Romancing Seattle

Posted: February 12th, 2015 by Brad

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here are some of the city’s most notable places for feeling the love …

Big Picture

Whether this is your first date or you’ve been married for years, there’s nothing better than a romantic evening at the movie theater. Big Picture is a unique movie theater experience in downtown Seattle — you can enjoy drinks at their swanky lobby bar before the movie begins and order some in advance to be delivered to your seat during the movie! And to make things even better, Big Picture has extra plush rocking theater seats for your comfort during the movie. A couple of tips to make your date even sweeter — order tickets online in advance — the theater is small and fills up quickly. Also, be sure to order some delicious white cheddar popcorn, which comes served in a silver champagne bucket and is perfect for “accidentally” brushing hands with your date!

pnk Restaurant and Ultra Lounge

Where better to spend Valentine’s Day with your girlfriends than at pnk Restaurant and Ultra Lounge, the hottest new night scene in downtown Seattle — and yes, it is very pink inside! Located at the top of Seattle’s premier shopping centers, Pacific Place, pnk is popular with crowds of all types because they offer a fun, but sophisticated venue to relax with friends or party in style. For Valentine’s weekend, book one of their VIP sections so that you and your friends can order a bottle (or two!) of champagne and toast and laugh about Valentines of the past!

Beijing Herbal Foot Massage

If you’re looking for a couples massage experience, but don’t want to drop $500, take your date to Beijing Herbal Foot Massage in Park Place Center in Kirkland. Don’t let the name fool you, for $25 you will get an amazing and relaxing hour long experience using reflexology and massage all over your body, not just your feet. This is a great massage option for a first date since you stay clothed the entire time to avoid any nudity awkwardness. Do warn your date that she might want to do her hair and makeup after the massage — they typically include reflexology and massage on your face and scalp. After the massage, go across the parking lot and treat her to a glass of wine at Purple Cafe.

Theo Chocolate Factory Tour

What goes hand in hand with romance? Chocolate! For a fun date, take your love to tour the Theo Chocolate Factory in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Theo is the only organic, fair-trade, bean-to-bar chocolate factory in the entire country and their chocolates are, without a doubt, some of the most delicious you’ll ever try. Tours include samples along the way and a behind the scenes look at the chocolate-making process. There are tours on a daily basis, but they highly recommend booking tickets at least a week in advance online to ensure a space. Don’t forget to stop in the retail store on your way out and pick up some of her favorites that you sampled!

Teatro ZinZanni

For a fun-filled, fast-paced date, book tickets to Seattle’s Teatro ZinZanni. It’s hard to describe exactly what ZinZanni is — a bit of a dinner show, a bit of the circus, a bit of comedy, a bit of cabaret — but everyone who experiences it will agree that it is amazing. A gourmet five-course dinner, designed by renowned Seattle chef, Tim Douglas, is served during the show, generally offering you a choice between a beef, fish and vegetarian main course. Keep in mind that audience participation is not just encouraged, but expected, so be prepared to let loose! Looking to make a night of it? Stay at the brand-new Maxwell Hotel across the street from the theater.

Willows Lodge

Sometimes, you just the excuse you need to lock yourselves in a room with a roaring fireplace and a delicious bottle of wine. The Willows Lodge, located in the heart of Woodinville Wine Country, is our suggestion for a romantic night away. Every single room has a stone fireplace and soaking tub big enough for two. If you do decide to leave your room, enjoy dinner at Barking Frog Restaurant, located at the Lodge or do some exploring and wine tasting at a few of the nearly 100 wineries and tasting rooms nearby. The Willows Lodge also has a full spa available, so don’t forget to book a hot stone massage when you reserve your room.

Love ‘em or Leave ‘em Valentine’s Day Dash

Whether you’re running from love or running to it, the Love ‘em or Leave ‘em Valentine’s Day Dash at Green Lake is one of the largest in the country! Runners have the choice of going solo or in a two-person team with their Valentine around the 5K course. For families, there is a kid’s dash held shortly after the main event where Valentines under the age of ten can get their hearts pumping. Don’t forget to leave a love note for your crush or special someone in the Tunnel of Love section of the race, located at mile 2.9! Creative love inspired costumes and attire encouraged.

Bainbridge Island Ferry

We live in a unique area where you can be in the pulsating heart of our urban core in Downtown Seattle and 30 minutes later arrive on the other side of Puget Sound in virtual wilderness. What could be more romantic than a day excursion via waterways? If the weather holds, pack a picnic and drive to Williams-Olson Park (6200 Williams Lane) when you disembark. Or go pedestrian and explore the quaint town of Bainbridge just a few minutes from the dock.

SheKnows, LLC contributed to this post.

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