First dates can be a little daunting, but if you plan things right, they can be a night to remember. Picking the right location is one of the major key’s to a successful first date. From Italian restaurants to immaculate lakes, here are the best first date locations in Washington!
Café Juanita is home to authentic Italian food made from only the best ingredients from northern Italy and the Pacific Northwest. The menu is always changing to keep up to date with the freshest ingredients because taste is the top priority here. You and your date will have peaceful surroundings in the former midcentury home, and if you’re looking to impress, try the caviar and champagne tasting menu. Open for celebrations and firsts of every kind every day except Sunday and Monday.
Great eats, games of all kinds, and beer! What could be better for a great first date? Open seven days a week, Mox Boarding House has role playing games for the adventurous or classic board games for those who enjoy predictable adventure. With a location in Bellevue and one in downtown Seattle, you and your date can enjoy a burger and fries together or just grab a couple beers while you play. Check the website for specific information for open game nights and special themes.
Enjoy chocolate? Let’s be real, who doesn’t? If your date loves all things chocolate, then Theo Chocolate Factory is the perfect place for a first date. As the first organic, fair trade certified chocolate maker in North America, the owners put their love and passion into the Factory. There are several options for tours. Book a $10 per person tour and learn about the journey of a cocoa fruit and see how the process works. If you’re really looking to save money, plan your date on the third Thursday of the month and go for free! Better book this one quickly, though, as the tours fill up two months in advance. If you want to go all out and impress your date, you could arrange for a private tour that will make a lasting memory.
Crunchy tater tots, ice cold beer, and the chance to become a pinball wizard are what await you at Tin Hat Bar & Grill in Seattle, Washington. Whether this is your first date or your 100th, the casual atmosphere and great prices create the recipe for a fun-filled night.
Boats come alive at the Center for Wooden Boats. Located in Seattle, Washington, you and your special someone can touch, build, and even sail with history at this hands-on museum that seeks to inform and educate folks on the history of sailing in the Pacific Northwest. There is much to do at the Center. Rent a boat and go for a sail, look at the exhibits, or take a boat building or sailing class. Whatever floats your boat, you’ll have fun doing it. Come on Sunday and you can sail free!
Take your date on a fun adventure by booking a day tour at Deception Pass State Park in Anacortes, Washington. It will be worth the time and effort because you’ll get to experience the sights and sounds of Deception Pass in a way not afforded by other modes of transportation. This unique ride allows you to take a one-hour tour and see local wildlife like bald eagles, seals, dolphins, and sometimes a whale. You’ll get to know the history of the area and hear little known stories about things like the prison rock quarry that was there and the people who were smuggled into the country in burlap bags. Tickets can be purchased in advance, are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and are non-refundable.
You’ll have no lack of things to do when you and your date visit the Icicle Village Resort in the small Bavarian town of Leavenworth, Washington. Besides good German food in abundance, there’s a miniature golf course, bikes to rent for the day, shops to explore, and a full day of fun. Stop by the Connections Café and share one of the flatbread pizzas or an authentic German sausage or bratwurst sandwich. It’ll be a day to remember and talk about for a long time.
What could be better than spending the day in the great outdoors with someone you’d like to get to know better? A rewarding first date at Madison Creek Falls in Port Angeles, Washington would include an easy hike with a surprise 50-foot waterfall at the end. Enjoy a picnic at one of the tables and then take off to see the gorgeous views all around. This area is perfect for creating a romantic adventure all year round.
Want to take your date’s breath away? Plan a trip to Picture Lake, Washington and take her on a walk around the lake. You’ll both be amazed by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and Mt. Baker National Forest. The trail is a short and easy loop perfect for all skill levels and abilities, so time can be spent enjoying the gorgeous scenery. Perfect for photography buffs, your four-footed friend can come, too, but dogs must be kept on a leash.
Not much could be more romantic than taking a stroll along Tacoma’s two-mile Ruston Way Waterfront. You’ll be able to see seals frolicking in the South Puget Sound, and majestic Mount Rainier, the Olympic Mountains, and Commencement Bay in the distance. After your leisurely stroll, stop by Duke’s Chowder House and eat fresh seafood, play in the water, and enjoy the end of a perfect relaxing day together.