Romantic Valentine's Day Adventures In the Bay Area
Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is a day of togetherness and the Bay Area is the perfect place to celebrate it. There are a bevy of options for those on the hunt for adventure, with a little romance thrown in for good measure. Enjoy a decadent dinner at one of Tiburon’s best restaurants, take a romantic excursion aboard the Angel Island Ferry, or board the Napa Valley Wine Train for a ride through wine country. Looking for a unique date idea? Here are a few romantic Valentine’s Day adventures in the Bay Area to get you started.
Visit Angel Island
Among the best romantic Valentine’s Day experiences in the Bay Area is the opportunity to see the views from the water. Take your loved one to Angel Island via Tiburon aboard the Angel Island Ferry and explore the picturesque historic island. A ferry ticket gets you unlimited access to the Angel Island State Park, with the opportunity to ride an open air tram, take a Segway tour, and eat at Angel Island Café. Check the ferry schedule in advance. February service is restricted to weekends and since Valentine’s Day 2020 falls on a Friday, you’ll have to celebrate a day late.
Go on the Valentine's Day Sunset Cruise or Bay Lights Cruise
The Angel Island Ferry rolls out the red carpet for romance with two exceptional Valentine’s Day cruises. Leaving from Tiburon, the Valentine’s Day Sunset Cruise provides breathtaking views of the San Francisco skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, and charming coastal towns. Complimentary light appetizers and beverages for purchase will be available. The Valentine’s Day Bay Lights Cruise is restricted to 21+ and includes a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, light appetizers, and a cruise along the San Francisco waterfront.
Take the Ferry to San Francisco
Hop on the Blue and Gold Fleet ferry from Tiburon to arrive in the magical city of San Francisco. After docking at Pier 41 in Fisherman’s Wharf, the city is at your fingertips. Visit the popular Pier 39 for street performances, restaurants, shops, and the large group of sea lions basking on floating docks. In a half-hour or less, you can walk to some of San Francisco’s most iconic destinations like the Ferry Building, Chinatown, North Beach, and the 210-feet-tall Coit Tower to ascend to 360-degree views of the city. Pay close attention to the Blue and Gold Fleet ferry schedule, as most trips back to Tiburon make a brief stop in the town of Sausalito, which is a charming place to depart and explore the boutique shops and Bridgeway Promenade.
Taste Your Way Through Napa Valley
Take your love to wine country for a tour of the Napa Valley. The Napa Valley Gondola will be giving rides along the Napa River throughout the day followed by a private tasting with cheese and chocolate at Blackbird Vineyards. Hop aboard the vintage Napa Valley Wine Train for a gourmet multiple-course lunch, a welcome glass of bubbly, strolling musicians, and a journey north through one of the most romantic places in the world. Local wineries will be hosting curated Valentine’s Day events as well, including O’Brien Estate Winery. Napa’s “original romantic winery” offers couples the chance to taste through their portfolio of limited production, estate wines including Romance, Seduction, Passion, and Reflection.
Book a Table for Two at Tiburon Tavern
Treat the one you love to a romantic meal at Tiburon Tavern, Tiburon’s premier farm-to-table restaurant serving up coastal cuisine in a chic setting. Using locally sourced ingredients, Tiburon Tavern is the perfect place to share an exquisite meal amid an outdoor patio and cozy firepits. The restaurant has prepared a decadent Valentine’s Day menu complete with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and extra gastronomic delights. Check out the full menu below.
Valentine’s Day Menu
OYSTER ROCKEFELLER 15
JALAPEÑO DEVILED EGGS 13
PRAWN COCKTAIL 15
CHARCUTERIE PLATE 16
ARUGULA & FRISEE SALAD 13
Toasted Almonds, Goat Cheese, Strawberry Champagne Vinaigrette
CAESAR SALAD 13
Romaine Lettuce, Grana Padano Cheese, Croutons, Lemon Caesar Dressing
LOBSTER BISQUE 12
LOBSTER AND MIXED MUSHROOM FETTUCCINE 26
Bucatini Pasta, Mixed Mushrooms, Black Truffle Butter, Lemon, Parmesan, Herbs
PAN SEARED AIRLINE CHICKEN 28
Shiitake Sauce, Whipped Potatoes, Roasted Brussel Sprouts
GRILLED PACIFIC SALMON 32
Mango Honey glaze, Herbed Couscous, Herbs
POMEGRANATE BRAISED SHORT RIB 30
Whipped Yukon Potatoes, Red Wine Demi, Roasted Brussel Sprouts
GRILLED NEW YORK STEAK WITH PRAWNS 42
Fingerling Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus
SELECTION OF LOCAL CHEESE 15
STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE 10
CHOCOLATE MOLTEN CAKE 10
Let The Lodge at Tiburon serve as your home base for your Valentine’s Day adventure. Take advantage of our best available rates and special offers when you book direct with The Lodge at Tiburon, a Bay Area hotel known for its rustic charm, well appointed guest rooms and suites, and prime location only steps from the ferry terminal to Angel Island and San Francisco.