February is the month for love, and ideas for celebrating are plentiful in Bellingham and Whatcom County. Whether you’re planning for a staycation or a romantic scenic drive getaway, you will find it all in the peak of the Pacific Northwest!
This blog has been updated for 2021. Check our Travel Advisory Page for current travel restrictions in Bellingham and Whatcom County including COVID-19 related guidelines and please call to confirm with venues and restaurants prior to showing up.
Every night is date night at Hotel Bellwether! Enjoy a romantic weekend in Bellingham surrounded by Bellingham Bay, beautiful sunsets and views of Mt. Baker and the San Juan Islands. What better way than to enjoy romantic roses, a bath bomb, Prosecco, and chocolate covered strawberries in a luxury hotel.
If you’re planning on bringing your furry friend, Hotel Bellwether’s Bella has put together a special doggo package featuring a Valentine’s Day treat, dog bed, dog bowl and a personalized note from Bella herself!
🏠 1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham, Washington
The Chrysalis Inn & Spa Bellingham, Curio Collection by Hilton, features amazing views of Bellingham Bay. Each bay view guest room has a window seat, fireplace, two-person tub, walk-in shower and spa amenities. Have a bottle of champagne delivered to your room and call it a night.
If you’re staying at the Chrysalis, you will want to check out Keenan’s on the Pier! Located inside the hotel, Keenan’s is offering specials all Valentine’s weekend including their Valentine Dinner Box for 2! It’s perfect for a night in no matter where you are.
The Valentine Dinner Box for two includes a cheese and fruit plate, caesar salad, your choice of entrée, and flourless chocolate torte and a bottle of prosecco for dessert. Keenan’s is also offering half a dozen shuck-your-own oysters with a champagne mignonette box and individual takeout cocktails!
Please call the restaurant at (360) 392-5515 or the hotel front desk at (360)756-1005 to reserve a celebration box. Make sure your order prior to 3 p.m. either Saturday or Sunday and arrange for pick up between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. on either day.
📞 360 756-1005
🏠 804 10th St, Bellingham, Washington
Sparks are flying at Semiahmoo Resort this February. Escape to Blaine by the sea and treat yourself to a romantic getaway at Semiahmoo Resort full of spa treatments, room service, waterfront dining, and long walks on the beach.
Semiahmoo’s Valentine’s day package includes: a one-night stay at Semiahmoo Resort, house-made truffles and a bottle of wine and a $50 resort credit to enjoy at The Spa, restaurants, or golf course. Semiahmoo Resort is also offering a special Valentine’s Day Winemaker Dinner on Friday, February 12 and Sunday, February 14 to help make the weekend extra special!
📞 360- 318-2000
🏠 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy, Blaine, Washington
Whatcom County Special
In honor of Valentine’s Day, Sustainable Connections has created a special list of sixteen locally owned shops specializing in sweets! The Sweet Sixteen, a specially curated list of sixteen sweet treats from locally-owned Whatcom County businesses. From tried-and-true favorite desserts like tiramisu from D’Anna’s Café Italiano and Polish donuts (paczki) from Magdalena’s Bistro & Creperie. Check out their list for a variety of Whatcom County restaurants and business specials!
The Bellingham Good Time Girls present Lonely Tarts Club! This virtual event will be a true celebration of the GTG’s love for Bellingham History, this time with a Valentine twist. The GTG are serving historical hotties, crazy confectioneries, Ill-fated lovers and mad madams. And for dessert, we have the scoop on “A Romance of Bellingham,” a “photo-play” starring an all-local cast filmed in 1919.
Enjoy Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen’s Sweetheart Dinner! The experience includes a salad for each person, a shared appetizer of choice, either a big pizza or two entrees plus a shared dessert!
Chuckanut is not taking reservations but does have seating available “in-house”, outdoors along with meals-to-go and delivery available.
📞 (360) 752-3377
🏠 601 W Holly St, Bellingham,Washington
Skylark’s Hidden Cafe in Historic Fairhaven is celebrating Valentine’s day with a special menu! Enjoy the sweetheart special for $68 and choose between fresh angus tenderloin or Alaskan king salmon. It will be open with outdoor heated seating and to-go.
📞 (360) 715-3642
🏠 1308 11th St, Bellingham, Washington
Looking to make this Valentine’s Day like never before? Reserve your spot at Bellingham Axe in Downtown! They have extended their hours for the day, 12 – 8 p.m., and a great chance to try something new.
📞 (360) 603-9606
🏠 1414 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, Washington
Looking for sweets to give to your sweetie? The finest grade Callebaut chocolate is imported from Belgium to create a full range of truffles at Chocolate Necessities in downtown Bellingham. Bring your sweetheart into the shop to experience a taste-test, and a warm mug of drinking chocolate (drink of the Gods), as well as wine tasting and Italian gelato.
Also located in downtown Bellingham is Pure Bliss Desserts, specializing in cakes, cupcakes and cookies. Every dessert is made from scratch and can be enjoyed alongside a glass of Port, Champagne, Wine or Mead. Bellingham is also home to Evolve Chocolates located on the second floor of Village Books in Historic Fairhaven District.
Evolve Chocolates has a new location! Evolve Espresso + Provisions, located in downtown Bellingham inside Historic Hotel Leo, is serving tasty treats like blueberry coffee cake, ginger citrus pies, honeycomb sponge toffee, chocolate truffles, and of course Espresso drinks, wine bottles, beer cans, fine cigars and fresh flowers!
Known for their aphrodisiac power, oysters are grown in the local waters near Bellingham and are best to eat in months containing the letter “r” (January-April, September-December). That makes February prime oyster-eating season for couples in every budget category.
Low-budget (and possibly the most romantic): go directly to the source. Take a mid-day outing to Taylor Shellfish Farm on Chuckanut Drive. Bring your own tablecloth, plates, silverware and picnic sides. Purchase fresh oysters in the little farm store, spread out your feast on the picnic tables around back overlooking Samish Bay, and barbecue them on the spot.
Mid-range budget: For an amazing oyster feast in a funky-fun location, try the Rock and Rye Oyster House in downtown Bellingham. This is a classic cocktail bar, which takes pride in its selection of unique drinks, as well as its selection of local oysters.
High-budget: Make a reservation at the Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive, located on the cliff above Taylor Shellfish. This gorgeous venue also overlooks Samish Bay. Get there before sunset for great views through the evergreens. Here the chef prepares a gorgeous array of oysters on the half shell, as well as baked oysters, fried oysters, and variety of gourmet seafood dishes from halibut and salmon to abalone and lobster.
Steak & Lobster
The Steakhouse at Silver Reef was voted Best of the Northwest and has won awards from Wine Spectator for multiple years. The mood lighting in this restaurant is perfect for romance, and the food is phenomenal. Enjoy a private booth for two and select from the extensive wine list. For extra romance, try a variety of entrees personally prepared by your server at the table, including the Ceasar salad, Chateaubriand for Two, Steak Diane, or Steak Au Poivre. The steak & lobster is prepared in the kitchen but romantically served under a silver dome. Be sure to see the amazing dessert cart as well. Reservations are required.
Dirty Dan Harris Steakhouse has been a staple in the Historic Fairhaven district of Bellingham for nearly 42 years and won’t disappoint. They are currently open for take-out only, but are still serving up the finest custom-aged beef, prime rib, wild-caught seafood, salmon, and local produce around.
Spas for Two
If romance means being pampered from head to toe, a signature spa treatment may be just the ticket. Whatcom County is home to two hotels with full-service spas, each with unique offerings.
Couples Massage at Chrysalis Inn & Spa. Spend some relaxing time with your partner or a friend and enjoy your choice of our massage experiences in an adjoining room. The Chrysalis strongly recommend booking reservations at least two weeks in advance for the spa.
Couples Hot Stone Massage at Silver Reef Casino Hotel Spa. A Native American tradition, hot stone massage has the ability to increase circulation; providing full mind and body relaxation. Silver Reef Spa uses heated river stones in combination with luxurious massage oil, massaging the body from head to toe. You and your special someone can enjoy a relaxing one-hour massage, side by side in one of our lovely treatment rooms. Reservations are required for appointments Friday through Sunday.
This year, Flow Motion in Ferndale is offering three different massage specials for Valentine’s Day! Enjoy a couples massage in their salt gave, a special couples massage in Flow’s new forest-themed suit and a three-hour spa pass, or enjoy a message in Flow Motion’s amethyst cave! The cave has been closed to all other spa-goers just for this. Did we mention they’re one of the few man-made amethyst caves in Washington State?
In the Fairhaven Historic District, Galloway’s Cocktail Bar features a rich wine and beer selection and 12 unique craft cocktails. They are currently open for take-out with outdoor seating available when the weather allows!
Transport yourself to Italy with a trip to Ferndale’s Leader Block Wine Co. for some unforgettable dishes! Known globally as a top destination for wine lovers, Leader Block is the perfect Valentine’s Day experience.