The Best Romantic Getaways in the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest is filled with great places to take your sweetheart for a special romantic weekend. There are many options, but they all have a few things in common: accommodations that are cozy, dining options that are intimate, and activities that include walking and talking.

Amenities like fireplaces, large tubs, and balcony views can make spending time together that much more special, and the location of your accommodations can enhance the romance. 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.

Look for atmosphere wherever you dine. A choice picnic spot with a couple of take-out sandwiches can be as romantic as a pricey waterfront bistro.

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    Whether you're staying at a resort along the Oregon Coast or planning a weekend getaway to Portland, the state of Oregon has plenty of romantic accommodations to discover on your trip to the Pacific Northwest. Take a trip to Oregon's wine country and stay at the Allison Inn in the small town of Newberg or take in the sights and sounds of the ocean at Cannon Beach's Stephanie Inn.

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    Featuring wide-open spaces and beautiful mountain resorts, Montana is full of great bed and breakfasts and charming inns that are perfect for a weekend escape with your special someone. Consider staying at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake or the Kandahar Lodge at Big Mountain where you can go kayaking on the lake or hiking in the nearby Glacier National Park for the best views in Montana. 

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    The state of Idaho is covered in mountains, lakes, and forest, making it an ideal location for a romantic getaway from the more-populated coastal states. Here, you can embrace a little kitsch and spend the weekend in a themed room at the Black Swan Inn at Pocatello. Choose from 16 different suites, including an Under the Sea room, complete with a giant clamshell bed; a Wild West room, decked out like an old saloon; or an Egyptian suite, outfitted with hieroglyphics on the walls. For something more traditional, escape to the Irwin near the Idaho-Wyoming border at the Lodge at Palisades Creek. The tiny town (population: 219 at last count) is located on the edge of Grand Teton National Park, perfect for hiking and nature enthusiasts.

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    Washington offers a number of great inns and bed and breakfasts across the state, including several romantic accommodations in Seattle and Tacoma. The grand historic Davenport Hotel and the Tower in Spokane is one of the best resorts in the Pacific Northwest, which was beautifully restored and reopened in 2002. For an intimate escape into nature, the Salish Lodge at Snoqualmie Falls is just a few miles east of Seattle and offers guests access to a number of hiking trails and area attractions. Or, for a mountain retreat, consider Lake Quinault Lodge, a grand lodge located in Olympic National Park.