3. Recreation! Rent a two-person
kayak and paddle around, even out to Blake Island if you’re feeling brave. Or get a Laser sailboat or dinghy and explore; you’ll probably encounter sea lions. Seeing wildlife up close together is inherently romantic. Landlubbers can bike along the south end, taking in Fort Ward State Park
to watch the boats go by. Romantic walks depend on your mood and fitness level: It’s an easy beach walk from Lynwood Center toward Point White and back, offering matchless views of Mount Rainier and a bird-watcher’s dream at the estuary. Or you could hike a secluded woodland trail, like Peters Trail
and not run into a soul. If you have access to a horse, go for a ride in the Grand Forest
. (Good luck with that, sez Jay.) For the athletes-try a round of golf
at Meadowmeer followed by a nice drink on the deck.
5. Go for a stroll in the Bloedel Reserve.
A really long stroll, and don’t take any shortcuts. Nobody will think less of you if you engage in naughty role play in the main house or the Japanese tea house. And do not ask me how I know this.
6. Stop in at Bainbridge Gardens
because after Bloedel, you are going to want to bring home a fancy plant like Nightshade. Then go shopping along Winslow Way-don’t miss the original jewelry creations and vintage collection at Gilbert Thomas
. At Eagle Harbor Book Company
, you’ll find signed books from every one of the island’s 13,447 (and counting) famous authors.
8. Most romantic restaurant, bar none: A corner booth at Restaurant Marche.
Lovely setting in a historic building, gorgeous food and wonderful service.