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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.

Willows Lodge: A Quiet Wine Country Retreat from $199

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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.

Romantic guest rooms have stone fireplaces and deep soaking tubs for two. Spa at Willows Lodge offers a menu of treatments inspired by the healing traditions from around the world. Rooms start at $199.

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 $119

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. Spa goers can relax in the cedar sauna and outdoor saltwater pools.

The Wild Iris Inn: Romantic Rooms in the Village of La Conner, Washington from $119

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 (www.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 (www.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 (www.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)