Woodland Park, known for its exceptional zoo, can be an exciting spot to spend the day with your favorite person.(Consider purchasing a discounted CityPASS to enjoy the Zoo, as well as other Seattle attractions.) Located on approximately 90 acres, the multipurpose park and recreation space is just southwest of Green Lake and north of the Fremont district. Separated into two parts by Aurora Avenue, the part on the west of Aurora is largely occupied by the Woodland Park Zoo, but it also has picnic space, a formal rose garden, open spaces and a play area for children. East of Aurora is an ideal spot for picnicking. Woodland Park also offers walking paths, several playfields, tennis courts, lawn bowling, horseshoe pits, a skatepark and a large, wooded off-leash dog area.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Wander among the furry and scaled residents of Woodland Park Zoo, and consider enjoying a park picnic before or after your adventure.
John's expert tip: Before visiting, check up-to-date hours and statewide regulations; face coverings are required for entry (ages 5+).
Fremont Brewing is a small, family-owned microbrewery founded in 2008 to brew small-batch artisan beers "made with the best local ingredients." Brew masters use barley from Washington State, hops from a fourth-generation, hop-growing family in the Yakima Valley and water from the Cedar River Watershed in the Cascade Mountains. Located in Seattle's funky Fremont, guests can enjoy beer at the "Urban Beer Garden" (think long communal tables inside and out). Beer lovers will also find this company's gems on draft at many Seattle bars and restaurants as well as at neighborhood bottle shops or grocery stores. Looking for a larger quantity of Fremont Brewing's fine beer? Pick up a keg or growler to go.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Enjoy a low-key date night (or day date) at welcoming Fremont Brewing, a small, family-owned microbrewery.
Corinne's expert tip: Support the business by gifting e-vouchers for future visits to yourself or beer-loving friends and family members.
Spent some hours at Magnuson Park, an urban, 350-acre park on Sand Point at Pontiac Bay, Lake Washington. This park, the second largest in Seattle, includes pieces of Seattle's military past (it's situated on a former Navy airfield). Today visitors enjoy boating, walking, kite flying and, last but not least, swimming. The beach here includes a tiny pebble shoreline, the perfect gateway to refreshing waters that average 67 degrees during summer months (from June until Labor Day). Grassy flats west of the beach provide perfect lounging territory, and guests can also find a children's wading pool, picnic shelters and tables (perfect for a BYO feast) nearby. Craving delicious pub food and a pint after your wander? Enjoy a laid-back date at Magnuson Cafe & Brewery.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Explore the wonder of Magnuson Park, an urban, 350-acre park on Sand Point at Pontiac Bay, Lake Washington.
John's expert tip: This natural treasure is a great place for bird watching! Combine your outdoor adventure with some delicious eats and drinks, found at Magnuson Cafe & Brewery.
The 5th Avenue Theatre is known as one of the nation's leading musical theater companies, especially for its production and development of new works. Lovers of the arts continue to support downtown Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre with its Essential 5th Digital Collection, a virtual season featuring content that immerses viewers in the very essence of musical theater from the coziness of their own living room. This theater experience features a mix of exclusive original video and podcasting content created by The 5th, as well as livestreamed concerts by theater partners around the globe (including some of Broadway's brightest stars). Various subscriptions offer access to options like three radio-play-style new musical podcasts and an original web series, 15 Minute Stories, which puts some of Seattle's most talented artists in the creative spotlight.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Stream the magical of musical theater at home, thanks to digital streaming offerings from downtown's 5th Avenue Theatre.
Corinne's expert tip: Keep your eye on the theatre's calendar for digital offerings like the recent Women of Broadway livestream concert series. Also consider supporting other nearby arts programs ranging from Seattle Rep and SIFF to Book-It Repertory Theatre.
Spend a romantic day savoring the sights, smells, sounds and flavors of Pike Place Market, perhaps gathering seasonal provisions for a delightful meal to be enjoyed at home later on. Fishmongers near the main entrance entice buyers with loud hawking and dexterous salmon throwing antics, the briny smell of fresh seafood filling the air. Countering that are the rows of vibrantly colorful flower stalls, which emit their pleasing perfumed aromas to passersby. Farm-fresh produce is mounded high along the aisles, and local artisans display their art and wares unique to the Northwest. Restaurants, a brewery and specialty shops for everything from antiques to movie ephemera fill the multi-level maze. New this year, Pike Place Market Foundation has launched its CharitableMarketplace.org, featuring 100-plus local businesses and products that all support Pike Place Market's small business recovery program.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Spend a romantic day savoring the magic of Pike Place Market, perhaps gathering seasonal provisions for a delightful meal to be enjoyed at home.
John's expert tip: Care to send a loved one, anywhere in the nation, some of the magic of Place Place? Order a Savor Seattle box, which features regional eats and treats, and helps support local vendors/ farmers at the same time.
Relish the arts, from your own cozy couch. Dating to the late 19th century, this grand venue has been restored to the glory it knew as a movie theater in the 1920s, making it a perfect destination for a romantic outing (or, this year, fora stay-at-home treat thanks to virtual screening offerings). This year Seattle Theatre Group brings its productions (typically staged at The Paramount, Moore and Neptune Theatre) to the comfort of your home via digital streaming. Enjoy music, dance and other performances, as well as new series like Silent Movie Mondays. When the venue is open, enjoy the sumptuous, gilt-edged surroundings as you take in a show. The ambiance is decadent; for example, three million crystal beads adorn 218 chandeliers and light fixtures. If dancing is called for, the seating area quickly converts to a stunning hardwood ballroom floor. The "wow" factor here is definitely worth the trip!
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Seattle Theatre Group brings productions (typically staged at The Paramount, Moore and Neptune Theatre) to the comfort of your home via virtual streaming.
Corinne's expert tip: Consider supporting the arts and saving Seattle's stages by donating at stgpresents.org. Keep Music Live is another great organization that desperately needs support. (Their merch makes for great gifts, too! Visit keepmusiclivewa.com.)
West of Ballard, visitors find one of Seattle's finest treasures: Golden Gardens beach. Located on Puget Sound, this popular public park offers extraordinary views of the water and nearby Olympic Mountains. The park includes wetlands, beaches, hiking trails, as well as picnic and playground areas. The park is bisected by the BNSF Scenic Subdivision railway line. Golden Gardens offers wanders along a rugged coastline, hikes through forest trails, sunbathing on sandy beaches, fishing from a pier and a boat launch. In summer months, sandy volleyball courts fill with active folks, while the waters fill with swimmers, kite-surfers, kayakers, sailors and other nautically-inclined guests. The park is also home to an off-leash area for dogs in the upper northern portion of the park.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Take a walk, or a celebratory picnic, to this public park on Puget Sound that offers extraordinary views of the water and nearby Olympic Mountains.
Corinne's expert tip: If picking up provisions to enjoy on the beach, consider supporting local Ballard restaurants. Intentionalist.com is one excellent resource to use.
From Seattle's downtown waterfront, it takes only 35 minutes to arrive at Bainbridge Island. Along the way, you can enjoy all the wonderful sights that make Seattle such a unique city (the ferry ride itself is worth the journey!). The snowcapped Olympic Mountains, Seattle's skyline and the eastern view of Mount Rainier are all points of interest along the way. Peak season is typically early May through mid-October. Once on Bainbridge Island, it's easy to walk to a quaint "downtown" strip that features some shops, eateries, coffee spots and tasting rooms. The island also features wineries, an organic distillery and other popular destinations, like the Bloedel Reserve, which can be accessed by car..
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Cruise the steely gray waters of Seattle for a romantic island adventure, which proves a fun day trip option from downtown Seattle.
Corinne's expert tip: Bundle up; if you want to sit outside to enjoy the views, the wind makes it chilly, even on sunny days! Pedestrians can easily stroll to the main strip "downtown," where you'll find cozy cafes, restaurants and wine tasting rooms, too.
Olympic Sculpture Park: Stroll through the grounds and admire the fascinating large-scale works on display at this nine-acre green space. Extensive landscaping enhances the park's beauty, and a walkway, extending from the beach to Belltown, provides views of the Puget Sound and of downtown landmarks. Among the pieces on view along the way is "Eye Benches I, II, III" by Louise Bourgeois, a series of functional carved-granite benches that take the form of giant eyeballs. Also here is a work from the height of famed sculptor Alexander Calder's career, "The Eagle" from 1971, a huge abstract steel sculpture in bright orange.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Head to downtown's Olympic Sculpture Park for stunning views of modern art against an astounding natural backdrop.
Corinne's expert tip: Before or after wandering this dreamy urban sculpture park, stroll toward Pike Place Market to support your favorite local vendors.
Spend a romantic afternoon relishing the swanky new hub for Washington wine located in Woodinville, directly next to Willows Lodge. Inside the former space of the Redhook Brewery, Sparkman Cellars and DeLille Cellars have found an inviting new home in which to offer elevated, seated tastings, flight-based offerings and small bites. Eventually guests will also enjoy the venue's expansive patio and wine club room. While in Woodinville, be sure to check out the more than 130 tasting rooms and eateries that span four distinctive districts in the picturesque Sammamish River Valley. A true hub for Washington wine, Woodinville boasts more 90+ rated vintages than any wine region in the world.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Spend a romantic afternoon relishing Woodinville's swanky new hub for Washington wine; sip the delightful offerings of Sparkman Cellars and DeLille Cellars.
Corinne's expert tip: Before visiting, check online for up-to-date information on statewide regulations re: indoor/outdoor seating and hours, etc. Go to https://sparkmancellars.com/visit/ for starters.