Looking for meaningful ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your significant other or friends but not interested in scrambling for a reservation at a crowded and overpriced restaurant -or paying a premium on a last-minute getaway? We get it. Take the pressure off yourself with one of these fun and easy-to-plan suggestions that are also easy on the wallet:
Stargaze at the Presidio: With its abundance of bright stars, winter is a wonderful time of year to enjoy the night sky. San Francisco Amateur Astronomers and the Presidio Trust team up to host a free stargazing tour on Monday, February 13 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Telescopes and guides will be provided as you view the moon, planets, nebulae and some of our most iconic constellations up close. Having trouble finding reliable child care? The Presidio Stargazing Party is great for families too! Bad weather cancels this event. Find details at http://bit.ly/PresidioStarGazingValentinesDay.
Take a gourmet chocolate tour: Enjoy generous tastings from a wide array of fine chocolates and learn all about chocolate making, from its history to the latest trends in packaging design—all while strolling through San Francisco’s waterfront neighborhoods. Gourmet Walks is offering its seven-stop Gourmet Chocolate Tour for Valentine’s Day weekend at $55 per person (plus $1 ticket fee). And if your taste runs more toward cupcakes or you would prefer to indulge in heartier sustenance or mix in some cocktails and wine pairings with your truffles, you can find a variety of affordable options at www.gourmetwalks.com.
Enjoy a half-priced show: Have you been waiting for the right time to experience Cirque de Soleil’s Luzia or take in some theater? Valentine’s Day weekend offers a wonderful selection of live entertainment in the Bay Area—from concerts and comedy to musicals and magic! Right now, you can find tickets to world-class performances available for half price at www.goldstar.com. But don’t wait long; tickets to some of the most popular shows are going fast!
Get your groove on: Looking for an invigorating way to burn calories and let loose this weekend while recharging your relationship? Even for those who claim to have no rhythm, there are plenty of local dance classes and Valentine’s Day events where you can get the instruction you need to feel comfortable on the dance floor. For a fun and free retro experience with live music, learn the Jitterbug at the Valentine’s Day Sock Hop on Saturday, February 11 at the Presidio Officers’ Club. More into Latin-inspired moves? Check out Salsa By the Bay at https://www.salsabythebay.com/.
Keep it low-key with a cheap movie night: If you prefer a mellow way to unwind on Valentine’s Day, consider taking advantage of Sundance Kabuki Cinema’s $6 admission on Tuesdays. The eight-screen theater features a full bar, plush seating, plenty of food and Dolby Digital 3D on two of its screens. Find showtimes at http://bit.ly/SundanceCinemasSF.
Planning on treating someone special with a gift or night out this week? Remember that our CU Rewards Program allows you to earn points for every dollar that you spend on your SFPCU Platinum Visa. Haven’t enrolled yet? Apply now at http://bit.ly/SFPCUPlatinumVisa to start racking up points toward brand-name merchandise, gift cards, vacations and more!