Valentine’s Day is coming…

 February 2, 2015
Posted by jenn

From fine dining to picnics in the park to sailing the Bay at sunset, San Francisco offers romantic experiences to help couples feel the love this Valentine’s Day.

For those looking to wine and dine:

Cocktails and a View at Top of the Mark
Known for their signature martinis and magnificent views of San Francisco, the Top of the Mark rooftop bar is the perfect place to complement the most romantic evening. Arrive for pre-dinner drinks and experience the sun setting on the San Francisco skyline, or linger for a nightcap with the twinkling lights of the city beckoning.

Urban Wineries
No time to head to wine country? Enjoy a first-class wine tasting experience at one of the many new urban wineries located within San Francisco’s 49 square miles. Bluxome Street Winery offers weekend tours and tastings of 5 wines paired with charcuterie.

Illuminate Your Night
Lovers can gaze upon artist Leo Villareal’s monumental light sculpture known as The Bay Lights, illumining the western span of the Bay Bridge. Dine at Epic Roasthouse, Waterbar or Chaya Brasserie for a five-star dining experience, complete with a beautiful view of this stunning lights installation.

For the arts lovers:

Mozart for Valentine’s Day
Feb. 13–15
Treat yourself and someone special to a romantic Valentine’s date night at the San Francisco Symphony. Snuggle up in a Side Box or Loge seats and sip La Marca Prosecco, chocolate covered strawberries and truffles while enjoying one of three special concerts.

Doodling Around with Mike Dutton
Feb. 14, 3–5 p.m.
Creativity sparks with renowned illustrator Mike Dutton comes to the SFMOMA Artists Gallery at Fort Mason to teach a lesson that promises to stretch your sketching skills and deliver a deeper love of doodles. Bring your loved one, as this lesson works well for pairs.

For the adventure-seekers:

Golden Gate Bridge
Take a romantic stroll on San Francisco’s most famous bridge. Or for the more adventurous couple, rent a bicycle built for two with Blazing Saddles or Bay City Bike. Bike over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco to Sausalito and enjoy a quaint, waterfront lunch. Too tired to bike back? Take the ferry from Sausalito to San Francisco.

Sail the Bay with Your Sweetheart

For a romantic evening out on the water, San Francisco Bay offers a variety of Valentine’s Day cruises.

Hornblower’s Valentine’s Dinner Cruise
Feb. 13 and 14
Love is on the water this Valentine’s Day. Set sail for a special Hornblower Valentine’s dinner cruise and feast on a delicious buffet dinner while sipping your choice of wine and beer. You and your sweetheart can dance the night away to the DJ entertainment or step outside to enjoy the best views of the breathtaking San Francisco city skyline. Delight in the entire experience of this romantic dinner excursion for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day.

Hornblower’s Cupid’s Champagne Brunch Cruise
Feb. 14 and 15
Spend your afternoon on Hornblower’s Cupid’s Valentine’s Day Champagne Brunch cruise and enjoy an elaborate buffet featuring a wide selection of brunch favorites. Sip free-flowing bubbly and bottomless mimosas. Relax to the romantic styling of the live entertainment on board, or step onto the outer deck for the breathtaking sights of the San Francisco Skyline.

Valentines Bay Lights Sail
Feb. 14 – Departs from Sausalito
Board the schooner Freda B for a most romantic sail: The Bay Lights Sail from 8-10pm. This is a perfect way to extend date night. After you take your special someone to an early dinner in one of the great restaurants in Sausalito join us for a special twilight sail around the San Francisco Bay. Take in the epic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, SF Skyline and Angel Island as they sparkle at night.

For the day dates:

Take a Stroll on Lover’s Lane
Take your date off the beaten path and hike through San Francisco’s historic Presidio. Open spaces, trails and inspiring vistas provide plenty of opportunity to be alone with your loved one while enjoying the quiet beauty that can only be found at the Presidio. Steal a kiss on Lover’s Lane and experience the sunset from Baker Beach. Guided tours are available through Urban Hiker SF, or explore on your own.

Ferry Building Marketplace
Sample artisan cheeses, sip Blue Bottle Coffee and feast on Tomales Bay oysters – the Ferry Building Marketplace is the perfect day-date destination.

For the Sweet Tooth
Feb. 14, tours run 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Bring your sweetie on a Gourmet Walks’ Valentine’s Cupcake & Chocolate Tour.  These special tours will run only on Valentine’s Day weekend, featuring three gourmet cupcake stops and five chocolate tasting stops. Generous tastings will leave couples on a romantic chocolate high.

Picnic in the Park
For the budget-minded, bring a picnic lunch and rent a paddle or row boat and go for a romantic ride around the beautiful, 12-acre Stow Lake. Also in the park, share the love by making a handmade, pressed flower card at theConservatory of Flowers and watch as the penguins build their nests out of heart-shaped valentines at the California Academy of Sciences.