5 San Fran Dates You Knew Were Cool Before Anyone Else

January 11, 2020

San Francisco: the happy, hill-y, hipster hub of the nation. Home to hybrid cars, endless bikers, and loads of beanies, every bend and mountainous rise in pavement is full of culture and character.

But the hipster scene can be tough -- with so many people out there trying to to forge their own path, even the artsiest of artsy things can slip into becoming the dreaded “mainstream.” There can only be so many hoodie-wearing, camera bearing people walking around on the street before it just becomes commonplace.

But don’t let this be true for the SF dating scene. Sure, a sail on the Bay or a hike through the woods might seem like an “out of the box” idea at first, but trust us, every entrepreneur-techy-startup person in SF -- and there are a ton of them -- has been there, done that.

Relationships are hard, especially in San Fran where the these techy types like to spend more time coding and building businesses than building relationships. But with the right date, you’ll find the right boo thang in no time. So let us help you with a list of dates you can claim you knew were cool before anyone else. Sayonara, San Fran Bay sail.

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    Russian River Kayak Tour

    Looking for a break from all that wine tasting? This guided kayaking paddle down the Russian River ought to prove just as intoxicating, and a little easier on the head! You'll paddle a scenic stretch of the river that includes several Class 1 rapids, easy to navigate for all ability levels! These rapids add a little splash of excitement to the journey, perfectly paired with the lulling effects of the beautiful landscapes along either bank. You'll pass by vaunted vineyards, meadows, and Redwood forests! You'll also have the chance for a quick dip at several spots along the way, and enjoy a riverside picnic lunch. A typical menu might include yummy sandwiches, pasta salad, local organic greens, seasonal fruit, and -- of course -- dessert! After this little joy ride, you're going to need a glass of wine.
    Russian River Kayak Tour

    13839 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg

    • Indulge in a guided kayaking excursion as you paddle down the Russian River
    • Take in stunning vineyards and rolling hills along the way
    • Stop at a riverside beach to swim and devour in a delicious lunch
    • Enjoy a low-maintenance adventure that includes easy Class 1 rapids
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    Thai Cooking

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    Do you ever get that insatiable craving that nothing else but Thai food can satisfy? During this three hour class, any Thai lovers dream, you will learn simple and practical Thai meal preparation to recreate great tasting food right at home! Go over the best local markets to purchase fresh ingredients, as well as the top brands for Thai spices, vegetables, rice, and other ingredients. Get experience chopping, peeling, and mixing a variety of ingredients for a few separate dishes. And of course, no Thai cooking class would be complete without a crash course of rice and noodle cooking! Practice your wok skills, adding the spices and ingredients in the correct sequence and time. The best part? At the end of the class, you'll get to enjoy a sit down meal, and savor the fruits of your labor!
    Thai Cooking

    439 Guerrero St, San Francisco

    • Learn practical and flavorful Thai meal preparation
    • Get experience chopping, peeling, and mixing a variety of ingredients
    • Uncover the best local markets to purchase fresh ingredients, as well as the top brands for Thai spices
    • At the end of the class, sit down to enjoy the delicious fruits of your labor
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    Perfume Making

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    You don't have to be a celebrity to create your own personal fragrance! During this class, you will enjoy a consultation with an experienced perfume guide as you begin to understand the design and construction of a fragrance. Once you've learned the basics, begin designing your own scent, mixing your choice of quality essential and fragrance oils and aroma blends, and including as many elements as you desire. Choose a label, give your fragrance a name, and leave the class smelling like a million bucks, as your perfume will be made up right then and there!
    Perfume Making

    897 Independence Ave, Mountain View

    • Learn how to custom make your own personal fragrance during this perfume making class
    • Enjoy a consultation with an experienced perfume guide to learn basic fragrance design and construction
    • Design your own scent, mixing your choice of quality essential and fragrance oils and aroma blends
    • Choose a label, give your fragrance a name, and leave the class smelling like a million bucks
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    San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise

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    Take the ultimate sunset cruise, California-style! Relax as you enjoy amazing views of San Francisco and a hearty appetizer buffet during this casual two-hour cruise of San Francisco Bay. The sailings are timed to coincide with sunsets; the Sunset Bay Cruise departure time and route will differ to the Twilight Cruise which sails during the winter months. With live commentary by the captain and cool background music, this cruise is a wonderful way to explore San Francisco Bay at twilight during late March through early November.

    As the sun begins to set over the Marin Headlands, you'll cruise past Alcatraz, Angel Island and the shorelines of Tiburon, Belvedere and Sausalito. Watch the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean as you sail west toward the Golden Gate Bridge. On your way back to Fisherman's Wharf you'll see many more famous sights, including the Presidio, the Marina District and Fort Mason.

    During the cruise, enjoy an assortment of vegetarian, turkey and roast beef sandwiches, antipasti, crudite with dip, potato and Caesar salads, seasonal fruits, freshly baked miniature desserts, and a complimentary beverage.

    A full bar with drinks and merchandise is available aboard. All cruise vessels offer indoor and outdoor seating, and restrooms. There is no assigned seating or formal dress required, come as you are for an evening of relaxed sunset sailing! Vessels operate on bio-diesel, a renewable energy source. In the winter, the cruise changes its itinerary to make the most of the spectacular city lights view of San Francisco. As the sun sets over the horizon, you'll sail past San Francisco's modern skyscrapers, historic landmarks, the infamous island of Alcatraz and both the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge.

    Your evening of breathtaking San Francisco views will be accompanied with live guitar entertainment, hearty buffet of sandwiches, salads, dessert, and a beverage from the bar.

    Whether you are enjoying the skyline views from the ship's heated indoor spaces or out on the outdoor viewing decks, the city lights are an unmissable San Francisco attraction.
    San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise

    43 The Embarcadero, San Francisco

    • Sail on a cruise along the spectacular San Francisco city skyline under the setting sun
    • Take superb photos of the historic Alcatraz Island, Sausalito and the Golden Gate Bridge
    • Indulge in a hearty hors d'oeuvres buffet of different assortments, along with complimentary drinks
    • Hear live commentary by the captain and enjoy the smooth background music
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    Three Cheeses in Three Hours

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    Question: What's better than one cheese in one hour? Three cheeses in three hours, of course! Learn to make three distinct and delicious types of cheese -- mozzarella, chevre, burrata -- in this fast-paced, hands-on workshop while enjoying a fun sampling of economical red and white wine! This three-hour class walks you through the history of cheesemaking, important facts about milk quality, and differences, as well as the complex biology and chemistry behind turning milk into tasty curds and protein-rich whey. The experience will begin with a demonstration in time-delay fashion of how to craft a fresh, tangy goat cheese, along with tips to make your goat cheese appear like several different types of artisanal cheeses through various preparation techniques. Then, you'll finesse a gallon of milk over the course of the class into rich, stretchy mozzarella. Enjoy some of your finished mozzarella and turn the rest into creamy, dreamy burrata, the molten lava cake of the cheese world. Acquire the confidence and knowledge to reproduce the same results at home and leave with a new appreciation for the magic that is cheese.
    Three Cheeses in Three Hours

    2323 Broadway, Oakland

    • Discover the magic of making cheese at home in this hands-on workshop
    • Sample wine while you learn and socialize with fellow cheese lovers
    • Learn to make fresh chevre, mozzarella and burrata while indulging in samples of each
    • Leave with a new appreciation for cheese and the knowledge to reproduce the same results at home
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    Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike Tour-Electric Bike

    New to San Francisco and don't know where to go? Or maybe you've always lived in the city, but never had the time to explore. True to the Californian nature of going green, hop on a bike and take this iconic tour through SF! You will start in Fisherman's Wharf, one of the only true ones left in America. As you cycle along the coast, keep your eyes peeled for sea lions, dolphins, and military forts, as well as some of San Francisco's most elegant neighborhoods! Then you'll bike over to the Golden Gate Bridge, where -- no shame! -- you can be as touristy as you want. Past the bridge your last stop will be quaint Sausalito, a small waterside city just outside of San Francisco. So what are you waiting for? The beautiful coastline awaits!
    Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike Tour-Electric Bike

    2661 Taylor Street, San Francisco

    • Take a guided tour of iconic landmarks in San Francisco on an A2B Ferber electric bike
    • Cycle along the coast starting from Fisherman's Wharf, where you'll take in the ocean breeze with the sound of barking sea lions in the background
    • Take memorable photos at the Golden Gate Bridge, the most popular tourist destination in the city
    • Finally, marvel at the San Francisco skyline from the beauty of Sausalito's streets
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    Streets of San Francisco Guided Bike Tour-Comfort Hybrid

    There's more to San Francisco than the Golden Gate Bridge! By leading you through various local neighborhoods, this urban bike tour will have you realizing just how dynamic this city is. You'll explore the back alleys of North Beach's "Little Italy," and get to take photos of the Transamerica Pyramid. Then you'll hit up Barbary Coast along with San Francisco's historical supper clubs. As you bike through this area, learn about how the neighborhoods transformed from scandalous to sparkling! Channel some black and orange when you ride around the Giant's AT&T Ballpark, then venture into the Mission, Castro, and Haight-Ashbury neighborhoods, each of which is a unique community with equally unique locals. Lastly, head to Nopa where you'll find the famous Painted Ladies houses of Alamo Square. From there you'll visit the Civic Center, cycle into Polk Gulch, San Francisco's original gay neighborhood, and finish up in Aquatic Park!
    Streets of San Francisco Guided Bike Tour-Comfort Hybrid

    2661 Taylor Street, San Francisco

    • Take a guided bike tour through various neighborhoods in urban San Francisco and experience just how different each one is
    • Tour the historic "Little Italy"and Barbary Coast, where you'll find the Transamerica Pyramid and San Francisco's famous supper clubs
    • Pick up some black and orange gear at the pride of the locals: the Giant's AT&T Ballpark
    • Relax on the grass of Alamo Square after a leisurely ride through Mission, Castro, and Haight-Ashbury before you wrap up the tour in Polk Gulch and the Aquatic Park
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    Sunset Sail on San Francisco Bay

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    Out on the waters of the bay, the majestic sinking sun is just the start when it comes to natural beauty. Feel the rush of the sea breeze in your face as you sail by the San Francisco skyline as it twinkles to life. Capture breathtaking sights going UNDER the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz, and by a colony of grunting sea lions. Or, if you'd rather protect your hairdo, take in the majestic views from the vantage point of the 360 degree protected viewing area. You can even combine the beauty of the harbor with the thrill of flight, as you lounge on a raised canvas net. Soak in the Bay Area's unique beauty in style and comfort!
    Sunset Sail on San Francisco Bay

    Pier 39, San Francisco

    • Experience the Bay Area at night with a beautiful sunset sailing tour
    • See stunning iconic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the sea lions of Pier 39
    • Feel the wind in your face or take it all in from the comfort of a protected viewing area
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    Oyster Lover's Tour

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    Dive deep into the ultimate seafood experience on this guided food tour of West Marin's oyster scene! Enjoy visits to two famous West Marin oyster farms and follow your expert local guide to get a behind-the-scenes look into what it takes to cultivate and nurture the perfect bivalve. Savor samples at three different oyster restaurants and try baked, barbecued and smoked oysters! An incredible oyster extravaganza!
    Oyster Lover's Tour

    Nick's Cove, Marshall

    • Dive deep into the ultimate oyster experience on this guided food tour
    • Visit two famous West Marin oyster farms and three oyster restaurants with your expert local guide
    • Get a behind-the-scenes look into what it takes to cultivate and nurture the perfect bivalve
    • Savor oysters every-which-way: raw, baked, barbecued and smoked!
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    Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

    Take time out for a day trip into the wild beauty of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco. Enjoy the beautiful countryside and discover the raw beauty of California's most famous national park. Your journey begins with a drive through San Joaquin Valley and into the Sierra Nevada range. In the morning, you will be driven to a giant sequoia grove (snow depth permitting), stopping along the way for a bird's-eye view of the whole valley. You can relax in the picnic area and have lunch (not included) among the giant sequoia trees.

    After lunch, you will have the opportunity to go on a short one-hour hike to the falls or grab a snack at the Yosemite Lodge. You will have three to four hours to spend at Yosemite National Park, with a range of activities to suit everyone, which may include some of the following:
    • Hike to one of Yosemite's waterfalls
    • Watch the climbers on El Capitan
    • Rent bikes for a relaxing cycle on the flat bike paths throughout the valley
    • Cool off in lovely river pools in summer
    • Spot a black bear
    • Relax at the visitors center, with museums, restaurants and the Ansel Adams Gallery to inspire every amateur photographer
    When it's time to head back to San Francisco, you will drive down the Sierra Nevada stopping along the way for a short break.

    Please note: The weather in Yosemite is highly variable and includes rain and snow in winter and high temperatures in summer. The itinerary may be adapted to make the most of Yosemite during different seasons and times of the year.
    Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

    Union Square, San Francisco

    • Embark on a trip to the peaceful countryside and discover the raw beauty of Yosemite National Park
    • Drive through San Joaquin Valley and into the Sierra Nevada range
    • Enjoy three to four hours of free time at Yosemite National Park, with a range of activities to suit everyone
    • Relax in the picnic area and have lunch among the giant sequoia trees
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