By Melanie Graysmith
For most moms and daughters spending a “just us” day together is a fun chance to do the things they enjoy without other family members pulling this way or that. San Francisco offers lots of ways for moms and daughters of all ages to spend time together enjoying activities beyond the ordinary.
Garden Court Brunch and Signature Tea
2 New Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
Could Sunday brunch be any more special than the award winning City Brunch in the Garden Court at San Francisco’s historic Palace Hotel? The exquisite Garden Court setting is the perfect backdrop to a memory making mother-daughter outing. The new City Brunch a la carte menu includes beautifully made classic and Garden Court special selections that highlight the Palace’s fine dining skill and style. If a Saturday works better for you then plan for the Palace’s Signature Tea, an updated classic in sophistication at this famed hotel. Enjoy an elegant tea service with delicate sandwiches and house-made scones and pastries, including all the Devon cream, lemon curd, and rose petal jam that distinguish this delightful tradition. View the menu here.
Shopping Hayes Valley
San Francisco, CA 94102
One of San Francisco’s trendiest neighborhoods for eclectic shopping and delicious refueling, Hayes Valley is a great area for a mother-daughter jaunt. With funky shops, stylish boutiques, and top restaurants, cafes and drink spots, Hayes Valley also comes with an interesting Cinderella-like transformation tale. The area once wasted away in the shadows of a main freeway damaged in a major earthquake. The freeway removal allowed the sleepy area to begin its renovation and emerge a lovely boulevard, community park, and stylish shopping district.
City Ride Bike Rentals
370 Linden St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Looking for an optimum sport date opportunity for mother-daughter time that is convenient, user friendly, and easy on the wallet? Look no further than bike riding, and San Francisco’s long time favorite bike rental is City Ride Bikes. With two easy access city locations renting from City Ride is simple, plus there’s a 20% discount for renting online. Choose from City or Road Bikes or Hybrids that work right for your biking style. Check prices here or call City Bikes directly. Note: a second location is at Fisherman’s Wharf, 1325 Columbus Avenue, (415) 655-9123.
2295 Harrison St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
How does sharing a climb to the top sound, girl to girl? If something close to this luxe experience sounds good to you both then Mission Cliffs could be an ideal mother-daughter experience. Here’s a chance to climb mountains, literally, rock by rock for an unforgettable thrill. If you are new to climbing that’s not a problem at Mission Cliffs, San Francisco’s oldest climbing gym and a member of Touchstone Climbing, the largest indoor climbing company in the world, as Mission Cliffs recommends the Fundamentals course and Intro to Climbing class, and then will guide you along the way. This more-than-a-gym offers an array of fitness classes too: yoga, indoor cycling, cardio boxing, and strength classes. Visit the website for complete details, including class schedules and prices.
Spark Social SF
601 Mission Bay Blvd., North
San Francisco, CA 94158
Ready for a knockout food adventure? Spark Social SF is unlike any food destination you have seen before. Set at the heart of the Mission Bay neighborhood that has ignited in business and housing development, Spark has created an urban community space designed to bring the neighborhood together with a food truck park, beer and sangria garden, and event space for the neighborhood. Tagged as Mission Bay’s Neighborhood Block Party this hub makes for a fun mother-daughter outing that appeals to all ages. Spark features a seemingly endless array of awesome food trucks at the core of the Spark adventure, with more than 150 Bay Area food trucks that rotate daily for lunch and dinner. Visit the website Events link to learn about upcoming and recurring foodie events, and the Schedule link to view the daily food truck roundup for weekdays and weekends, or view here.