When it comes time to propose, you want to make sure the moment is memorable. Choosing the perfect place to pop the question is step one. You could prepare a romantic dinner at home—or you could pick one of the many amazing places in and around Seattle! From parks perfect for an outdoorsy proposal, to ritzy restaurants, and everything in between, Seattle has got you covered.
And if you're ready to start planning your wedding, check out this listing of wedding venues and locations in the Seattle area.
Restaurants that overlook the water or the twinkling night cityscape are inherently romantic, and you can't go wrong with a proposal at a restaurant with a view. You just can't. If you plan to go this route, make reservations well ahead of time and request a window seat. Especially on holidays or weekend evenings, window seats can book up quickly at Seattle’s more popular view restaurants.
Like restaurants with a view, viewpoints are also romantic by nature—so long as there aren’t too many other people there (which is a real risk with spots like the Space Needle, so go this route only if possible crowds don't rock your boat). Viewpoints that double as great spots for a marriage proposal include everything from Sky City Restaurant at the top of the Space Needle to the beautiful view at Kerry Park, where you can sit on a bench overlooking the skyline and water.
If proposing in nature sounds like your cup of tea, Seattle’s 534-acre Discovery Park is a great spot for many reasons. Within the park are open fields, cliffs and more than two miles of tucked-away beaches. Set up a picnic in one of the field areas, sit atop a bluff overlooking the water, or hike all the way through the park to the beach on the far end, where there's a historic lighthouse. Sitting on the beach, you can see parts of the city as well as Mt. Rainier in the distance. Even when the beach has lots of people there, you can always find a quiet spot.
Volunteer Park Conservatory is a historic, Victorian-style glasshouse on the grounds of Volunteer Park in Capitol Hill. Inside the glasshouse is a variety of plants from all around the world. Stroll before or after you propose. You could even propose inside the conservatory if it’s a quiet day there (do check for events going on beforehand). The grounds around the conservatory are beautiful in the spring and summer, filled with flowering trees and bushes and well-manicured lawns, perfect for a romantic walk or picnic. Some areas near the conservatory also have views of downtown.
On the Water
Seattle is a maritime city and, as such, offers unique opportunities to propose on a boat. If you don’t have your own boat but are able to drive a boat or sail, look into a rental. You could take a dinner cruise on the water with a company like Argosy Cruises, which has optional dinner upgrades such as a bottle of champagne and/or roses waiting for you at the table. Book in advance and request a window seat on the upper level for maximum romantic appeal. You could propose on rental kayaks on Lake Union, and there's even a company that has floating hot tub boats on Lake Union too if you really want to do something different.
Less than an hour from Seattle is Snoqualmie Falls, a 270-foot waterfall with several viewing areas located all around it. Be warned—you won’t be the only people there so perhaps avoid planning your proposal right along the observation deck if that bothers you. Nearby are also quieter park areas and picnic tables. If you want to turn your proposal into an experience, the Salish Lodge is a luxurious hotel perched right at the top of the falls with river-view rooms and several upscale restaurants.
Another place with many beautiful places to propose is Woodinville, 30 minutes from Seattle. There are more than 50 wineries in Woodinville, including large ones like DeLille Cellars and Chateau Ste. Michelle, as well as small, boutique wineries you may never have heard of. Propose over a wine tasting, during a picnic on the gorgeous grounds Chateau Ste. Michelle, at the upscale Barking Frog Restaurant, or walking the trails in town. The options are many!