BOOK: Autumn Escapes in the Pacific Northwest

Nine Romantic Northwest Getaways

by Lauren Braden

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Nine Romantic Northwest Getaways

Valentines Day. Three-day weekends. Anniversaries. The year is full of opportunities to woo your sweetheart with the romance of the Pacific Northwest!

A romantic getaway doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Make any weekend special and romantic on one of these dreamy, affordable getaways in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia.

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Victoria

Nine Romantic Getaways in the Pacific Northwest

Location: Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Please note, Americans need a passport to travel to Victoria or anywhere else in Canada. See directions from Seattle.

Why it’s romantic: Honeymooners flock here for good reason–fabulous parks and museums, charming neighborhoods, afternoon tea, cozy restaurants and flower gardens that bloom year-round. Imagine all of this in a postcard-perfect city that hugs a charming harbor and faces the gorgeous snow-capped Olympic mountains.

Where to stay: Romantic bed and breakfast are the lodging of choice in Victoria, and there are truly remarkable B&Bs for almost any budget. Carberry Gardens is one of the best, and it’s affordable (for Victoria). The B&B is housed in a beautifully-restored 1907 heritage home near Craigdarroch Castle and Antique Row. $100 – $175

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Mount Adams

Nine Romantic Getaways in the Pacific Northwest

Location: The Cascade mountains in Southwest Washington. Get directions from Seattle to Trout Lake, WA.

Why it’s romantic: Hiking in the summer, and snow in the winter! Trout Lake makes a great base for cross-country ski trips from SnoParks on the Mount Adams Ranger District, and an easy getaway for folks in Portland and the Columbia Gorge.

Where to stay: Enjoy truly warm hospitality and wake up to a delicious breakfast of huckleberry pancakes at Kelly’s Trout Creek Bed and Breakfast, where rates are just right at $75 – $85 a night. Your dip in the hot tub beside a roaring creek will relieve tired muscles from your excursion.

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Lasqueti Island

lasquetiLocation: A Northern Gulf Island, Lasqueti lies about 50 miles northwest of Vancouver  in the Strait of Georgia, off the coast of Vancouver Island near Parksville. See directions from Vancouver BC.

Why it’s romantic: This is where eco-conscious romantics can really get away from it all. In fact, just getting to the Northern Gulf Island of Lasqueti Island is part of the fun (there’s a passenger ferry that departs from Parksville on Vancouver Island). The island’s 400 self-sufficient residents live simply and sustainably, from growing their own food to chopping their own wood. 

Where to stay: Snuggle up in the simple, new cabin at Squitty Bay Oceanfront Bed and Breakfast (250-333-8566) where the ocean view is amazing, the wood-fired sauna is hot and your ecological footprint is low. Rates: $110 

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Willamette Valley Wine Country

Nine Romantic Getaways in the Pacific NorthwestLocation: Stretches south from Portland all the way to Eugene. Get directions from Portland to McMinnville.

Why it’s romantic: This lush valley of green, rolling hills dotted with oak trees hosts patchwork vineyards that produce wonderful wines like pinot noir and pinot gris. You’ll also find lots of hazelnuts, fresh fruit, and charming farms. Take a romantic hike in the nearby Coast Range. Small towns like McMinville and Dundee are great for antique shopping and have surprisingly excellent restaurants, many featuring Northwest seasonal cuisine and serving local wines.

Where to stay: There’s no place like Gahr Farm (503-472-6960), situated on a 350-acre conservation farm and forest that’s managed as a native plant and wildlife reserve. Accommodations are two private, charming guest cottages, one that is built to be “green” (and is, in fact, painted green) and uses low-energy. Both have equipped kitchens. The farm is just outside the charming town of McMinnville, and nestled among some of the area’s best wineries. Rates are $80 – $120. 

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The Methow Valley

Nine Romantic Getaways in the Pacific NorthwestLocation: East slope of the North Cascade mountains in Washington. Get directions from Seattle to Twisp.

Why it’s romantic: Recreation lovers will swoon over the plethora of outdoor pursuits to enjoy together, from hiking trails to cross-country skiing to river rafting.

Where to stay: A bed and breakfast just one block from Twisp’s main street, the Methow Valley Inn (509-997-2253) has modest-size rooms that are well-kept and nicely detailed. $89 – $119.

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Olympic Coast

Nine Romantic Getaways in the NorthwestLocation: Near La Push and Forks, the Olympic National Park coast in Washington. Get directions from Seattle.  

Why it’s romantic: Ponder the longevity of the rainforest’s ancient trees. Explore seastacks and count seastars as you stroll hand-in-hand on the scenic coast of Olympic National Park. It’s a wild coastline framed by mossy, wet rainforest– need I say more?

Where to stay: Indulge in warm hospitality and a fantastic breakfast delivered to your room at the Misty Valley Inn (1-877-374-9389) near Forks. $85 – $130.  1-877-374-9389

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Crater Lake

Nine Romantic Getaways in the Pacific NorthwestLocation: South Cascades in Oregon near Medford. Get directions from Portland.

Why it’s romantic: Sheer proximity to the deepest lake in the U.S. is sure to deepen your love. Snow is also deep and generous here in winter for great snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Where to stay: West of Crater Lake is the Union Creek Resort (1-866-560-3565) where simple cabins set in the Rogue River National Forest provide a cozy, rustic backdrop to your romantic getaway. Some cabins have full kitchens, or eat at the cafe at the lodge. $58 – $140.

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Oregon Coast 

yachatstidepoolLocation: Yachats is in the Central Oregon Coast. Get directions from Portland.

Why it’s romantic: The Central Coast boasts dramatic seaside bluffs of basalt looming over beaches and tidepools waiting to be explored. And when it comes to making out, there is no soundtrack more romantic than the pounding Oregon surf against these bluffs.

Where to stay: Ocean Haven (541-547-3583) in Yachats is perched on a particularly scenic stretch of coastline. Big corner windows give way to panoramic ocean views. Beach blankets and walking sticks are provided for your beach ramblings, and comfortable beds, a beautiful tiled shower, and a well-stocked library of nature books await you upon your return— all lovely touches that make Ocean Haven an extra special place to stay. $95 – $165. 

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The Sunshine Coast 

Nine Romantic Getaways in the Pacific NorthwestLocation: British Columbia’s mainland coast to the northwest of Vancouver. Get directions from Vancouver.

Why it’s romantic: One of the most stunningly scenic coastlines in the Northwest draws lovers to the Sunshine Coast’s sheltered bays fringed with fir-scented forests. Plus, the 100-mile coastline enjoys more sunny days than anywhere else in western British Columbia.

Where to stay: For the best view from a hot tub anywhere, you must book the beautiful suite at the Starfish Studio Bed and Breakfast (604-885-7112) in Sechelt. $125 – $149. 

 

 

Photos: Heart in sand, Beacon Hill Park in Victoria by Ecstatic, Mt Adams landscape, couple on coast, Lasqueti Island, Willamette Valley vineyard, Crater Lake, Yachats in Oregon, Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast.
Enjoy truly warm hospitality and wake up to a delicious breakfast of huckleberry pancakes at Kelly’s Trout Creek Bed and Breakfast, where the recent economic downturn has lowered rates to $50 – $70 a night. Your dip in the hot tub beside a roaring creek will relieve tired muscles from your hike. Trout Lake, WA. Contact: (509) 395-2769 or www.kellysbnb.com.
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Brian February 5, 2010 at 7:56 am

Just got this forwarded to me, but I’m not sure what it’s all about. Is there some holiday coming up?

xo

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Kelly's Trout Creek Inn B&B February 12, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Thanks for including us Lauren. Just a quick note on our “lowered rates.” Starting January 1st, 2009, we dropped our rates (to $50, $60, and $70) in response to President Obama’s saying that he couldn’t do it by himself, and that we all needed to pitch in (to help the economy get rolling again). This May 1st (2010) we’re returning to our 2005 – 2008 rates of $75, $85, and $100. Our website mentions this, and we hope it’s not an inconvenience for anyone, Kelly and Marilyn.

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Pine River Ranch BnB August 29, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Another romantic stay in Central Washington is the great Bavarian village of Leavenworth. This charming town transports you to a German Bavarian village with great food and shopping for all ages. While in Leavenworth book your stay at Pine River Ranch our romantic luxury bed and breakfast. Each cabin suite has jacuzzi spas, river rock fireplaces, hand made log beds and breakfast delivered right to your door! A wonderful, romantic and relaxing getaway in Washington State.

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