Located in the heart of the lovely Pacific Northwest, the state of Washington is home to numerous destinations ideal for romantic weekend getaways. The varied landscapes feature beautiful mountain ranges, beaches, lakes, rivers, and forests perfect for intimate one-on-one excursions. Near many Washington vacation rentals are abundant opportunities for wine tastings, fine dining, art appreciation, and relaxation at a spa. Here are the top romantic weekend getaway spots in Washington.

1. Seattle

The city of Seattle sits at the top of the list among romantic vacation destinations in Washington State. Enjoy the magnificent scenery during a hand-in-hand walk at Alki Beach Park in West Seattle or Discovery Park on Magnolia Bluff. Go shopping together through the multileveled maze of the iconic Pike Place Market. Tour Elliot Bay in style with a gourmet meal and after dinner dancing with Argosy Cruises. Marvel at the city lights while you ride the Great Ferris Wheel on the Seattle waterfront. Don’t miss the thrilling and luxurious experience of a meal at the top of the Space Needle as the restaurant slowly revolves, giving you a panoramic view of the night lights of the city.

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2. Snoqualmie

The beautiful town of Snoqualmie lies east of Seattle on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains. Numerous parks and trails amidst spectacular scenery give you ample opportunities for leisurely strolls. Be sure to catch the breathtaking splendor of Snoqualmie Falls. Stop in at the Salish Lodge and Spa near the top of the falls for a couple’s massage and a soak in therapeutic waters. Visit the Sigillo Vineyards tasting room on Railroad Avenue to sample some local wines. Head for the Woodman Lodge in Snoqualmie for some superb cuisine and a romantic ambiance.

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3. Orcas Island

Orcas Island is the largest island in the San Juan Islands archipelago, which is in the northeast corner of Washington State near the Canadian border. Take a romantic drive through Moran State Park to the observation tower at the top of Mount Constitution, and enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the nearby islands, waterways, and mountain ranges. Stroll through Eastsound Village, and check out the local shops and art galleries. Enjoy a special Couples Romance massage with aromatherapy at A Massage by the Sea in Eastsound. Have an elegant romantic dinner while you contemplate a marvelous view of East Sound at the Loft at Madrona. For dessert, sample the delicious wares at Kathryn Taylor Chocolates.

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4. Port Ludlow

Port Ludlow is a lovely resort town in the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula. Vacation rentals offer majestic views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. At low tide, take a walk along the beach at Shine Tidelands State Park. Stroll hand-in-hand through the scenic town marina, and then enjoy a sumptuous seafood meal at the waterfront Fireside Restaurant. Treat yourselves to some relaxing therapy at the Ludlow Bay Massage and Wellness Spa.

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5. Poulsbo

Known as Little Norway, the beautiful town of Poulsbo lies on the shore of Liberty Bay in the midst of Puget Sound. The main street of downtown Poulsbo parallels the waterfront, and the eclectic shops and art galleries invite a leisurely stroll. Be sure to stop in at the Eleven Winery tasting room on Front Street to sample wines from the nearby winery on Bainbridge Island. Try a hot stone massage with aromatherapy at Olympic Spa and Massage. For breakfast, savor a fresh Scandinavian pastry at world-famous Sluys Poulsbo Bakery. Have a romantic meal while you enjoy a lovely view at Tizley’s Europub.

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6. Chelan

The lovely town of Chelan sits at the southeastern end of its namesake Lake Chelan on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains. Feast your eyes upon incomparable scenic beauty as you hike Riverwalk Park in historic downtown Chelan. Rent a luxury sports cruiser at Graces Oasis Boat Charters, and take a romantic ride on the lake. Over 20 wineries lie around the lakeshore, so be sure to tour the numerous tasting rooms. If you prefer beer, stop in at Stormy Mountain Brewery Public House, and sample some delicious local ale and barbecued meat. For a quieter, more elegant dining experience, try Campbell’s Pub and Veranda in downtown Chelan.

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7. Yakima

The city of Yakima lies in Yakima Valley southeast of Seattle on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountain Range. The area is renowned for its agricultural excellence, especially in the growing of hops for quality craft beers and grapes for fine wines. Enjoy a hand-in-hand walk through the Yakima Area Arboretum, a lovely haven of gardens, groves of trees, and natural areas. Tour local breweries such as Hop Nation Brewing, Yakima Craft Brewing, and Valley Brewing Company. To arrange a guided tour of Yakima Valley wineries, contact Wineries Express in Selah on Yakima’s north side. For cocktails and a romantic meal, check out the 8th Street Bistro on East Yakima Avenue.

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8. Walla Walla

The beautiful city of Walla Walla is in southeastern Washington near the Oregon border. The historic downtown area is renowned for its eclectic shops and public art displays. Pick up a Downtown Walla Walla Walking Tour map at the Walla Walla Visitor Center and enjoy a leisurely stroll together. Join a tour of the local wineries by limousine or van with Black Tie Wine Tours. Enjoy a luxurious seven-course meal and a beautiful view of the surrounding orchards at The Vine at Cameo Heights Mansion.

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