It doesn’t get much more romantic than the Kitsap Peninsula. Whether you’re into walks on the beach, winery tours, farm-to-table restaurants or kicking back at a craft brewery, there’s something for every couple’s taste. Here are a few ideas for creating the perfect lovers’ getaway throughout the month of February:
Wine + Chocolate – Bainbridge Island’s seven vintners are pairing red wines with artisanal local chocolates during Wine on the Rock Feb. 11-12 and local hotels have stepped up with special lodging packages that include a bottle of wine and other perks. Kingston’s D’Vine Wines kicks off the weekend with Romance, Wine & Chocolate 5-8 p.m. Feb. 10. And on Feb. 11, Gig Harbor’s Winter Sip and Stroll offers wine and food pairings at 15 stops along the picturesque downtown waterfront.
Beer + Chocolate – Visit Silver City Brewery’s Bremerton tasting room or Silverdale restaurant to try four limited edition Valentines beers. Three are porters and stouts that have been aged in bourbon barrels. The fourth – dubbed “French Kiss” – is a fanciful passion fruit and rose Saison the color of cherry red lips. Each is available individually or as part of a special collector’s set that includes ChocMo truffles made with the beers. Click here for more about local breweries.
Garden Love – Bloedel Reserve’s founder Prentice Bloedel created special areas in his 150-acre garden just for his wife, Virginia. Celebrate that spirit of romance with a Cupid’s Walk through the always impressive reserve Feb. 11, 12 and 14. You’ll get a map of all the best kissing spots plus a $5-per-couple break on admission. Or, visit the world-famous Heronswood garden Feb. 11 for a lecture on growing roses in the Pacific Northwest, plus a Valentine-inspired reception and gift bag. Come early for a hellebore plant sale and garden stroll. Click for tickets.
Unforgettable Food – The Kitsap Peninsula is home to amazing chefs, who put a lot of heart into their culinary creations. Here are a few ideas for a romantic dinner: Kingston’s Mossback is serving three slow-food courses for $50 Feb. 11 and 12, with optional paired wines and specials on bubbles and oysters. You’ll swoon over the view of Agate Pass from Kiana Lodge, which is serving three courses for $50 in its rustic main lodge. If you’re in the mood for something edgy, check out up-and-coming Chef Chris Nau’s “secret” culinary pop-up Feb. 10 in Bremerton, also $50 for multiple courses. And ChocMo Chocolate Bistro has created a four-course menu for $89 a couple. Don’t miss Peter Crabtree’s truffles or, if you’re a chocoholic, the Chocolate martini.
Sweetheart Deals on Lodging – Oxford Suites and Poulsbo Inn & Suites has specials running through the month. Clearwater Casino Resort has a deal that includes chocolate, wine and a rose Feb. 10-14 and The Point will roll out the red carpet Feb. 14 with chocolate, champagne and two tickets to Elvis impersonator Justin Shandor’s concert. In Gig Harbor, the Maritime Inn will treat you like a VIP through February with spa-like amenities and Best Western Wesley Inn and Suites has specials Feb. 10-11 on cozy rooms with a fireplace.
We’ve Got the Beat – Get your groove on at The Point with Prince tribute band Erotic City Feb. 10 or Elvis impersonator Justin Shandor on Valentine’s Day. On Feb. 11, Hilary Scott brings her award-winning lyrical sensibility to the Olalla Community Club and Tango Alpha Tango performs pop-friendly rock at Space Craft on Bainbridge Island. Relive the British Invasion with Eric Burdon and The Animals Feb. 17 at the Admiral Theatre.
Dinner and a Movie – For old-fashioned romance, you can’t beat the Clark Gable-Claudette Colbert classic, “It Happened One Night.” See the lovers on the big screen Feb. 14 at Bremerton’s art deco Admiral Theatre and enjoy a gourmet dinner, flowers and chocolate. Or check out the latest Oscar-nominated shorts at Port Orchard’s independent Dragonfly Cinema Feb. 10-23 and treat your sweetie to an award-winning meal at Bay Street Bistro or Amy’s on the Bay.
Poulsbo Rendezvous and Art Walk – Little Norway hosts its 4th Annual Winter Rendezvous Feb. 10-12 for boaters and there are plenty of activities for landulbbers, as well. Highlights on Feb. 11 include a Glogg Fest at seven locations throughout downtown, a poker run, scavenger hunt and bonfire. Stick around for Poulsbo’s Art Walk 5-9 p.m. On Feb. 10, there will be live music at One Ten Lounge and a whiskey night and jazz at Tizley’s Europub. Call 360-394-0080 to reserve a spot for the whiskey tasting. Tickets are still available for the Tatooine Cantina at Sons of Norway, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 11. Sponsored by Menage a Trois Vodka, the event includes games, refreshments and the occasional encounter with Rebel and Imperial forces. Lodging packages available at Poulsbo Guest House International and Poulsbo Inn & Suites.
Wedding Expo – Ready to take your relationship to the next level? Plan a romantic destination wedding at the Kitsap Wedding Expo Feb. 18. Meet 60 local wedding vendors under one roof at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. Afterward, party with recently signed local band The Fame Riot.
Beaches, Don’t Forget the Beaches – With more than 270 miles of waterfront, you’ll find plenty of beaches and waterfront parks to explore hand-in-hand with your sweetheart. One of our year-round favorites is Point No Point in Hansville. The historic lighthouse is picturesque and the sandy beach is wide and windswept.
Looking for more ideas? Visit the Visit Kitsap Peninsula website for lodging options, a calendar of events and things to do.