Great Places for Honeymoons and Romantic Travel in the Evergreen State
By: Greg Mattson, ERV Editor - Updated: Apr 10, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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 drive 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 - 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 be sunnier than other northwest locations. Many Canadians who visit Washington State travel through these islands on their way to Victoria, B.C. They are accessible on a short ferry ride (cars and foot passengers) from Anacortes, WA and Sidney, B.C.
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
Seattle, WA - we didn't leave out Seattle, but it deserves it's very own page on Excellent Romantic Vacations: Romantic Seattle Vacations & Getaways.
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!):
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:
Spokane, WA - check out all the fun and romantic places for couples to visit in Spokane, Washington here.
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!
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.
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