Work and family too often put romance on the back burner for many couples. This list of destinations and day trips promises to help rekindle the romance right near home. Leave the stress behind and spend a day with each other, remembering how it all started, at the best places to rekindle the romance in Seattle.

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Royal Argosy Dinner Cruise
1101 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 623-1445
www.argosycruises.comPrice:from $76

For a perfectly tailored evening, Royal Argosy whisks couples away on the water for a romantic getaway. The seasonal dinner buffet features fresh fish and wide-ranging options for the perfect meal. When reserving a spot on the cruise, request flowers and special food options to make the night truly memorable. Following your cruise around Elliott Bay and Puget Sound, extend your evening away with cocktails or an overnight stay at the nearby Edgewater Hotel. The hotel, just a 15-minute walk from Pier 56, offers an affordable romance package that includes breakfast for two the following morning.

Related: Best of Seattle Hotels: The Edgewater

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Café Nola
101 Winslow Way
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 842-3822 

A quick trip to Bainbridge Island offers the perfect couple’s getaway for the whole day or just an evening. Walk on the ferry at Pier 52 for a beautiful 35-minute ride across the water. Day or night, the ride offers perfect views of the Seattle skyline before docking in Winslow on the other side. Should a day trip be in store, reconnect with a stroll down Winslow Way with a multitude of shops and galleries to fill the whole afternoon. Stop off for lunch at Restaurant Marche for a French-inspired meal using local ingredients from the nearby farmer’s market. For a romantic dinner, the star of the day is Café Nola, a European-style cafe serving eclectic, creative cuisine. Call ahead for reservations, and to make the sure the evening is truly special, ask for one of the booths for two in the back. After dinner, the ferry is just a quick stroll back down the hill. Bainbridge Island and Café Nola offer a great getaway and chance to enjoy each other’s company.    


The Pink Door
1919 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 443-3241

For a romantic night filling all the senses, look no farther than The Pink Door. Since 1981, The Pink Door has been serving fantastic Italian cuisine and entertaining diners. Every night of the week, the restaurant features acts including trapeze artists and burlesque dancers while diners enjoy a hearty meal. On Saturdays it charges a $15 cover for the show, but the added price is well worth it for a night of memorable moments. The restaurant is located within a few blocks of Pike Place Market, The Showbox Market, Triple Door and The Crocodile, so add a stroll through the market or catch a live show to round the night out. Check the website for The Pink Door’s performance calendar.


Kubota Gardens
9817 55th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 684-4584
Price: free

Kubota Gardens offers the perfect place for an afternoon alone to reconnect. These serene gardens promise a great opportunity to talk and take in nature together. Covering 4.5 acres, the gardens feature trails allowing for repeated visits with new experiences each time. Following the stroll, a quick drive to Columbia City reveals ample dining options in this revitalized neighborhood. Tutta Bella boasts delicious Neapolitan pizza out of a wood-fired oven, perfect for filling hungry bellies after a day of walking.

Related: Seattle’s Best Parks and Gardens


The Fairmont Olympic Hotel
411 University St.
Seattle, WA 8101
(206) 621-1700

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The Fairmont is Seattle’s premier staycation spot, offering a full range of restful, pampering options. The celebration package is perfect for a couple looking to forget the stresses of home with traditional accommodations, valet parking, champagne, chocolate-dipped strawberries and breakfast for two. Spa facilities are on site, provided by Penelope and the Beauty Bar. Massages, facials and body wraps are all included in a full menu of papering services. For dinner, the Georgian is celebrating 20 years as a AAA 4-diamond restaurant serving French cuisine. Across the street from the hotel, 5th Avenue Theatre hosts nationwide touring musicals all year round.

Megan Knight resides in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, WA. During the day she works in IT Management and at night is a royal news junkie. Her work can be found at