There's more to Seattle than grunge music, rain and Microsoft. The city, whose surrounding mountains cascade to the water, provides a backdrop for a romantic getaway. Seattle appeals to the senses, urging you to smell the flowers at the Pike Place Market and taste the food at an eclectic selection of restaurants. Most Seattle hotels offer some sort of romance package, but some boast an ambiance conducive to romantic exploration.
A Romantic Neighborhood Vacation
The Queen Anne Hill neighborhood, with its tree-lined streets and Victorian mansions, brings the country into the city of Seattle. The MarQueen Hotel, built in 1918, offers a taste of Victorian romance. Enter the hotel through a European-inspired beveled glass door, and follow a grand, winding staircase to your room. The MarQueen Hotel offers a romance package, which includes two-nights lodging, sparkling cider or champagne with two keepsake flutes, in-room couples’s massage and valet parking. The Inn at Queen Anne is a romantic option for couples on a budget. A 1928 building with a garden patio in the back houses the hotel. No special romance packages are offered, but the affordable rates allow you to splurge on a romantic dinner.
Spa Hotel Vacations
Seattle vacations don’t always have to include nonstop activity. The spa vacation packages offered at Seattle hotels give couples a chance to relax, unwind and spend time with each other. The hip and trendy Hotel Nexus, located in the University District, offers an Ultimate in Romantic Bliss Package, which includes a room with a two-person Japanese soaking tub, hydrotherapy and aromatherapy, a long-stemmed rose, a box of chocolates, Asian bath products, dinner for two and hot breakfast for two. The Four Seasons Hotel, located downtown on Union Street, has a Romantic Spa Escape, which includes one Swedish massage per person, breakfast or lunch for two, a couple's soak in the treatment room and a bottle of champagne. Some of the rooms at the Four Seasons Hotel overlook the Puget Sound and surrounding mountains.
Novel Romance Ideas
Champagne, roses and chocolate are typical features in hotel romance packages, but some hotel managers think outside the box. Two Klimpton-brand hotels, the Vintage Park and the Alexis Hotel Seattle, offer an Ultimate Twilight Adventure Package, based on the book and movie of the same name. The package begins in the early morning, when your "Twilight Guide" picks you up at your hotel in a jeep or Mercedes. A ferry takes you to Forks in the Olympic Peninsula, where part of the movie was filmed. After exploring the area's lush rainforests, you'll stop for dinner at Bella Italia in Port Angeles, featured in the scene of Bella and Edward's first date.
Popping the Question
The Edgewater Hotel's "Engagement on the Edge" package makes it easy to pop the question. The experience begins in a 1959 Cadillac, whose driver brings you to the E.E. Robins jewelry store for a ring consultation. The hopeful groom receives a copy of "Popping the Question Seattle Style," which provides options for the venue, and the words to use for the proposal. The Edgewater staff will make suggestions and set the scene, and the couple will enjoy dinner for two, champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries at turndown, breakfast in bed the next morning and free valet parking.
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