Not to sound alarmist or anything, but Valentine’s Day is next week.
And since the weather is already beginning to feel suspiciously like spring, a romantic road trip might be in order. Here are some ideas:
The Hotel Vintage Park in Seattle is offering two Recipe for Romance packages throughout February, featuring a deluxe room or suite, a bottle of champagne, a box of chocolates, a cup of rose petals and a $30 restaurant credit. Prices range from $160 to $180; call (800) 624-4433 or (206) 624-8000.
The Inn at Ludlow Bay, which calls itself the Northwest’s “newest luxury retreat” is offering special packages next weekend and Valentine’s Day (Tuesday, Feb. 14). The romance package, for $245 per couple, includes one night’s lodging, champagne, chocolate, fresh flowers and a $60 credit in the dining room. For information, call (206) 437-0411.
The Sheraton Tacoma, in the heart of downtown, has a Valentine’s package from Feb. 10-14 for $99 per couple that includes a one-night stay and dinner for two in the hotel’s 26th floor Italian restaurant. For reservations, call (206) 572-3200.
The Inn at Semiahmoo, near Blaine, is offering a Valentine’s package from Friday through Tuesday. For $195 (single or double), guess receive overnight accommodations, dinner, sparkling wine and a rose. Call (206) 371-2000 or Wyndham Hotels at (800) WYNDHAM.
Friday Harbor House, on San Juan Island, has a $250 package available from Saturday throught Tuesday that features one night’s accommodations in a deluxe room with whirlpool and fireplace, fresh roses, a bottle of sparkling wine, handmade chocolates and a $75 dinner credit. Call (206) 378-8455.
The Alexis hotel in Seattle has a Valentine’s package available from Friday through Sunday, Feb. 19. For $205 to $365, depending on the room, you get overnight accommodations, sparkling wine or cider, chocolate truffles, spa products like scented oil, and a four-course “aphrodisiac” dinner menu (we presume it includes oysters).
Too late for Valentine’s Day, but still pretty passionate (especially for wine lovers) is the second annual Celebration of Chocolate and Red Wine in the Yakima Valley from Feb. 18-20. Each winery will have special chocolates that go well with red wines. For information, call Hinzerling Winery at (509) 786-2163.
Woof, woof: Probably not at all romantic (unless you’re a dog), but still fun, is Montana’s 10th annual Race to the Sky. Mushers follow the nation’s most mountainous sled dog course. The race begins next Saturday. For more information, call the Helena Chamber of Commerce at (800) 7-HELENA.