In San Francisco there are plenty of places to rendezvous with your Valentine. This city bleeds romance and it’s difficult to find an un-charming spot. Even walking in the tenderloin can be whimsical. Here are the top five spots for you and your loved one to venture to this Valentine’s Day.
Dolores Park – San Francisco is full of great parks, but Dolores is my personal favorite. It’s in the warmest part of town and adjacent to Bi-rite creamery. You and your valentine can get a cone of brown sugar with ginger caramel swirl and walk leisurely along the park while happily devouring your ice cream. Alternatively Grand View Park is another great place for it offers a beautiful skyline (hence the name.) Pack a baguette and cheese (Humboldt Fog with fig jam), a soft blanket and a fluffy white dog and your venture to the park will be picture perfect.
The Red Vic Movie House – This small theatre on Haight Street offers cozy benches as opposed to the typical separate movie theater chairs. This makes for easy cuddling during Annie Hall, which is playing this weekend. If you’re not into Woody Allen (because you are crazy) and want to go some place more elaborate, then the Castro Theatre is another good choice and it’s elaborate baroque style will impress your date. This weekend is John Hughes weekend and nothing says romance like Duckie Dale dancing to Otis Redding.
Candle Lit Yoga at Yoga to the People – On Sunday evening Yoga to the People, a donation based yoga studio in the mission, offers candle lit yoga. The hour and a half vinyassa flow class is on the fifth floor in a studio with expansive windows, gorgeous hard wood floors and exposed brick walls. The highlight of their class is the soundtrack. I love doing Yoga to Bowie, Velvet Underground and The Beatles. This workout is guaranteed to get you and your loved one relaxed as well as a bit sweaty. And the stretching helps for other activities…
Greens Restaurant – After you are well stretched, it’s important to find nourishment. Greens restaurant is located at the Fort Mason Center and this vegetarian eatery has excellent views of Golden Gate and Sausalito. I recommend getting there at sunset for a perfect view. The menu is seasonal and all produce comes from their farm in Marin. On my most recent visit I had the corn meal crust pizza that was topped with a fontina and smoked mozzarella blend, goat cheese, caramelized onions and butternut squash. You should be salivating by now.
Sutro Baths – A beach can be a romantic place if secluded and private. The beach near the Sutro Baths is usually not too crowded and it’s easy to find a place for you and your Valentine to be alone. Around the old bathhouse there are these hedges of spongy bushes that are fun to bounce on and make for good picnics. After you picnic be sure to explore the caves and do a little light rock climbing.