5 romantic places in Seattle to soak in natural beauty--and a cocktail or three

Water views, spectacular sunsets, and stunning architecture, Seattle is a city that was built for romance. Perhaps the city's architects were influenced by the famously rainy weather, which creates the perfect mood for cuddling up with someone special.

But sometimes a night on the couch just isn't enough. Crank up the romance meter, put on a nice shirt, and take your partner out for a cocktail to celebrate a special occasion, toast an important anniversary, or maybe introduce yourself to someone new. Here are some of our favorites for having a romantic outing, and just for fun, they all involve getting a drink!

Space Needle

Seattle's Space Needle is as famous as the city itself, and this landmark is in the process of having a $100 million facelift. Improvements include massive windows circling the observation deck, and two levels of glass floors that rotate to give views of the entire city and Eliot Bay. Don't worry if you are scared of heights, because there's nothing more romantic than wrapping an arm around your companion in times of need. Atmos Wine Bar serves delicious wine and beer, perfect for having a seat and watching the sunset as you spin by.

Space Needle

The icon of Seattle's skyline
400 Broad St Seattle

The Pink Door

This homey, rustic Italian restaurant in Pike Place Market serves delicious food with friendly service, and who doesn't feel love when eating a plate filled with pasta? Glutenphobes, fear not, because the full menu offers lots of options, even vegetarian, or just go to the back patio and enjoy the views of Elliott Bay with a cocktail. Sunday and Monday nights are special: a burlesque troop performs on trapeezes hanging from the ceiling, which is lots of fun. 

The Pink Door

Delicious, romantic, unique
1919 Post Aly Seattle

Canlis

Major milestones call for an itinerary that is truly special. Planning a wedding proposal? Celebrating a special anniversary? Make reservations at Canlis, one of the most famous fine dining restaurants in the Pacific Northwest. This restaurant is in a landmark mid-century house that was converted for public use, and the architecture and panoramic views are breathtaking even before you sit down to eat. The upscale American cuisine has won immeasurable amounts of awards, and the fabulous wine list is regarded as one of the best in the city. But don't worry about feeling out of place among the high-class environs, because the service is not at all stuffy. For anyone not looking for a full fine dining experience can soak up the ambiance with eats and drinks in the lounge.

Canlis

Finest fine dining in Seattle
2576 Aurora Ave. Seattle

Pasta Bella Italian Restaurant- Queen Anne

Not everybody appreciates a grand romantic gesture. Sometimes, keeping things simple is the quickest way to someone's heart. At Pasta Bella, diners can sneak into this cute little restaurant, sit at a corner table, and chitchat their way through a delicious dinner while surrounded by adorable technicolor decor. Don't be surprised if they talk to you like you're family, because they have a strong customer following of regulars. This restaurant is adorable. 

Pasta Bella Italian Restaurant

Romantic, intimate dining
5913 15th NW Seattle

Victoria Clipper

There's something magical about being on the water. Take a ride with Victoria Clipper, and see Seattle while cruisiing through Puget Sound. This ferry runs between Seattle and the San Juan Islands, or VIctoria, BC, and also takes visitors on whale watching day trips with a stop on nearby Whidbey Island. Clipper ferries offer food and bars onboard, perfect for sipping some Pacific Northwest wine while watching the gorgeous scenery, sunsets, and spouts of migrating gray whales.

Victoria Clipper

Sight-seeing ferry service through Puget Sound
2701 Alaskan Way, Pier 69 Seattle

Seattle Pride

Did we mention Seattle Pride, one of the most vibrant on the west coast? Nothing says romance like pride!

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By Daniel Renzi