Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco, because it’s one of the most romantic places in the world, which also makes it the perfect destination for your honeymoon! Even better is the fact that it takes little more than an hour’s drive up our breathtaking coastline to get there from our beautiful and scenic venue, Kennolyn Events. This astonishingly lovely location boasts Redwood cathedrals and mountaintop vistas that have provided stunning backdrops to some of the most beautiful weddings ever created. Why not head straight to San Francisco from here. Whether you’re a northern California native taking a mini-moon, or flying in from out of town, this extraordinary city will steal your heart too.
Getting There – Santa Cruz Road Trip
Kennolyn Events sits overlooking the varied blues of the Monterey Bay at the tip of the Santa Cruz Mountains just ten miles south of the iconic beach town of Santa Cruz, where your coastal journey will begin. But first, consider a cozy wine tasting at Soquel Vineyards. They’re practically next door to Kennolyn and they offer a delicious detour before you begin heading northward on HWY 1, which you’ll follow through Santa Cruz and out to our gorgeous coastline. Here many have fallen in love with the Pacific Ocean and the charms of the small towns along this windswept stretch of heaven on the way to San Francisco.
If you don’t stop in Santa Cruz for a photo or a bite, you’ll have other opportunities to enjoy the local culture, flavors, and views in Davenport, where you might choose to follow the sign to the Bonny Doon Tasting Room and try other local wines before lunching at the Davenport Roadhouse Restaurant for a delicious seafood pasta, burger, or salad.
Continuing north, there is also the quaint village of Pescadero, where foodies might want to visit Harley Farms, who offer up some delicious goat cheeses to sample and savor. Of course a little further on your journey, you’ll enter the stunning town of Half Moon Bay, where some of the greatest surfing in the world occurs and where many different eateries offer delicious satiation opportunities, such as the Seared Scallop Salad at the lively Pasta Moon Trattoria on Main Street. From there, keep following the shores of the Pacific right into “the city.” No matter what you do, be sure to get out of your car and put your feet in the sand somewhere along the way. It’s a feeling you’ll both treasure forever.
Upon Arrival – Things to Do and Sights to See
Once you’ve arrived you can continue on HWY 1 right into Golden Gate Park, divert for a day to the S.F. Zoo, or head straight through to the Golden Gate Bridge for one of the most beautiful crossings you’ll ever make. In Golden Gate Park you’ll find the Academy of Sciences, which houses the Museum of Natural History, the Planetarium, and the Aquarium, as well as the Japanese Tea Gardens, the Botanical Gardens, and the lovely and fragrant Conservatory of Flowers. You can also head east toward the bay to walk hand in hand along the famed Embarcadero and Pier 39, where you won’t want to miss a cup of local clam chowder. Make your way to China Town or Nob Hill. Hit the shopping at Union Square or have a romantic sit and sip hour at one of the many places to nibble and imbibe, just South of Market; you’ll run out of energy long before you run out of things to do.
Accommodations – SF Marriott Marquis & Fairmont Heritage Place
There are so many great options when it comes to lodgings in this beautiful area, but ultimately, we think almost everyone can appreciate either a breathtaking view or being surrounded by world renowned chocolate. With those two things in mind, we recommend you stay at either the SF Marriott Marquis in the heart of downtown, or the Fairmont Heritage Place in Ghirardelli Square.
Take in the entire city from the top of the Marriott Marquis at The View Lounge while sipping on one of their delicious cocktails. You’ll feel like you just stepped into a James Bond movie. Alternatively, if you want eyes on the Bay and an overwhelming scent of chocolate in the air, stay at the Fairmont Heritage Place. Love is sweet, and so is this little corner of the city. From there, you can walk to the pier and hop on a Ferry to Alcatraz, the infamous island that imprisoned some of the country’s most intolerable convicts from 1934-1963.
Activities NOT to be Missed
Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco has lots to see, but you don’t want to leave without walking across the Golden Gate Bridge. There’s a reason it’s one of the most photographed bridges in the world. It’s simply awe inspiring. Once you’re there, you’ll feel the all-encompassing impression it makes on the city. The windy stroll is the perfect excuse to get close to your lover.
Known for steep hills, driving in San Francisco can feel like a roller coaster ride. In particular, Lombard Street is considered one of the most crooked in the world. Drive down this one way road with a jaw dropping view of some of SF’s most recognized Victorian style real estate. You and your partner will have the ride of your life!
Speaking of the city’s quintessential homes, have a romantic picnic in Alamo Square and see the Full House abode in person! Bi-Rite market is just a few blocks away and has the best variety of cheeses and wines to choose from.
If you’re like us, a spa day is a must-do on your honeymoon! Nob Hill Spa is one of the city’s finest, offering luxurious packages that will make you and your partner fall in love all over again!
Feel like an SF native and shop in one of the best fashion neighborhoods in town–Hayes Valley. Between your boutique pop-ins, you can grab coffee at Blue Bottle, born in the Bay area. Grab your drink to go and take in the magic of the city on foot.
Dinner & Drinks
There’s no lack of good food in San Francisco. In fact, even some of the city’s most recognized foodies have yet to try every notable restaurant in the 49 mile radius. There’s just too many. Lucky for you guys, we’ve narrowed down the pickings so you and your partner won’t have to have the all too familiar “Where should we eat?” discussion on your honeymoon.
Absinthe Brasserie & Bar is a classic San Francisco style restaurant with creative cocktails and undeniably good food. You’ll get a good feel for the city’s nightlife here.
Zazie is known for being one of the best brunch spots in SF, but you’ll beat the neighborhood line at dinner time. This small French bistro’s menu will blow your mind, and their charming patio is great for date nights.
Nopalito serves the best margaritas in the city. Their drinks are paired with organic, bougie Mexican cuisine that will have you coming back for more the next day. We recommend their 9th Avenue location so you can take a lovely evening stroll through Golden Gate Park after dinner.
We hope you choose to come to the San Francisco Bay Area on your honeymoon. From the Santa Cruz Mountains to Golden Gate Park, there are so many memories to make!