Romance is in the Air: Valentine’s Day Swooning Spots

Frolic in love with amorous happenings around the Emerald City and beyond.

Valentine’s Day oozes with sentiment from the greeting cards to the jewelry store commercials, with restaurants booking up weeks in advance and preparation skills are needed to be at their keenest. On land or on water, in the spa or in the nightlife, the options are boundless and love is in the air this year with exclusive offers from the Northwest’s most laudable establishments.

Romance for Relaxation

Alderbrook Resort & Spa | Come to the Hood Canal for a luxurious romantic getaway through two different packages. The “Surprise Your Valentine” includes luxury overnight accommodations, $70 dining credit at the Restaurant at Alderbrook, a bottle of wine and one dozen roses while the “Unwind My Valentine” mirrors but also includes $100 spa credit at the Spa at Alderbrook. Special add-on accommodations for couples are also available including bath salts, skin treatments and massages. Packages start at $289 and go up to $489 | Call to reserve (360) 898-2200 or book online | 7101 E State Highway 106, Union

Grand Hyatt Seattle | In the heart of the city, the Hyatt is offering a one-of-a-kind package for couples to celebrate romance in style. The Presidential Suite opens its doors with a souped up bathroom, wet bar and living room with a library, fireplace, game table area and a king-sized bed. The package itself includes a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champage and strawberries upon arrival, rose petals on the bed and bathtub, 60-minute in-room massage for two, breakfast in bed through in-room dining, Tiffany & Co. gift card valued at $500, unlimited access of the Grand Club lounge, health club, sauna and steam room, complimentary valet parking and late 2:00pm checkout. $3,500 for the package | Call to reserve (206) 774-1234 | 721 Pine Street, Seattle

Iron Springs Resort | Retreat to the Washington Coast with the “Shore-ly in Love” package. Each cozy cabin on the resort has a fireplace or wood-burning stove with sweeping ocean views and all the amenities including a bottle of champagne, a box of Oh! Chocolates, cinnamon rolls in the two-night stay. The package is available February 10th through February 19th with a minimum two night stay. Additional nights are available starting at $159 per night.  $341+/two night stay | Call to reserve (360) 276-4230or book online | 3707 Highway 109, Copalis Beach

Salish Lodge| Gazing over the Snoqualmie Falls, guests are invited to partake in the “Love at the Lodge” getaway with a private suite including a wood-burning fireplace, a half bottle of Justin Obtuse Port and a mini chocolate fondue set for two. Relax in the jet-tub-for-two or cuddle up in the luxurious bed. The offer is valid Sunday through Thursday stays from February 1st to February 29th. Additionally, the restaurant at the lodge is offering a five course Valentine’s Day dinner featuring menu items like vanilla bean and butter poached Maine lobster, a duo or Oregon lamb and elk and the lodge’s signature chocolate soufflé. $199+/night | Call to reserve (425) 888-2556 or book online | 6501 Railroad Avenue SE, Snoqualmie

Affection for Adventure

Queen of Seattle Dinner Cruise | All aboard Seattle’s sweetheart steamboat to savor a gourmet dinner prepared by the paddle wheeler’s in-house excecutive chef, accompanied by a glass of champagne. Live music and views of the city captivate the senses as the cruise takes its guests along the shores of Lake Union and Lake Washington. The three course meal includes items like baby lettuce salad, Harris Ranch filet mignon, roasted salmon filet and fresh berry cheesecake. Order flowers and champagne for your table and upgrade to a guaranteed window table for two. The ship boards with beverage service at 6:00pm on February 14th, departing at 7:00pm and returning at 10:00pm. $95/person | Call to reserve at 877-783-3616

Dining and Doting

Barking Frog | Surrounded in wine country, Executive Chef Bobby Moore was able to get creative and offer his “Aphrodisiac Tasting Menu” featuring a five course sitting with items like chilled oysters on a half shell with caviar and champagne mignonette, pepper-spiced ahi tuna and a decadent “menage a trois au chocolat” dessert. $85/person, $125/person with wine pairing | Call to reserve (425) 424-2999 or book online | 14580 Northeast 145th Street, Woodinville

Bastille | Can’t make it to Paris for V-Day? Then head to Bastille and imagine you are there! Sip on Grand Cru Champagne from Herve Dubois by the glass for $14 and His (Stockade Punch) and Her (Sainte-Marie Punch) for $10. Feast on a dozen Hama Hama Oysters on the Half Shell with Washington Ver Jus Mignonette for $22, Vancouver Island Scallop Cru with Lime and Picholine Olive Oil and Piment de Espelette for $14, Golden Turnip Ravioli Gratin with Marinated Leeks and Washington Truffles for $14, Entrecôte for Two with Pommes Dauphinoise and Artichoke Mustard for $60. Dinner is available from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. | Call to reserve (206) 453-5014 or book online | 5307 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle

Boka Kitchen+Bar | Executive Chef Angie Roberts offers a pre-fixe dinner for couples, with a menu including items like beet-cured salmon, grilled RR Ranch porterhouse, chocolate passion and sparkling wine. The menu will be offered February 10th through 14th. $120/couple, $160/couple plus wine pairing | Call to reserve (206) 357-9000 or book online | 1010 First Ave, Seattle

Cafe Flora | In its 20th year of celebrating the day of love, the vegetarian restaurant is offering a prix-fixe menu on February 14th, with seatings between 5:00pm and 10:00pm. The menu includes coyly named dishes like the “Savory Embrace” (bok choy and cheese filling in a wonton pastry) or the “Layers of Love” (macadamia nut encrusted filo stuffed with shiitake mushrooms, asparagus and a butternut squash sauce). $45/person | Call to reserve (206) 325-9100 or book online | 2901 E Madison Street, Seattle

Fresh Bistro | Fall in love with their Greek Goddess Menu. A three course menu even Aphrodite would swoon over. Indulge in starter plates and an entrée meant to be shared including Alaskan King Crab with Mango and Avocado, Brochette of Crispy Oysters, choice of Roasted Carrot and Ginger Soup or Fig Salad, and Braised Beef Short Rib En Croute with Grilled Scallops. $75/couple, $30 optional wine pairing | seatings from 5 – 10 p.m. | Call to reserve (206) 935-3733 | 4725 42nd Ave SW, Seattle

Golden Beetle | Enjoy a three-course Mediterranean inspired Valentine’s Day menu with local, organic and wild ingredients. The menu includes: Baby Spinach Salad, Grilled Halloumi Cheese, Jerusalem Artichoke Soup, St. Jude’s Grape Leaf,  Wild Boar Shank Tagine, Mushroom Ravioli, Chocolate Truffle Torte, Caramel Pots de Crème, and Black Walnut Baklava.  $37/person | Call to reserve (206) 706-2977or book online | 1744 NW Market Street, Seattle

Hunt Club | Sorrento Hotel Chef Ivan Szilak features a three course meal with rustic lodge eats like roasted game hen, filet of beer, seared scallops and gorgonzola walnut ravioli. Raspberry pot de creme or a mini cropquet en bouche are served as the sweet finishing touches to the meal. Dinner reservations are available from 5:00pm to 10:00pm on Valentine’s Day. Call to reserve (206) 622-6400 or book online | 900 Madison Street, Seattle

RN74 | Wine and dine your lover with a prix-fixe dinner menu. This special menu includes sensuous, aphrodisiacal treats like Truffled Maine Lobster Bisque with Lobster Whipped Cream and Chervil; Seared Diver Scallops with a Brown Butter Vinaigrette, Meyer Lemon, Celery Root and Paddlefish Caviar; Snake River Farms Beef Duo with a Rib Eye Cap, Short Rib and Sauce Perigo Urdine. Dessert is a divine Soufflé Moelleux au Chocolat with Black Cherry, Blood Orange, Crème Chantilly and Cocoa Nib Ice Cream. $75/person | Call to reserve (206) 456-7474 or book online | 1433 Fourth Avenue, Seattle

Spinasse | Chefs Jason Stratton and Carrie Mashany will be creating two amazing prix-fixe dinner menu options that will assuredly show your special someone just how much you care about them as you linger over a wonderful evening of great food and wine. Enjoy Artichoke and Prosciutto di Parma Salad with Buddha’s Hand Citron Shigoku Oyster Risotto with Sparkling Gavi Oxtails braised in Barolo with Local Black Truffle and Celeriac Puree. $75/person,  $40 optional wine pairing | Call to reserve (206) 251-7673 or book online | 1531 14th Avenue, Seattle

Staple & Fancy | Chef Ethan Stowell and chef de cuisine Branden Karow will create a smattering of starters for the table to share as well as a plethora of options for pasta, main, and dessert. From Charcuterie to Shigoku Oysters and more to start, to Seared Potato Gnocchi or Orecchiette with Lamb Ragu pasta, to Grilled Beef Tenderloin, Roasted Duck or Grilled Swordfish main courses, and Warm Chocolate Cake or Crème Fraîche Panna Cotta to finish, you and your lover will not go home hungry. $80/person | seatings from 5 – 11 p.m. | Call to reserve (206) 789-1200 | 4739 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle

Sullivan’s Steakhouse | Savor the restaurant’s specialties of steak, fresh seafood and award-winning wine list. Executive Chef Ken Slack is offering a three course menu with a special holiday cocktail, Red Over Heels, made of Skyy raspberry vodka, Chambord, sweet and sour, simple syrup and fresh lemon juice. $99/person, $11 for cocktail | Call to reserve (206) 494-4442 or book online | 621 Union Street, Seattle

Tilth | Recently selected as one of the ten most sustainable restaurants in the country, Tilth is offering a sustainable and organic V-Day dinner full of award-winning flavor. Maria Hines will be cooking up a four-course feast. Enjoy Dakota Beef Hanger Steak Tartare, Taylor Shellfish Oysters, Full Circle Farm Beets, Fraga Farms Goat Cheese Tart, Vancouver Island Scallops, Sylver Fishing Co. Spot Prawns, Seared Liberty Duck Breast, Roasted Lamb Loin, Carnaroli Risotto, Semolina Cake, Vanilla Bean Tapioca Pudding, Theo Dark Chocolate Terrine.  $85/person, optional $50 wine pairing | Call to reserve (206) 633-0801 or book online | 1411 N 45th Street, Seattle

Volunteer Park Cafe | On Tuesday the 14th at 7 p.m., chef Ericka Burke’s will create a five-course Valentine’s Day dinner. Celebrate the romantic evening with Blood Orange & Shaved Fennel Salad, Fondue for Two, Meyer Lemon Risotto with Sea Scallop, Lamb Rack with Minty White Beans and Pomegranate Greek Yogurt, and Chocolate Raspberry Tart.   $75/person | Call to reserve (206) 328-3155 or book online | 1501 17th Avenue East, Seattle

Z’Tejas | The Bellevue grill brings southwestern spice and flavor to their Valentine’s Day menu with items including a Baja shrimp martini appetizer, pan-seared sea scallops, pepita-crusted chicken, white chocolate mousse for dessert and specialty cocktails like “Love On The Rocks” and “Pama ‘Rita” with PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur. The menu is available February 11th through February 14th. Call to reserve (425) 467-5911 or book online | 535 Bellevue Square, Bellevue