Unique Valentine's Day Date Ideas in Seattle

You don't need us to tell you where to eat on Valentine's Day in Seattle. The city's self-proclaimed "Only Newspaper" already has you covered when it comes to restaurants. Valentine's Day in green, grungy Seattle should be a bit more adventurous than plain ol' fancy dining anyway. Here are five unique Seattle date ideas.

Savor Snow Sports at Snoqualmie
Yes, Seattle is rather cold and wet in February. Fortunately, rain in the city usually means snow in the mountains, so take a trip to the Summit at Snoqualmie. From skiing and snowboarding to tubing and snowshoeing, there are plenty of activities to get your hearts racing.

Take A Hike
If walking on solid ground is more your speed, try a lowland trail. Among Seattle's city parks, Discovery Park is one of the best for diversity. Its easy, 2.8-mile loop trail offers everything from meadows and forest to beaches and sea cliffs. For something a bit more challenging, these winter hikes won't disappoint.

See A Sexy Show
Need some playful inspiration? Conveniently located near Pike Place Market, The Pink Door is a great option for cabaret, burlesque, and trapeze performances. As a dinner theater, they offer Italian-American dishes to accompany the show. The Triple Door is another indulgent, centrally-located option. Their dinner theater also offers burlesque, with a special Valentine's weekend show by The Atomic Bombshells.

Drink At A Classy Bar
Seattle has no shortage of stylish drinking establishments. Whether you're looking for local craft beer, wine, or classic cocktails - you'll find it here. For starters, check out a few of the city's secret bars - because what's more romantic than a secret rendezvous? Others to try include Zig Zag Cafe and Alibi Room - both tucked away below street level near Pike Place Market.

Dance The Night Away
In a city notorious for its musical prowess, there's no excuse not to catch some tunes. Nectar Lounge is serving up a whole lot of live, local love for Valentine's Day 2016. Featuring all-girl Seattle bands Chastity Belt and Lemolo, this one's sure to be a crowd-pleaser for ladies and gentlemen alike. Alternatively, Lo-Fi Performance Gallery is hosting their monthly Emerald City Soul Club on February 13, 2016. In the words of one reviewer, " people ACTUALLY DANCE" at this DJed event which - in Seattle - is quite remarkable. Be there, or be square.

Brandon Fralic is a Bellingham-based writer and photographer. With a focus on the outdoors, travel, and craft beer, he has contributed to a handful of publications including Washington Trails and Outdoor Project.​​