The Northwest's Most Romantic Retreats, Part 2

We add a dozen pulse-quickening destinations to last year's list. See what made the cut.

By Kasey Cordell January 29, 2013

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Escape Hood River’s hustle and bustle at this Hood River Valley sanctuary, five miles southwest of town. (Trust us, when you get to Sakura, Hood River will seem like a harried metropolis.) In fact, the only crowds you’ll see on Sakura Ridge’s 72 acres of farmland are chickens scratching the ground around the rustic five-room lodge. Pear and apple orchards color the landscape, gently sloping away from your quarters, where each room comes with its own deck and Adirondack chairs—splendid seats for savoring your farm-fresh breakfast beneath a hulking Mount Hood.

Charles Kingsley was right: romance is not dead.* The proof is in Google analytics: Last year’s “Romantic Retreats” post, featuring 11 mood-setting Northwest escapes, remains one of Tripster’s most popular. Point taken. So in anticipation of Cupid’s special day, this year, we deliver (more) of what your hearts desire: swoonworthy escapes from around the region. Don’t get us wrong. You won’t go amiss with any of last year’s picks. But in the event you’re looking for a little additional V-day inspiration, we give you a dozen more.

*Technically, the British author and clergyman only implied this when he said, “Some say that the age of chivalry is past, that the spirit of romance is dead. The age of chivalry is never past, so long as there is a wrong left unredressed on earth.” But whatever. Close enough.

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