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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Interactive Map Aims to Help Plan Dates Around San Francisco

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 9:54 AM

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We've been focusing a lot on the dating world of the 20s-30s scene, so this week we're going to take a look at the dating world of those a bit older: LoveBeginsAt, a dating site aimed at singles over the age of 40, has created an interactive map of San Francisco designed to make it easier to pick fun and interesting date locations around the City. The map features ideas ranging from bars to GoCar tours (okay, those dates can't be locals) to hiking at Lands End. Each idea corresponds with an icon on the map indicating whether each spot is a bar, a restaurant, or another date activity. Once users see a date idea that looks interesting, they can click on the icon and go to the website of each location to find out more about it.

“We took a number of factors into consideration before selecting the top dating locations. Each location had to have a unique draw, something that made it stand out from a regular dating spot and can make a date more fun,” says a spokesperson for LoveBeginsAt. He adds that some places made it onto the map solely because of their stunning views (we suspect that Lands End is one of those).

LoveBeginsAt also says they tried to pick places that they thought would appeal to both singles over 40 and younger couples looking for a spot to go, but we thought that all of the restaurant choices seemed aimed at the over 40 set — a couple in their 20s probably isn't going to spring for a date at The Slanted Door, for example, especially on a first date.

But dates like going to the Yerba Buena Gardens or Musee Mechanique — otherwise known as "the arcade they go to in The Princess Diaries" — can be fun regardless of the couples' age and/or budget.

So next date night, instead of opening the takeout menu drawer and firing up Netflix, maybe you’ll want to consult the map. Unless it’s just a Netflix kind of night, because some nights just are, and that’s okay too.
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