Valentine’s Day around the Puget Sound


Granted, it is dark and rainy at one in the afternoon here in Seattle, but still the beleaguered citizens of Pugetopia can find their romantic venues.

The photo above is of the Seattle skyline on a rare clear day. Taken a few years ago.

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This particular blog post may step away from our family-of-five tradition and instead embrace the originating couple, in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Here are some of our favorites. 

Romantic Hotels:

Try the Inn at Langley on Whidbey Island–understated elegance, excellent dining, beautiful views of the Sound, lovely spa, relax.
Next favorite is the Inn at the Market located among the hubbub of Pike Place Market. Once inside, escape to your room and watch the ferries criss-cross the bay.  

Romantic Seattle Restaurants:

Head early to Salvatore’s (6100 Roosevelt Way NE), where they do not accept reservations, and wait in the little bar for a table at this Seattle Roosevelt neighborhood favorite. Try the chicken involtini and the caprese salad–never misses.

If you are feeling flush and you remembered to make a reservation, head to Canlis (2576 Aurora Ave. N.), order any of the steaks or let your waitperson make suggestions. If you are lucky, Walt Wagner, or someone equally as accomplished, will be playing the piano in the background. On very special occasions, we have even taken our children, who are always treated kindly here. 

Romantic Parks (bundle up):

On top of Queen Anne Hill (211 W. Highland Drive) sits Kerry Park with its beautiful views of the city and the Space Needle.

Or, drive along the waterfront on Alki Beach in West Seattle, there are a string of parks with views looking back at downtown Seattle, such as Belvedere Park.

Or, try Louisa Boren Lookout Park nestled between houses in the Capitol Hill neighborhood (1555 15th Ave. NE) for beautiful views from high on a hill looking towards Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains. 

Take a Ferry Ride:

A favorite inexpensive date most every teenager from the Seattle area can remember is walking on one of the Elliott Bay-crossing ferries with a picnic basket dinner and riding back with the incredible views of the city. Since 9/11 we now have to disembark and walk back on–only a minor inconvenience for the joy of the ride.

Catch the Bremerton if you really like your date (long ride) or catch the Bainbridge for the shorter version. 

Happy Valentine’s Day from Sleeps 5!



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