Romantic Getaways in the Pacific Northwest

Lake Quinault Lodge
••• Lake Quinault Lodge. © Angela M. Brown (2007)

The Pacific Northwest is filled with great places to take your sweetheart for a special romantic weekend. Whether you're celebrating your anniversary or a new relationship, you'll find many wonderful locations to spend quality time focusing on one another.

What are the ingredients of a Northwest romantic getaway?

What exactly makes a getaway place romantic? There are many options, but they all have a few things in common - accommodations that are cozy, dining options that are intimate, and activity options that include walking and talking.

When selecting locations to recommend as romantic getaway spots, I focused on these main ingredients.

Cozy Accommodations
Amenities like fireplaces, large tubs, and balcony views can make spending time together that much more special. The location may be a contributing factor. A simple cabin in the woods or a condo overlooking the Oregon Coast may be modest in amenities, but the warm and intimate ambiance creates a romantic setting.

Intimate Dining Options
Your food and drink options don't need to be expensive, but there must be "atmosphere". A well chosen picnic spot with a couple of take-out sandwiches can be as romantic as a pricey waterfront bistro. Fortunately, the Pacific Northwest is rich in options.

Places to Walk
Strolling on the beach, window shopping in a historic downtown, or hiking through a wildflower-filled meadow are all great ways to spend time talking and laughing with your sweetheart.

Here are several articles filled with my recommendations for Northwest hotels and destinations where you can enjoy a romantic getaway.

Alaska Romantic Getaways
Idaho Romantic Getaways
Montana Romantic Getaways
Oregon Coast Romantic Getaways
Oregon Romantic Getaways
Portland OR Romantic Getaways
Seattle/Tacoma Romantic Getaways
Washington State Romantic Getaways