The best places to buy bridal gifts in San Francisco give the couple an exhilarating experience if not new friends and skills. How about the historic America's Cup races on the water with a ride on a former America's Cup sailboat. Ocean views also abound with a ride on mountain bikes or bikes built for two, over the Golden Gate Bridge. Ferry back or take in spring wildflowers at Golden Gate Park.
Cook up something behind the kitchen door with personalized, intimate cooking classes and wine pairings at the host's loft near AT & T Park. While you are there, join over 41,000 SF Giants fans for special events based on cultural heritage, or garlic and wine. If you want to dress up and sit down with something indoors, enjoy a world class opera along with champagne or wine, lunch or dinner at the War Memorial Opera House. Invite the whole wedding party!
Video here: AC Sailing video
Tickets for a public sail cost $140/adult; $70/child; $360/Family of four with two adults, two children ages 5 - 12.
Charters for private groups
Public charters during Louis Vuitton Series $190/July 4 – September 6, 2013
America’s Cup Final $240/September 7 – 21, 2013
America's Cup Sailing San Francisco offers not only rides during the races this summer but on a former America's Cup sailboat, the USA 76. The America’s Cup sailors compete on San Francisco Bay this summer and if you would like to experience the exhilaration of riding a former America’s Cup sailboat, the USA 76 features a sleek towering design with a single hull. She’s easy to spot with the elegant carbon sail and 115 foot mast, as this once professional racing boat glides across the Bay from Pier 39. The USA 76 rides last two and a half hours. Special America’s Cup excursions are available for the Louis Vuitton Cup and America’s Cup final.
San Francisco Opera
301 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, California 94102
Opera box office (415) 864-3330
San Francisco Opera offers gift certicates for a dynamic experience whether you will try it for the first time or have become a seasoned opera fan. The non-profit’s director David Gockley continues to present dazzling new productions of classics as well as intriguing new and experimental works such as 2013/2014’s Stephen King Opera, “Dolores Claiborne”. This summer check out French soprano Natalie Dessay in one of her most popular roles as the love interest in Offenbach’s funny, sexy and lyrical “Tales of Hoffman”, an autobiographical triptych featuring Offenbach’s dream of three ill-fated versions of the same lover and a romantic nemesis. Gift certificates come in any denomination with no expiration date and attractively presented. Give a performance or subscription. Patrons may also enjoy champagne, wine, desserts, lunch and dinner.
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Rates Weekly start at $99/Daily rates $20 - $105
Reservations on line ten percent off
Groupon.com discount of fifty percent:
$36 full-day rental of deluxe comfort mountain or hybrid bikes for two
$72 full-day rental of deluxe comfort mountain or hybrid bikes for four
$65 three-hour guided bike tour for two
$130 three-hour guided bike tour for four
Blazing Saddles San Francisco offers oceanic exhilaration on a world class level as beginning or intermediate riders pedal over the Golden Gate Bridge, 1.7 miles. Take the Tiburon or Sausalito ferry back to San Francisco from the Marin side after seaside dining and boutique shopping. Alternatively, breath in the beauty of spring wildflowers at Golden Gate Park or get 360 degree panorama from Angel Island. The guided tour includes ferry tickets and the option to continue on the bike after the tour.
Breeze around on a mountain bike, hybrid rental or with a guided tour or self-guided tour. Start from Fisherman’s Wharf, Market Street near Justin Herman Plaza and the Ferry Building, Hyde Street or Mason Street or one of the other seven locations. Groupon.com gives fifty percent discounts for this family owned and operated enterprise. Try out the tandem, high performance and electric bikes as well as the wine country tour. If you wish to ride with your wedding party, check out the group rates.
First Class Cooking
One Bluxome Street at Fourth Street
San Francisco, California 94107
Gift certificates $65/class; $75 cocktail and cooking
Monthly schedule; Google map
Public Transit: Caltrain to 4th & King Streets
Muni: 30, 45, 47, 10, 9, T, N
Bart: Powell Street station, 15 minute walk
Easy biking and street parking
First Class Cooking is a great place to try out those gift registry items and the cooking class needn’t cost a lot, it’s quality not quantity. So if cooking for you is casual and fun, join Emily Dellas for small informal classes using local and seasonal ingredients. She personalizes and these small classes meet in her home, a beautiful work-loft near AT & T park with a full downtown view and a new expanded kitchen.
Here are photos: Emily Dellas loft
She teaches wine pairing and nutrition for health as well. Easy access by bike, walking, public transportation and feel free to bring wine, it’s friendly but get ready for some serious instruction. Spring recipes tend to be fast and light with vegetables and fruits coming into season including onions and garlic, asparagus, artichokes and strawberries. Dellas hosts private events so hold a cooking party for your whole bridal party.
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SF Giants Special Events
AT & T Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, California 94107
The San Francisco Giants, the World Series winners, host special nights for everything under the sun so wedding couples and parties can make it a celebration with 41,503 friends, whether LGBT, Native-American, Japanese Heritage, Korean, Jewish, Italian, Polynesian, Filipino, Irish, African-American. Join comrades at Firefighters or Law Enforcement Appreciation nights, Garlic Fest, Wine Fest, Oktoberfest, Masons, Star Wars Day, Golf Night, Fellowship Day and more. The Giants announce additional events continually.