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Romantic San Francisco

San Francisco is one of those rare cities that has something for everyone. Some say it’s a city made for love. So if you find yourself on a romantic break and manage to find time to leave your hotel, here are some tips for hopeless romantics everywhere.

Wherever you’ve travelled from, make your first morning a lazy one. Make sure you dress comfortably (you’ll be able to freshen up and get dressed up for your evening out later) so you can wander round the area and plan for a mid-morning brunch at one of the many diners around. Many are designed to do what the locals live for; reading the paper and watching the world go by.

Take a stroll through a few neighbourhoods, take in a spot of window shopping (or actual shopping if you are in that sort of mood) and enjoy the sites from atop one of the very many hills that make up San Francisco. Why not stop off at one of the local bakeries and deli’s to pick up a picnic lunch and then jump on a tram to the Golden Gate Park and find the “Conservatory of flowers” to enjoy your romantic picnic surrounded by beautiful blooms. Afterwards spend some time to explore the rest of this amazing greenhouse, home to over 1,500 species of plant and breath-taking aquatic garden which really has to be seen to be believed.

If you need some rest and relaxation after all that walking then track down one of the many day spas that are dotted around the city. You and your loved one can relax and revive with a massage followed by a romantic Jacuzzi (not too romantic, they have rules about that sort of thing).

After all that relaxing it’s time to head back to your hotel where you can freshen up with a shower and get into your “out on the town” wear. Many of the hotels in San Francisco are in primary locations so finding a nice restaurant would enough nothing more than asking your concierge and a short walk.

If you’re really looking to impress your loved one, track down one of the few rooftop cocktail bars that offer amazing panoramic views of the city while you drink your favourite tipple.

If you’re still up for more, San Francisco nightlife offers up plenty of nightlife with its many clubs and bars, or you just might want to retire back to your hotel for an early night…

Bill Weston writes on a number of subjects including Holidays and Hotels.

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Europe’s Classic Romantic Inns The Azores

Europe's Classic Romantic Inns The Azores

TERRA NOSTRA GARDEN HOTELLocated on the island of San Miguel, the resort hotel is built in the crater of an extinct volcano. The particular micro-climate has fostered a lush garden filled with rare species of plants, and thermal springs feed its giant pool. We tour the extensive gardens with the young owner, Luis Bensaude, and eat �cozido,� a special dish that is cooked by burying pots in thermally heated ground.QUINTA DA NASCE D�AGUAThis lovely manor house on the island of Terceira was converted into an inn a couple years ago and is now the favorite of discerning visitors. Our hostess, Dona Ana Maria, supervises an exceptional restaurant. We visit the site of the Battle of Salga, where the islanders repelled a Spanish invasion by driving wild cattle into their ranks.ESTALAGEM DE SANTA CRUZThe fort of Santa Cruz was built in 1567 for protection against pirates. It overlooks the port of Horta on the island of Faial, the crossroads of the Spanish Empire galleon fleet. Our hosts are three local men who take us to Peter�s Cafe, the famous meeting place and message center for sailors, which has an outstanding scrimshaw museum. Regional Highlights:Whale Watching- Island of Pico Azores was the whaling center of the Atlantic during the last two centuries. Whaling was outlawed ten years ago, but the cry of �Baleias!� – �Whales� – still sends out little boats to track the huge cetaceans. Only now the boats are filled with eco-tourists, who thrill to being so close to whales
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