We all know dating in Seattle can be hard. Really hard. Let's be real, the "Seattle Freeze" isn't exactly an ice sculpture of Hercules or Aphrodite, eager to make you breakfast.
If you’re reading this it’s likely you've been in a relationship with an overpriced apartment, a dog (whether it be a random stray dog, the one that peed on your couch when you did Rover, or your best friend's dog that she made you constantly watch because she worked too much to pay for her overpriced apartment), or your favorite barista who knows that the way to your heart is through a good, strong cold brew.
BUT, things are different now! You've met someone you actually feel is worthy of the title “significant other!" Good for you. But, now what the hell do you do? Here are some ideas for dates this fall:
Get a couple’s massage at the Little Red Day Spa
Where: 3200 Airport Way S
The first hour is massage, and the second hour is whatever you crazy kids want to do in a gorgeous private suite. This unique day spa was designed for couples to escape into serene, meditative bliss and be present with each other away from distractions. Book a stylish, artsy suite to enjoy a couple’s massage, and when it's over you’re free to enjoy the room as you please. Bring a favorite bottle of wine, pack a sultry snack, or soak in a bubble bath. Snag this sexy escape on Groupon.
Explore Seattle’s haunted history on the How to Murder Tour
Where: 102 Cherry St
Spooked in Seattle, the team behind the legendary Seattle ghost tours, hosts a limited-edition tour that's perfect for couples who like being scared into sticking close. An animated guide leads guests through the cobblestone streets of Pioneer Square, detailing gruesome misdeeds while visiting Seattle’s most famous murder sites. Come to learn the disturbing truths of this bone-chilling past—filled with sex, drugs, and crime, and corruption.
Take a self-love workshop
Where: Windows Art Gallery, 4131 Woodland Park Ave N
They say to love someone, you must first love yourself. Deepen your connection by rediscovering why your partner thinks you’re fabulous and feeling worthy of that love. Treat yourself and your S/O to a workshop on self-love as a way of appreciating each other. Namaste.
See fall’s brightest colors at The Arboretum
Where: 2300 Arboretum Dr E
The Arboretum at the University of Washington has been called a “living laboratory” by The Seattle Times. Few places in Seattle showcase the changing colors in such vivid hues as the 230-acre collection of plant life here. Pick up a pumpkin spice latte at your favorite cafe and stroll through the forest with your honey. Or, if not by land, enjoy your visit by boat! Canoe and kayak rentals are available through the end of October.
Trust fall into your lover’s arms at Emerald City Trapeze
Where: 2702 6th Ave S
Romance is in the air at this couple’s trapeze class! Shake up your usual routine with an aerial one! A circus professional guides you through an evening of adventure as you learn the basics of this unique and exciting craft.
Find out if you're destined for each other at Tarot Card Tuesdays at Hotel Sorrento
Where: 900 Madison St
The famously haunted Hotel Sorrento hosts tarot card readings every Tuesday night in October. Legend has it that the ghost of writer and marijuana pioneer Alice B. Toklas has the hotel’s longest-standing reservation in room 408. Come in for a tarot reading and stay for a self-led ghost tour on the 4th floor.
Have an oyster feast at The Walrus and The Carpenter
Where: 4743 Ballard Ave NW
Explore Washington's finest oyster selection at this local seafood favorite. Choose a spread of oysters from around the state to pair with a drink from an eclectic menu. Kick back in the bright, beautiful space and enjoy as the effects set in from one of nature’s most potent aphrodisiacs.
Bask in the Borealis Festival of Light
Where: 860 Terry Ave N
Check out Seattle’s first international light art festival in South Lake Union. Live performances and stunning light art are free to enjoy, so save your money for the beer garden and food trucks! Wear your brightest costumes pieces so you can shine along with the installations!
Snuggle up for sunset at The Nest
Where: The Thompson Hotel, 110 Stewart St
Cheers to sweater weather with fall cocktails on a romantic rooftop. Enjoy one of the most beautiful views in the city with bae as you sip craft cocktails and overlook the Puget Sound and Pike Place Market.
Share a scoop of scary seasonal ice cream at Salt and Straw
Where: 714 E Pike Street and 5420 Ballard Ave NW
You won’t believe these genuinely creepy ice cream flavors! Chocolate-covered crickets, anyone? Some of these holiday treats might require a little truth or dare! If you’re not feeling quite that adventurous, you can always choose a less extreme fall flavor like Mummy’s Pumpkin Spiced Potion.
Face your fears together at Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film at MoPop
Where: 325 5th Avenue N
This terrifying exhibition explores cinema’s history of horror with over 50 props and costumes from film and television classics including A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, The Walking Dead, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bride of Frankenstein, Dawn of the Dead, Hostel, Jeepers Creepers, and Pet Sematary. MoPop is featuring this horror-themed gallery and hosting scary film screenings throughout October.
Make dinner with fresh fare from Pike Place Market
Where: 85 Pike Street
The legendary Pike Place Market offers some of the highest quality, locally sourced food in Washington. Buying it can be just as much fun as bringing it home. Taste your way through local selections of wines, ciders, jams, smoked salmon, handmade pasta, and whatever else your senses lead you to. For a romantic table setting, pick up hand-poured candles and a bouquet of stunning (and wonderfully inexpensive!) flowers.
Take a cooking class at Luigi’s Italian Eatery
Where: 625 1st Ave
Cook a five-course Italian meal in historic Pioneer Square. Not only do you get a romantic Italian dinner with your amore, you also get to polish your cooking skills for next time you want date night at home. Grab this class now on Groupon.
Float South Lake Union in Hot Tub Boat
Where: 1200 Westlake Ave N
Take a scenic cruise around the lake in a private, floating hot tub! The chilly air makes the warm, steamy hot tub that much more sexy and enticing to cuddle up with someone special. Hot tub boats hold up to six people, so you have the option to make it a group outing or enjoy the space with just two.
Ride the Seattle Ferris Wheel
Where: 1301 Alaskan Way
Cozy up to your partner as you take in the incredible views of the Puget Sound from the comfort of a private cart as it ascends into the sky! After you ride, stop by Ye Ole Curiosity Shoppe next door to explore its many eery oddities—including three real human mummies.
Celebrate Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
Where: The city of Leavenworth
Raise a toast to love and beer in the picturesque Bavarian town of Leavenworth. The annual celebration here takes over the streets as fall colors surround and autumn leaves spill into the sidewalks. Break out your finest lederhosen and dirndls, book an AirBnB, and escape the city for a rural staycation!
Indulge at Sweet Decadence Wine & Chocolate Bar
Where: 827 N 10th Place Suite B
What’s better than Halloween candy? Halloween candy and wine.
Celebrate the season of sweets with a chocolate and wine pairing at this charming bar south of Seattle. Treat your S/O to a visit here, and you might just earn some chocolate kisses in return.
Where: 2431 State Route 530 NE
This rural “daycation” from the city will bring you full swing into the fall spirit! Steal a kiss in the corn maze, pick your perfect pumpkins, grab the obligatory Northface-clad pumpkin picture for Instagram, then head home for carving and spooky movie night!
Stargaze at Hamilton Viewpoint Park
Where: 71120 California Way SW
Follow your heart... or your Farmer's Almanac. There are plenty of great meteor showers left this year and anything north of light pollution (weather permitting) might give you the opportunity to name a star after your special night. Hamilton Viewpoint Park is a perfect place to get a clear view of the night without losing the Seattle skyline.
Watch high AF comedians try to tell jokes at The Gateway Show
Where: 3423 Fremont Ave N
Share laughs with your love as comedians perform at Jai Thai in Capitol Hill. Halfway through the show, the performers take a break to smoke pot, then come back in and attempt to tell more jokes.
Book a private dinner in a secret room at Purple Cafe and Wine Bar
Where: 1225 4th Ave
No tricks, all treats in this intimate, hidden room at the top of a spiral staircase. You wont find this gem on Open Table. You’ll have to call ahead to make special arrangements. The small space is in the middle of the restaurant, above the main dining room, accessed only by a staircase ascending from the bar. It’s available upon request, and often reserved for splurge occasions such as birthdays or even wedding proposals. With dim, seance lighting, it’s the perfect spot for romance this Halloween season.
Where: 216 Union St
Watch Jack Skellington dance and sing his way through this twisted Halloween tale. The show is produced by The Can Can, known for its dramatic flare in “culinary cabaret”. Come enjoy dinner and a show at its finest, and in this case, also its most festive!
Survive a Night On A Dark Trail
Where: 34500 SE 99th St
Be prepared for a night of spooky surprises as you wander through the woods of an abandoned RV park. Ghoulish performers wait in the woods to terrorize you with pranks ranging from silly and playful to flat-out frightening.