Whether you’re coupled or not this Valentine’s Day, there’s one thing we can all love: Seattle.
Sure, endless gray skies and construction traffic abound. But Douglas firs, scenic ferry rides and plates of fresh seafood more than make up for a few flaws. In an attempt to write our own valentine to Seattle, we narrowed down five things we love about the Emerald City (although there’s so much more), and added a few Valentine’s Day suggestions, just in case you still need a gift for that special Seattleite in your life.
Oh coffee, how we love thee, let us count the ways! From that trusty first cup of joe in the morning to gulps with friends at your neighborhood spot, we’d be lost without our cups of roasty toasty goodness. Know a fellow coffee connoisseur? Give the gift that keeps on giving with a Slate Coffee Roasters Coffee Gift Subscription (starting at $63 for three months at slatecoffee.com), from one of Seattle’s top roasters. Options include one or two bags per month; single origin, blend or decaf; and lengths of three, six, or 12 months.
Chocolate and coffee go together like you and your valentine, so if you’re looking for a more traditional token of affection, snag Jcoco’s Arabica Espresso Chocolate Bar Trio ($7.50 at seattlechocolate.com and fine grocery stores), made with 60% cacao infused with fresh-ground espresso and CoffeeFlour, made from the dried fruit of the coffee plant. Extra bonus? The company is local and women-owned.
There really is something romantic about a cup of coffee, whether it’s shared over a first date or after years of breakfasts together. The Farmhouse Pottery Silo Mug Gift Set ($110 at anthropologie.com) includes two beautiful, wheel-thrown stoneware mugs for you and your valentine, packed in a sweet gift box. Happy sipping.
The home teams
Whether you’re a rowdy 12 or true-blue soccer fan, Seattleites can be counted on to cheer for the home team. And our teams have personality and heart, which makes them easy to root for. They may not always win, but true love is about rolling with the highs and the lows. Though your sweet Sounders fan already has volcanic spirit, don’t let them show up to a match without some serious flair. Keep ’em on-theme with Washington-based Ruffneck’s Seattle Sounders Mount Rainier Scarf ($30 at ruffneckscarves.com), a cozy knit style that sports an oh-so-Seattle print of our beloved mountain.
And speaking of soccer, grab Reign FC tickets (prices vary; reignfc.com) and surprise your valentine with seats for the upcoming season. Bond over your diehard loyalty as the stellar Tacoma-based team — which includes FIFA Women’s World Cup winners Megan Rapinoe and Allie Long — goes up against some of the best players in the game.
If your sports fanatic prefers the other kind of football, gift them the best quarterback in the NFL — or at least the toy version of him — to decorate their desk or bookshelf. Everett-based Funko’s Russell Wilson Pop! Action Figure ($34 at amazon.com) is great for kids and grown-ups who never miss a Seahawks game.
If coffee is our hot beverage of choice, then the other end of the spectrum belongs to beer. We’ve got more breweries than you can shake a cupid’s arrow at — and for good reason. Our casual style, entrepreneurial spirit and proximity to fresh hops all lend themselves well to our evolving beer industry. Celebrate Valentine’s Day appreciating tasty brews at the recently opened Georgetown Brewing tasting room. For the ultimate Seattle date, try a few free samples and, when you’re ready to commit, grab a pint or tasting tray and choose from a selection of up to 24 beers.
Feeling ambitious? Grab your valentine (or a group of friends) and head to Edmonds for some bonding over DIY beer brewing at Gallaghers’ Public Brewing House ($120–$195 plus bottle costs; whereubrew.com). Gallaghers’ supplies everything you need to make a batch of beer, which takes about two hours and makes 135 bottles.
If staying in is more your valentine’s style, gift them North Drinkware’s Mount St. Helens Box Set ($257 at northdrinkware.com) to make the evening special. Made in Oregon, the set includes two handblown pint glasses and two tumblers, complete with 3D molds of Mount St. Helens in the base, along with four laser-cut coasters featuring the mountain’s topographic lines.
You don’t have to smoke pot — or even get high — to get benefits from our local cannabis industry. Treat yourself or someone special to Mari’s High CBD Replenish Mints ($25 for 10 at Lux Pot Shop locations). The mints, out of Olympia, are free of THC, but contain 100 milligrams of 100% natural CBD, which can help ease pain and anxiety in some consumers. Users must be 21 or older.
Don’t forget your furry valentine this week! Washington company Wet Noses’ CBD (TR)EATS ($340 for 30 at wet-noses.com) are non-psychoactive snacks made from human-grade ingredients, and are available in four yummy flavors.
If you’re looking to bestow a luxurious gift on your valentine (or get some R&R yourself), present them with a CBD spa treatment from Habitude Salon and Day Spa (prices vary). Choose from a menu of CBD-enhanced services, such as the Canna Bliss Manicure or Solar Wrap Canna Escape.
Even if you hate it, you have to love the rain. After all, it’s what makes us the Emerald City. Plus, it’s the perfect excuse to stay in and cuddle. But a true Seattleite doesn’t let a few raindrops stop them from living life. That’s why a versatile pair of waterproof kicks is essential. Pendleton’s Embossed Short Waterproof Rain Boots ($120 at nordstrom.com) feature the Oregon brand’s iconic pattern subtly stamped into the exterior to give the basic black boot a whole lot of style.
To take on our fickle weather, he’ll appreciate having the Everlane Renew Reversible Fleece Jacket ($98 at everlane.com). The staple layer is made from recycled materials and can be flipped to the nylon side for downpours and back to the fleece side for light mists.
And if you’re looking for a special activity that lets you appreciate the rain and outdoors without getting wet, look no further than Volunteer Park Conservatory (volunteerparkconservatory.org). Enjoy lush nature in a warm environment while observing the cloudbursts against the conservatory’s floor-to-ceiling glass structure. Date-night hint: Be sure to check the calendar of events — there’s a concert scheduled for Valentine’s Day.