Get away for a weekend of clear country air, ocean views, whale watching and hiking while exploring unique towns like Kirkland, Leavenworth, Ellensburg, Friday Harbor and Spokane. The properties that made our list include scenic island hideaways, cozy lodges, treehouses and hotels with spas where you can unwind and get pampered surrounded by nature.
»Willows Lodge - 30 minutes
A 30-minute drive from the city, Willows Lodge is located in Woodinville wine country on 5 quiet acres. The lodge serves excellent food coupled with delicious wines. Reserve a table at the award-winning Herbfarm Restaurant and have a nine-course dinner to celebrate a special occasion or make a romantic wedding proposal. Guest rooms have fireplaces which invite you to relax with a book, followed by a bath in the soaking tub for two.
The Spa offers a varied menu of treatments, from Lomi Lomi massages, body wraps and exclusive Carita Facials. Once you are done with your massages, explore the surrounding area by bike, take a wine tasting tour and take a stroll through the hotel gardens. Northwest Coast Native American art is exhibited throughout the property, in the gardens and in public spaces. The Barking Frog restaurant serves delicious dishes with Pacific Northwest influences.
The restaurant has received Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence five years in a row. The property is a 25-minute drive from Seattle which makes it a quick getaway from the city. Western Washington's wine country offers many scenic spots, great restaurants and wine tours. Nightly room rates at the Willows Lodge start at $199 per night. Read more
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»Salish Lodge and Spa - 35 minutes
Popular with couples and honeymooners, Salish Lodge and Spa overlooks the dramatic Snoqualmie Falls, 30 minutes from the city.
Originally built in 1916, the hotel has been completely renovated and offers all of the modern amenities. One of the top weekend getaways in the Pacific Northwest, Salish Lodge has romantic rooms and a relaxing spa.
Guest rooms have whirlpool tubs and wood-burning fireplaces. Check into one of the top floor suites for the best views of the falls. Rates start at $199 per night. Read more
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»Suncadia Resort - 1 hour 25 minutes
A year-round getaway with a golf course, spa, ice skating rink, a winery and several dining options, Suncadia Resort offers skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. The resort is located on 6,400 acres, 80 miles east of Seattle, Washington. Guests can dine at two restaurants and two bars, swim in the pool and work out in the fitness center.
Glade Spring Spa features relaxing cedar saunas and outdoor saltwater pools. Get in shape at the Swim & Fitness Center, an extensive facility featuring indoor/ outdoor pools, fitness machines and indoor water slides. The Cle Elum River corridor offers excellent cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice skating in the winter. Guests also have access to downhill skiing and snowboarding. Room rates at the Suncadia Resort start at $129 per night. Read more.
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»The Wild Iris Inn - 1 hour 15 minutes
[The Wild Iris Inn]
Located just an hour and a half north of the city, the Wild Iris Inn offers couples 18 romantic rooms and suites, many with in-room spa tubs for two and gas fireplaces. Visit downtown La Conner for shopping, restaurants, galleries and entertainment.
The King Suites are the most spacious, with a private porch, perfect for enjoying fresh outdoor air. The inn welcomes its guests with Signature Wild Iris Cookies. Guestrooms at the Wild Iris start from $119 per night, suites from $149. (website)
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»TreeHouse Point - 35 minutes
A perfect hideaway for couples who like nature, TreeHouse Point offers charming treehouses individually decorated with handmade beds, original art and vintage furnishings.
You will have plenty of privacy among the trees to re-connect, curl up with a book and take long naps.
TreeHouse Point is about 25 miles from the city. The property offers 1.5-hour tours that let you see inside the treehouses. Visit nearby farmers' markets, explore the hiking trails and unique attractions in the area. Read more
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»Alderbrook Resort and Spa
[Alderbrook Resort and Spa]
Overlooking the shores of the magnificent glacier-carved fjord of Hood Canal, Alderbrook Resort & Spa is luxurious spa retreat surrounded by the Olympic Mountains and just two hours’ drive from Seattle. The resort offers comfortable accommodation in the form of cottages and guestrooms, each of which is beautifully appointed with breathtaking views over the lake and mountains and boasts chic décor and luxury amenities. Plush linens, down comforters and spa soaking tubs promise absolute relaxation, while flat screen televisions, high-speed wireless Internet and Keurig coffee makers ensure modern conveniences.
Unwind in the serenity of the onsite spa with a signature massage and an array of pampering body treatments before dining in the renowned Alderbrook Restaurant, which serves an exotic fusion of local seafood from the Puget Sound with tastes and flavors of the Pacific Northwest. Sip sundowners at the bar before dinner and soak up the tranquil surroundings. The resort’s location is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure lovers. The nearby Olympic National Park offers excellent hiking, while the surrounding state national parks have beautiful beaches to stroll, swim and fish. Play a game of golf at the Alderbrook Golf Club, which is located next to the resort. Rates start at $159. Read more
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»Free Spirit Spheres - 5 hours 35 minutes
[Free Spirit Spheres]
Although this getaway is a longer drive than others included in our collection, if you are looking for a bit of inspiration out in nature, rent one of the Free Spirit Spheres in the rain forest of Vancouver Island, Canada. Measuring from 9 to 10.5 feet in diameter, the spheres create cozy rooms in the trees.
Choose from three spheres: Eve is the smallest, Eryn is handcrafted from wood, and Melody is the newest sphere, made from fiberglass.
Shared composting toilets are located at the base of the spheres. The property also offers 2 washrooms, 2 showers, a sauna and a covered deck with barbeque and picnicking resources. Nightly rates at Free Spirit Spheres start at $145. The property does not accommodate children under 16. (website)
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»Five Pine Lodge - 5 hours 30 minutes
[Five Pine Lodge]
A weekend hideaway in Sisters, Oregon, the Romance Cabin at the Five Pine Lodge was built especially for couples. The private cabin has a sunken bath tub next to a stone fireplace, perfect for a romantic getaway. You can unplug from the world and take long soothing baths while the room is warmed by the fireplace, or watch your favorite movie on the 42-inch plasma flat screen television right from the bath tub. There is a separate bathroom with a couples shower finished with Italian tiles.
During the warmer season, enjoy the private outdoor patio with Adirondack chairs. Rates start at $180 in the winter and $215 in the summer.
Located in Central Oregon, the property is a 25-minute drive from Bend and 45 minutes from Sunriver. Guests are accommodated have access to Shibui Spa which offers relaxing treatments. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike and mountain bike along the Peterson Ridge trail. The property offers packages throughout the year. Be sure to book your getaway early if you want to stay in the Romance Cabin because it's quite popular because it's so unique (website)
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»Saratoga Inn on Whidbey Island
[Saratoga Inn on Whidbey Island]
Saratoga Inn on Whidbey Island in the scenic Pacific Northwest offers ocean view accommodations, a charming living room with a fireplace, and an old-fashioned porch. Plan a romantic trip from Seattle and relax in style. The innkeepers serve a full breakfast each morning, afternoon wine, tea and hors d'oeuvres. Evening turndown service features Le Belge dark chocolate. Enjoy scenic views of Cascade Mountains and the Saratoga Passage.
Romantic guest rooms have deep soaking bath tubs, fireplaces and cozy alcoves for reading and enjoying the view of the mountains and the water. Wireless internet access is available in the common area and most guest rooms. The island offers numerous events, especially on weekends, throughout the year. Choose from country fairs, art festivals, jazz concerts and other celebrations when planning your trip.
Rates start at $145 per night (website).
»Friday Harbor House
[Friday Harbor House]
Friday Harbor House is a romantic getaway located on San Juan Island in the Pacific Northwest. Experience small town hospitality at this 23-room romantic inn overlooking the scenic island marina. The property is located in a quaint town with shops, cafes, restaurants, museums and galleries. Guest rooms are contemporary in design, with floor-to-ceiling windows, jetted tubs, fireplaces and sitting areas.
The area is known for its beautiful views and offers a number of activities, from scenic kayaking to golfing and whale watching. The restaurant serves foods prepares using fresh local products, seafood, and herbs from the garden. The dining room offers beautiful views of the harbor. Room rates start at $169 per night. VacationIdea.com Tip: There are several ways to reach the island. Sea plane is about $100 one-way in high season, and around $40 during the low season. Alternatively, you can take the Washington State Ferry from Anacortes to San Juan (360-378-8455,
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»The Inn at Langley
[The Inn at Langley]
The Inn at Langley is about one hour from the city and has rooms with 180-degree water views and cozy fireplaces. In the morning, wake up to the smell of homemade muffins, muesli and fresh fruit. There are 26 guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Saratoga Passage and Cascade Mountains. The property is located in the heart of the village of Langley, near antique stores, art galleries and boutiques. The island offers a number of exciting things to do, including whale watching, sea kayaking, scuba diving, biking, golf and fishing. Enjoy a relaxing massage at the Essencia Spa.
The Chef's Kitchen Restaurant serves delicious meals that incorporate fresh seasonal ingredients. The restaurant features an open display kitchen, and overlooks a formal herb garden. Dinner is served on Fridays and Saturdays; Sunday suppers are served in-season. Room rates start at $265 per night, including continental breakfast. During the off season, rooms can be found for $195 per night (360-221-3033,
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Rosario Resort is a romantic getaway on Orcas Island, Washington. The resort has a spa, three swimming pools, a full-service marina and 116 guest accommodations spread across eight acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The Moran Mansion, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, houses the resort's restaurant, spa, music room, library and museum. The area is a playground for nature enthusiasts, offering an array of activities, such as whale watching, sea kayaking, sailing, and hiking in Moran State Park.
There are 116 guest rooms and suites located on eight acres. Hillside accommodations, about one-half mile from the mansion, offer views of East Sound, Cascade Bay and lush forests. Ask for one of the rooms with a sunken Jacuzzi tub, gas fireplace and a private balcony. There are four restaurants and lounges that serve Northwest cuisine. The Mansion Pool Bar and Cascade Bay Grill are open during the warm season and offer outdoor seating. Live entertainment is available on weekends. Read more
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»China Beach Retreat
[China Beach Retreat]
If you are looking for a getaway place where the entertainment consists of the sound of gulls or watching tide come and go, come to China Beach Retreat. This charming Craftsman cottage is snuggled in a cove between the Port of Ilwaco and Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco, Washington on the scenic Long Beach Peninsula. You can sit for hours in front of the floor to ceiling windows of the common room, listen to the sounds of wind and water, and watch the shorebirds running back and forth.
Look for elegant herons or timid deer or the local fishermen bringing their daily catch in. There is a soothing timelessness in the expanse of tidelands, where the only drama takes place in nature. Enjoy the simple but elegant comfort of the four guestrooms, with precious antiques and opulent bathrooms with stained glass windows and tiles made by hand by a local artist. Soak in the jetted tub after a day of exploring the neighboring Cape Disappointment State Park. Coffee and tea are available all day long, and guests are invited to enjoy a gourmet breakfast at the nearby Shelburne Inn.
222 Robert Gray Drive Ilwaco, Washington, WA 98624, 360-642-2442 (website)
»Fairhaven Village Inn
[Fairhaven Village Inn]
Fairhaven Village Inn is located at the heart of the Bellingham’s Historic Fairhaven District on Bellingham Bay. The property has 22 spacious rooms with the view of the harbor or the park. West facing rooms have views of Fairhaven’s harbor and a partial view of Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands.
They also have lovely corner fireplaces and sliding doors that lead to the private patio. All rooms have private bathrooms, a couple of comfortable club chairs for relaxed reading, a working desk, wireless Internet, and cable TVs. Just outside of the hotel is the Village Green Park, which hosts a bustling farmers’ market every Wednesday. Great restaurants and peaceful walking trails are all within walking distance of the hotel. Alaska State Ferry stops in Fairhaven year round if you want to continue your adventures.
1200 10th St, Bellingham, WA 98225, 360-733-1311 (website)
»A Harbor View Inn
[A Harbor View Inn]
A Harbor View Inn is a charming waterfront Victorian bed and breakfast built in 1905 in the Colonial Revival Style. About an hour and a half from both Portland and Seattle and less than an hour from Olympic National Park, the inn is in the perfect spot if you are planning to do some exploring in this magnificent area.
All five luxurious rooms are decorated with precious Victorian antiques and have raised beds to make sure that you take a full advantage of the fantastic views of the Grays Harbor below. While looking like they belong to a romantic Victorian novel, rooms have all modern amenities such as TVs, private bathrooms and Wi-Fi. Guests have access to the cozy living room, fully equipped kitchen, and sunny dining room where a fresh, homemade breakfast is served every morning.
111 W. 11th Street, 113 W. 11th Street, Aberdeen, WA 98520, United States, 360-533-7996 (website)
»The Shelburne Inn
[The Shelburne Inn]
Snuggled on the Long Beach Peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and Columbia River, the Shelburne Inn Bed and Breakfast is a lovely boutique inn built in 1896 in the small coastal town of Seaview. It is the oldest operating hotel in Washington State. While brought to the 21st century with extensive renovation, the inn’s historic character was lovingly preserved. Fifteen nicely appointed, cozy rooms are decorated with period antiques and original art, and they have private baths. Most even have private decks.
The beautiful décor goes hand in hand with all modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi. There is a library and a computer in the common room. The inn’s own restaurant and bar treats guests with fresh local fare such as Willapa Bay oysters, wild mushrooms, and berries the area is famous for. A fresh, homemade gourmet breakfast is served in the elegant, inviting dining room.
4415 Pacific Way, Seaview, WA 98644, 360-642-2442 (website)
Located in the heart of the historic Port Townsend and surrounded by a magnificent Victorian garden, the Bishop Victorian Hotel greets travelers with the welcoming warmth of its brick-walled reception furnished with cozy sitting area with opulent armchairs around the antique fireplace and original paintings of local artists.
The Hotel offers 15 luxury fireplace suites with private baths, cozy sitting rooms, small but fully equipped kitchens, and exquisite décor that includes period antiques and original art. All rooms have wireless Internet, high definition TVs, telephones, and luxury bath products. A delicious breakfast is served in guests’ rooms. Several suites are dog friendly. Guests also have complimentary access to the nearby Port Townsend Athletic Club. The opportunities for exploring the area are endless: whale-watching, visiting Hurricane Ridge at Olympic National Park, strolling along the beach, watching the picturesque sailing boats, hiking up Mt. Townsend, kayaking across Port Townsend Bay, and much more.
714 Washington Street Port Townsend, WA 98368, 800-824-4738 (website)
When you are in Port Townsend, you want to be on the water. With the view of the picturesque sailboats on the bay and the background of magnificent Olympic Mountains, The Swan is the place where you can literally keep your feet in the sand while enjoying the hotel’s many facilities and comfortable rooms.
The main building, bordering the Point Hudson Marina, has nine rooms, suites, and studios with funky maritime décor and all modern amenities. The views are to die for –endless blue waters of the bay, city skyline or snow-capped Olympic Mountains. The hotel also has four downtown detached cottages for those who need more privacy. Venture out to the beach, explore the Victorian splendor of the city’s historic downtown, or head to the surrounding mountains and parks.
222 Monroe at Water Street Port Townsend, WA 98368, 800-776-1718 (website)
Cedarbrook will surprise you. It is just five minutes from SeaTac International Airport, and you would expect a typical airport hotel. Instead, you find yourself in a discrete, serene oasis with all modern amenities, surrounded by eleven acres of gardens and seven restored natural wetlands. The hotel’s three buildings offer 167 modern, spacious rooms and beautiful common spaces decorated in a combination of North-West rustic and contemporary style with added touches of original art from local artists.
The hotel also offers a fitness center, a spa, modern conference facilities, and an absolutely fabulous continental breakfast in the bright Tamarack Hall where floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning views of the surrounding lawns and wetlands. The Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar is known for its seasonal fare and farm-to-table policy. Guests are invited to enjoy quintessential North-west cuisine prepared with flare and the freshest possible ingredients.
18525 36th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98188, 206-901-9268 (website)
»The Gray Gull
[The Gray Gull]
Do you know of any hotel that offers a clam-washing station? Only The Gray Gull. But then, it is not an ordinary hotel. A part of the Ocean Shores, a luxury Washington's resort community that is a short drive from Portland or Seattle, the Grey Gull has 37 unique and independently owned condominiums.
Each unit is different as they reflect their owners’ personal tastes, but all have gas fireplaces and pool or ocean views, and most have kitchens. The view of the sunset from the west-facing windows, porches, and balconies is spectacular. All condos also have Wi-Fi, cable TVs, and DVD players. The ocean is just a short walk away, and you can follow the path there thorough the beautiful protected wetlands.
651 Ocean Shores Blvd NW, Ocean Shores, WA 98569, 360-289-3381 (website)
»Bonneville Hot Springs Resort and Spa
[Bonneville Hot Springs Resort and Spa]
Surrounded by magnificent Washington wilderness near the spectacular Columbia Gorge, Bonneville Hot Springs Resort and Spa in the small town of Bonneville is a luxury healing oasis. Known for their healing powers for thousands of years, nearby hot springs are channeled into resort’s beautiful indoor and outdoor pool, hot tubs, and drinking fountains to provide guests with all the possible opportunities to take advantage of the healing mineral hot water.
Guests also enjoy spacious, comfortable rooms with balconies, private bathrooms, fridges, cable TV, Wi-Fi, and iPod docks. Suites have their own private hot tubs on balconies overlooking the surrounding nature, and nice, cozy sitting areas. Guests who are more interested in healing their souls than their bodies can enjoy serene hiking trails, spending time on the golf course, kayaking the rapids, or visiting nearby wineries.
1252 E Cascade Dr, North Bonneville, WA 98639, 866-459-1678 (website)
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»Mirabeau Park Hotel
[Mirabeau Park Hotel]
Located in the picturesque Spokane Valley, Mirabeau Park Hotel is only a short drive from downtown Spokane, the Industrial Park, city business core and entertainment options. The Mirabeau has 236 spacious, contemporary rooms that include all the amenities – private bathrooms, Wi-Fi, TVs and queen or king beds.
Many have a patio or a balcony, and suites have jetted tubs. The views range from the snow-covered mountains to the lovely landscaped courtyard. The hotel offers more than 17,000 square feet of meeting space with state-of-the-art equipment for your convention or any other big event needs. The hotel’s award-winning Max at Mirabeau restaurant can provide catering and their highly competent staff can make all the necessary arrangements.
1100 N Sullivan Rd, Spokane Valley, WA 99037, 509-924-9000 (website)
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More Quick Trips from Seattle
San Juan Island
San Juan Island is a year-round destination, offering whale watching, wine tours, scenic hiking and museums. The island is only accessible by air or by boat. Friday Harbor town is home to charming shops and restaurants. Hotels and inns on the island include Friday Harbor House with rooms that overlook the water the water and Snug Harbor Resort which has 16 brand new cabins on peaceful Mitchell Bay. Lakedale Resort is set on 82-acres with three spring water lakes. The resort offers 10 hotel rooms, log cabins, canvas cabins and camping. Roche Harbor Resort has 25 accommodations with a view of the harbor.
Mount Rainier National Park
Explore the scenic Mount Rainier National Park which was designated as a national park in 1899. The Nisqually entrance at the southwest corner is the most popular of the four entrances to the park and will give you access to the Longmire and Paradise areas.
Across the water from Seattle, Bainbridge Island is a popular weekend getaway from both Seattle and Portland. The island is known for its unspoilt nature where visitors enjoy boating, bird watching, horseback riding and kayaking. Stop at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art which exhibits fine art and crafts with a focus on contemporary works. You can dine at the museum bistro.
Victoria, Vancouver Island
Visit the historic city of Victoria on Vancouver Island which features beautiful Butchart Gardens, cafes, restaurants, a zoo and the Royal BC Museum. The Fairmont Empress offers luxury rooms and suites in a historic setting. British Columbia's capital city offers many festivals, fun events and city tours aboard double-decker buses. There are many great restaurants in the city, serving delicious food paired with amazing wine, beer and cider grown and brewed in the region. Take a boat tour to get closer to magnificent orcas and humpback whales.
Explore the surrounding South Vancouver Island Region, enjoying views of the coastline and the Olympic Mountain range. If you are planning a weekend trip with kids, the region offers a great selection of family-friendly activities, such as mini-golf, camping, a bug zoo, butterfly garden and playgrounds.
Boeing Factory Tour
Take a tour of the facility where Boeing 747, 767, 777 and 787 Dreamline planes are assembled. The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour is located in Mukilteo, Washington, 30 minutes north of Seattle. Tours are offered every day of the week and last 90 minutes.
Children must be at least 4 feet (122 cm) tall to go on the tour. For reservations, call +1 360-756-0086 or +1 800-464-1476, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific time). You can also purchase tickets online at futureofflight.org.
Hibulb Cultural Center
Located about one hour north of Seattle, the Hibulb Cultural Center is a new $19 million museum dedicated to preserving the tradition and history of the Tulalip Tribes. www.hibulbculturalcenter.org
ProFormance Car Racing
Feel the rush of adrenaline as you race at 85 miles per hour at the Pacific Raceways near Kent, accompanied by an expert instructor. Just 40 minutes south of Seattle, this is a great day trip from the city. proformanceracingschool.com
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|Seattle, WA To ||Driving Time|
|Woodinville, WA||30 minutes|
|Snoqualmie, WA||35 minutes|
|Cle Elum, WA||1 hour 25 minutes|
|La Conner, WA||1 hour 15 minutes|
|Fall City, Washington||35 minutes|
|Qualicum Beach, BC Canada||5 hours 35 minutes|
|Sisters, Oregon||5 hours 30 minutes|
|Whidbey Island||1 hour 15 minutes (add ferry wait time)|
|Langley, WA||1 hour 20 minutes|
|Eastsound, WA||3 hours|
|Ashford, WA||1 hour 45 minutes|
25 Best Weekend Getaways from Seattle