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The Great Outdoors: Best Outdoorsy Dates in the San Francisco Area

Weekend Sherpa is one of the best resources for awesome outdoor adventures and random daytime activities. The fearless explorers who run the site tirelessly hike, bike, boat, run, wander and whatever else to find the most beautiful and fun patches of green. Obviously, this sort of thing makes for a great date -- here are a few of their favorites. --Ben Friedland, HowHookupSF Community Manager

1. Lake Merrit Romantico

The date: How Hookup... explore Lake Merrit, enjoy a sparkling glass of Prosecco and listen to the soothing sounds of a gondolier serenading us to the tune of Tempo D'estate A Venezia.

Why it's great: The calm Lake Merritt water and views of the Oakland city skyline may not quite match up to the Grand Canal, but for amor close to home, this Bay Area version of a centuries-old tradition delivers.

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2. Sonoma Swoon

The date: How Hookup... start a fairy trail romance by combining a scenic stroll and wine tasting. Sonoma's Bartholomew Park Winery has 400 acres of preserved land with a namesake winery, picnic grounds and miles of hiking trails.

Why it's great: Wine and chocolate: romantic. Wine and hiking: "I do!"

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3. Wheel of Love in Half Moon Bay

The date:
How Hookup... ride our bikes along the car-free Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail.

Why it's great: The views along Half Moon Bay never disappoint.

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4. San Francisco Treat

The date: How Hookup... catch dinner together. Golden Gate National Recreation area is offering free crabbing lessons from the pier.

Why it's great: Rangers will lend you the nets and other equipment, plus provide a few tips and techniques for trapping those snappy crustaceans. Then you're on your own for the catch. It’s a novel way to give things a whirl and see if anyone gets crabby.

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5. Marin Mood Maker

The date: How Hookup... get to know each other hiking up to one of Marin’s hidden gems, the West Point Inn.

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What are your favorite Outdoorsy dates? Let us know in the comments, or better yet, post your own date on HowHookup!


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