People have been commemorating love on St. Valentine’s Day since the 14th century (take it up with Geoffrey Chaucer, V-Day haters). If you’re stepping up your game above flowers and conversation hearts, you’ll want to book a romantic weekend getaway. Here are our favorite lovey-dovey destinations in Washington.
• Thornewood Castle in Lakewood is billed as “The House That Love Built,” but it was actually constructed by Native American workmen, some of whom left good-luck totems in the rafters. Since Stephen King’s Rose Red was filmed at the B&B, you can embrace the bloody side of Valentine’s Day.
• The Willows Lodge in Woodinville is close to a lot of wineries, and everyone knows that booze makes the heart grow fonder. Make a beeline for the renovated spa at the hotel, which features couples packages.
• Port Townsend has loads of the Victorian fanciness feels romantic (never mind that Victorian times were all about being buttoned up). You can even stay in a castle or recreate An Officer and a Gentleman at Fort Worden State Park.
• How do you pick the most romantic part of the San Juan Islands? Impossible. But island local and whale-watching guide John Boyd suggests table six at the Duck Soup Inn north of Friday Harbor; it’s right next to the fireplace.
• If you (or your Valentine) pine for the Twilight romances, who are we to judge? The town of Forks wasn’t exactly a luxurious retreat before the book phenomenon, but now there’s a themed B&B, and it’s an easy drive to the moody, romantic coast.