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By: Greg Mattson, ERV Editor - Updated: Sep 27, 2020
Look around every corner of Washington State, and you're going to find plenty of romantic travel destinations, places to stay, and things to do.
All-inclusive in this corner of the Pacific Northwest are wine tasting, mountain climbing, ferry sailings through gorgeous islands, and coffee sipping in "still cool and hip" Seattle.
Best Time for Travel to Washington State: Mid April through the end of September is an ideal time. Winter months from November to February will most likely mean rain and/or snow to many parts of the state, but with the right preparation, this can also be an incredibly romantic time to be along the coast or higher up in a cozy lodge.
Romantic Northwest Washington State Vacation Spots
- Bellingham, WA - not far from home for us! Get past the malls and Canadians buying cheap gas, and you’ll find a pleasing heritage-style downtown with interesting shops and some funky cafes. There's lots of outdoor activities around, including exploring Mt. Baker, looming close behind from the northeast.
- Fairhaven Village Inn - a small heritage hotel just a minute's walk on the cobblestone streets to the attractive Old Fairhaven District of downtown Bellingham. Romantic rooms have fireplace and king beds, and the suites include spa tubs. 2017 ERV Rating* for Romantic Bellingham Inns: 90% - Excellent. (1200 10th St, Bellingham, WA 877-733-1100)
- Chrysalis Inn & Spa - top rated Bellingham, WA place to stay for couples, right on the waterfront, luxury rooms with jetted spa tubs, gas fireplaces and romantic dining on-site at Keenan's at the Pier. 2017 ERV Rating* for Romantic Bellingham Hotels: 78% - Good. (804 10th St, Bellingham, WA 888-808-0005)
La Conner, WA
- La Conner, WA - this part of Skagit County comes alive each year in April for the Tulip festival, but we suggest that you plan your visit here during other times of the year to avoid the traffic and crowds and experience this gem of a small town the right way. A relaxed visit here is a must, with its 1800’s shop fronts, pubs, boutique stores and B&B’s.
View of Downtown La Conner
La Conner Waterfront
Chardonnay at Seeds Bistro
Romantic NW Washington B&B: Wild Iris Inn
Romantic Hot Tub Suite at the Wild Iris Inn, La Conner, WA
- Wild Iris Inn - if Northwest Washington State is your honeymoon or weekend getaway destination, we highly recommend the Wild Iris Inn in beautiful La Conner, WA. It's located close to downtown La Conner, and only a 5 minute walk to 1st Street shops and pubs. The Deluxe King Suites provide a large in-room jetted tub, gas fireplace, private balcony, a very quiet nights rest (these units overlook peaceful farmland), and a delicious breakfast at your own table for two in the morning. 2020 ERV Rating* for Romantic NW Washington State Hotels: 96% - Excellent. (121 Maple Ave, LaConner, WA 360-466-1400)
Video: Wild Iris Inn
HD Video Tour of a Romantic Hot Tub Suite at the Wild Iris Inn, LaConner, WA.
- Mt.Vernon - pretty rural area famous for the nearby Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, usually in the first few weeks of April each year.
- Scenic Route 11 - a nice scenic drive we like is Chuckanut Drive, just southwest of Bellingham, as it winds along the coast with views of the San Juan Islands off to the west. Along this route we found a great little restaurant called The Oyster Bar (2578 Chuckanut Dr, Bow, WA) tucked away in a secluded spot. You dine in a romantic lodge that has an awesome wine list and spectacular ocean views!
- Olympic National Park - famous for Hurricane Ridge, a high altitude ridge with breathtaking vistas of meadows, glaciers, peaks, and valleys. You can hike and take eco tours here through the rain forest. Incredibly beautiful, but expect at least some rain (it is a rain forest after all!)
Port Townsend, WA
Historic Downtown of Port Townsend, WA Viewed from the Waterfront
Sunshine in Downtown Port Townsend, WA
Swan Hotel & Cottages, Port Townsend WA
- Port Townsend, WA - this well preserved seaport is great place for smelling the sea, hearing the seagulls, and cup of clam chowder. Lots of couples come here to kayak, with lots of rentals around town. For romantic Port Townsend inns and hotels, try the Swan Hotel and Cottages (222 Monroe St, Port Townsend, WA 360-385-1718) and it's collection of studios, suites and cottages with mountain and ocean views.
- San Juan Islands - one of the most romantic Washington State vacation spots is actually off shore. The San Juan's reward the ferry cost and time with scenic and secluded coves, beach combing old growth forests and marine parks. Wildlife watchers love these islands for eagle and whale watching. The San Juans tend to get more sun than other Pacific Northwest locations.
- Romantic San Juan Islands Lodging - you’ll want to settle into a bed and breakfast or secluded cabin near the water for a couple days to really get the feel for the islands. There's some very romantic B&B's and cottages on San Juan and Orcas Islands that are perfect for a weekend getaway.
- Tacoma, WA - long considered Seattle’s poor little brother, Tacoma is starting to attract more Washington State vacation visitors. Prices can be more reasonable than other Puget Sound locales, and there’s some very good seafood found in the local restaurants and brew pubs. Check out Point Defiance Park for some beautiful gardens, walks and secluded beach coves.
3 Romantic Washington State Hotels Close to The I-5 Freeway
Travel for any length of time on a Western Washington State vacation, and you know that the I-5 is a part of daily life. So if you find yourself freeway bound and looking for a romantic hotel or honeymoon suite close to the I-5 freeway, here's 3 options that are very close (under 5 minutes drive time, but still far enough away so you can sleep at night!):
Central & Eastern Washington State
- Leavenworth – a more "touristy" Washington State vacation spot, but still a quaint Bavarian-themed town. Good opportunity for a German meal-for-two (dine on schnitzel as an oom-pah band warms up down the street!) Activity wise there’s rock climbing and white water rafting.
Romantic B&B in Leavenworth:
- One of the most romantic B&B's in Leavenworth, Washington is the Run of the River Inn (9308 E. Leavenworth Rd, Leavenworth, WA 509-548-7171). Surrounded by apple trees, wildlife and great hiking trails, the lodge is located on the banks of the Icicle River, about a 1/2 mile from Leavenworth. Their Washington State romance packages come with pamper baskets, fresh fruit and locally roasted coffee.
- Yakima Valley Wine Country – just follow the Yakima Valley Highway (parallel to I-82) through Sunnyside and Prosser, WA for a casual drive past vineyards, wineries and road side fruit stands. Quench your thirst with some cider on hot and dry summer days!
Southern Washington State
- Mount St. Helens - where were you when the volcano blew? Coming south on I-5 from the Seattle/Tacoma area, the best way to reach the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and the visitors centers is to turn east at Castle Rock onto the Spirit Lake Hwy, no. 504. The info and displays on the eruption are sobering. The Johnston Ridge Observatory has fine views of the blast area and nearby hiking trails.
*ERV Rating: our unique, non-scientific rating formula for romantic hotels which includes:
- Romantic Amenities: suites with an in-room Whirlpool bath or JACUZZI® Tub, scenic view, fireplace, lounge, etc
- Location: proximity of hotel to restaurants, pubs, downtown, etc
- Clientele: demographic the hotel
attracts (couples, families with kids, business travelers, etc)
with Couples & Honeymooners: based on variety of social media & crowd-sourced reviews.
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