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Whether you are looking for a historic lodge. luxury resort or an affordable getaway, there are many great places within a short drive of the city. Plan a romantic vacation to celebrate a special occasion, or a family trip to one of these unique hotels, inns and lodges.

Weekend escapes from Seattle include scenic island hideaways, cozy lodges and hotels with spas where you can get pampered surrounded by nature.

Willows Lodge: A Quiet Wine Country Retreat from $199

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 (willowslodge.com).

Salish Lodge and Spa: Views of Snoqualmie Falls from $199

 

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.

Suncadia Resort - from $129

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 (866-904-6300, website).

The Wild Iris Inn: from $149

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 (wildiris.com) start from $119 per night, suites from $149.

TreeHouse Point: Charming Treehouses Near Seattle

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 (treehousepoint.com) is about 25 miles from the city.

Alderbrook Resort and Spa: from $159

Check into the Alderbrook Resort to get pampered at the spa and enjoy scenic mountain views from nearly every room in the hotel. The spa offers treatments that range from body wraps and organic facials to detox treatments. Arrive early before your scheduled massage to enjoy the Finnish sauna and other spa facilities. Nightly rates at Alderbrook (alderbrookresort.com) start at $159.

Free Spirit Spheres: Wooden and Fiberglass Treehouses from $145

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 (freespiritspheres.com) start at $145. The property does not accommodate children under 16.

Unique Cabin with a Sunken Tub and Stone Fireplace

A weekend hideaway in Sisters, Oregon, about 6 hours from Seattle, 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, Three Creeks Brewing, Sisters Movie House and Sisters Athletic Club. 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 (fivepinelodge.com)

Saratoga Inn on Whidbey Island

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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 at the inn start at $145 per night.

Friday Harbor House

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Friday Harbor House is a romantic getaway located on San Juan Island in the Pacific Northwest. Experience small town hospitality at this 20-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. You can go biking, kayaking, whale watching, canoeing, bird watching, hiking, boating, golfing and scuba diving. 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 $340 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, website).

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, website).

Rosario Resort

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 the weekends (360-376-2222, website).

Cedar Creek Treehouse Near Mount Rainier

If you've ever wanted to live out your childhood fantasy of living in a treehouse, then the Cedar Creek Treehouse is the place for you. Located just 10 miles by car from the entrance to Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State, and 50 feet above ground, this is is an Earth-friendly mountain getaway. Located in a 200-year old Western Red Cedar tree, the treehouse has a sleeping loft with two double beds and personal skylights, a bathroom, kitchen, and dining area, as well as an observation room. You will never be very far from an incredible view no matter which way you look. The property can accommodate up to five people. Facilities include 12-volt electric lights, water, gas stove, icebox and sink in the kitchen, toilet and wash basin in the bathroom. You will have to climb five flights of stairs to get to your rooms. Rates are $250 per night for two; $25 for each additional person per night. No smoking is allowed at the treehouse (360-569-2991, website).

 

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.

Bainbridge Island

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