I think you’ll agree with us when we say Washington state is gorgeous. There’s plenty to do, see, and enjoy in this fabulous state – which makes it the perfect place for a romantic getaway!
But where can you find a romantic getaway in Washington state that’s not too far – a quick weekend romantic getaway?
Below, we’re going to share our favorite romantic getaways in Washington, many that are four hours away or less! If you’re looking for getaways in Washington state for couples, we’ve got you covered.
Romantic Getaways in Washington State
With a backdrop of the Cascade Mountains, you can’t overlook Leavenworth as a beautiful couples getaway location in Washington state. From the views to the accommodations to the activities, there’s something for every type of couple.
Popular romantic activities in Leavenworth include:
- Couples spa day. No couples getaway in Washington state would be complete without a couples massage! Enjoy a couples massage at Alpine Spa at Icicle Resort Village (Swedish or Hot Stone), or at Sleeping Lady, a Mountain Resort (relaxation or deep tissue).
- Dinner and the theater – Pair a delicious Bavarian meal out with locally produced wine, then follow it up with a production at the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts. Make sure to visit their events page to stay up on the latest, or plan for April’s Ale Fest (which benefits the Center for the Arts).
- Go for a hike and take a picnic – Visiting Leavenworth in the spring or summer? You’ll definitely want to get outside and take a hike! Making it a truly affordable romantic getaway in Washington state, simply bring your own snacks and wine for a scenic and tasty picnic. In the spring, you’ll be rewarded with views of vibrant wildflowers, and in the fall, you can enjoy the changing leaves (perfect for photos!)
There are even more things to enjoy in Leavenworth – we haven’t even really covered Christmas in Leavenworth, but that certainly deserves its own post! You can also enjoy wine tasting around Leavenworth, plus a horse-drawn carriage or sleigh ride.
In the winter, spring, summer or fall, you can enjoy the sights of Leavenworth’s Bavarian-themed downtown in a horse-drawn carriage or sleigh! In the winter, you’re given fuzzy warm blankets as you look at all of the Christmas lights downtown.
Looking for something more adventurous? Try a reindeer farm tour. Yes, you can see reindeer in Leavenworth! Leavenworth Reindeer Farm offers opportunities to see the reindeer from November through February. The farm is also open from March through October, and April is baby reindeer season (also, typically fewer crowds!).
Looking for romantic places to stay in Leavenworth? All of the lodging options below offer hot tubs in your own room – making it a very romantic getaway in Washington!
- Aspen Condos in Leavenworth – if you want a longer stay or simply more room, you’ll want to check out Aspen Condos. They’re also a pet-friendly place to stay in Washington!
- The Bavarian Lodge in Leavenworth – if you want to be in the heart of downtown Leavenworth, this is a must-stay!
- Abendblume – Abendblume is a bed and breakfast in Leavenworth, and if you haven’t stayed in a true bed-and-breakfast ever in your life, you should! For your romantic getaway in Leavenworth, check out the Sleeping Beauty suite, which has a two-person whirlpool tub!
Love looking at the stars, and want to share your passion for space with your loved one? While it’s not your typical space observatory, space aficionados will enjoy a visit to the LIGO Hanford Observatory.
Free tours take you around the property and include a look at the “Weber Bar,” which is one of the earliest forms of measuring gravitational waves. Dress for the season and photos are encouraged.
Afterward, your space fan can take you to Badger Mountain vineyard. Home to organically-grown grapes since 1982, Badger Mountain was the first Washington vineyard to be certified organic (1990). Situated among the beautiful setting of southeastern Washington, a visit to Badger Mountain offers a fun excursion in wine sampling, including the vineyard’s chardonnay, Riesling, pinot noir and merlot.
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One of the best things to do during romantic getaways in Washington is enjoying local art! Stroll through the shops, boutiques and art galleries in downtown Kennewick. From eclectic homewares to antiques and chic clothing boutiques, you’ll enjoy time together as you check out the area.
Enjoy a tour of Europe as you dine at Europa Italian and Spanish Cuisine. The restaurant’s owner designed a menu that shares his European background. From classic fettuccine alfredo to a spicy chipotle pesto trottole, which combines the best of both Italy and Spain. After dinner, enjoy a slice of tiramisu cake or bowl of spumoni with your love. It’s a perfect cap to a romantic outing.
The Lodge at Columbia Point is the area’s only 4-star hotel. Located in Richland and offering a beautiful view of the river and surroundings, once you settle in the spacious, upscale room and take in the amenities, you may not want to leave the property. Enjoy a glass of wine at Vine, breakfast on the patio or a nice evening around the fire pit. You’re sure to have a wonderful experience at the Lodge.
Less than a four-hour drive along Interstate 90, Snoqualmie Falls features a beautiful view of the waterfalls along the Snoqualmie River. Dropping 270 feet, the waterfall is considered one of the most beautiful spots in Washington. It truly is one of the most gorgeous romantic getaways in Washington!
It may not be Niagara Falls, but Snoqualmie Falls sets the standard for a romantic outing. Take a hike along a trail to the lower observation deck, as well as getting a riverside view of the area.
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After you’re done at the falls, head into Snoqualmie and take a stroll along downtown. The view of the area is impressive, with mountains and woods surrounding the area.
Visit the Northwest Railway Museum and enjoy a walk through history. With hands-on train car exhibits, you can also enjoy a walk along the railway trail, taking you to a spot with aged train cars.
While downtown, enjoy an outstanding dinner at Copperstone Family Spaghetti Restaurant. Featuring a casual atmosphere, you can enjoy a delicious menu featuring classics such as basil spaghetti marinara and salmon fettuccine alfredo.
For a more upscale dinner with an amazing view, check out The Dining Room at the Salish Lodge. With a menu offering dishes such as northwest free-range chicken, pan-roasted Chinook salmon and center-cut top sirloin, you’re sure to enjoy a special dining experience.
No romantic getaways in Washington are complete without a nice, romantic stay, and Snoqualmie does not disappoint.
With only six rooms available, the Roadhouse Inn offers an intimate stay. Located in nearby Fall City, the inn offers scenic views of the Snoqualmie valley. Built in 1916, a second level was added in 1923 for teachers to rent a room. Now, the inn serves couples looking for a special getaway. Each room comes with Wi-Fi, TV and Keurig coffee machine.
Another delightful option, offering your own private hot tub, is the Salish Lodge and Spa in Snoqualmie. Enjoy your romantic couples getaway in Washington with the Premier room (separate oversized soaking tub) or the Spa Level River View, which offers you access to Club 268.
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All right, so Seattle is just slightly over four hours away from Spokane, but trust us: this romantic getaway location in Western Washington is a must! You could spend a month in the Seattle area taking in the romantic sites and restaurants.
If you do plan on enjoying a weekend in Seattle, make sure to get a Get Out Pass! You’ll get free or discounted admission to many attractions, including baseball games, museums and more. Use promo code everydayWA to save $50 on your Get Out Washington pass here!
However, since you only have a weekend, how about reenacting a scene from “Sleepless in Seattle” and have dinner at The Athenian Seafood Restaurant and Bar? You can even take your picture at the counter where Tom Hanks sat in the Pike Place Market eatery.
Just outside the market in Post Alley is The Pink Door. With a view of Elliott Bay, the restaurant is home to classic Italian dishes, such as rigatoni with Italian sausage and meatballs.
Of course, most people will tell you to visit the Space Needle for a beautiful view of the area. While it’s amazing and makes for a romantic evening, you may also want to check out the observation level at the Columbia Center, which offers a great view of the Space Needle and Mt. Rainier.
Along the Waterfront, book a ride on the Great Wheel. It’s a relaxing ride and offers a different view of the area.
Take a short drive to Fremont and see the Troll under the bridge. Then, head to Theo Chocolate, where you can enjoy a tour and sample the goods. You’ll leave with a box or two of delicious chocolate treats for your love.
Head to Woodinville to visit the state’s oldest winery. Surrounded by more than 100 acres of woods, Chateau Ste Michelle offers a magnificent setting to sample some of the finest wines in the Pacific Northwest. You can order a flight and sample five of the winery’s best wines, or sign up for a tour and tasting class for a nominal fee. Either way, you’ll love your visit to the Chateau.
While the Fairmont Olympic may be one of the finest hotels in Seattle, another to consider for a romantic weekend is the Edgewater Hotel along the Waterfront. The only hotel in Seattle built on the water, the Edgewater offers a great view of Elliott Bay and the city’s skyline.
Looking for more getaway ideas? Check out our Weekend Trip Getaway Guide to Seattle here!
The hometown of artist Dale Chihuly invites you to check out glass art at the Museum of Glass. With Chihuly pieces, as well as other artists’ works, the Museum of Glass is a fun museum to visit. You can even watch artists at work as they create masterpieces from start to finish. Visit the overpass and see the outdoor Chihuly collection. Head over to the Tacoma Art Museum to explore other artwork. From classic European art featuring Monet and Degas to Native American art, you’ll see beautiful pieces of art.
A visit to the Point Defiance Zoo gives you a look at some animals unique to the Northwest, as well as endangered creatures that the zoo is working to help save, including the red wolf. With an attractive aquarium and fun exhibits showcasing penguins, tigers and elephants, you’ll have fun enjoying a special day at the zoo.
Continue enjoying your romantic getaway in Western Washington at Marzano Restaurant, featuring Italian entrees such as Spaghetti Bolognese and Chittare al Mare, with seafood and fish in a tomato and vegetable broth. For a sample of Mediterranean cuisine, you’ll find a memorable farm-to-table dining experience at Primo Grill. With entrees such as pumpkin ravioli, Margherita pizza and Campanelli. For a bigger meal, try the grilled prime rib steak and apple wood-smoked pork chop.
Built in 1889 in the North Slope Historic District by a local businessman, the Geiger Victorian Bed and Breakfast is located only a short distance from Tacoma attractions. Providing an intimate stay at a comfortable price, the bed and breakfast is a perfect addition for your Tacoma weekend getaway. Of course, the city is home to a variety of nice hotels.
The Best Romantic Getaways in Washington
Washington state offers plenty of opportunities for romance. From the Bavarian charm of Leavenworth to the glass sculptures and city-living of Tacoma and Seattle, there’s something for everyone here.
If you’re looking for a couples getaway in Washington state, you’ve definitely got options! Where is your favorite romantic destination in Washington state? Let us know on our Facebook page!