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January 24, 2020
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Seal it With a Kiss: 16 Perfect Romantic Things to Do for Valentine's Day in San Francisco

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

"Love & Haight" CBD Hot Oil Massage

There's no better way to spend Valentine's Day than feeling revitalized and rejuvenated. The St. Regis San Francisco is bringing back their popular "Love & Haight" CBD hot oil massage this February. CBD's anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving benefits will leave you feeling relaxed and replenished. Don't wait to book a 60-minute of 90-minute CBD hot oil massage throughout the month of February. Reservations are filling up quickly!

Cocktails with a View at Top of the Mark

Known for its signature martinis and magnificent views of San Francisco, Top of the Mark is the perfect place for a 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 below.

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 five wines paired with charcuterie.

Illuminate Your Night

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

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San Francisco Helicopter Tours

What better way to spend a romantic Valentine's Day than overlooking the Bay Area from above? San Francisco Helicopters offers six different tours that take you over San Francisco, Sausalito, and wine country. Pair these helicopter tours with a romantic lunch or dinner.

For the museum and art lovers

Exploratorium's After Dark: Chocolate

From 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.taste your way through a flight of delicious demonstrations and learn how the notorious Valentine's Day treat goes from a bitter fruit to a beloved bar. You'll get to hear about the chocolate-making process firsthand and get to taste the final product!

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Aphrodisiacs of the Tropics at The Conservatory of Flowers

You can skip the chocolates this Valentine's Day, but certainly not the flowers. Take a trip through the Conservatory galleries to indulge your senses on Valentine’s Day. On this special self-guided tour, you’ll be treated with botanical love stories, sweet aromatics and gorgeous backdrops for photo ops. Top it off with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine included in admission.

For a hands-on experience

Valentine's Day Cheese + Wine Class

If you're looking for something other than a traditional candle lit dinner, take a Valentine's Day Cheese + Wine class at The Cheese School of San Francisco. Fine fromage, fiery bubblies, and luxurious dessert wines is all you need for a romantic Valentine's Day.

Mixology Course: Valentine's Day Edition at Elixir

Learn all about the tools, terminology and techniques behind modern and classic cocktails. You'll leave with a new set of skills and tips for creating your home bar. Chocolates and a paired spirit will be provided for those taking the mixology class on Valentine's Day.

3-D Valentine's Arts & Crafts

Join CounterPulse in making 3-D Valentine's Day shadow boxes. Go crazy with glitter, knick knacks, and photos that make for a meaningful token of love for someone special. RSVP for this free workshop on Feb. 14, 2020.

Sail the bay with your sweetheart

For a romantic evening out on the water, there are a variety of Valentine’s Day cruises.

Hornblower’s Valentine's Day Dinner Cruises

Love is on the water this Valentine’s Day. Set sail for a special Hornblower Valentine’s Amore dinner cruise and feast on a delicious buffet dinner while sipping your choice of wine or beer. You and your sweetheart can dance the night away 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. Get lost in each other’s eyes as you indulge in Aphordite's Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise, a gourmet four-course seated dinner at an intimate table for two and access to your favorite cocktails at the premium bar.

Giants Enterprises' Diamond Seas

Cruise the San Francisco Bay aboard the intimate Diamond Seas, a private luxury yacht that can host a romantic dinner for two or a party of 12 for a memorable Valentine's Day experience. Both stunning and sophisticated, Diamond Seas is fully equipped with dining and lounging salons, an Executive Chef, spacious exterior decks and exceptional VIP service.

Valentine’s Day Sunset Sail

Step aboard the schooner Freda B in downtown Sausalito for a Valentine's Day Sunset Sail. Enjoy a beautiful evening sail on the San Francisco Bay with your special someone! Cozy up under a blanket as you take in the Bay's iconic sights—the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Alcatraz, and the sparkling San Francisco skyline—all while sipping on a hot drink from the cash bar.

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Affordable Activities

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.

Picnic in Golden Gate Park

For the budget-minded, bring a picnic lunch, rent a boat and go for a romantic ride around the beautiful, 12-acre Stow Lake. Also in Golden Gate 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.

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Off the Grid Food Trucks

If you're not a fan of fancy five star dinners, you're still in luck. Taste your way through a variety of food trucks that pride themselves on quality, sustainability and flavorful food. They offer bites from different parts of the world, from deicious vietnamese banh mi sandwiches to persian kababs.

Golden Gate Bridge

Take a romantic stroll on San Francisco's most famous bridge. Or for more adventurous couples, rent a bicycle built for two with Blazing Saddles or Bay City Bike. Ride 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.

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For a daytime date

Write a Love Note to a Penguin

Each year, visitors like you can write on a heart-shaped Valentine's note to a member of the African Penguin colony at the California Academy of Sciences. Academy biologists will distribute these hand-made Valentine's tokens of affection to the penguins, who will then use it as nesting material and as a way to build bonds between the other penguins. Spread the love on Feb. 12, 13, and 14, at 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Tulipmania at PIER 39

No Valentine's Day would be complete without flowers. Experience botanical bliss at PIER 39 during their annual Tulipmania flower festival. The tulips will be in full bloom throughout Febraury, so be sure to stop by for a free guided tour led by PIER 39's landscaping experts.

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.

Gourmet Walks

Bring your sweetie on Gourmet Walks’ Valentine's Chocolate, Cupcakes & Bubbles Tour. This special tour will run only on Valentine's Day weekend, featuring three gourmet cupcake stops, five chocolate tasting stops and ends at a cozy wine bar. Generous tastings will leave couples on a romantic chocolate high.


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