As another frozen Washington winter comes to an end, a chilly spring is just beginning to come into bloom. If you and your sweetie are feeling stir-crazy, accelerate the season with a trip across the Cascades into sunny Eastern Washington. Offering everything from wine-country tours and watersports to golfing, outdoor concerts and more, Eastern Washington has something for everyone. Your cure for the wintertime blues is just a drive across the mountains, where there are 300 days of sunshine per year.
Sip and Stay
Experience Washington Wine Country and visit one of the region’s most treasured viticultural areas with a tasting tour on Red Mountain. Located just north of Benton City near Richland, Red Mountain boasts breathtaking vineyards and exquisite wines at its more than 15 tasting rooms. Book a stay at the sleek Courtyard Richland at Columbia Point and enjoy the picturesque views of this waterfront hotel. After a full day of sipping you’re sure to be hungry so head next door to Anthony’s Home Port and enjoy as you indulge in Anthony’s sumptuous cuisine. Accommodation rates vary.
Love on the Range
Located just 20 minutes southeast of Yakima in Zillah, Cherry Wood Bed & Breakfast is a beguiling escape for the cowboy and cowgirl at heart. Featuring romance-minded teepees, the ambiance of this B&B is nothing short of charming. Once settled into your private teepee, enjoy traveling from winery to winery by way of horseback or a “cowboy limo” hayride. After a long day of sipping, head back to camp and restore yourself with a rejuvenating soak in one of Cherry Wood’s outdoor Twilight Tubs. The indulgence continues come rise and shine, with sweet and savory breakfast foods reflective of the season. Yeehaw! $245/night.
Offering unique accommodations that include desert yurts, cavern lodging and more, Cave B Estate Winery & Resort provides its guests with everything they will need for a memorable stay. Indulge in sumptuous dining at Tendrils restaurant, get pampered at the Spa at Sagecliffe, or rock out at the Gorge Amphitheater, located less than a 10-minute walk from the resort. Plan your stay around the popular Sasquatch! Festival, or come any time to enjoy that Cave B has to offer. Accommodations vary.
Romance in the City
City slickers looking for a romantic getaway city style can head to Spokane, for a stay at the posh Davenport Hotel. Splurge for the Romance Package and enjoy a $100 dining credit, deluxe suite accommodations, a bottle of sparkling wine, and complimentary transportation within a 2-mile radius — which will come in handy while exploring the city. Enjoy upscale shopping at River Park, catch some live entertainment at The Fox Theater, or take a twilight stroll through renowned Riverfront Park. With so much to do you might need to extend your stay. Romance Package starts at $220.
A charming Walla Walla retreat, the Inn at Abeja beckons lovebirds looking to escape. A once-dilapidated farmhouse, the Inn at Abeja has been restored to feature seven charming guest houses, all located on 32-acres of century-old farmlands surrounded by breathtaking vineyards, gardens, wildlife and more. After checking in, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine, then head to your guest house, or go the enchanting grounds. Round out the day with a wine tasting and dinner on the patio, then wake up to a sumptuous multi-course breakfast. You might not want to leave. Guest houses range from $265-$595.
A Night to Remember
Chocolate-dipped strawberries and chilled champagne paired with one of Suncadia’s deluxe guest rooms is a recipe for romance in itself. But, add the scenic serenity of Cle Elum to the mix and you have the makings for an idyllic Eastern Washington retreat. Adventure-lovers will enjoy hiking or biking nearby trails, while golf enthusiasts will appreciate Suncadia’s three award-winning greens. Your companion won’t be the only object of your affection after you fall in love with all that Suncadia has to offer. Romance package rates vary.
Romance On the Water
Water-seeking lovers can head to the Tri-Cities region for a stay at the Clover Island Inn. Located on the banks of the Columbia River, this Kennewick hotel features breathtaking views and is near great local attractions. Enjoy complimentary bike rentals for exploring the Sacajawea Bike Trail, or if you’re looking to spend some time on the water, book a brunch, lunch or dinner cruise on the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler (operating from mid to late April). For the foodie, enjoy dining at the renowned Cedars restaurant, then head to Ice Harbor Brewing for a couple of pints. Island Getaway packages start at $149. Cruise prices vary.
Get Some Green
Located in Washington apple country, Yakima’s Apple Tree Resort is the perfect getaway for lovestruck golfers. Featuring “one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier golf experiences,” enjoying a day on the greens is made even better when followed by a relaxing stay in one of Apple Tree’s luxury homes. Feeling adventurous? Guests can venture out and go “winery hopping” at more than 40 area wineries, try their luck at the Nob Hill Casino, or peer into the past at the Yakima Valley Museum. After a full day of activities, sate your appetite with a romantic, outdoor Italian dining experience at Cafe Melange, then head back to your rental and unwind in the comfort provided by Apple Tree’s luxurious amenities. Housing $200-$350/night.
Roughin’ It at Lake Chelan
For the outdoorsy types, camping at Lake Chelan is a springtime must. Avoid the crowds by visiting this popular destination before peak summer season hits and immerse yourself in this tranquil escape. Campers can enjoy activities like trail hiking, freshwater kayaking, fishing, bird watching, stargazing (romantic, huh?), and everything else the great outdoors has to offer. Bring along a bottle of wine to enjoy as you bask beneath the starry sky and get ready to rejuvenate your romance during this nature-centric escape. Campsites range from $12-$42 based on utility access.
Whether you’re looking for some adventure or would rather just unwind, Canyon River Ranch has everything you need to do both. Enjoy nearby fly-fishing and hiking trails, or treat yourself to a day of pampering at Alente Spa & Salon. Not your cup of tea? Why not brush-up your skills with an in-house culinary class. Located at the scenic Yakima River Canyon, this condo-style resort is a rustic take on upscale lodging. Dine at the lodge’s restaurant or prepare your own feast for two in your condo’s fully outfitted kitchen. After the sun sets, head out to the terrace where the twinkling night sky may just spark some romance. Nightly condo rates: $199-$299.