5 summer date night ideas
Whether you have been married twenty years or just met the love of your life last week, here are some great date night ideas for this summer. (Image: Kristi Waite)

5 summer date night ideas

Long days and warm weather can help out in the romance department. Whether you have been married twenty years or just met the love of your life last week, here are some great date night ideas for this summer.

Sunset Sail on Elliott Bay
Nothing says romance like crusing through Elliott Bay with a bottle of wine and your sweetie! Emerald City Charters has a two and a half hour sunset cruise that gives you the flexibility to relax and enjoy the beautiful sights or take the helm and trim the sails.

The sunset sail leaves at 7pm from Pier 54 on the waterfront in downtown Seattle.

Picnic in the Olympic Sculpture Park
If you don't want to actually get out on the water, Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park is the perfect place to have a relaxing evening while still being able to enjoy great weather and beautiful surroundings. Summer at SAM's Olympic Sculpture Park has activities ranging from live music by local bands to yoga.

Take a picnic and sit beneath Alexander Calder’s Eagle. Pro tip: if you stick around until 9pm or so, you should catch a beautiful sunset over Elliott Bay.

Hot Stove Society Cooking Class
Let's face it, cooking together is hot. What's even hotter is learning to cook from Tom Douglas Restaurants. The Hot Stove Society just opened in Seattle at Hotel Andra and classes are taught by world-class instructors, many of which are chefs at Tom Douglas Restaurants.

Here are are a few upcoming classes to whet your appetite: Cooking with Herbs, Date Night: The Mornin' After and Chop It Like It's Hot: Knife Skills.

Dinner at Cafe Juanita
Don't let the location of Cafe Juanita fool you. This place has out of this world Italian food and great ambiance. Acclaimed chef Holly Smith opened Cafe Juanita 14 years ago in the Kirkland neighborhood Juanita and it has earned its place as a neighborhood favorite. Go there for a date, an anniversary celebration or really anything!

Bainbridge Island Experience
Just 35 minutes by boat from downtown Seattle, there's no reason not to pay a visit to Bainbridge Island. One of the great things about going to Bainbridge is that you really don't need to take your car to have a great experience. Walk on passengers pay on the way there but not on the way back.

For dinner, visit The Four Swallows or Cafe Nola. There's several shops and art galleries to check out as you stroll through the quaint town center. Pro tip: head back to Seattle after the sun has set. The view of the Seattle skyline is breathtaking from the ferry!

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