Feel the love 14 different ways in San Francisco this Valentine’s Day
By: Katie Petrucci
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. www.intercontinentalmarkhopkins.com/top-of-the-mark.aspx
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 is releasing three specialty wines during the month of February for their South of the Slot Wine Tasting Event. www.bluxomewinery.com
Illuminate Your Night
Lovers can gaze upon artist Leo Villareal’s monumental light sculpture known as The Bay Lights, illuminating the Bay Bridge through March 2015. Dine at Epic Roasthouse, Waterbar or Chaya Brasserie for a five-star dining experience, complete with a beautiful view of this stunning lights insallation. www.epicroasthouse.com| www.waterbarsf.com | www.thechaya.com
For the Arts Lovers
Night at the SFJAZZ Center
Feb. 13 - 14
SFJAZZ Center presents Claudia Villela and Harvey Wainapel performing Stan Getz’s “Getz/Gilberto”.
Brazilian-born vocalist Claudia Villela and renowned San Francisco saxophonist Harvey Wainapel revisit the classic 1963 Stan Getz collaboration with Joao Gilberto that defined the bossa nova sound and became one of the best selling jazz recordings of all time, Getz/Gilberto. www.sfjazz.org
Magnolias by Moonlight
Feb. 14, 5-7 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Begin the evening at the SF Botanical Gardens. Wander the lovely, hidden nooks of the Exhibition Garden and sip cocktails under the lantern-strung eaves of an outdoor Asian pavilion. After, stay for the Magnolias by Moonlight tour and roam the moonlit paths of the Garden, guided by a naturalist. Marvel at the magnolia blossoms overhead reflecting the silvery moon and inhale their lovely fragrance. Enjoy hot, aromatic tea and cookies at the Moon Viewing Pond. Be sure to bring a flashlight. www.SFBotanicalGarden.org
Love to Laugh
Feb. 14, 8-10 p.m.
BATS Improv Presents “Valentine's Romantic Comedy.”
Bay Area Theater Sports presents a delightfully hilarious, an improvised romantic comedy farce. Filled with big characters, mistaken identities, slamming doors, and lots of love, this full-length story is sure to be a hit with couples and singles alike. www.improv.org
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 special Valentine’s Day rates offered by Blazing Saddles and 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. www.blazingsaddles.com | www.baycitybike.com
Kayak at Twilight
Feb. 14, 5:30–9:30 p.m.
Take a quiet kayak trip along the scenic San Francisco waterfront. This twilight journey visits the Bay Bridge, Cupid's Span, Ferry Building and McCovey Cove. A free photo album is included to capture highlights of the trip. www.citykayak.com
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.
Blue & Gold Fleet Valentine's Day Sunset Cruise
Feb. 14, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Grab your sweetheart to sip champagne and cruise the bay at sunset on Blue & Gold Fleet's Valentine's Day Sunset Cruise. Tickets include free flowing champagne and a no host cash bar, chocolate dipped strawberries and mini cupcakes, rose giveaway, discounted parking at the PIER 39 Garage, Valentine's Day music and more. www.blueandgoldfleet.com
Hornblower’s Amore Valentine's Dinner Cruise
Feb. 14 and 15
Love is on the water this Valentine’s Day. 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. www.hornblowersf.com
Hornblower’s Cupid's Champagne Brunch Cruise
Feb. 14, 15 and 16
Spend your afternoon on our 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. www.hornblowersf.com
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. www.sfbayadventures.com
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 www.urbanhikersf.com, or explore on your own www.presidio.gov.
For the Day Dates
Sample artisan cheeses, sip Blue Bottle Coffee and feast on Tomales Bay oysters – the Ferry Building Marketplace is the perfect day-date destination. http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/
For the Sweet Tooth
Feb. 13–15, 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. www.gourmetwalks.com
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 the Conservatory of Flowers and watch as the penguins build their nests out of heart-shaped valentines at the California Academy of Sciences. www.conservatoryofflowers.org | www.calacademy.org
Hop-On with Your Valentine
Tour the city with your valentine and City Sightseeing. Buy one get one free tickets are available on all City Sightseeing bus tours for Valentine's Day weekend. Hop-On Hop-Off Tours offer breathtaking sites of the City by the Bay, while guides present interesting history, facts and recommendations. Sites include Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, and tours out to Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito and Muir Woods for a romantic hike and picnic. www.city-sightseeing.us
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