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Guide to Valentine’s Day in San Francisco

Whether you are in a relationship or not, Valentine’s day does not have to be miserable. Check out all these great events going on and either grab your honey or a bunch of friends and go out this Valentine’s day! I guarantee you will have fun and if not, well there is always chocolate and we all know chocolate makes everything better! I mean a salt lover is saying this to you!

Great San Francisco Pillow Fight

I did not even know about this event! It sounds super fun and I will be bummed I am missing out.

The Great San Francisco Pillow Fight will once again be at Justin Herman Plaza this year. It’s open to everyone and starts at 6pm on February 14. Everywhere that I was researching said to arrive with your pillow in a bag so be sure to do that. When the clock strikes 6pm, it’s time to begin the fun. Please do not go around hitting just anyone with a pillow in their hands (unless of course they ask for it!).

San Francisco Theater & Best of Broadway Shows

Take your Valentine or yourself and maybe even your friends to the theater! Catch the last performances of Finding Neverland at the Orpheum Theater the weekend before Valentine’s Day (up to February 12). This enchanting musical gives the backstory of Peter Pan. In addition, RENT, the 20th Anniversary Tour will be playing at the Golden Gate Theater from February 9 – 17!


Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery

Play around this Valentine’s Day in San Francisco at the Le Meridien Hotel. Enjoy a four-course seated dinner as you try to guess who done it. Is it someone at your table or even the person sitting next to you? The night starts at the table where you are served appetizers, followed by a salad, a main course, and a dessert. In between each course, you will get a chance to investigate the crime. The first person to solve the mystery wins a prize package!


San Francisco Symphony Performances

You and your company of choice can even enjoy classical music, the weekend before Valentine’s Day. Attend a performance of Bronfman, Blomstedt, Beethoven, and Brahms by the SF Symphony. Programs runs February 9 – 12 at the Davies Symphony Hall in the Civic Center district.


SF Chronicle Wine Competition

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest competition of American wines in the world. This highly anticipated event offers a public tasting where you can sip and sample the wines entered into the competition. The 2017 public tasting is the Saturday after Valentine’s Day, February 18. This tasting usually sells out in advance, so buy your tickets online to reserve your spot today.


Special Valentine’s Bay Cruises

You will find an awesome selection of bay cruises for Valentine’s Day every year. I scoped out the best ones with all the details you all.

Aphrodite’s Premier Valentine’s Dinner Cruise

  • Offered Tuesday, February 14
  • 3-hour cruise
  • 4-course seated dinner
  • Hosted Top Shelf Bar
  • DJ entertainment and dancing
  • Business casual attire
  • Beautiful views of SF from the bay
  • Board at 6:45pm, cruise leaves Pier 3 at 7:30pm
  • Tickets start at $179 per person (plus taxes and fees)
  • Buy tickets here!

Amore Valentine’s Dinner Cruise

  • Offered only on Tuesday, February 14
  • 3-hour cruise
  • Delicious dinner buffet
  • Hosted premium bar
  • Board at 6:30pm and leave at 7:00pm
  • Business casual attire
  • Tickets start at $145 per person (plus taxes and other fees)
  • Buy tickets here!

2-Hour Champagne & Mimosa Cruise

  • 2-hour cruise includes two drinks per ticket (champagne, mimosas, beer, white wine, or soda)
  • Cruise around the bay and under the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Departs Pier 39 at 10am on Valentines Day (and every Saturday and Sunday)
  • Full price $60, Goldstar price $45*
  • Buy your tickets here!

SF Bay Cruise Adventure

  • 1-hour cruise around the SF Bay
  • Listen to the narration as you cruise past top attractions including the Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz Island, and Sausalito
  • Cruise under the famous Golden Gate Bridge for some of the best views of this gorgeous structure
  • Several cruises leave several times a day, every day
  • Find tickets here at up to 50% off!!

San Francisco Twilight Cruise

  • 2-hour cruise around the SF Bay
  • A great option for the night or weekend before Valentine’s Day
  • Hearty appetizers and one cocktail with ticket (you can buy additional drinks in cash at the bar)
  • Cruise past Alcatraz, see the shores of Sausalito, and ride under the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Live commentary from the captain
  • Indoor and outdoor seating
  • Leaves from Pier 43 at 5:30pm, Thursday – Monday only
  • Find tickets here at up to 50% off!!


Five Romantic San Francisco Hotels

And if you do not feel like doing anything at all then just do a staycation at one of SF’s most romantic hotels. There are way too many hotels, agree so if you are looking for something not the normal or secluded and away from all the hustle and bustle, check out these hotels.

    • Hotel Drisco: This is a small four-star hotel in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood. It’s set among some of the most beautiful houses and mansions in the city. The neighborhood is quiet, but close to many cute shops, restaurants and bars. 2901 Pacific Avenue. Rooms start at around $275 a night.
    • The Inn at the Presidio: This newer inn offers a great getaway within the city. It sits inside the gates of the Presidio, an old army base and national historic landmark. They offer 22 rooms and 17 of them are suites. Many offer a small outdoor patio with a gas fire pit and porches with rocking chairs. Inside the rooms you’ll find gas fireplaces and plenty of luxury. 42 Moraga Avenue. Rooms start at around $195 a night.
    • Union Street Inn: The Union Street Inn is a romantic bed and breakfast in San Francisco’s Marina District. With only six guest rooms, you always get warm and personalized service. There is also a serene cottage garden which is a beautiful spot for a relaxing breakfast or afternoon tea. 2229 Union Street. Rooms start at around $220 a night.
    • Chateau Tivoli Bed and Breakfast: This small B&B is just steps from Alamo Square Park and the colorful Victorians (also known as Painted Ladies) that surround it. Set in a historic building, Chateau Tivoli offers nine guest rooms. Enjoy some time on your own or join others for some wine and snacks each afternoon. 1057 Steiner Street. Rooms start at around $100 a night.
    • Cavallo Point: You’ll find this 4.5-star hotel just to the north of the Golden Gate Bridge. This resort offers some of the best views of the bridge and the city of San Francisco. You can choose either unique historic or contemporary lodging. There is also a spa on site, where you and your valentine can relax in its peaceful and tranquil setting. Murray Circle, the on-site restaurant, serves up some of the best dishes in the Bay Area. 601 Murray Circle. Rooms start at around $314 a night.


Restaurant Specials on Valentine’s Day

Dinner with a nice staycation is always a good ideas too! Or you can tie dinner into seeing a show, musical, or symphony. Fully stomach equals happiness and love all around.

    • Park Tavern: Romantic North Beach restaurant, $95 per person, prix fixe menu with optional wine pairing for an additional $65 per person
    • Spruce: Presidio Heights gem with a $160 per person prix fixe menu, $95 per person optional wine pairing
    • Pabu: Financial District Japanese restaurant, order off the regular menu or try something off their special “Kaidese” Valentine’s menu
    • 54 Mint: Italian restaurant in SOMA with a 3-course meal for $75 per person, optional wine pairing also available
    • RN74: Contemporary French cuisine in SOMA, 5-course menu for $105 per person
    • Corridor: Hayes Valley Contemporary American restaurant, 4-course prix fixe menu for $45 in their mezzanine dining room or you can eat downstairs in their first come, first served section where they will offer their regular menu
    • Barcha: Mediterranean option in the Financial District with a $60 3-course meal or a $75 per person 4-course meal


Five Romantic SF Bars

If a fancy sit down dinner is not your thing then try hitting up a bar. Here are a few romantic spots to check out.

    • Hotel Biron Wine Bar: This is a cute and very small wine bar in the Hayes Valley neighborhood. It’s off the main street and the perfect place to grab a drink either before or after dinner. They are open every day from 5pm – 2am. Find them at 45 Rose Street (between Market Street & Gough Street).
    • The Hidden Vine: This is another wine bar hidden just a few streets away from Union Square. It’s cute, quaint, and the perfect place for a date night. They are open on Mondays 4 – 10pm, and Tuesday – Saturday 4pm – 12am. They can be found at 408 Merchant Street.
    • Two Sisters Bar and Books: Another romantic bar in San Francisco is the newly opened Two Sisters Bar and Books. This small, charming bar in the Hayes Valley neighborhood is long and skinny, only allowing for tables with two chairs. They also have a limited food menu. They are open Tuesday – Thursday 4pm – 11pm, Fridays 4pm – 12am, Saturdays 12pm – 12am, and Sundays 12pm – 10pm. Find them at 579 Hayes Street.
    • Muka Underground Wine & Dessert Lounge: Do you want to grab drinks and something sweet? If so, head over to Muka. This cute and romantic bar serves wine, beer, and some of the most amazing desserts. They also offer a small number of savory options such as crispy pommes frites and fromage & charcuterie plates. They open every day from 4pm – 1am and can be found at 370 Grove Street.
    • The Barrel Room: Romantic and low key this place has an intimate setting and is the perfect date night location. They serve wine and beer, and offer lovely lunch and dinner menus. Their hours are Monday – Friday 11am – 12am, and Saturdays 4pm – 12am. You can find them at 415 Sansome Street.


And if you do take up some of my suggestions and go out, don’t forget to check out my Valentine’s get ready with me video for makeup and hair inspiration!

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    Rachel Maddow
    January 31, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Thanks for this great guide! We have already been to RN74 and loved that place, can’t wait to try others. Keep the ideas flowing!

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