Looking for a private hideaway to enjoy a romantic picnic in Washington state? You can find many beautiful places to savor a relaxing meal away from the hustle and bustle, but in this article we share a few of Washington’s most amazing parks, peaceful gardens and gorgeous waterfronts. We’ve also included some charming nearby inns, should you choose to extend your romantic outing into an overnight stay.
1. Kerry Park, Seattle
Kerry Park is a small public park and viewpoint nestled on the south slope of Queen Anne Hill, overlooking the stunning skyline of downtown Seattle. It’s known to be one of the most photographed spots in the city. While enjoying your picnic, you can take in the iconic Space Needle, the picturesque waterfront and even catch a glimpse of Mount Rainier on clear, sunny days. Watching the sunset with your loved one adds a touch of romance to this already enchanting setting.
The park’s history is as charming as its views. In 1927, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Sperry Kerry, Sr. generously donated the park to the city with the intention of providing everyone the opportunity to savor its panoramic beauty. Adding an artistic touch to the natural beauty, the park features a sculpture by artist Doris Totten Chase, titled Changing Form.
If you’re staying overnight, consider the Greenlake Guest House located just 2 miles north. It’s a quick 5 minute drive to Kerry Park. Or stay at the Guest House B&B, 7 miles south in the quiet suburb of Burien. It’s only a 15 minute drive to the park.
What to pack: Cheese and crackers, fresh fruit, sparkling wine, chocolate-covered strawberries.
What to do: Take selfies with the skyline, stroll around the park, visit the nearby Seattle Center and the Space Needle.
2. Wallace Falls State Park, Gold Bar
Wallace Falls State Park is a 4,735-acre camping park on the west side of the Cascade Mountains, featuring a spectacular 265-foot waterfall, lush forests and rocky cliffs. Wallace Falls is the perfect lunch destination for the more adventurous couples. You can hike along the Wallace River and enjoy the views of the lower, middle and upper falls. There are several locations to stop along the trail, perfect for outdoor dining where you can unwind and enjoy the soothing sound of flowing water.
The park offers a variety of recreational activities, such as fishing, boating, birdwatching, mountain biking and rock climbing. You can also explore the nearby Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest or Mount Pilchuck State Park for more scenic adventures.
This outdoor haven welcomes visitors all year, albeit with occasional restrictions in the colder months. Certain amenities might operate on a reduced schedule during winter. Typically, the path leading to the elevated parking area and the start of the trail is shut from November to May due to snowfall.
What to pack: Ham and cheese sandwiches, Caesar salad, lemon bars, flavored water
What to do: Hike to the falls, take photos of the scenery, spot wildlife like deer and eagles
3. Picnic Point Park, Edmonds
Picnic Point Park is a waterfront park in Edmonds, and offers sweeping views of Puget Sound and Whidbey Island. You can access the beach via a wooden boardwalk and find a cozy spot to eat on the sand or on the grassy lawn. There are also tables and shelters available for reservation. The park is especially romantic at night, when you can see the lights of Mukilteo and Everett across the water.
The park is open from dawn to dusk, and there is no entrance fee. However, you need to make a reservation and pay a fee if you want to use the picnic shelters or the fire pits.
What to pack: Fried chicken, coleslaw, peanut butter cookies, soft drinks
What to do: Swim or kayak in the sound, collect shells on the beach, watch the ferries and boats go by
4. Deception Pass State Park, Oak Harbor
Deception Pass State Park is a 3,854-acre park that spans both Fidalgo and Whidbey islands. It features dense forests, rocky shorelines and stunning views of Deception Pass, a narrow strait that connects the Strait of Juan de Fuca with the Skagit Bay. The park is dotted with numerous spots perfect for outdoor dining, complete with tables and grills.
This place is home to a rich diversity of wildlife, such as deer, raccoons, eagles, herons and seals. You might also catch a glimpse of the elusive river otter or the majestic orca. The park also has a Civilian Conservation Corps Interpretive Center that showcases the history and legacy of the CCC workers who built the park in the 1930s.
If you are feeling more adventurous than just picnicking with your partner, Deception Passhas over 30 miles of hiking trails, 6 miles of biking trails and 9 miles of horse trails. You can also explore the park by boat, kayak, or canoe and enjoy fishing, crabbing, or clamming in the waters. There are several boat ramps and docks available for use.
What to pack: Tuna or egg salad sandwiches, potato chips, chocolate cherry cordials, lemonade
What to do: Walk across the bridge, hike to Goose Rock or North Beach Trailhead viewpoints,look for starfish and crabs in the tide pools
5. Artist Point, Deming
Artist Point is a scenic viewpoint at the end of Mount Baker Highway with360-degree views of Mount Shuksan and Mount Baker. It's one of the most beautiful tourist spots in Washington and a popular destination for hikers and photographers. Feel free to choose from the available benches or tables adjacent to the parking area or perhaps along one of the neighboring trails.
There’s a variety of options for picnicking, whether you prefer a table, a bench, a fire pit or a meadow. Bring a cozy blanket and a basket of your favorite snacks and drinks and find a secluded spot on the snow-covered meadow. Watch the sunset paint the sky and the mountains with warm colors!
What to pack: Turkey and cheddar wraps, chips and guacamole, pound cake, bottled water
What to do: Admire the views of the mountains, hike to Table Mountain or Huntoon Point, watch for marmots and pikas
Should you choose to spend your romantic outings in these suggested picnic spots, consider extending your visit by staying in one of our inviting Washington Inns, especially if you've coupled your picnic with activities like hiking or boating.
Our Inns provide homely and relaxing lodgings with added amenities such as fireplaces, jacuzzis and balconies you will love. You can enjoy delectable breakfasts, locally sourced wines and hospitable service. Regardless of whether your preference lies near mountains, lakes or towns, we have an inn to meet your desires and budget. Reserve your room today and make your romantic getaway an experience to remember!