San Francisco Date Ideas
Tattooed GFE Companion Washington DC
San Francisco, Emeryville, Oakland, San Mateo, Berkeley, Alameda; just a few cities in what’s known as the San Francisco Bay Area. I also simply just call it “home”.
When most people think “San Francisco”, they think outlandish real estate prices, the tech industry, sourdough bread, and the ever-iconic bridge. None of these things are wrong, but there’s certainly far more depth to the area than these things.
Let me show you my Bay Area and take you to my favorite bars, restaurants, and haunts. I’ve listed a few ideas below, but if you want a custom curated experience, just drop me an email!
If you’re interested in any of these date ideas, plan to spend at least four hours together with six-eight hours allowing us to thoroughly enjoy one anthers’ company!
My favorite way to stay active is hiking
The Bay Area has amazing hiking trails and natural sites to explore. Want to work up an appetite together by trekking into parts unknown? Here are a few awesome areas to see.
Devil’s Slide Trail: This trail is relatively easy and short at 2.5 miles out and back. It’s a great trail to take if you’re new to hiking, or just want to make a quick side trip. About 18 miles south of SF, it’s easy to access along Highway 1. Sea views are lovely here, and if the weather cooperates, we’ll be able to see Point Reyes.
Panoramic Loop at Tamalpais Valley: at 16 miles northwest of SF, the Panoramic Loop is a 4.5 mile hike that’s considered easy/intermediate. This hike winds through Muir Woods National Monument and Mount Tamalpais State Park, so we’ll get to experience the beauty and lushness that costal forests have to offer.
Quicksilver History Loop: While this hike is a little further out (about 15 miles south of San Jose), the history here is worth the trip. This area was once an operation that mined mercury ore, and the historic sites along the route turn an intermediate-level hike into an interesting and informative one.
Steep Ravine- Matt Davis Loop: The most difficult hike on this list, the Steep Ravine is about 23 miles northwest of San Francisco in Mount Tamalpais State Park. The terrain is varied here and ranges from beaches to forest. The trail follows Webb Creek the entire way, and offers challenges like climbing out of a canyon (with a ladder assist), and several switchbacks that help ease the grade in steeper areas. The views are breathtaking and worth it- I promise.
Multiple facets of history depicted visually
If it’s one thing that DC’s got, it’s museums. Most people are already familiar with the Smithsonian Institution and it’s plethora of museums ranging from art, astronomy, natural history, aeronautics, nature, and beyond.
If you take a peek beyond the National Mall, you’ll see that DC has so much more to offer. From manicured gardens to historic mansions, DC has museums that will touch even some of the most niche interests.
International Spy Museum: Let’s channel our own inner secret agents and learn what it takes to be a spy! Learning about encryption, communicating secret information, and keeping important information safe. The museum also hosts talks by international espionage experts.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: I love modern art, and the Hirshhorn is a must-see. Once host to Yoko Ono and Ai Weiwei, the museum acquires new works frequently and has several long-running exhibitions.
National Museum of African American History and Culture: Opened in 2016, this museum is lined wall to wall with music, sports, and pop-culture memorabilia that’s juxtaposed with powerful reminders of slavery and the not-so-distant Civil Rights Movement.
There’s nothing quite like a meal close to home
Shandong: Everyone has a favorite Chinese spot, and Shandong is most definitely mine! We can keep it casual here, or we can order delivery for a night in.
Kirala: Kirala’s been around since 1989, and it’s a Japanese joint that specializes in sushi, robata, and udon. Consistently voted one of the best Japanese restaurants in the area, Kirala offers a great casual atmosphere that won’t break the bank.
Sushi Ran: Named one of the best sushi restaurants in the US time and again, Sushi Ran is my favorite sushi spot in The Bay. The food is incredibly fresh, always innovative, and never boring. They focus both on Japanese and Pacific cuisines, and their fish is either flown in fresh or caught fresh daily.
Avery: Named after American Modernist painter Milton Avery, you can expect this restaurant to be bright, innovative, and avant-garde. The nine-course tasting menu is vibrant, always creative, and global in nature. Booze-wise, rare sake and Champagne are the focus here.
Commis: Touted by reviewers as Oakland’s best and brightest destination restaurant without pretense, Commis offers an 8-course tasting menu that’s captivating yet approachable. Chef Syhabout’s vision is of a destination that’s ever-changing. The menu changes monthly, and always comes with a level of entertaining showmanship.
Birdsong: An experiment in elevating nature with heritage, Birdsong’s focus is on the foods of the Pacific Northwest. Dishes focus on key ingredients from this region; mushrooms, berries, wild game, cold-water shellfish. The restaurant is also focused on using fundamental cooking techniques to preserve the true flavors of the region. There are two menus here; an 8-course, and a 13-course for something more opulent.