Weekend getaways from San Francisco fill the gamut with a wide spectrum of things to do. Find a vacation rental home that’s centralized to your itinerary, pack your suitcases and get ready for a romantic getaway San Francisco style. Here are 10 must-do activities to pencil in on your schedule.
- Visit Wine Country
Take a limousine through Napa Valley for a romantic, scenic getaway. You can stop at several of the vineyards to tour around a little and taste local vino. Napa is loaded with popular wineries like Robert Mondavi, Stag’s Leap and Inglenook.
- Muir Woods
Get close to nature, close to the city by hiking through Muir Woods. Massive redwoods create a canopy of shade as you walk through the winding trails among these famous giants.
Local Pro-tip: Book your parking reservation early so that you are not turned away at the gate. Then at the end of your day, head around the corner to Muir beach for sunset – it’s magical
- Monterey BayKayak in Monterey Bay for a leisurely way to absorb the beauty of this tourist hot spot and marine preserve. Kayaks are available to rent so you and your loved one can have a no hassle glide across the water.
Local Pro-tip:After grabbing a bite to eat in quaint Carmel-by-the-sea, take a tour of 17 mile drive passing by the beauty of Pebble Beach and the Lone Cypress.
Spend a weekend in Sausalito and take in the grandeur of this beautiful. bayside village. Have a delicious lunch at Bar Bocce while you watch the sailboats as they come and go in the harbor. Enjoy dinner at The Barrel House with an incredible waterfront view. Shop at the boutiques, tour the unique galleries, and grab a drink or two in one of the charming pubs.
Local Pro-tip:Bike across the bridge to take in the tremendous sights of the bay area. It’s well worth the effort, then you can take the ferry back to the city without having to climb the hill out of Sausalito.
- Half Moon BayTake some time to enjoy the numerous beaches, hiking trails, and parks of Half Moon Bay. It’s less than an hour from San Francisco, and a beautiful hour drive at that! Couples can do as much or as little as they desire in this relaxing beach town which offers waterfront dining, horseback riding on the beach, and paddle boarding or surfing in the famous California surf.
Local Pro-tip: If you are around Half Moon Bay in the winter months, keep an eye – and ear – out for the surfing at Maverick’s. One of the largest waves in the world, it’s a treat to behold the surfers stare down these giants of the Pacific.
- Pescadero, California
Experience Mother Nature at Pescadero. Hike, take a goat tour, kayak, meditate and picnic without the bustle of city noise. Listen to the birds singing and the rustle of leaves in the wind.
- Mendocino Coast
The Mendocino Coast is an isolated nugget of beauty. With gorgeous beaches for sunning within the cliffs, redwood forests for hiking, spas for pampering, and sunsets worth watching at the end of the day, you’re bound to have a memorable weekend. Make the most of a weekend by spending it here where romance can flourish.
Local Pro-tip: Take the scenic route by driving up historic Route 1. It’s one of the most beautiful drives of the country and will leave you in awe of the rugged California coast.
- Big Sur
Big Sur boasts a 90-mile coastline of water, waterfalls, redwood trees and a mysterious fog that hovers. Explore this area to find some of the magnificent wildlife that calls this place home. You might catch a glimpse of a whale, see a few sea otters and plenty of exotic birds. Keep your camera on hand.
Local Pro-tip:Well first of all, you MUST drive down. Then on your way, take a moment at famous Bixby bridge.
- Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is an ideal weekend retreat. It is a busy tourist attraction, so be sure to secure your Yosemite Valley vacation rental months ahead of time. The park offers up-close views of nature and wildlife while hiking. Winter offers horse-drawn sleigh rides and ice skating.
Local Pro-tip:If you are a photographer, there are two tremendous events to be aware of: Horsetail falls burning with the sunset, and the full moon rising over Yosemite Falls.
- Lake Tahoe, California
Ski, tube or snowboard at the numerous resorts around Lake Tahoe in the winter. Beach bum it in the summertime. Hike the Rubicon Trail and tour the Vikingsholm castle.
Local Pro-tipIf it’s a big vacation weekend, it will be heavily trafficked everywhere. After labor day and before memorial day you will find friendlier staff, and more enjoyable moments with less crowds.