Spectacular views and a heroic doctor 

Faves and raves by Peggy Garner

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AGE: 55

YEARS IN THE CITY: 14

NEIGHBORHOOD: Noe Valley

OCCUPATION: Sales account executive at The Hartford

SELF-DESCRIPTION: Saleswoman, outdoor enthusiast, self-professed gadget lover, pinot noir collector, parent to four four-legged animals, and married to the love of her life, Deborah

FAVORITE OPEN SPACE FOR DOGS

Fort Funston

WHERE:
Skyline Blvd., just south of John Muir Drive

WHAT: Coastal headlands and sandy bluffs

INFO: (415) 561-4323 or www.parksconservancy.org/visit/park-sites/fort-funston.html

The best place for dogs to run off leash with abandon, and mine do. They roll in the ice plant and run in the surf. The open air and ocean breezes make me feel a special connection.

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET A MARTINI

Seasons Bar and Lounge

WHERE:
Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market St.

WHAT: A pub, lounge and living room in the same place

INFO: (415) 633-3000 or www.fourseasons.com/­sanfrancisco

They make the best gingertini in town, and the atmosphere is clubby and relaxing. First-class service and environment with the most comfortable chairs I’ve ever sat in. Great place for business discussions or socializing.

FAVORITE HOME TEAM

San Francisco Giants

WHERE:
AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza

WHAT: Best ballpark in the world

INFO: (415) 972-2000 or www.sfgiants.com

For a longtime Cubs fan, this is a big deal. The team is composed not of superstars but of superior athletes and journeymen, which I love. I watched the 2010 World Series championship games from behind home plate.

FAVORITE NEIGHBORHOOD

Noe Valley

WHERE:
24th and Noe streets, plus surrounding neighborhood

WHAT: Centrally-located area with lots to do and see

INFO: noevalleysf.blogspot.com

Noe Valley shopping is walking distance from my home. My favorite grocery store (Whole Foods) and neighborhood restaurant (Bacco) are nearby, plus tons of great retail stores.

FAVORITE PLACE TO SEE THE CITY

Twin Peaks

WHERE:
Twin Peaks Boulevard.

WHAT: Panoramic views of S.F.

INFO: (415) 831-6328 or sfrecpark.org/documents/twin_peaks.pdf

When I initially arrived in S.F., Twin Peaks was the first place I was taken to. I was astonished to see all of The City and the Bay, and I’ve loved returning there ever since. I like that they display the Pink Triangle every June for Pride.

FAVORITE GYM    

The Sports Club/LA

WHERE:
747 Market St., at Grant Avenue

WHAT: Great place to work out

INFO: (415) 633-3900 or www.thesportsclubla.com

Being close to my office makes it convenient, but state-of-the art equipment, top-notch staff and amazing amenities make it special. The facilities are spectacular and clean, and I leave my dirty gym clothes and they show up clean in my locker.

FAVORITE ALL-AROUND RESTAURANT

Boulevard Restaurant

WHERE:
1 Mission St., at The Embarcadero

WHAT:
Classy dining in a beautiful environment

INFO: (415) 543-6084 or www.boulevardrestaurant.com

I love Boulevard because of the consistently good food, the exquisite atmosphere, the friendly and accommodating staff, and John Lancaster, one of the best sommeliers I’ve ever met.

FAVORITE COFFEE SHOP

Starbucks Coffee

WHERE:
Market and Third streets

WHAT: Friendly baristas and great coffee

INFO: (415) 979-9530 or www.starbucks.com

When I walk in I’m greeted by name and I feel like I’m home. The baristas know my order, but more than that, they know my life and I know theirs. We celebrate each other’s successes and commiserate each others’ failures.

FAVORITE DOCTOR

Dr. Eduardo Pena-Dolhun

WHERE:
2100 Webster St., at Clay Street

WHAT: A wonderful doctor who makes house calls

INFO: (415) 923-3090 or www.dolhunclinic.com

Everyone at the Dolhun Clinic is highly trained and exceptional care providers, and I’m very fortunate to have Dr. Pena-Dolhun as my doctor. He is an innovator who developed a rehydration product used in Haiti and other disaster areas, and he is my personal hero.

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