What do you think of when you hear about a honeymoon in Seattle? Probably overcast weather, the original Starbucks, and a rocky Pacific Northwest coast. But so much more is waiting in Oregon for travelers who are ready to visit. Get ready for everything previously mentioned, plus lush forests, beautiful summers and mountains all around.
The city has recently become a popular place to live and is booming with 100,000 new residents over the last fifteen years. This unique city nestled between the Cascade and Olympic Mountain range is a great spot for honeymooners.
What to do:
- Pike Place Market: Everyone has heard of this infamous Seattle attraction. The fishmongers throw around the catch of the day and you can buy fresh flowers right around the corner. There’s also the gum wall- which yes- is a wall covered in gum. The Pike Place Market is also close to the Seattle waterfront, which is beautiful.
- Visit Kerry Park: Kerry Park is arguably one of the most iconic spots in Seattle and has some of the best views and tourist attractions. Although the public park is small, it overlooks downtown Seattle and offers the best view of the skyline around. Here you’ll see The Space Needle, Elliot Bay and Mount Rainier. It’s the perfect romantic getaway spot for honeymooners to sight see.
- Bainbridge Island: Bainbridge is easy to access via ferry and the boat ride is a part of the experience. Once you’re at Bainbridge Island make sure to check out some of the local museums that are located on the island.
Where to honeymoon hike:
Rattlesnake Ledge: This hike definitely isn’t easy, but the view at the end makes it all worth it. You’ll see plenty of cascading forest views while you’re on the way up to the ledge. Make sure to bring a snack because once you get to the top, you won’t want to leave. It’s about four miles to the top and back so bringing water to stay hydrated is essential as well.
Snoqualmie Falls: This breathing waterfall is a popular tourist attraction. And for good reason. The Snoqualmie Falls is close to the Salish Lodge so grabbing a bite to eat at the hotel then heading outside is a great idea. The hike is easy and the view of the 268 ft waterfall is unparalleled.
Where to stay on your honeymoon:
- Inn at the Market: This is a great option for honeymooners. The boutique hotel at Pike Place market will put travelers right in the middle of the action. The hotel has recently revamped all the rooms. If you splurge for views of the water, you won’t regret it. But if you’re not out exploring the city, you’ll definitely want to sip wine on the terrace that looks out over Elliott Bay. Their romantic getaway package includes a bottle of champagne, local chocolates and breakfast in bed. The next day you’ll have late check out at 1 pm, and valet parking. What about that doesn’t sound perfect?
- Sorrento Hotel: This hotel is gorgeous and romantic. The Mahogany paneling, baby grand and cozy furniture in the lobby is beautiful and leads out onto a scenic outdoor patio. Plus the entire building is a 1909 historic landmark. If you’re not up for walking, their car service will get you anywhere downtown, and their upscale restaurant has great reviews.
- Salish Lodge and Spa: Is there a more perfect hotel location for honeymooners and couples looking for a romantic getaway than one perched above a waterfall? The entire Salish Lodge and Spa was recently revamped and their fireplaces and walk in showers are awesome. They offer couples massages in an outdoor room with a beautiful view of the falls. Their romantic getaway package includes a one-night stay, wine upon arrival, breakfast for two, and rose petals.
Day trips and nearby destinations:
Mount Rainier: If you end up honeymooning in Seattle in the winter, you’ll see Mt. Rainier covered in beautiful snow. You can ski, snowboard, sled and sip hot chocolate on the famous scenic mountain. If you get there in the early spring, park rangers allow snowshoe walks where rangers point out plants and animals that are indigenous to the area. If you’re there in the summer, the mountain offers glacier trails and hiking. This is a great day trip option for the adventurous honeymooners or those looking for a romantic weekend getaway.
Victoria, B.C. : Bring your passport if you’re looking to see one of Canada’s most beautiful cities. Victoria is home to scenic Butchart Gardens where you’ll see lush plants all year round. The parliament building downtown is historic and worth seeing and so are the cities oldest homes.
San Juan Islands: San Juan Islands are close to Seattle and full of opportunities for travelers. Visit Friday Harbour and all it has to offer.
Portland is only a 3 hour drive from Seattle and totally worth the trip. The city is well known for its cool vibe and ability to attract tourists from all over the world. Why? Because there’s so much to do. Portland has great beer, tons to do outdoor and you’re guaranteed to take home a weird souvenir.
Washington Park: Is more than 400 acres of land and houses plenty of the city’s famous attractions. A zoo, children’s museums, gardens and an arboretum are all in Washington Park. Plus they have picnic areas, tennis courts, and plenty of forest to explore.
Forest Park: Forest Park is just outside Portland and is sitting in the Tualatin Mountains. It’s an 8 mile park and is the one of the largest urban forest reserves in the national. The 70 mile trails are beautiful and are full of trails. This means that there are hikes for all kinds of people, ranging from easy to difficult. Willamette River runs through the park and you’re sure to see some beautiful birds in Forest Park.