You’re ready to get away, and we get it. Life has a way of stealing all our moments and staying connected to your love starts getting harder and harder in the slog. Now it’s just a matter of figuring out where to go. We’ve curated this list of romantic getaways from Seattle to help narrow down the best fit for you and your partner to unplug from the every day and invest in the moment together.
Quick Guide: Romantic Getaways from Seattle
Romantic Day Trips From Seattle
- Fine wine enthusiasts - Woodinville, Washington
- Naturalists & TV geeks - Snoqualmie Falls
- Lovers of the Sea - Friday Harbor
Weekend Getaways for Couples From Seattle
- Disconnecting from the world - Breitenbush Hot Springs
- Maritime and art lovers - Port Townsend
- Pacific Northwest beach lovers - Long Beach, Washington
Best Couples Getaways From Seattle
- Artsy adventurers - Vancouver, British Colombia
- Lego builders and lovers of sunshine - Carlsbad, California
- A slice of mountain life - Denver, Colorado
Romantic Day Trips From Seattle
You don’t have to have weeks and weeks or even a long weekend stored up in order to have a couple’s getaway from Seattle that will reconnect you to your partner and build lasting memories for a lifetime. If you’re tight on time but need that romantic getaway, choose one of these immersive day trips for some special time with your honey.
1. Woodinville, Washington
- Perfect For: Fine wine enthusiasts
- Highlights Of Woodinville
- Every kind of wine you could ever dream of
- Fantastic restaurants
- Hot air balloons — need we say more?
How to Get to Woodinville
A 26-minute drive will get you to beautiful Woodinville from downtown Seattle. You’ll get on WA-520 E for 9 miles before taking I-405 N the rest of the way.
Things to Do in Woodinville
Woodinville is the heart of Washington wine country and it’s stuffed to the gills with beautiful, romantic wineries for you and your sweetheart to enjoy. There are more than 900 wineries in Washington State, and Woodinville is home to 120 of them.
Enjoy a slice of history such as Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Washington state’s oldest winery, complete with 105 wooded acres and stunning architecture, or go for something more modern like Novelty Hill – Januik with it’s large, open floor plan and gorgeous patio surrounded by gardens. Once you’ve had all the wine and cheese you can possibly hold for one day, take a sunset flight on a hot air balloon and soak in the view of the beautiful vineyards from the sky. If you have a certain question to pop, this may be the perfect time. wink, wink.
Where to Stay in Woodinville
Holly Creek Bed & Breakfast is an excellent choice for a couples’ getaway from Seattle. Its cozy rooms offer you a place to reconnect at the end of the day, while it’s also within walking distance of 40 tasting rooms for daytime exploring. Leave your car in the ample parking lot so you don’t have to worry about parking, driving, and getting in and out of tight spots.
If you're feeling a tad more adventurous, spend the night in this gorgeous overnight tree house. Snuggle with your honey in the queen size bed and fall in love with each other all over again.
2. Snoqualmie Falls
- Perfect For: Naturalists & TV geeks
- Highlights Of Snoqualmie Falls
- Famous for being featured in the TV show "Twin Peaks"
- The Falls are free to view and the attraction has free parking
- Romantic firelight dinner in the Salish Lodge
How to Get to Snoqualmie Falls
A beautiful 36-minute drive on I-90 E will bring you straight to the Falls. You won’t believe that so much nature is such a short drive away.
Things to Do in Snoqualmie Falls
As the name suggests, the main attraction of Snoqualmie Falls is the falls themselves — 268 feet of magnificent rushing water falling from jaw-dropping heights. There is both an upper and a lower observation deck where you can gaze at the waterfalls to your heart’s content. Afterward, warm up in the Snoqualmie Falls store and grab a souvenir before settling into the Salish Lodge and Spa for a romantic weekend away with your love.
Where to Stay in Snoqualmie Falls
There’s only one answer here — the Salish Lodge & Spa. A memorial backdrop of stunning natural beauty and a luxurious, relaxed mountain spa — romance will come alive as you enjoy firelit rooms, stunning views, and self-care pampering of the in-house award-winning Spa. Whatever other romantic getaways from Seattle you may take in your life together, you’ll be talking about this place for years.
Of course, if you want something that feels a little more intimate, you can opt for this gorgeous cabin nestled in the Snoqualmie Mountains. It will just be you and your sweetie cozied up together with every comfort you could want.
3. Friday Harbor
- Perfect For: Lovers of the Sea
- Highlights Of Friday Harbor:
- Quaint, charming vibe
- Directly on the water
- Near other islands to explore
How to Get to Friday Harbor
1.5 hours on I-5 N will take you to Anacortes where you will hop on the Anacortes – Friday Harbor Ferry to Friday Harbor. Expect to spend an additional 1.5 hours on the ferry, enjoying the sights of the Salish Sea.
Things to Do in Friday Harbor
Engulf yourself in all things nautical in this absolutely charming village by the sea. Stroll the San Juan Island Farmer’s Market for some burst-in-your-mouth produce, explore any of the half-dozen museums including the San Juan Islands Museum of Art, the Whale Museum, and the San Juan Historical Museum, or choose to stay closer to the water on a kayak expedition or whale watching cruise.
Where to Stay in Friday Harbor
For such a small island, there are many places to stay in Friday Harbor including cabins, farms, inns, hotels, camping, resorts, and bed & breakfasts. We recommend Inn to the Woods Bed & Breakfast. This small bed and breakfast is dedicated to a personalized experience, making it the perfect place to create some special one-on-one time with your love on your weekend getaway. Located just 4 miles from Friday Harbor, enjoy the Inn’s relaxing atmosphere, a hot tub for two on a private balcony, and a delectable home-cooked breakfast.
If you're craving a more unique experience and have a little more room in your budget, take the once-in-a-lifetime chance to sleep on the water on a gorgeous 60-foot boat in one of two private staterooms. You'll feel like royalty on your own personal yacht.
Weekend Getaways for Couples From Seattle
If you’re looking for weekend getaways for couples from Seattle that are a little further afield, these charming, relaxing, and beautiful locations could be a perfect fit to luxuriate in romance and keep the world far away.
4. Breitenbush Hot Springs
- Perfect For: Disconnecting from the world
- Highlights Of Breitenbush Hot Springs
- Peaceful, rural setting
- The opportunity to reconnect with your partner
- Utter relaxation and rejuvenation
How to Get to Breitenbush Hot Springs
Follow I-5 S for 3 hours and 45 minutes before turning onto OR-22 E for the last hour.
Things to Do in Breitenbush Hot Springs
Located in the Oregon Cascade Mountains, Breitenbush Hot Springs is a retreat and conference center dedicated to relaxation, rejuvenation, and wellness. The center is a digital-detox zone, meaning no internet or cell service, and a substance-free environment, so no smoke or intoxicants are on the premises either. The numerous soaking pools of healing hot springs water are clothing-optional, making this a tremendous opportunity to unplug, re-focus, and sensually reconnect with your partner.
Where to Stay in Breitenbush Hot Springs
The hot springs offer a variety of lodging options including bring-your-own tent spaces, rooms in the lodge, and adorable yurts. Our personal favorite is the Forest Shelter. This beautiful round dwelling made of wood and stone is nestled in the woods by a river. It contains two queen beds, geothermal heating, and a huge window to take in all the wonders of your surroundings.
5. Port Townsend
- Perfect For: Maritime and art lovers
- Highlights Of Port Townsend
- Gorgeous Victorian architecture
- A mere 2-hour drive from downtown Seattle
- Cuisine for every palate
How to Get to Port Townsend
The majority of your drive will be taken on I-5 S. You’ll stay on I-5 for the first 1.5 of your trip before turning off onto WA -104 W for the last 30 minutes.
Things to Do in Port Townsend
Port Townsend is a charming Victorian seaport village on the Olympic peninsula rich with history and culture. Enjoy strolling down its sunny streets with your darling on your arm, stopping in at any of its myriad of restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world. Grab a coffee from Better Living Through Coffee as you overlook the sea and talk about your dreams together as a couple. William James Bookseller is a can’t-miss for all things bookish and end the day watching the sunset from the lighthouse at Fort Worden.
Where to Stay in Port Townsend
There are several romantic boutique hotels to choose from in Port Townsend, but we recommend The Monarch, where comfort meets luxury. This historic hotel of architectural brilliance occupies the second and third floors of the historic N.D. Hill building, right in the heart of Port Townsend. You’ll enjoy luxurious old-world surroundings, breathtaking ocean views, and a variety of suites packed with amenities for your stay.
If you aren't feeling a hotel stay, Airbnb offers beautiful, homey yurts, like our pick, a 24-foot-in-diameter yurt located on a 12-acre estate, complete with an onsite winery and tasting room. It's just chef's kiss.
6. Long Beach, Washington
- Perfect For: Pacific Northwest beach lovers
- Highlights Of Long Beach:
- 6 state parks
- Beaches without the crowds
How to Get to Long Beach
The first hour and a half of your trip will be spent on I-5 S before turning off onto US-101 S for the last 1.5 hours. The sites on US-101 along the coast are simply stunning, so you may want to take turns driving so you each get a turn ogling to your heart’s content.
Things to Do in Long Beach
Yes, turns out there’s a Long Beach in Washington too. And no shade to California, but ours is better. With 28 miles of continuous beach, parking that is always free, extraordinary views, and lighthouses, Long Beach, Washington, is the perfect place to get all the best parts of beach life without the bustle and the crowds. Take as many romantic strolls and picnics as you want from any of the 7 beach access points and enjoy a warm seafood dinner in town before calling it a night in your cozy romantic getaway.
Where to Stay in Long Beach
While there are many chain hotels available for an overnight stay in Long Beach and nearby Astoria, we recommend this charming little cottage on Airbnb for your quiet, romantic stay by the Sea. Enjoy the quiet property, fully furnished cabin, and fire pit as you bask in the peace and stillness.
Adrift Hotel is also a great choice. With beach access, a library, restaurant, and complimentary bicycles, this will be a comfortable, no-stress stay for your romantic adventure.
Best Couples Getaways From Seattle
If you’re feeling like a longer trip, these getaways are just a short flight away from Seattle but offer a big slice of adventure and a lifetime of memories.
7. Vancouver, British Colombia
- Perfect For: Artsy adventurers
- Highlights Of Vancouver, British Colombia:
- Popular film location
- Thriving arts scene
- Completely different country close to home
How to Get to Vancouver
In a quick-as-a-flash 1-hour flight from Seattle, you can be in gorgeous Vancouver, a glorious, mountain-surrounded city full of art, life, and romance.
Things to Do in Vancouver
Vancouver is a lovely city full of things to do and sights to see. Catch the Vancouver International Film Festival in September and early October or choose from the myriad of film festivals happening in the city throughout the year. If you prefer live performance, Vancouver is one of Canada’s most thriving dance scenes with performances from over 25 professional dance troupes including Ballet British Columbia. Of course, there are also a tremendous number of outdoor activities, including skiing, hiking, cycling, and boating, as well as cuisines from all over the world being served all over the city.
Where to Stay in Vancouver
In a city this size, you will have your pick of hotels. But we recommend the adorable vintage motor hotel with modern amenities, 2400 Hotel. Retro and nostalgic, you can choose a standard room or a bungalow, complete with vintage fireplaces, bright windows, and plenty of clean, fresh space.
Many homes and condos are available to rent out on Airbnb as well, such as this trendy and stylish loft right in the middle of the action. Enjoy the shining wood floors, fully stocked bathroom and kitchen, free parking space, and easy access to the life of the city.
8. Carlsbad, California
- Perfect For: Lego builders and lovers of sunshine
- Highlights Of Carlsbad:
- Quiet beaches
- Laid-back vibe
How to Get to Carlsbad
A 3-hour flight from Seattle-Tacoma airport will put you in sunny Carlsbad where you can soak up all the vitamin D you didn’t even realize you were yearning for.
Things to Do in Carlsbad
When I lived in San Diego, Carlsbad was one of my favorite places to go. It was about a 45-minute drive from where I was, but it was beautiful, quiet, and any time I went there were significantly fewer people than elsewhere in the city, which soothed my little introvert’s heart.
Carlsbad’s main claim to fame is Legoland, and — as a total Lego head myself — this adds 1,000 cool points to this destination for me. But if you and your SO are not builders or interested in Lego, Carlsbad is still a gorgeous small beach town to enjoy a little romance. The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch simply can’t be beat for a spectacular display of beauty, and South Carlsbad State Beach will give you miles of gorgeous coastline to amble, Enjoy this picturesque beach town and meander into the Museum of Making Music or spend an afternoon in the Sea Life Aquarium to round out your day.
Where to Stay in Carlsbad
As with any beachy destination, you’ll have your pick of chain hotels, bed & breakfasts, and resorts. However, locals have voted Ocean Palms Beach Resort as the best local boutique hotel, and we tend to agree. All guest rooms bring a burst of colorful Ocean vibes that lightens your mood and gets you ready for the waves. The suites are bright, beautiful, and stuffed full of every amenity you could want or need. The resort is right on the water, so just walk out your door and put your toes in the sand.
Of course, you might want to enjoy a little alone time tucked a little further inland, and for that, we suggest this cozy little cottage on Airbnb, cutely named "The Flying Mermaid." Spend as much time at the beach as you'd like, and come home to a sunset overlooking your own private tropical garden before turning in.
9. Denver, Colorado
- Perfect For: A slice of mountain life
- Highlights Of Denver:
- Fresh mountain air
- Clean city
- Friendly people
How to Get to Denver
Hop on a place for 2.5 hours and BOOM — you’re in the magical land of Colorado (and frankly, you may never want to come home.)
Things to Do in Denver
One year for Christmas, I drove across the country from San Diego to Ohio and back again. Denver was my favorite stop on that trip. The air was so fresh and crisp and the people so friendly. On top of that, it was the cleanest large city I have ever been in, making for a wonderful stay.
My personal Denver itinerary included a trip to the famous Tattered Cover Book Store and the Denver Art Museum, but of course, Colorado is also known for its outdoor activities in the surrounding mountain ranges. Craft your trip around what you and your partner enjoy most and I promise Denver will deliver.
Where to Stay in Denver
Like any city, where you stay will depend on how into the action you want to be, but for a weekend getaway where you want to be in walking distance of a plethora of different restaurants and bars, we recommend staying in the Union Station / Lower Downtown area — specifically at The Maven.
The Maven is rustic yet lavish and offers guests 172 guest rooms and suites to choose from with luxurious amenities including private balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, vibrant artwork, and more.
There are many homes and apartments to choose from as well, such as this studio suite in Belmar, Lakewood with a black-tiled walk-in shower to die for.
Couples getaways from Seattle don't have to be a headache to plan. Choose your favorite from this list and pack your bags! Your romantic weekend awaits.