There's nothing quite like a bicycle ride over rolling hillsides for shaking up the doldrums of daily idling. The shuttle bus will pick up bikeseekers between 8 and 9 a.m. and head across the Golden Gate Bridge toward wine country. Upon arrival, the guided bike ride begins, and you'll hop from winery to winery like a king on a checkerboard. All the tour guides are trained sommeliers with craniums filled with wine knowledge—and possibly wine. Sample varietals aperitifs along the course of the journey and stop for a delightful picnic lunch among the vineyards. The shuttle bus will follow along to carry anything purchased at the wineries or to assist thoroughly tuckered trekkers. Daytrippers are returned to the city by 7 p.m., in time to share the sunset with a lucky loved one—a girlfriend, a husband, a bottle of wine wearing a wig, etc. Purchase up to four of today's deal and invite friends, family, or a group of beloved strangers to join the journey. If you want to bring a friend along who doesn't possess a Groupon, that person will get 20% off the tour.
Housed within the heart of Golden Gate Park, Park Chalet Garden Restaurant manages to simultaneously embrace its natural surroundings and its contemporary, urban setting. Glass walls and ceilings completely surround the diners, affording them pastoral views of Queen Wilhelmina's windmill and the dutch-tulip garden without sacrificing the comfort of an indoor environment. During warm, sunny days, natural light floods the space and the retractable glass doors slide open to admit warm breezes. The dining room's pendant lamps and immense stone fireplace become invaluable at night, keeping the restaurant brightly lit and the temperatures toasty throughout the evening.
To complement this elegantly cozy ambiance, Executive Chef Matthew Urban and his team devised a menu of familiar comfort foods with subtly refined touches. Smoked paprika oil adds an unfamiliar yet welcome burst of savory flavor to the fried chicken, and cornmeal-crusted trout arrives at tables with an aromatic saffron aioli. Occasionally, the chefs look for inspiration in other cuisines and fuse those flavors with Californian ingredients. Crushed avocados add to the ahi tuna tartare's richness, but the dish's ginger-sesame vinaigrette balances those flavors with a hint of zesty spice.
However, the chefs aren't the only culinary talent at Park Chalet Garden Restaurant. The staff also brews a variety of beers in-house, crafting everything from smoky, German-style märzens to refreshingly hoppy IPAs. As diners enjoy one of these brews with their meal, they can take in the views and applaud the local bands and extraterrestrial magicians that perform every Tuesday evening.
Stomp! clobbers cravings with the one-two gastro-punch of an extensive global wine list complemented by a carefully constructed food menu heavy on small plates and high-concept American fare. Enjoy grape-loaded gulps of the Spanish white Nora Albariño ($9 per glass) or the Edna Valley Tolosa pinot noir ($12 per glass) on their own, or supplement your sips with an order of small-plate fare, such as stuffed eggs, which partner nature's most mouth-ready projectile with Serrano ham, capers, dijon mustard, and shallots ($4). Spicy shrimp empanadas tickle tongues alongside creamy avocado mole and crushed pumpkin seeds ($9), and an Italian sandwich ($8) uses prosciutto, salami, fresh mozzarella, arugula, and aged balsamic to evoke the culinary cunning and gondolier-fueled sing-alongs of Italy without the lingering threat posed by rickety leaning towers. On Tuesdays, epicures and aerialists can sashay over the Stomp! threshold for Flight Night, during which— for a flat fee of $12—they can enjoy a trio of wines alongside artisanal meats and cheeses while making airplane noises or miming the waterfowl of their choice.