Editor's Note: The following is a press release from Visit Rainier.
Drive out winter's chill with a little volcanic romance this Valentine's Day. Various lodging properties and dining establishments around Mt. Rainier 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 down at a cozy mountainside retreat.
National Park Inn, Ashford
What could be better than bacon-wrapped filet or chicken and oyster mushroom penne? Eating them in the cozy dining room at The National Park Inn inside Mt. Rainier National Park, of course! Complete the meal with Chocolate Kahlua Mousse in Raspberry Sauce or Candied Walnut Tuille with Gran Marnier Macerated Strawberries and Sauce Sabayon. Spend the day snowshoeing, and there is no need to worry about calories! For more information on Valentine's Specials call 360-569-2770 or visit the website.
The Summit House, Crystal Mountain Resort
Try the Swiss fondue at 6,782! The Summit House restaurant is Washington State's highest fine dining restaurant, sitting atop Crystal Mountain 6,782 feet above sea level. It is perched just 12 miles (as the crow flies) from Mt Rainier, offering one of the best up close Mt. Rainier viewing experiences around. Half the fun is getting there. Ride the cherry-red gondola from the base of the resort to the top in just under 10 minutes. The ambiance will set the mood; the menu will seal the deal. Try Cassoulet for two, or the Macaroni and Cheese Le Summit topped with Dungeness crab. Lunch is available daily, dinners are Saturdays 5 p.m.to close. For more information visit crystalmountainresort.com.
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Alta Crystal Resort, Crystal Mountain
Ski, snowshoe, snowboard, swim, hot tub, and relax. Then enjoy champagne in front the fireplace, and catch up on a favorite movie. Alta Crystal's Valentine's package includes a chilled bottle of champagne upon arrival and a free DVD rental from its 700+ movie collection. Make a romantic meal in the room or upgrade to a gourmet "Heat & Eat" Valentine's dinner en suite. Packages start at just $209 per night and Ski/Stay packages start at just $250 per night. Visit altacrystalresort.com/specials for details.
Wellspring Spa & Retreat, Ashford
Take the guess work out of romance. Book a night between Thursday, Feb. 14 and Sunday, Feb. 17 at this extraordinary wilderness spa and enjoy a complimentary bottle of champagne and a long-stemmed rose upon arrival. For more information call 360-569-2514 or visit wellspringspa.com.
Great Northwest Cabins, Packwood
Wine, chocolates and a late (6 pm!) check out! Book one of Great Northwest Cabin's three mountain chalets for Valentine's Day and pay only $189 per night. Guests can also purchase discount lift tickets to White Pass. For more information call 503-492-8783 or visit greatnorthwestcabins.com.
Stay Tuesday, Feb. 12 and Wednesday, Feb. 13 and Jasmer's will throw in Valentine's Day night for free! Now that is love! For more information call 360-569-2682 or visit jasmers.com.
ROMANCE ON A DIME
Wilderness Edge Cabin, Ashford
Stay any two nights in this quaint cabin during the week of Valentine's Day and receive 25 percent off the second night. Mention special to receive the discount. For more information call 360-569-2596 or visit wildernessedgecabin.com.
Packwood Inn, Packwood
Romance is affordable at this conveniently located property in Packwood. Book a room for Valentine's Day and pay only $49.99 for a single, queen room, and receive a vinyl rose decal. For more information call 360-494-5500 or visit packwoodinn.com.
For complete information on vacationing around Mt. Rainier, visit visitrainier.com.