Whether you’re looking for a relaxing secluded escape or a lively weekend jaunt, Seattle, Washington is surrounded by plenty of lovely romantic weekend getaway spots. If you want to trade the hustle and bustle of the city for serene nature instead, you have an abundance of options in the scenic Northwest. You and your sweetheart can explore rural forests, unwind on tranquil islands, canoe on picturesque lakes, and climb majestic mountains. There are also numerous wineries, boutique shops, art galleries, and entertainment venues in the surrounding towns. Look forward to experiencing the region’s fantastic food scene. After settling into your Seattle vacation rental, venture out to one of these nearby cities and towns for the weekend.

1. San Juan Island, Washington

If you head a little over three hours north, you’ll find beautiful San Juan Island. Getting to the island is half the fun. You can take a Washington State Ferry from Anacortes if you’re in the mood to enjoy a leisurely ferry ride with views of the surrounding island cluster, or head to Kenmore Air to take a seaplane or wheeled-plane. Once you arrive on the island, rent some bicycles at Island Bicycles, and then explore the beautiful Orcas Island Scenic Byway trails. If you prefer to hike, Island National Historic Park has some wonderfully scenic trails. When you’ve worked up an appetite, head to Duck Soup, a chic yet rustic waterfront bistro with gorgeous views and seasonal, locally-sourced seafood and more.

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2. Woodinville, Washington

Just a half hour’s drive northeast of Seattle is beautiful Woodinville. It’s one of the best local vacation destinations if you’re looking for vacation rentals in a rural area. Nestled in the lush Sammamish Valley, Woodinville is famous for its many wineries. Stop by Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery for a wine and food pairing and a tour of the gorgeous estate. When you’re done there, head across the street to the beautiful Columbia Winery — you’ll recognize it by its Victorian-inspired architecture. Take a free tour, or chat with the locals at the lively wine bar. For dinner, enjoy handmade pasta and other Northern Italian cuisines at Italianissimo Ristorante, an elegant eatery with indoor and outdoor seating options.

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3. Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon is just three hours from Seattle, and it’s one of the best vacation destinations for couples who want to a change of scenery without giving up big city conveniences. It’s impossible to see all that Portland has to offer in just weekend, but you can certainly try. Start things off right at Kiva Tea Cafe Spa. It’s a chic cafe where you can enjoy exotic teas from all over the world alongside a fresh lunch. More importantly, there are luxurious spa treatments available, including romance packages that include couples massages, foot soaks, and champagne and chocolate. Elevate the classic dinner-and-a-movie date by seeing a film at Cinetopia, an upscale theater with decadent oversized couch seating. Finish the night with a delicious dinner at Le Pigeon, a cozy restaurant with a French-inspired menu.

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4. Bellingham, Washington

Bellingham is a charming coastal city that’s a two-hour drive north of Seattle. Whether you want to go sailing on Bellingham Bay or enjoy a night on the town, there’s plenty of scenic nature as well as upbeat entertainment. Take a scenic stroll through Whatcom Falls Park, a scenic rainforest park with lush trails, rushing waterfalls, and endless picturesque views. After that grand adventure, stop by Chocolate Necessities to taste exquisite chocolates, hot chocolates, wine, and Italian gelato. Bellingham is known for its amazing local seafood, so be sure to stop by Keenan’s at the Pier for a delicious meal overlooking the bay. Rock and Rye Oyster House is another fantastic place to get dinner, featuring exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and a menu of modern American cuisine and cocktails.

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5. Bainbridge Island, Washington

Located just one hour west of Seattle is Bainbridge Island, one of the more popular vacation destinations among Seattle residents. The Bloedel Reserve is a lovely place for a stroll and a picnic, featuring natural Northwest landscapes as well as manicured areas, including a Japanese garden. Stop by Eleven Winery to taste a variety of exceptional wines, and then go downtown to the Sky View Observatory for a breathtaking view of the gorgeous area. Marche is a fantastic place to get dinner. It’s a modern-yet-rustic eatery with delectable French-inspired fare. Hitchcock is another great place to eat, boasting classic Pacific Northwest cuisine and outdoor seating options.

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6. Port Townsend, Washington

Port Townsend is one of the best vacation rentals for couples who enjoy arts and culture. It’s a charming Victorian seaport town that’s long been a haven for artists. Start the day off right at Better Living Through Coffee, the go-to eatery for authentic Pacific Northwest fare such as fresh-caught salmon, goat cheese, and other organic, farm-to-table offerings. If you feel like a night out on the town, start things off at Sirens, a live music venue with a great outdoor porch. Stroll down historic Water Street where you can explore a variety of boutiques and galleries. Be sure to swing by Alchemy Bistro and Wine Bar at least once for dinner. It’s a warm and welcoming restaurant that serves elevated rustic American cuisine.

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7. Leavenworth, Washington

Nestled in the majestic Cascade Mountains, Leavenworth is a quaint Bavarian-styled village with charm for days. The center of town is packed with fun shops and attractions for you to explore by foot. The village is also surrounded by rivers and mountains, so you really have your pick of recreation options all year round, from skiing and snowshoeing to boating and swimming. The Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum is a great place to spend a few hours looking at fascinating nutcrackers from all over the globe. While you’re in town, treat yourselves to a decadent meal at Mozart’s Steakhouse, a cozy restaurant that serves seasonal European and Pacific Northwest cuisine.

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