By Douglas Scott
In the shadow of the Olympic Mountains along the picturesque waters of Hood Canal exist five incredible romantic getaways, perfect for that saccharine escape you and your special someone have been pining for.
Situated perfectly between wilderness and society, these enchanting locations offer everything from solitude to pampering to everything in between. With limited light pollution from the cities along Interstate 5, spending a night or two along the Hood Canal will create the perfect spark to either rekindle your relationship or start lifelong memories with a new special someone.
Just a short drive from Olympia, Tacoma and Seattle, Hood Canal offers access to pristine wilderness and some of the best resorts and lodges in the Pacific Northwest. Whether you are traveling on a budget or looking to splurge on a serious romantic getaway, Hood Canal rekindles romance with incredible places to stay and explore.
Alderbrook Resort and Spa
Alderbrook is consistently named as one of the best resorts in the Pacific Northwest. Over the past five years, the resort has been revered as one of the best wedding destinations by Seattle Bride’s “Best Of” awards, and it’s consistently is recognized as the best resort in the Pacific Northwest by Condé Nast Traveler readers. With a full spa, golf course, kayak rentals, swimming, dining, yoga and three miles of on-site hiking opportunities, staying at Alderbrook allows you to be as secluded or as social as you want.
Located directly on Hood Canal, both sunrises and sunsets here are spectacular, as are the rooms, dining areas and grounds. Alderbrook is a high-class destination, offering the finest of everything. If you are looking for the premiere place to wine, dine and gaze at the beauty of the Olympics, staying here is a must.
Houseboats for Two
If you have ever daydreamed about having a romantic getaway on a houseboat, the aptly named “Houseboats for Two” at Pleasant Harbor make for an ideal romantic vacation destination. Located near the center of Hood Canal, this section of the Olympic Peninsula feels as remote as you can get, while still being close to all the amenities you will need. However, few who stay here leave their personal, private watercraft.
Set in a secluded, wooded cove, stay on the water while enjoying the night sky. Or, if the weather is cloudy, retreat indoors and enjoy a private 28-jet heated spa while listening to music, watching a movie or just enjoying in conversation with your loved one. Houseboats for Two is a unique experience made even better thanks to the tranquil setting the Hood Canal provides. With Mount Walker only four miles away and a myriad of waterfalls a short drive from the boat, you can experience mountains, forests and the salty waters of the Pacific Northwest all while rekindling your love.
Waterfront at Potlatch
Located just a mile and a half from the fantastic small town of Hoodsport, the Waterfront at Potlatch offers a handful of opportunities to escape for a romantic vacation. With cabins, a motel and an RV park, staying on Hood Canal has never been easier. While the resort does offer two bedroom deluxe vacation homes, the best bet for your romantic getaway is the one bedroom cabin. Fully furnished and boasting incredible views of the waters of Hood Canal, the one bedroom cabins are an ideal retreat for lovestruck couples in need of a getaway. The site is perfect for sunrises and even has a private deck where you and your companion can sit and enjoy the day. Wake up to seagulls, eagles and blue herons, smell the salt air and watch for seals, porpoises and even a rare orca, all from your cabin. If the cabin isn’t what you want, stay in the motel rooms or bring your RV for a night, week or even a full month! The Waterfront at Potlatch is a great place to stay and is the perfect setting for creating memories you’ll remember for a lifetime — no matter how long you stay.
The Willcox House Country Inn
The most common thing guests say when they enter the Wilcox House Country Inn is, “Oh, Wow!” Located on the eastern side of Hood Canal on the Kitsap Peninsula, the Willcox House Country Inn is one of those destinations that seems too good to be true. Considered to be one of the top 12 Inns in North America, the Willcox House gives stunning views of the splendor of Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains.
Guests enjoy the inn’s traditional 1930’s mansion atmosphere paired alongside modern amenities like WiFi. The grounds of the Willcox House are like wandering through your own private garden. The entrance to the inn is breathtaking, as is every corner of this stunning property. While it might not be located on Highway 101, staying here is the classic romantic getaway that is sure to get you some quality time together far from the noises and distractions of the city. Talking to the owner, the views here have had quite the impact on guests, making it an ideal romantic getaway. During a weekend in August, there was a man who planned and carried out a proposal to his girlfriend down on the dock. Proposals are very common at the Willcox House, and that is just one of many reasons to come here.