Washington is lucky to have four seasons of recreational activities. Layer up for a day in the snow, take a scenic bike ride, or stay warm and cozy inside while witnessing the crashing surf and howling wind of the coast. Whatever outdoor adventure you and your partner choose, Washington has it all.
Birding on Whidbey Island
While spring and fall may witness the largest number of migrating birds, winter on Whidbey Island creates a unique habitat for a wide range of species. Ducks, shorebirds, waterbirds, and birds of prey winter in the protected habitats of the island. Walk hand in hand at Crockett Lake, near Fort Casey State Park, a popular spot for shorebird sightings when the water levels are high. Loons, alcids, and auks have been spotted at Rosario Beach wintering year after year. Winter populations are so common, that you can have a picnic in downtown Coupeville overlooking Penn Cove and be guaranteed a sighting or two.
In the heart of historic Coupeville, Anchorage Inn is a perfect spot for a romantic retreat. This Victorian B&B overlooks Penn Cove and is walking distance to all of Coupeville’s delightful shops and restaurants. Head out on birding expeditions during the day, and snuggle up in your elegant accommodations each night.
Nordic Skiing Above the Clouds
A short drive from the northwest part of the state will take you from sea level to high above the clouds of the Cascade Mountains. Nordic centers and sno parks dot the mountains spanning from small loops through the forests to multi-acre trail systems. There are plenty of remote huts and old cabins to explore. Bring a thermos of hot cocoa or tea and enjoy the sounds of nature just the two of you. Find your next nordic adventure with our Ultimate Guide to Cross Country Skiing in Washington.
Biking Along the Secret Scablands
Biking? In winter? Don’t knock it till you try it! Break your bikes out of storage and go for a scenic ride. The Channeled Scablands in Central Washington is a land where precipitation rarely falls and snow may come, but quickly melts away. What’s left are miles of rustic farmhouses, broad mesas, and more double track trails than you could dream of. You may mistake this stunning landscape for the southwest, but it’s just another aspect of our diverse Washington landscape that makes it so special.
With easy access to both the trails of the scablands, the Columbia River, and Walla Walla’s distinguished wineries, Cameo Heights Mansion is the perfect place for your getaway. This elegant retreat offers luxurious amenities, sweeping views, and some of the finest food you’ll find in the Northwest.
Storm Watching on the Coast
There’s no such thing as bad weather here in the Pacific Northwest. When the clouds bring buckets of rain and turbulent seas, Washington’s wild coast comes alive. Nothing is quite as relaxing as sitting inside with a glass of wine and watching the storms roll in onto the land. Washington has quaint beach towns dotted along the coast. Long Beach is one of the most popular with colorful buildings, sweeping beaches, and sandy dunes. Storm watch from remote spots like Rialto Beach, Ruby Beach, and Shi Shi Beach.
When you see a storm on the radar, head for Boreas Bed & Breakfast Inn on Long Beach. Rooms come with cozy fireplaces and views of the dunes. Just a couple hours away from the city will reward you with a slower pace of life.
Shredding Powder in the Cascade Mountains
For those who love hitting the slopes, a ski getaway is always romantic. Up high in the peaks of the Cascade Mountains are several ski resorts that boast stunning views, acres of skiable terrain, and fresh powder. Pair that with cozy mountain inns and you’ve got yourselves one incredible getaway. Spend your days carving fresh tracks, your evenings dining in cheerful local taverns and your nights warm and snug by the fire. Check out Our Guide to Washington’s Epic Ski Areas and find the perfect ski resort for your winter getaway.
Urban Hiking in Seattle
You could spend a lifetime trying to hike, and find, every trail in Seattle and never experience them all. Tucked into neighborhoods, hiking trails and green spaces can be found anywhere. From forested woodlands to protected beach coves there is so much to explore without leaving the city. Some of the more popular spots include Discovery Park overlooking Puget Sound, Green Lake Park, Seward Park on Lake Washington, and Alki Beach. You’ll also find less traveled parks like Marymoor Park, Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, and Sand Point. Explore the emerald side of Emerald City hand in hand.
Three Tree Point Bed & Breakfast is one of the best kept secrets of Seattle. Perched upon a hill overlooking the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains, this retreat is a slice of heaven. You’ll find everything you wish to see is just a short drive away whether it’s downtown Seattle, one of the city’s quaint neighborhoods, or a hidden urban park.
Stargazing On the Remote Olympic Peninsula
Pack a couple of blankets, a thermos of cocoa or coffee and head out for a magical evening of stargazing and romance. Washington’s Olympic Peninsula offers multiple areas where there’s little to no light pollution. The stargazing is absolutely incredible. Hurricane Ridge in Port Angeles never disappoints. Even on rainy nights , clear skies can be found on top of the ridge. Admire the sky from places like Crescent Lake, city parks, beaches, or a remote bed & breakfast.
Stargazing is a popular activity at George Washington Inn. This upscale B&B overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca from the top of a cliff. Snuggle up on the lawn and watch the stars twinkling in the sky.
If you’re looking for a special Valentine’s day celebration or an intimate weekend getaway, try one of these romantic winter adventures. Try a new activity together and explore the natural wonders of Washington.
While we have highlighted a couple of inns to accommodate you during your trip, the Washington INNSiders boasts an exhaustive list of independent inns all over the state so you can pick out the ideal B&B, inn, or hotel for your dream getaway. All our member properties are inspected and approved so you are sure to find the perfect place to stay. Plan your getaway today!