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Whether you live near Pike Place, at the University or in the heart of downtown, you won’t be sleepless in Seattle for Valentine’s Day this year! Did you know that Seattle is considered an A-list destination city by travel and tourist companies? Well it is: and that’s simply because it offers a unique seaside culture, great art, much diversity, and plenty of special activities, concerts and more. In typical Seattle fashion, the city’s best restaurants and hotels are offering plenty of unique romance packages to make your Valentine’s Day extra sweet.

Cupid has worked some serious magic into the city for February 14th too, and he’s also cooked up some serious specials, including Valentine’s Day flowers, hotel and spa packages, travel specials, romantic dinner reservations and more. Whether you’re “single and want to mingle,” hanging with a gaggle of girlies, having a night out with the guys, or taking the family to Seattle this year, your comprehensive guide to Seattle for Valentine’s Day is listed here. Here are some of the best options for celebrating Valentine’s Day in style.

1. Dinner and a Show

Solve a hilarious murder case at the The DInner Detective and feast on a four course meal while you’re at it. Normally a Saturday-only affair, a special Valentine’s Day evening performance has been made available this year. Looking for something a little sexier? Check out this year’s ambitious show at the Can Can Kitchen & Cabaret, French Kiss, running from February 10th through the 12th, and an additional show on Valentine’s Day. Or, book an exciting evening with renowned electric violinist Geoffrey Castle and performances by the Seattle Aerial Arts at Suite Bellevue.

2. Dinner Dance and Sightseeing Cruise

Step aboard for a romantic and fun evening aboard ship in both Kirkland and Seattle with Waterways Cruises Valentine’s Dinner Cruise. Guests enjoy a live band, dinner (a four-course seated-served meal), plus non-alcoholic refreshments; other beverages available for purchase. Enjoy the state-of-the-art, turn-of-the-century elegance of the ship while strolling its cork decks, experience plush velvet seats, and beautiful granite bars. Glide along on the marble dance floors, and savor a striking look at the Seattle waterfront and city skyline. Every seat offers a spectacular, ever-changing view. Looking for a daytime event on the weekend? Waterways Cruises also features their Valentine’s Brunch Cruise featuring a champagne toast and a brunch buffer.

3. Tour the City and Coast by Helicopter

Nothing says romance like setting your sails for the high-skies… take your sweetheart on a thousand-foot (or maybe less) tour of the famous landmarks in Seattle! See the Pier, the Space Needle and more from the high-sky! You’ll be Jello in each other’s arms from this sultry romantic date idea for Valentine’s! Visit for more information and pricing, but plan to throw down a decent size sum for this option.

4. High Tea at New Century Tea Gallery

If you enjoy fresh tea, take your date to High Tea at Cederberg Tea House or Queen Mary Tea. These shops are also bursting with cool antiques, neat gifts and fun furniture. Your host or hostess is sure to be full of conversation and teach you tea etiquette. This is a fun Valentine’s date idea and certainly one your girl or guy will remember forever!

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5. Space Needle Spin

If you haven’t been to the Space Needle, this could be a really inventive Valentines idea. You can go cheap with the purchase of two tickets, or make a day of it and dine at the Space Needle’s restaurant, SkyCity. It could be quintessentially romantic to see the city from way up high!

6. Dinner for Two on Pike Street

Wine and dine each other and toast to the best years you’ve had. Stroll the multiple famed coffee shops including the flagship Seattle’s Best while you’re waiting for diner on the famous strip at Pike Street. There’s a plethora of romantic restaurants up and down the row; try Il Bistro, Place Pigalle, or AQUA by El Guacho Waterfront Seafood Grille on the Pier. Or, to spice things up, you could have a “progressive dinner,” where you have wine and appetizers at one place, a main course at the next, and dessert at yet another spot! The scenery is sure to change that way!

7. Pike Place Market Stop-N-Shop

At Pike Place Market, there’s always something new to see and do. For example, you can see vendors spin cotton candy, watch them make fresh chocolates, or you can shop fantastic retro re-sales or admire unique Middle Eastern jewelry. The booths on the street are apt to change, so be sure to check out what’s going on. The fish markets are also a blast and are known to draw huge numbers. Fresh flowers, vegetables and fruits are sold, too, plus a number of unique gifts. Buy your love some fresh flowers for Valentine’s Day and let him/her pick a special one-of-a-kind gift to keep as a souvenir of your romantic Valentine’s romp.