Fun (and mostly outdoor) Valentine's Date ideas to try out this year

Feb 8 2021, 4:35 pm

Sometimes you just have to switch it up, especially during a pandemic.

And while a standard dinner date is the typical go-to, this is your chance to reinvent Valentine’s Date night and maybe even try something new.

To make the decision process that much easier, we’ve rounded up a few fun ideas for your next date.

Go for a hike

The PNW is an area of many hiking trails. From trails in the city to some a short drive away, hiking is not only a great way to spend the day outdoors, but it’s also good for you. Be sure to dress appropriately (especially footwear), and bring your reusable bottle of water filled up for your journey.

Here are some of our favorite hikes: 7 hikes in Seattle that are perfect for even the laziest of people5 of the best spots in Seattle to go for a rainy day hike, and 5 great dog-friendly hikes near Seattle.

Go stargazing

Yes, it is freezing out this week. That doesn’t mean that you can’t bundle up in 500 layers and go enjoy the stars. Go the extra mile by bringing along a blanket, some snacks, and binoculars and telescopes if you have them.

Get takeout from a restaurant

This may not sound that exciting, but just like the magic in the stars, food has its own magic. From a variety of diverse dishes to desserts, Seattle is packed with local and hidden gems when it comes to restaurants and bars. And with most places delivering these days, plan to try out a new restaurant, or take it out for a picnic to make this an outdoor experience.

Find our restaurant recommendations here.

Check out a farmers’ market

Plan for your weekend brunch or dinner by heading to a local farmer’s market. Many safety restrictions are in place, so give yourselves time to grab the ingredients to your next meal together. Don’t forget your reusable bags, and maybe look up recipes in a cookbook or two before planning your trip to the market.

Watch the sunset

The best thing about watching the sunset is it can be done in addition to any of the daytime activities like hiking, biking, or going on a picnic. Make sure to set your time for at least an hour before sunset. Find a spot facing west, whether in a park or by a beach, and be amazed at all the colors of the sky as the sun begins to set. Is there anything more romantic?

Go on a day trip

When you’re caught up in the daily grind, it’s easy to forget the simple pleasure of just driving somewhere on your own time, in your own way. No gridlock or fighting for downtown parking spots; just a car, a destination, and a driver. If you’re looking to escape the city, grab your car and head on out to some beautiful nearby destinations that don’t require a reservation in advance.

Here are 14 amazing remote day trips you can drive to from Seattle.

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