Whether it’s for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, birthday, or just the spur of the moment, it’s always nice to have some go-to romantic spots. There are more than a few places to take your significant other for a special day/night in Seattle’s Backyard. From a stroll along the beach, to a romantic dinner, to taste testing at a chocolate factory, you’ll never run out of ideas around here.

Des Moines Beach Park

Des Moines Beach Park People on the beachWho doesn’t enjoy moonlit/sunset walks on the beach? Des Moines Beach Park is a perfect spot for a couple of nature lovers to enjoy each other’s company. Breathe in that fresh, Puget Sound air, walk along the beach and trails, and admire the view from the end of the pier. If your relationship is serious enough that a proposal plan is in the works, this park should be on your radar…

Seattle Chocolates

Treat your sweetie to a sweet treat on the Seattle Chocolates Factory Tour! You’ll learn about Seattle Chocolates’ sustainable sourcing methods, see how the truffle bars are made, and get plenty of delectable samples. After the tour, you’ll have a chance to buy some unique flavors from the shop! If you’re going around Valentine’s Day, try the special “here’s looking at you” sparkling mimosa dark chocolate bar.

Aqua Terra

Aqua Terra SalmonFreshness is embraced at Aqua Terra, inside the Seattle Airport Marriott. The venue is cozy and intimate, and the food is exceptional. Start with a summer spinach strawberry salad, then move on to the grilled swordfish or filet mignon, and end with a warm apple-ginger crisp to share. Don’t forget the wine: Aqua terra has an extensive local and imported wine list with everything from chardonnay, to merlot, to sauvignon blanc.

Cedarbrook Lodge

Romance can also be eco-friendly. The Cedarbrook Lodge is a true testament to that, as the environmentally conscious boutique hotel sits on 18 acres of protected and restored wetlands. Make a weekend out of it as you enjoy the hotel’s amenities: have an exquisite, locally-sourced five-course meal at Copperleaf Restaurant, get a couples massage at the Spa at Cedarbrook, or relax and soak in the hot tub.

Valentine's Concert at Northwest Symphony Orchestra

Spend an evening at the Highline Performing Arts Center listening to classic and modern compositions. The Northwest Symphony Orchestra brings composers Hector Berlioz, Sumi Tonooka, and Ferde Grofe for their second concert of the year. 

13 Coins

13 Coins CoupleCelebrate your love story at 13 Coins for Valentine's Day. Seattle's favorite always open restaurant is a great place to take your love for Valentine's Day. The mood lighting, high-backed booths and vintage decor will take you back to the days of the rat pack. Plus, 13 Coins offers a special Valentine's Day menu featuring bacon wrapped scallops, surf and turf, salmon oscar, and a cheesecake heart for two. 

Maxi’s Lounge

Dance the night away on the 14th floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport. The excitement builds as you ride the glass elevator up to the top. Toast your love with a glass of champagne and revel in the spectacular view of Seattle Southside. Then dance to your heart’s content to some of the hottest R&B and hip-hop hits.

Madi’s Steakhouse

SteakA brand-new restaurant in a historic building, Madi’s offers premium, mouth-watering steaks and other specialty entrees for dinner. Enjoy a glass of wine or champagne as you feast on lobster mornay, filet mignon, and lemon basil salmon.  

Where to Buy Flowers and Candy

There are plenty of local candy and flower specialty shops in this area to help you come up with the perfect gift combination. For some top rated flower shops, try SeaTac Buds & Blooms, Fran's Flowers, in Des Moines, or Puget Sound Floral in Normandy Park. When it comes to candy, Tukwila seems to be the candy capital of Seattle Southside. In addition to Seattle Chocolates, try See's Candies on Southcenter Parkway, or Candy Tyme and Lolli and Pops, both in Westfield Southcenter.