It’s no surprise that best-selling novelist Danielle Steel resides in the romance-inspiring San Francisco. Or that frequent visitor Tony Bennett still croons that he left his heart in San Francisco. Even aside from the rich and famous, it’s easy to list a dozen reasons why “the cool grey city of love” still wins over hearts. Here are the reasons why people love San Francisco:
1. The first glance: The view of the City when approaching downtown San Francisco from the airport confirms the promise of excitement and beauty. To enhance the ride into this lovers’ paradise, couples can splurge with bubbling champagne poured by a chauffeur in a stretch limousine.
2. Between the sheets: Many San Francisco hotel suites provide enchanting canopy beds with thick down quilts, silk sheets on request, sensuous bathtubs for two, intimate parlors with fireplaces, fresh flowers, breakfast for late risers, 24-hour gourmet room service and the ubiquitous "Do Not Disturb" sign.
3. If you MUST leave your room: Discover the charming multicolored Victorians stretching along the hills of Pacific Heights or the historical grandeur of Nob Hill on guided walking tours. For thrill seekers with soaring hearts, climb aboard a helicopter for a bird’s eye tour of the city or take a flying lesson.
4. Get lost! Explore the nooks and crannies of San Francisco by ducking down hidden streets and walkways to discover unique boutiques, galleries and restaurants. Or get physical on bicycle lanes and footpaths crisscrossing Golden Gate Park, a nature lovers’ urban oasis with quiet meadows and serene lakes.
5. A bridge to take your breath away: High above where the Pacific meets San Francisco Bay spans the Golden Gate Bridge. Walkers and bikers should dress for the unknown on this famous crossing — cool ocean breezes, blue skies and sunshine, or misty fog. For victims of vertigo, the view looking up at the bridge from sea level at Fort Point is just as sensational.
6. Sensational sensual art: Lovers intertwine in the romantically inspired sculptures "Fantaisie" and "Pavlova and Novikoff in La Peri" at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. The city’s other art havens are sure to offer additional inspiration, and there’s a whole collection of five-foot-tall hearts decorated by local artists all over the city, a legacy of the Hearts in San Francisco fundraiser.
7. Discover treasure: To find a memorable keepsake, Union St. features turn-of-the-century Victorians renovated into shops and Hayes Valley is