Now that the weather is unpredictable for planning outdoor adventures, here are some ideas for romantic indoor dates. Fortunately San Francisco has an endless supply of fun activities to choose from.
Visit a museum – whether you choose a downtown museum: Asian Art Museum, MOMA, MOAD or Jewish Contemporary Museum or Legion of Honor and De Young in the Richmond District, you will have an enjoyable day. The new Walt Disney Family Museum is located in the Presidio and also a great choice. Most of the museums have a cafe where you can enjoy coffee or lunch.
Go to the Mall – Westfield San Francisco Center downtown is two malls in one. Not only is there a theater on the top level, but there are great restaurants: Lark Creek Steak, Straits, Out the Door and Nordstrom Cafe all provide full dining options; Borders Books; and of course fashion. You will find Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Michael Kors and specialty stores galore. On the bottom level there are two food courts to choose from. The one nearest Bloomingdales is more gourmet with many delicious choices. Take time to appreciate the blending of old and new architecture. The historic dome survived the 1906 Earthquake and was reused from the historic Emporium Department store which once was located here.
Spa date — Many spas feature couples packages including Nob Hill Spa in the historic Huntington Hotel atop Nob Hill. The spa has a high-ceiling room where the pool and hot tub are located amidst fire-places and views of the City’s skyline from the terrace. The pool area looks like something from Hearst Castle located in a beautiful room with lounging areas; you can choose to order lunch and enjoy it here or on the terrace. Burke Williams is conveniently located in Westfield Mall on the upper level. Once inside you will forget where you are, in this serene environment. There are a number of packages to choose from all delivered with expertise.
Workout – go to the gym and workout together, or not. If you don’t belong to a gym, most offer day passes. The LA Sports Club and Equinox are both great places for a comprehensive workout. They both have spas on premises; you can also book a massage after making your muscles sore. And you can order a snack or meal once through.
Food date – Visit the Ferry Building, a food lover’s paradise. You will find almost any type of food and/or specialty food product here. Bring your appetite because there is a lot to choose from. This could take a few hours or a half day.
Wine tasting – San Francisco is lucky to have so many wine regions within a short drive: Livermore Valley is an hour’s drive and has over 40+ wineries; Sonoma Valley is about an hour away too and if you are interested in a non touristy wine region, try Dry Creek Valley in Healdsburg, a ninety minute drive. If you want to stay closer, Alameda, a short ferry ride has Rosenblum Cellars. Consider renting a limousine and inviting another couple (or not) to join you. Bauer’s Limousines makes it easy and enjoyable. Or go urban wine tasting at the Ferry Building’s Wine Merchant. They offer wine flights and tastes.
Get entertained – see a movie or a show. Union Square has a host of large and small theaters. Buy discounted same day tickets at the kiosk in Union Square on the Southwest corner nearest the St. Francis Hotel. Goldstar is also a resource for ordering discount tickets online.
Check into a hotel – it is easy to find deals on hotels at several sites including San Francisco Reservations or San Francisco Luxury Hotels which has wholesale rates. Check in early, order room service and explore all of the hotel’s services. Most have fitness centers; some have spas or can provide in-room massage services. Don’t forget to enjoy the complimentary snacks and free wine hour served at Kimpton Hotels.
Sporting event – visit Golden Gate Fields horse races for live thoroughbred racing and a fun day that you won’t forget. Just because the weather is bad doesn’t mean the horses won’t be running; after all this isn’t baseball with rain delays. They feature Sunday Dollar Days including: parking, admission, hot dogs and beer. Regardless of the weather you will be warm and dry under the grandstands or at the Turf Club. Or get tickets to a basketball game, hockey or other indoor sporting match.
Storm watch – find a great place to watch the big waves created by the winter storms. The Beach Chalet located at Ocean Beach makes for great storm watching while you enjoy a brew crafted on the premises and a tasty snack. Pacifica’s Nick’s Restaurant is also a great location for watching the waves crashing over the wall into the parking lot.
Enjoy a fireplace – if you don’t have a fireplace of your own, don’t fret there are plenty to choose from. Hotel lobbies with great fireplaces include Galleria Park Hotel, Harbor Court Hotel, Monaco, Four Seasons, Stanford Court, and Petite Auberge. Bars include Big Four Lounge, Clock Bar at St. Francis, St. Regis Hotel Lounge, Fireside Bar and Sugar Cafe. And while you are at it order an Irish coffee to warm up.
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