Spice things up with a little volcanic romance this Valentine’s and President’s Day weekend at Mt. Rainier. Various lodging properties and dining establishments around the mountain are offering sweet specials on dinners and romantic getaways. Bring skis or snowshoes and add adventure to romance, or simply pull up the covers and snuggle at a cozy mountainside retreat. Don’t forget January 19 and February 14-16 are all fee-free days at Mt. Rainier National Park!
Enumclaw Wine and Chocolate Festival
Two days of wine tasting, chocolate sampling, demonstrations, music, entertainment, shopping and more await visitors at the Enumclaw Wine and Chocolate Festival, February 6-7. Guests can try tastings from over 20 fine Washington State wineries with up to 80 unique wines to taste. Over a dozen chocolatiers are also featured. It is two days of wine tasting, chocolate sampling, demonstrations, music, entertainment, shopping and more. Participants will receive a commemorative wine glass and two complimentary wine tastings. Dinner, appetizers and additional tastings will be available for purchase. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For tickets and more information visit, www.enumclawwineandchocolate.com.
Crystal Mountain Resort
Show that special someone just how much you love them with a day on the slopes and a gourmet dinner at the top of the base lodge. Summit House Chef, Zachary Reid, and sommelier, Avery Genge, have planned a very special evening with wine perfectly paired to a three-course meal served in the Crystal Mountain Resort’s Bullwheel restaurant. The restaurant will be transformed for the evening with specialty lighting, draping and linens unlike any meal experienced in the day lodge before. Dinner starts promptly at 6 p.m., space is limited and reservations are required. Call 360-663-3098 for reservations. Click here for a look at the menu.
Tiller Arts Center, Morton
Is dinner (or lunch) and a live show more your Valentine’s Day style? Enjoy a catered meal at the Tiller Arts Center in Morton while taking in an enthusiastic performance of the female version of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple. Shows run 6 p.m. nightly, February 13 and 14, and a 1 p.m. matinee will be shown. on February. 15. For more information, visit www.mortonroxy.org.
Alexander’s Country Inn, Ashford
European trained chef Micko Riejo’s Valentine’s menu will feature a variety of creative and delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts February 13 through February 15. For reservations and information, call 800-654-7615 or 360-569-2300, or visit www.alexanderscountryinn.com.
National Park Inn, Ashford
Cozy up in the dining room at The National Park Inn inside Mt. Rainier National Park this Valentine’s Day and enjoy a succulent meal from a special Valentine’s menu. Spend the day snowshoeing, and there is no need to worry about calories! For more information on Valentine’s Specials call 360-569-2411 or visit their website.
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Crystal Hotels, Crystal Mountain
Enjoy slope side lodging, gondola tickets, and a breakfast voucher when staying midweek this February 16-19. Stay two or more nights and dinner at the Alpine Inn is included. For more information call 360-663-2262 or visit, www.crystalhotels.com.
Cornerstone Cabin, Ashford
Reserve a minimum two-night stay February 13-15 at either Cornerstone or Stepping Stone cabin and receive wine and roses upon arrival. Can be used in combination with the properties’ military special as well! For more information visit, www.thecornerstonecabin.com.
Kids and Critters at Northwest Trek
Arts and crafts, story time and trailside encounters with animals are just part of the fun at the Kids and Critters weekend at Northwest Trek, February 14-16. See skunks, owls, beavers and turtles up close and hear from animal keepers how these special creatures live in the wild, what they eat and how they are part of the ecosystem. Kids 12 and younger are free with a paying adult. For more information visit, www.nwtrek.org.
All Aboard the Valentine’s Express with the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad
Bundle up in something warm and cozy and celebrate Valentine’s weekend with a nostalgic train ride through the forest and foothills of Mt. Rainier. Ticket includes a train ride and logging history museum admission. Relax, reconnect and enjoy the romance of a bygone era. Choose the train ride only, or passengers 21 years of age and older can choose to upgrade their ticket to include a goody bag option with a chocolate treat, mimosa and a rose. For more information, visit www.mrsr.com.