Learn to Love This City—Indoors and Out—With Your Favorite Companion

In Seattle, the options of how to fill a wide-open day (or weekend) sometimes feel endless–in the best way possible. Thanks to the Emerald City's stunning natural beauty, outdoor possibilities abound. And then, of course, residents and visitors also delight in exploring an abundance of indoor spaces that educate and entertain (think theatres, galleries, museums and so much more). Exploring this city with your significant other? All the better.

Romance can be found in the city's countless parks, beaches and urban green spaces, as well as at nearby hotels and spas that feature mountains, waterfalls and other natural wonders. When the weather behaves, these destinations can be perfect spots for sharing a sunrise or sunset with your special someone. Even a ferry ride across the waters to Bainbridge Island or a day trip to wonderful Whidbey Island can prove romantic adventures. Sometimes, after all, the journey really is the best part of the day.

Indoor spaces–ranging from art galleries to iconic sightseeing attractions like the Space Needle–can also be romantic spots at which to pass some delightful hours. Seattle's art scene thrives most every night of the week, and an evening at the cinema, theater or one of many music venues around the city can be the ideal way to enjoy a night on the town. 


The Triple Door
Photo courtesy of Angela Sterling

Located in downtown Seattle's historic Mann Building, this intimate and sophisticated award-winning music and dinner theater occupies the renovated space that formerly housed the Embassy Theater, originally a 1920' vaudeville house. At Triple Door, the enticing main stage, located downstairs on the lower level, is an intimate candlelit spot with state-of-the-art sound and booths that offer clear sight lines to the stage. Servers deliver food and drinks from the Asian-fusion menu, provided by Wild Ginger restaurant next door. (The same cuisine can be found upstairs in the Musicquarium Lounge, where other draws include live music, DJ sets and a legendary happy hour.)

The Spa at Willows Lodge

The Spa at Willows Lodge in Woodinville, a short drive from downtown Seattle, offers a variety of revitalizing experiences that soothes the body and soul. Pick from decadent treatments that range from ancient, healing Lomi Lomi massages and detoxifying body wraps that nourish and restore skin to hot stone pedicures. Or, try the Carita Facials (available in only a few spas throughout the country) that exfoliates, detoxifies and refines skin texture. Before the treatment, guests can indulge in steam, or they can relax in the hydrotherapy pool "amidst the tranquil and beautiful surroundings of [the venue's] hidden courtyard adorned with Japanese maples, ferns and sedums." Pair this luxurious overnight with a memorable dinner at The Herbfarm, located a stone's throw from the hotel, where you'll find a nine-course, locally-sourced menu that you'll be raving about for months to come.

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. Since 2002, the Seattle-based company has produced 17 new musicals. (To date, nine� including hit Disney's Aladdin� have moved on to Broadway premieres, earning a combined 15 Tony Awards, including two for Best Musical� Hairspray and Memphis. The 5th Avenue Theatre also known makes waves for its lauded productions of musicals from the contemporary canon and the Golden Age of Broadway. While the shows are sensational, the venue itself justifies a visit, too, thanks to a unique, Chinese-inspired design. (The exquisite theater opened in 1926 as a venue for vaudeville and film.)


Ahoy Matey! One of this city's best features? All of its beautiful bodies of water. So one of the best ways to experience this city? Well, come on abroad and see for yourself! Among their many routes, Argosy Cruises offers this scenic Lake Washington tour that leaves from the public docks at Marina Park in Kirkland. The relaxing cruise highlights stunning scenery and includes interesting tidbits about the area's history and most famous residents. Snacks and beverages are available onboard, and free parking is available in Peter Kirk Municipal Library garage. Argosy offers a variety of wonderful cruises departing from downtown Seattle as well.

Paramount Theatre

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. This month and next, "Hamilton" takes over (which sold out immediately). These days, you can catch acts as diverse as Boyz II Men and The Head and the Heart to Sturgill Simpson and The Beach Boys, and there's even the odd speaking engagement, too (think beloved figures from Dr. Maya Angelou to Hillary Clinton and Trevor Noah). 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!

Gas Works Park

On the north end of Lake Union, you'll find what may be the most unique park in the area. The 21-acre industrial area, formerly the site of a gas plant, was transformed in 1975 into a recreational complex (a worldwide first). You'll find that there's plenty to do in and around the park, including kayaking, sailing and bicycling. From atop the park's 60-foot hill, visitors enjoy one of Seattle's best panoramic views. The park is a favorite place to view the city's Fourth of July fireworks display, and other festive gatherings happen throughout the year. Active lovebirds may enjoy cycling to this park for a BYO picnic or grabbing a cocktail and bite at nearby Westward, which offers one of the best patio views in Seattle, even in winter months thanks to a roaring bonfire.

Bainbridge Island Ferry

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. (It's also fun to watch all the car and bike commuters onboard.) Peak season is 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.

Salish Lodge and Spa
Photo courtesy of Salish Lodge & Spa

A scenic 30-minute drive from Seattle brings you to the charmingly rustic Salish Lodge & Spa, which offers Old-World ambiance and modern elegance. Get out and enjoy nature near the lodge, whether hiking around the rushing cascades or trying activities like fly fishing and snowshoeing, depending on the season. Back at the cozy venue, dine on award-winning Northwest cuisine, while enjoying romantic views of Snoqualmie Falls. The dinnertime menu features an extensive wine list (including the venue's own private label of still and sparkling wines), as well as 28-day, dry-aged Washington Angus Beef from St. Helens Ranch. Loyal guests also return for the Country Breakfast, a Salish Lodge tradition featuring four courses and honey from the property's own hives.

Space Needle

Well, we still don't have jet packs and flying cars, but the most iconic symbol of that 1960's space-age promise â€" the Space Needle â€" still stands as Seattle's most-recognized tourist attraction. Built for the 1962 World's Fair, the forward-looking theme of which was "Century 21," the 602-foot Needle looks like a huge flying saucer on a towering tripod. At the 520-foot level, the observation deck provides panoramic views of the area's surrounding bays, lakes, mountains and other points of interest. The attraction is now better than ever, thanks to the Needle's recent $100 million "space lift" renovation that features the world's first and only revolving glass floor and completely unobstructed, floor-to-ceiling views of the twinkling Seattle skyline. On the way up to, entertaining and comedic elevator operators rattle off fun facts and invite visitors to test their Needle knowledge.

Olympic Sculpture Park
Photo courtesy of SAM-Olympic Sculpture Park

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. Free public tours of the park are offered, and times and topics vary by season.


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne