Romantic Doesn’t Have to Mean Victorian or Frills: Special Getaway B & Bs in Washington State for a Memorable Anniversary
What makes a perfect anniversary gift for a wife or husband who already has it all? Time. Time together to enjoy each other’s company away from all the clatter of daily life. Nothing celebrates a deep, enduring love more than a romantic vacation to a bed and breakfast inn in a great location. In fact, all kinds of romantic celebrations can be made memorable by a romantic drive to one of Washington States many beautiful inns. Here are the inns selected by iLoveInns.com’s staff and an assortment of intrepid inn travelers who love the natural beauty and town pleasures of the state..
Glorious Views in a Luxurious Rustic Setting
Situated on the banks of the Icicle River in Washington, Run of the River Bed & Breakfast offers breath-taking views of both the river and the Cascade mountains. While the setting is rustic, there is nothing rustic about the spacious guest bedrooms and suites that feature romantic handmade log beds and linens of the highest quality. Guests are treated to rain showers in the over-size bathrooms and can enjoy deluxe Jacuzzis surrounded by river rock. Leavenworth, the Bavarian-style village, is close by for a day of exploration. For the adventuresome, the inn is surrounded by a wildlife refuge where you can search out deer, coyotes, and the occasional bear and elk.
Intimate Luxury on Orcas Island
Named one of the Top Ten Most Romantic Inns of 2007 by American Historic Inns, Cayou Cove offers exceptional services in private cottages at the head of Deer Harbor on Orcas Island, one of the San Juan Islands off Puget Sound. You will be greeted with fresh flowers and fruit, and attentive but not intrusive service. Relax on the private beach, watch the sunset over the harbor, and sink into blissful rest on Scandia down beds with Italian linens. All the cottages come with private hot tubs and many other luxurious amenities.
Nothing Says Getaway More Than an Island
One of the Northwest’s favorite hot spots, Bainbridge Island is a thirty-minute ferry ride from Seattle. Holly Lane Gardens Bed & Breakfast offers end-of-the road privacy, Olympic Mountain views, hot tubs, pianos, and gorgeous green woods all around. For maximum privacy (and romance!) rent the private cottage, which has a front room, bedroom, kitchen, bath, and a fire pit just outside the front door.
Kiss in the Rainforest
Does hiking in the Hoh rainforest and long beach walks sound like your kind of romance? The Miller Tree Inn Bed and Breakfast is located on the west side of Olympic National Park and is only minutes away from the beach as well. Enjoy a full, hot, home-cooked country breakfast every morning before starting your adventures. For an anniversary celebration, consider staying in one of the premiere suites.
Mountain Honeymoon Suite
You’ll want to linger in bed and gaze at Diamond Lake from the romantic four-poster King-size bed in the Mountain Honeymoon Suite at the Inn at the Lake. Expect to be completely pampered at this majestic Mediterranean-style villa. If you manage to get out of bed, you can ski, fish, hike, or enjoy wine-tasting at a nearby winery. Full course gourmet breakfasts are served every morning and in-room massages are available.
A Gift of Love
What’s more romantic than staying in a gigantic mansion that was built as a loving wedding gift? The Ann Starrett Mansion is not just glamorous and beautiful because we say so; it has won a “Great American Home Award” from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and has an elaborate free-hung spiral staircase that the Smithsonian believes to be the only one of its kind in the United States. The most photographed house in the world is a great launching pad for more romantic adventures, like whale watching or strolling in the seaport town of Townsend. This inn was named one of the Top Ten Most Romantic Inns of 1996 by American Historic Inns.
McDreamy’s Not the Only One Who’s Got a Thing for Ferries
The perfect combination of island escape and town culture, the Saratoga Inn is just a 20-minute ferry ride from Seattle. Every guest room in this quaint waterfront B & B comes with a view of Puget Sound and a fireplace to cuddle by. This inn was named one of the Top Ten Most Romantic Inns of 1999 by American Historic Inns.
Spa Retreat for Two
For the special anniversary, whether its your 25th, 10th, or first, go all out by booking a private cottage on the Olympic Penninsula at A Hidden Haven. Located on 20-acres of lush woodland, you can either enjoy in-room massages and gourmet meals or wander further abroad and explore Olympic National Park: Hurricane Ridge and the Sol Duc Hot Springs are waiting!
Still undecided? Log onto www.iloveinns.com and browse through the 19,000 B&Bs and country inns that specialize in other events and locations that may interest you. Many of the properties listed above are also in the best-selling bed and breakfast guidebook Bed & Breakfasts and Country Inns with a Buy-One-Night-Get-One-Night-Free Certificate. ILoveInns also offers Bed and Breakfast Gift Certificates, a perfect solution to help celebrate any occasion.