David R. Meldrum, MD
Our 2016 through 2018 University of California Comprehensive Postgraduate courses on IVF/ET on Coronado Island have been a spectacular success, and I am sure this year will be as well!
Our current venue, The Del Coronado, is scheduled for a major remodel for the next two years. Fortunately, our second pick when we moved from the Santa Barbara Four Seasons to Coronado Island in 2016, the Coronado Island Marriott, recently finished a complete head to toe remodel and is an extremely competitive choice for future meetings. We have committed to 2020 and 2021 during the Del remodel and after our 2020 meeting we will decide whether to stay there or move back to the Del. We are reverting to our 29-year custom of starting on Sunday afternoon with the lab mini-symposium on Tuesday afternoon and adjourning at noon on Wednesday, a schedule that was difficult at The Del because of their Crown Room Sunday brunch.
Save the dates for our 33rd course in 2020! July 19-22, 2020
The dates for our 34th course in 2021 are July 18-21
At the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa
The Coronado Marriott is close to where the bridge meets the island, looking over the water to the San Diego skyline. The flamingoes’ home is the pool in front of the entrance once they can be persuaded to return there after the renovation.
The Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa offers an idyllic retreat. With views of the San Diego skyline and Coronado Bridge (below), the hotel is ideally situated to provide easy access to Coronado Beach and San Diego attractions, including the Gaslamp District, SeaWorld, the famous San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park. The drive from San Diego International is just 10 minutes. Guests can recharge in spacious, redesigned rooms, enjoying plush bedding, oversized bathtubs, sofa beds, large desks, Wi-Fi and balconies. The resort has three pools (one a dedicated lap pool), pickleball courts, a newly renovated wellness center and a day spa, as well as a delicious on-site dining option with a spectacular view over the water of the San Diego Skyline (below). Most rooms have either a skyline or bridge view (below). Some have a very pleasant garden view.
One of the very attractive aspects of the Coronado Marriott is the quiet venue, in sharp contrast to the Del, which allowed tourists to stream through because of its historic character. We will fill the Marriott, so virtually everyone who an attendee, speaker, or exhibitor sees will be attending the meeting. The majority are from outside of the US, so introduce yourself and see what you can learn about IVF in Nepal, Sydney, Buenos Aires or Cape Town!
The north lawn
The North lawn has beautiful views of the San Diego Skyline (above) and the Coronado bridge and will be the location of our welcome cocktail. The resort has 3 pools, one being a dedicated lap pool (below), and its own dock where you can rent wave runners or take a ride in a sea plane. The skyline at night is spectacular!
The spacious and modern conference room has two large screens with a state-of-the-art audio/visual system and broad band WiFi. It opens into a large foyer with quick access to exhibitors and a skyline view across the water. It even has capacity for future growth.
The south lawn
Our lunches will be on the south lawn with a view of the bridge. Beyond the bridge is a naval shipyard. Naval vessels large and small can be seen passing the resort to the shipyard or on training exercises. There are Naval helicopters passing overhead on occasion; enough for interest but not overly noisy and intrusive like the Del, where the approach course for landing passed right offshore. The sunrise can be spectacular.
The resort emphasizes wellness, with ample opportunities for exercise, with a large gym, and yoga, tennis and pickleball, (below) bikes, basketball, and a lap pool.
A children’s playground and grassy field are just a short walk along the water to the south.
There is a large restaurant on site, extending indoor and outdoor.
Menus emphasize healthy options.
For more dining options and shopping, it is a short walk to a small village along the water to the North, where one will find several places to eat that are reasonably priced (below an lL Fornaio, a pizzeria, El Roy’s Mexican, Spiro’s Greek Café, and a variety of burger, sushi, deli and ice-cream shops). Our Favorite is Peohe’s, which has a deck with a spectacular skyline view (peohes.com). If you can’t find what you like there, maybe it doesn’t existJ. And for beer lovers, nearby is the well-known Coronado Brewing Company.
Walk north along the water
Il Fornaio (Italian)
El Roy’s (Mexican)
Peohe’s (A Charthouse restaurant)
Nearby Coronado Brewing Company (beer and light food)
Most of you are probably aware of what a great city San Diego is for weather and activities. In late July there is very little fog. The island is close to Old Town across the bay and to the world famous SeaWorld and San Diego Zoo, and within a reasonable drive to Safari Park, LEGOLAND and Disneyland. The other attractions are too numerous to list and make it a place to enjoy year after year for individuals or families ( ).
We are sure with all of the attractions San Diego has to offer, many attendees will make it a family vacation. Fortunately, the Marriott is extending the conference rate for 3 days before and after as available, so you can enjoy world-famous Sea World and the San Diego Zoo. Even Safari Park, LEGOLAND and Disneyland are close enough to go back and forth.
More things to do:
The conference fee includes 2 hours of bike rental. There is a bike path that goes for a long distance south along the water, under the bridge, past the Coronado golf course (the green fees are reasonable), past the marina, to The Del, where you can continue north all the way to the Naval Base, or turn south past the Navy Seal training base and for a long way along the ocean, or you can stop to enjoy the beach.
You can take a frequent ferry boat across to the mainland (the dock is in front of the village). Once on the mainland you can walk east to old town or north to tour an aircraft carrier. There are many options for a meal or snack along the water either north or south from the ferry dock.
And there is a spa for those who want to relax and be pampered!
Join us in 2020 and for many years to come!
Dave Meldrum, Course Director