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January 21st, 2019

Fresh Date Ideas in San Francisco

Travel Tips

A date doesn’t have to involve dinner at a restaurant. Switching it up makes for a more memorable time – and San Francisco is the best city to stumble upon something new. Let serendipity abound! Here are some fresh date ideas.

Daytime bike adventure in Golden Gate Park


Bond with your partner and take in the fresh air with a daytime bike adventure around San Francisco. Forget a bouquet of flowers – enjoy an entire garden at Golden Gate Park’s Conservatory of Flowers. The Victorian-era glass greenhouse has ever-changing, colorful exhibits – and annually watches the notorious Corpse Flower bloom during the summertime.

Golden Gate Park has a lot to offer. You can plan a romantic row on Stow Lake, pack a picnic to enjoy at Bunny Meadow (located behind the flower conservatory), and see the buffalo roam at the bison paddock.

Check out our bike-rental program, free with your stay at Stanford Court Hotel.

Take in the city’s sweeping skyline at Stanford Court


Whether you’re planning a staycation or you’re in the city for a special visit, live it up in Nob Hill by booking a room at the fully-updated Stanford Court Hotel. We’re perched up on the hill and our rooms have beautiful views of the San Francisco skyline and the iconic cable cars. Make your trip extra memorable and tour the city via cable car, taking in sites such as Lombard Street, North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf. Use our cable car guide for more.

Sweeten up to local chocolate

Chocolate in San Francisco isn’t limited to Ghirardelli. Savor everyone’s favorite treat with an innovative twist by perusing chocolatiers around San Francisco. Dandelion Chocolate in the Mission District is a local favorite, specializing in single-origin chocolates. Not sure where to look? Read more using our local chocolate shop guide.

Take part in the annual Valentine’s Day Pillow Fight


Perfect for a first date, long-term couples or if you’re going stag this Valentine’s Day, this unofficial annual pillow fight welcomes everyone for a playful, outdoor pummeling. Pick up a pillow (synthetic preferred) at a Target in the Financial District and join in the impromptu love fest. Held in the Justin Herman Plaza near the Ferry Building. See details.

Date Night Walk


Want to avoid the busy restaurant scene and find an activity off the beaten path? Plan an evening or nighttime stroll using our Date Night Walk guide. Explore Chinatown, the Embarcadero, and North Beach. Read more.

Whiskey flight at Seven Stills Nob Hill

The cozy, lounge atmosphere of Seven Stills Nob Hill makes for a cool ending to your evening, offering the best concoctions from Seven Stills. In case you aren’t familiar with Seven Stills, the inventive SF-based distillery and brewery crafts full-flavored beer then later distills whiskey using these craft brews. Whether you’re looking for a meal and drinks or a nightcap, Seven Stills Nob Hill is an excellent option for the occasion. 


Planning a visit to San Francisco? For something different, check out Nob Hill’s most innovative boutique hotel. Stanford Court is the perfect place to plan your stay, with awesome amenities, great views and the best location. Be in the middle of all the action of San Francisco! Check out our best specials here.


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