Monday, January 30th, 2017
Romantic Valentine’s Day Ideas in Bellingham and Whatcom County

February is the month for love, and ideas for celebrating are plentiful in Bellingham and Whatcom County.

Hotel Specials

Romance Package: Romance is in the air at the Inn at Lynden, which is offering Valentine’s Day celebrants a Romance Package that includes rates starting at $149 on private rooms, complimentary upgrades when possible, a box of handcrafted chocolates from the Lynden Chocolate and Candy Shoppe and a personal memento book from Village Books. Book the Romance Package by calling 360-746-8597 or book direct at innatlynden.com using the promo code, “LOVE”. Read full press release.

Valentine’s Day Escape Package: Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel & Conference Center in Bellingham, WA has extended its Valentine’s Day Escape Package to run from Feb. 10-19. The romantic getaway includes a king room, a $60 dining credit at the hotel’s Chinuk restaurant, chocolate-covered strawberries, champagne or sparkling cider and a 2 p.m. late checkout time, all for only $179. For reservations, call (360) 671-1011, ext. 506.

Valentine’s Day Dinner and Stay Package: The Chrysalis Inn in Bellingham is offering a hotel package for those who stay for dinner. Their dinner special at Keenan’s at the Pier, which includes two options: a 3-course meal or a 5-course meal. For more information and reservations, call (888) 808-0005 or check out the menu here.

Special Events

Seaside Valentine’s Dinner: Enjoy a romantic evening by the shore with that special someone at Pierside Kitchen’s Valentine’s Day dinner, Feb. 11, 12 and 14 for $65 at Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, WA. Couples can enjoy the romantic five-course meal alongside sweeping views of Drayton Harbor. Read full press release.

Sweetheart Bingo: Saturday, Feb. 12 enjoy a zany Bingo and Karaoke night with your sweetheart (ages 21+) at The Leopold in downtown Bellingham. The event is a fundraiser for the Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Cost for the event is $20 per person / $35 per couple / $140 per table of eight. Tickets get you 8 games of Bingo, complimentary karaoke and photo booth action, costume contests and the chance to take home some serious winnings. Tickets available at bhambingo.bpt.me

Valentine’s Walking Tour: On Monday, Feb. 13, Sustainable Connections is hosting a Local Lovers Valentine’s Day Tour in downtown Bellingham. Participants who pre-register will enjoy experiences at Gathered Confections, Pozie by Natalie, Ragfinery, and Veritas Massage. The cost is $25. Visit www.sustainableconnections.org or call 360-647-7093. Read full press release.

Sweetheart Dinner with Beer: Tuesday, Feb. 14, Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen is offering a romantic 3-course prix fixe dinner with beer pairing suggestions from 5 p.m. to close. The dinner for two is a wonderful way for sweethearts to share their love of good food and drink. The regular menu will also be available on this romantic evening for those that prefer ala carte options. Share one appetizer with your loved one, choose two entrees, and finish with a shared dessert for 41.95 + tip & tax.

More Special Events

Have a Beer and Get Married?

It’s not traditional, but for some, this is the most romantic spot in the world. Way up on the Mount Baker Highway is a place called North Fork Beer Shrine and Wedding Chapel. Owners Sandy and Vicki Savage produce hand-crafted, British-style ales in small batches on site, and serve hearty pizza. They also perform weddings! Vicki is an ordained minister who takes great pride in creating personal and sacred experiences for her guests in the Beer Shrine. This could be the place to pop the question, come back for the wedding and every anniversary thereafter. (A wedding license must be procured at least 3 days prior to the nuptial.)

Gift Ideas

Cool socks, Victorian tea, whimsical jewelry and heavenly confections are all unique Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas in Bellingham. 

Does your Valentine love soaps and lotions? If so, Otion is the place for you. Located at 301 Holly in downtown Bellingham, it is the spot to make your own soap, lotion, candles, lip balm or other home and beauty products – all with a distinct scent of your choice. Decompress with an hour of full absorption in the fun of crafting products your Valentine will love – and use!

Chocolate

Sweets for your sweetie? The finest grade Callebaut chocolate is imported from Belgium to create a full range of truffles at Chocolate Necessities in 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. Next door is Pure Bliss Desserts, specializing in cakes, cupcakes and cookies to be enjoyed alongside a glass of Port, Champagne, Wine or Mead. Bellingham is also home to Evolve Chocolates available online.

Evolve Chocolate Truffles, Chocolatier, Bellingham, Valentines Day

Find out about these and other Perfect Valentine’s Gifts from Downtown Bellingham’s Chocolate and Specialty Shops.

Oysters

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 table cloth, 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. As Rachel Ray would say, “Delish!”
  • 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. The wine list is 27 pages, featuring the best selections from around the world.
  • Mid-range budget: For an amazing oyster feast in a funky-fun location, try the Rock and Rye Oyster House at 1145 N State Street 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. Try a taste test between Kumamoto, Shigoku, Kusshi, Virginica, Penn Cove, Phantom Creek and Olympia varieties.

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. Who can resist Cherries Jubilee flambéed tableside in Cherry Brandy?

Dirty Dan Harris Steakhouse has been a staple in the Historic Fairhaven district of Bellingham for nearly 42 years. They have been serving up the finest custom-aged beef, prime rib, wild caught seafood, salmon, local produce and premium wine and spirits. For more information, call (360)676-1011

Sunsets Over Bellingham Bay

Two upscale waterfront hotels in Bellingham offer amazing views of Bellingham Bay from their guest rooms – the perfect place to romantically watch the sunset. At The Chrysalis Inn & Spa, 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. Hotel Bellwether features a 3-story Lighthouse Suite, with a private 360-degree observation deck, living room, kitchen, powder room and fireplace. Cook a romantic dinner while watching the sun go down in style!

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.
  • 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.

Wine Bars

Temple Bar has been voted Bellingham’s best Happy Hour the past four years in a row. This could be for its hours. Happy Hour runs 11 am to 7 p.m. every day, and Sunday 3 p.m. to close. Enjoy a bottle of wine with your choice of a little cheese plate, land jaeger with dijon and cornichons, or a little savory vegan plate for just $18.

In the Fairhaven Historic District, Galloway’s Cocktail Bar has just opened at 1200 10th Street. The bar features a rich wine and beer selection and 12 unique craft cocktails. Galloway’s is open daily from 3 p.m. until at least 10 p.m.

Other date spots:

Bellingham

Aslan Brewing Co. located at 1330 N. Forest Street, Bellingham. This is always the perfect go-to for a date night, or just to hang out. Food, beers, and smiles all in one spot. Call for further questions, (360) 778-2088.

Boundary Bay Brewery  is a relaxed brewpub that attracts many who want a low-key date night. Their food, beer and their location is always a great spot for Valentine’s Day. We recommend calling before you venture down, for more information call (360) 647-5593.

Busara Thai CuisineNothing more says date-night than enjoying some Thai food. Whether it is take-out or dine in, we recommend checking out Buscara in Sehome Village. Be sure to call before you head out, just in case. For more information, call (360) 734-8088.

Colophon Cafe is located in Fairhaven, as a long time cafe known for their creative soups, salads and other global fare treats and desserts. For more information, call (360) 647-0092.

Culture Cafe – Kombucha Town is Bellingham’s local kombucha producers, located at 210 East Chestnut Street in Bellingham. They also have Culture Cafe, where you can grab a pint, specialty kombucha cocktail, and healthy late-night food options. For more information, call (360)746-6558

D’Anna’s Cade Italiano is a classic date spot in Bellingham.  Amazing food, wine and handmade pasta, bread and other favorites! For more information, call (360)714 0188

Dos Padres is in the Historic Fairhaven district and it is centrally located, so you have the chance to take a beautiful stroll around the area with your date. Their fine Mexican food is all homemade with gluten free options. For more information, call (360) 733-9900

Fat Pie Pizza is also located in the Historic Fairhaven district in Bellingham. As a relaxed Italian eatery that features pizza, pasta and cocktail specials, we highly recommend checking this place out. For more information, call (360)366-8090

Giuseppe’s Al Porto Ristorante Italiano is a swanky bayfront option for Italian food, serving classic pasta dishes and entrees, plus wine and cocktails too. For more information, call (360) 714-8412

Hops N Headz located in north Bellingham is your neighborhood taphouse and grill, with 30 rotating craft beers. For more information, call (360)392-8506

The Loft is located down by the harbor in Bellingham. Their specials include cocktail deals, salads, appetizers and specials for full bottles of wine. For more information, call (360) 306-5668.

Ferndale

Chihuahua’s Mexican Restaurantlocated in Ferndale is another recommendation for a date-night any night. With their festive cantina and tasty meals, you truly can’t go wrong. For more information call, (360)384-5820

Lynden

Bellewood Acres located on the outskirts of Bellingham, in Lynden on 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden. This is a great spot learn about anything about apples, with a market, gift shop and distillery tour. They are Washington’s first farm to glass distillery. For more information call (360) 318-7720 or go here.

Overflow Taps is a new date spot to Lynden. Their passion for connecting craft beer and wine to enthusiasts to a meaningful cause is what keeps us coming back. You are able to order food from local Lynden restaurants too. For more information, call (360)788-2033

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