Escaping with your partner for a weekend getaway is more than a fun vacation from the rigors of the everyday – it’s a chance to reconnect with one another. Instead of worrying about chores and other responsibilities, you can focus on enjoying the company of the person you love and pursuing experiences together that make you feel happy and fulfilled.
For some, the ideal romantic getaway means a simple accommodation where you can reconnect with nature. For others, it involves the first-class treatment in a luxury hotel. Whatever you’re seeking, you’re in luck: we’ve rounded up four unique romantic destinations in the Seattle area that will appeal to all different types. They’re also all within range of a single tank of gas – there and back – when you drive a fuel-efficient Honda HR-V.
1. For the nature-lovers
TreeHouse Point is only 24 miles east of Seattle, but you’ll feel a world away from the city at this tranquil retreat. The Fall City site has six treehouses available for rent, and any of them would be perfect for a cozy couple’s weekend.
When you’re not lounging around amidst the treetops, you can visit one of several nearby farmers’ markets or go for a hike on one of the many trails in the area. TreeHouse Point also offers daily yoga classes, biweekly Tai-Chi classes, and private massage and hypnotherapy sessions. After a rejuvenating day, head to one of many nearby restaurants, or spend the whole day exploring local attractions like vineyards, farms and the Boehms chocolate factory.
If you want a peaceful natural setting and a short drive, TreeHouse Point is a phenomenal choice. Best of all, any hiking gear you want to bring will fit easily in your HR-V.
2. For beverage connoisseurs
It doesn’t matter whether you prefer wine, beer or spirits – book a weekend at Willows Lodge. About 20 miles outside of Seattle, this hotel is situated near Woodinville and is smack dab in the middle of Washington’s “wine country.”
There are over 100 wineries nearby including the award-winning Chateau Ste. Michelle, which is less than a mile away. Yet the wineries are just the tip of the beverage-making iceberg. The area is also home to several breweries, a number of distilleries and a couple of cideries too. Flit around with your partner from tours to tastings to delicious dinners. Woodinville is home to many fine dining establishments including the Willows Lodge’s own Barking Frog.
When you’re not wandering from winery to brewery, you’ll still find plenty to do. Relax together in the luxury of your 2-person soaking tub at Willows Lodge, book an in-room couple’s massage or wander around the unique shops at Apple Farm Village nearby.
The Willows Lodge also offers special packages for couples that include romantic touches like champagne, chocolate-dipped strawberries and couples massages, so definitely check one out if your idea of a romantic getaway means an adventure for your palate in a luxurious setting.
3. For outdoor adventurers
Get your hearts racing together at Suncadia Resort, a beautiful resort roughly 85 miles outside of Seattle in the Cascade Mountains in Cle Elum. Once you drop your bags off at your cozy room, it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors!
Rent a boat, paddleboard, kayak, raft or canoe to explore the Cle Elum River together – go for a leisurely ride or paddle hard for a workout and an exciting ride. If you want to stay on land, explore 40+ miles of trails for hiking, biking walking, running or strolling. Play a friendly game of badminton, croquet or disc golf in the nearby parks using the complimentary rental equipment.
Grab a delicious meal at one of the great restaurants on site, like the locally-themed Portals Restaurant, and enjoy a weekend spent exploring the beauty of the Cascade Mountains with the one you love.
4. For art lovers
Around 70 miles north of Seattle, the historic waterfront village of La Connor, WA is well-known as a favorite weekend getaway for Seattleites. Creative couples that appreciate historic charm will especially like all La Connor has to offer.
Walk around the village to explore ten different art galleries and enjoy coastal views, then poke around the unique shops to find delightful surprises. Get locally made lavender products at Pelindaba Lavender, discover artfully crafted wooden creations at The Wood Merchant or scoop up distinctive fair trade goods at The Stall.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, stop by La Conner Brewing Company for some locally crafted beer and upscale bar fare or indulge in delicious creations made with local ingredients at Nell Thorn Waterfront Bistro & Bar. Select from starters like Duck Confit and Polenta Cakes with a shiitake and gorgonzola cream sauce, then go for Spaghetti Del Mar, Samish Bay Oysters or a Grass Fed Rib Steak. The fresh, clean, sustainable, organic and – as much as possible – local fare has won Nell Thorn wide acclaim. For dessert, hit up Pies & Such for homemade pies, cookies and other baked goods, then head back to the Inn for a cozy night in.
If you think exploring a charming seaside village with your partner sounds fun and romantic, La Connor is the perfect place for you! When you leave, you’ll have plenty of space for your artistic acquisitions in your Honda HR-V.
As Seattleites, we’re lucky to have so many romantic destinations such a short drive away. And with the fuel-efficient Honda HR-V, it’s easy drive to and from destinations near and not-so-near on a single tank of gas.