(Psst, you’ll find nine cheap eats suggestions that pair with these here.) Head north of the Golden Gate Bridge and motor through the Marin Headlands to the historic Point Bonita Lighthouse, where you’ll swoon for your sweetie, as well as the stunning coastal views.
You’ll swoon even more when you see the final approach: A walk across a wind-whipped (but totally safe) suspension footbridge that spans a craggy chasm, as waves crash below.
Details: The lighthouse is open for free self-guided or docent tours from to p.m. The historic building is closed the rest of the week, but those glorious views are always available.
gov/goga/The steady breeze off the bay is just right for a day of kite flying and frolicking at the Berkeley Marina’s Cesar Chavez Park, at the end of University Avenue.
Then, well, you’re in Golden Gate Park, so wander the patchwork of pastures and trees, have a romantic picnic in the Shakespeare Garden, or visit the Hamon Observation Tower at the de Young Museum. For summertime romance, nothing beats a balmy evening beachside at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, lights sparkling from the 1911 Looff Carousel, cotton candy crystalizing in the moist ocean air.
For , you can get an all-day hop-on/hop-off pass and float around the fray.
Oakland’s First Fridays event is free and totally cool, with hip stuff to see and do, all manner of art, music, food, dancing and more.
What began more than a decade ago as a cool gallery walk has swelled into the city’s biggest monthly public block party, a massive street festival drawing about 20,000 people, shutting down Telegraph Avenue between West Grand Avenue and 27th Street in Oakland’s Uptown and KONO (Koreatown Northgate) districts.
At the end of the day, there's no reason to go all-out on a date night that you can't afford.
Keep your date simple with the goal of reconnecting with your partner, and you'll find enjoyment in the little things.
Think of it as a good excuse to hold each other tight!