club, known for its exclusivity and extremely successful members. Being a non-member and woman, I’ve unfortunately never been able to see the inside, but I love eyeing the people coming and going. Craving an iconic San Francisco experience? The Fairmont sits at the intersection of 3 cable car lines, which will take you Downtown, to Fisherman’s Wharf, or Ghirardelli Square.
Want to grab a drink? My 3 favorite bars in the neighborhood are in the 3 hotels that I mentioned above. Walking into The Big Four, in the Huntington Hotel, feels like you’re walking into something out of Downton Abbey. Dark wood paneling, oil portraits of men with hunting dogs, you can’t help but feel sophisticated; and I’m always compelled to order something to match the scenery, like a well-aged Scotch. Want to step into a different era? Try the Tonga Room at the Fairmont, which was built during tiki’s cultural peak of the 40’s and 50’s. It looks like something out of a movie, which makes sense, since it was design by MGM’s set director at the time. For something more modern, with the best views in the city, you’ll want to go to Top of the Mark, at the Mark Hopkins Hotel. I always take out-of-town visitors here for martinis, so I can show off my beautiful city.
Some people may think New York is the restaurant capitol of the country, but those people would be wrong. It’s San Francisco. I won’t go into all the amazing restaurants in the city, because there are hundreds, so I’ll stick to my 2-block radius. The 3 bars above all serve food, so if you want to combine your cocktails with cuisine, those are good options. Neighborhood favorite and icon Nob Hill Café may not wow with haute cuisine, but it’s good Italian comfort food, at very reasonable prices. I recommend whatever they have as the day’s special, or the Penne Bettola. The same group also owns Venticello, a slightly more upscale outpost, just one block further down the street. If you do want to be wowed with haute cuisine, Michelin-starred Sons and Daughters is fantastic, but there are only 22 seats in the restaurant, so you’ll need a reservation, and plenty of time, as they serve a choice of 2, 8-course tasting menus. Masa’sand Keiko à Nob Hill are also both Michelin-starred and close by.
So will you be joining us for BlogHer PRO? There’s still time to grab a ticket and meet us in San Francisco!
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