Here at Xactly we're all gearing up for an exciting CompCloud '14 (it's just 11 days away!) and we're counting the minutes until we get to hear Billy Beane, Maria Shriver, and our very own Founder, President & CEO Christopher W. Cabrera speak about motivation and inspiration, and what being inspired really means in both our personal and professional lives. If you're one of the lucky out-of-towners not only coming to CompCloud, but also staying a couple extra days in the City, you have the opportunity to take advantage of some of the many enjoyable activities San Francisco has to offer! Whether you're a foodie, fitness buff, or sightseeing aficianado our list has something for you.
1. Visit different areas of the city:
China Town is host to authentic dim sum, tchotchkes to bring home for the kids, and many cultural events. North Beach (Little Italy), naturally boasts the best Italian food in the city, and the Marina is home to waterfront and Golden Gate Bridge views. If you need a treat after a tasty dinner try the Mission for Bi-Rite Ice Cream, and a stroll through Dolores Park.
2. The Ferry Building farmers market
Check out the iconic building and stock up on organic plums- two birds, one stone. The Ferry Building farmers market runs Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
3. Catch a show
San Francisco has theatre and performance to spare. The San Francisco Symphony can’t be missed, and they have plenty of shows this month. Is something with more cowbell a little more your speed? Sammy Hagar is at the Fillmore May 15th with his show “Acoustic for a Cure.”
4. Work up a sweat
Are you a fitness buff who needs to break a sweat even on vacation? Run or walk the Embarcadero, or Crissy Field to Golden Gate Bridge. Nothing like a scenic view and a coastal breeze to keep you motivated. If you want to try something new, look into Hiking Yoga. Their site promises guided hikes to beautiful vistas ending in some sun salutations and downward facing dog sure to make you “fall in workout love.”
5. Rent bikes
There are few opportunities to coast through life, why not take advantage when they’re offered? At Pier 39 you can rent bikes, ride them into Sausalito for an afternoon of fun, and then leisurely return on the ferry just in time for some seaside dining.
6. Paint the town!
Whether you’re stepping away from the conference to have an intimate, waterfront chat, or letting off steam and partying the night away, Waterbar is a great place to start. With unbeatable views and tasty, award winning cuisine it’s worth your time if you can spare it.
7. Grab good eats for vegans
The Plant is the perfect destination for any vegans, vegetarians, and those who are gluten free. Within walking distance of CompCloud, there’s no reason not to fill up on the restaurant’s fresh, local, and affordable fare.
8. Sushi. Nuff’ said.
Check out Ozumo for beautifully crafted and delicious sushi rolls and specialty cocktails. If you’re in the mood for something unique, try the “Wildflower Cooler,” an amazing blend that boasts ginger habanero mint simple syrup. On a budget? Happy Hour is 4-6 PM.
9. Go shopping
Hi. My name is Jordan, and I’m a shopaholic. If you’re like me and a weekend out of town doesn’t feel quite right without poppin’ a few tags, check out Union Square-I promise you’ll shop til’ you drop. It’s also the perfect location for picking up a new blazer or comfortable flats before the conference.
10. Take in the view
If a picture is worth a thousand words, the panoramic view from the top of locally known “Turtle Hill” is easily worth a dictionary. No use describing this one, just get up there around sunset (5-7pm) to see one of the most iconic sights of the City. And while there are many ways to enter Grand View Park, the true SF way to play is to walk up the 16th street mosaic steps. Find the intersection of 16th and Moraga Street, and take a walk up a beautiful neighborhood-created work of art. If you haven’t registered for CompCloud yet, it’s not too late. If you join us in the city, you'll be able to partake in some of the fun activities above, and enjoy the rare opportunity to interact and get inspired by industry thought leaders. Register now and enjoy an inspiration-filled event!