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Presidio's Greatest Lists: Five Great Dates in the Presidio

Thursday, Feb 02, 2017 Category Entertainment and Culture; Recreation and Wellness; Nature and Science

With Valentine's Day coming up, February is a month to celebrate love – including love of parks! If you're looking for a special place for a date, even a date with yourself, we've got five suggestions for you.​​

A Trail Hike for Two

If you plan to "say it with flowers," why not make it the wildflowers that grow alongside the Presidio's 24 miles of trails? With spring on its way, several native species begin their annual show in February and March. If dramatic coastal views make your heart go pitter patter, the Batteries to Bluffs trail can't be beat, especially at sunset. Inland, the picturesque Lovers' Lane, the park's oldest trail, is made for strolling hand-in-hand. If nothing else, a hike will make you fall in love with San Francisco all over again.

Find your scenic Presidio trail >>

Photo Credit Charity Vargas

Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Even if you weren't around when the sock hop was king, you'll still feel like a teen again when you're twisting and shouting to greats from the 1950s at the Presidio Valentine's Day Sock Hop. Bring your date to the Presidio Officers' Club on February 11, 2017. The San Francisco Jitterbugs will offer lessons and perform throughout the night while The Ely Brothers & The Doubletake Band will provide the live soundtrack for the dance floor. When it's time to cool down, a retro drink from Arguello restaurant will do the trick. This is a free event, but drinks are available for purchase and space is limited, so sign up to attend.

Register for the Sock Hop at the Presidio Officers' Club >>

Expand Your Heart and Your Mind

If you and your beloved enjoy weeknight dates, then the Presidio Officers' Club has something new (and free!) for you to try. Every Thursday at Presidio Dialogues, enjoy lively discussions hosted by authors, artists, and filmmakers. These talks deepen your understanding of history, culture, and current events – which will no doubt create new conversation fodder. Music enthusiasts will enjoy Friday night's Presidio Sessions, where you'll find string quartets, jazz ensembles, troubadours, and piano virtuosos bringing the historic building alive with music. Start or end your evening at the club's Arguello restaurant​ for a romantic bite.

Check out the Presidio Officers' Club event calendar >>

Take in the Presidio's Scenic Views

Looking for a dreamy Valentine's date? Begin your adventure by visiting one of the Presidio's eight scenic overlooks and find the perfect spot to watch the sun slip below the horizon. Then drop in to a Presidio eatery for a romantic bite. The Commissary and Sessions at the Presidio are offering special Valentine's menus. Reservations are recommended.

 See a list of the Presidio's scenic overlooks >>

Photo by Jay Graham​

Enjoy a Spa Date

Sometimes you need a little pampering, which is when a trip to the spa for "me" time can feel like the ultimate well-deserved treat. Turn it into "we" time with a side-by-side couples massage at SenSpa, one of the Presidio's hidden gems. This day spa is set in a space that was miraculously transformed from a historic Army warehouse into a retreat where you can escape the stresses of urban life.​

Book a date at the Presidio's SenSpa >>