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Top Ideas for a Romantic Northwest Getaway This Winter
planning your escape to these enchanting retreats.
Whether you want to escape to a cozy wine-country inn or a mountain hideaway, there's an ideal spot you and your mate. (Getty Images)
Overdue for a romantic retreat with your better half? Winter is the perfect season to cozy up together. Whether your dream getaway involves warming up beside a crackling fire in a high-end hotel, indulging in craft cocktails and savoring decadent dishes in a candlelit dining room or getting pampered with indulgent spa treatments, there's a perfect place for you to experience together this winter. From romantic breaks in wine country to rustic retreats in mountain towns, here are five romance-kindling ideas for your next getaway in the Pacific Northwest.
Salish Lodge & Spa
Recommended for: Sophisticated couples
For those looking to get away from the daily grind to enjoy some serious rest and relaxation, the Salish Lodge & Spa in Snoqualmie, Washington is an ideal match. Tucked in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, this upscale property delivers stellar service, an award-winning spa and plenty of pampering. Start with a glass of house wine upon arrival. Afterward, unwind with a replenishing fireside massage treatment for two. And when you're ready for an intimate meal, dine at The Attic, a low-key restaurant with scenic views of the Snoqualmie Falls or grab a table in The Dining Room for seasonal dishes prepared with local ingredients in an intimate venue with stunning vistas of the Snoqualmie River and the Falls. When you're ready to turn in for the evening, slip away to your well-appointed guest room, outfitted with a fireplace, cozy sitting nook and goose down feather bedding. And in the morning, soak in your surroundings with a scenic bike ride along the Snoqualmie Valley trail or join an on-site yoga class.
Allison Inn & Spa
Recommended for: Wine lovers
Located in the heart of the Oregon's Willamette Valley wine region, The Allison Inn & Spa may be only minutes from downtown Portland, but feels a world apart. The creation of this inn was a labor of love itself; its owners are passionate about sustainability and eco-friendly initiatives and have carefully sourced furniture and centerpieces that leave a minimal eco-footprint. For a meal to remember, book a reservation at JORY, the inventive fine-dining, open-kitchen establishment on-site, but also leave time to explore some of the 200 nearby wineries. And if you tire of hopping through wineries across the Willamette Valley, explore The Allison's extensive on-site wine cellar. For more pampering, check out the property's heated decks and indoor pool or cozy up in your accommodations, outfitted with a gas fireplace and filled with gourmet snacks.
Hotel Vintage Portland
Recommended for: Urban hipsters
This boutique Kimpton outpost ups the cool factor with graffiti-influenced art and trendy remodeled rooms and common areas. You'll likely want to spend the majority of your evening in, enjoying the imaginative craft cocktails at the 60-seat Bacchus Bar, located across from the lobby as part of an open layout with urban feel. Local beers and custom-infused spirits are listed on a wall-sized blackboard overlooking the casual seating area. And a winding staircase leads to second-floor lounge space, complete with oversized bean bag chairs, a pool table and couches. Transition from evening cocktails to dinner at the adjacent Pazzo Ristorante, or walk to one of many eateries within a few blocks' radius. When you're ready to bunk down for the night, you'll ascend a private elevator to your room or suite, which features industrial light fixtures, vintage furniture and eye-catching artwork.
House on Metolius
Recommended for: Nature lovers
Located less than 20 miles north of Sisters, Oregon, House on Metolius sits on the banks of the Metolius River, near Black Butte and Hoodoo Ski Resort. Though beautiful in all seasons, House on Metolius' main lodge shines in winter, with a roaring fire in the stone fireplace and a communal atmosphere. The area is known for its supreme fly fishing opportunities. And if you and your better half love cold-weather recreational activities, don't forget to bring snowshoes or cross-country skis to explore the trails through Deschutes National Forest, or bring the downhill ski gear for the short drive to Hoodoo. The secluded river retreat offers accommodations inside the main lodge and several cozy cabins dotting the expansive property. The views from cabin porches are unrivaled, and amenities, though rustic, include fireplaces, full kitchens and living spaces in addition to bedrooms.
Coeur d' Alene Resort
Recommended for: R&R-seekers
Located on the shore of Lake Coeur d' Alene on the Idaho panhandle, The Coeur d' Alene Resort is only forty minutes east of the Spokane International Airport, yet feels remote, despite the proximity to I-90. For the best views, book a room overlooking the lake, which comes outfitted with a balcony, a gas fireplace and a sitting area in addition to a roomy bathroom. After you explore the scenic property grounds, indulge in decadent dishes at Beverly's, the hotel's fine-dining establishment, or venture to downtown Coeur d' Alene and check out the area's multitude of micro-breweries, wine bars and pubs. And if you're yearning to embrace the great outdoors, check out the nearby skiing at Silver Mountain, Idaho or Lookout Pass. The knowledgeable hotel staff can guide you to excellent hiking or snowshoe trails just steps away from the resort.
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