Do you already have plans for Valentine's Day? I have yet to make a reservation but I've been doing some research and asking around what's hot in Seattle right now. Check out our guide to V-day in Seattle below!
Down some local oysters! They are supposed to be an aphrodisiac right? ;) Seattle has some amazing spots to wash down the briny treats with excellent cocktails. Check out this new list of top oyster happy hours, Patrick and I are partial to the Walrus and the Carpenter.
Get active together. Run or walk the Valentine's Day Dash 5K at Greenlake with your man or with a group of friends. At the end of the race there is a "Lovers Lounge" beer garden and your bib number states if you are "single" or "taken"!
Catch an Oscar nominated film in luxury. 21+ film lovers will enjoy catching a flick at the Big Picture Theater, where they only show one movie at a time but you can order cocktails to be delivered throughout the show, enjoy the country's first Tempur-Pedic seats, and indulge in Champagne Cheddar Popcorn.
Live entertainment in Pike Place Market: Catch a trapeze or cabaret and burlesque show over dinner at The Pink Door in Pike Place.
Enjoy beautiful NW art with gourmet dinner. Check out the new Chihuly Glasshouse filled with hand-blown glass art from famed NW artist Dale Chihuly, then enjoy a romantic four-course dinner at Collections Cafe a midst Chihuly's collection. Dinner will cost a cool $275 per couple but is accompanied by a live jazz band and includes a bottle of wine, admission to the galleries and garden, and complementary valet.
Lap in urban luxury in downtown Seattle: Spend the night downtown at the modern and luxurious W Hotel Seattle after partaking in a five-course meal at their own Trace restaurant. Dinner includes a lobster maltagliati pasta with an authentic beet red velvet cake to top off the night. Dinner is $65 per person, $90 with wine pairings.
Skip town and enjoy your inner foodie: Head just 30 minutes north of the city to Woodinville for some wine tasting and a foodie's delight with dinner at the Barking Frog. Chef Bobby Moore, is even serving up a special "Aphrodisiac Menu" in honor of the holiday! For an extra bonus spend the night onsite at the romantic Willows Lodge. Dinner is $69 per person, add $30 for wine pairing.
Or stay in...if braving V-day crowds and peak restaurant prices aren't your thing then pick up some Deathcake cupcakes from Cupcake Royale and settle in for a romantic evening at home.
(images: oysters, Pink Door, Deathcake)