Yelp has been following the love this year. In an attempt to find the most romantic cities in the country Yelp devise a way to track how many “romantic queries” people were searching as Valentines Day approached. What they found? Tacoma.
Our city tucked here along the Puget Sound got #1 for Most Romantic. Check out their findings.
Here are our picks for the 5 best dates in the city:
1. On Cloud Nine
Explore the South Sound from an extraordinary angle as the two of you float over the Puget Sound, drift over giant pine trees and city skylines in a colorful hot air balloon. While most balloon rides take off in the Seattle area, depending on the wind direction, you can sail the skies over to the South Sound. Once you’ve landed, some package deals offer champagne with cheese and crackers before the drive back to the launch site. While balloon rides are a little more on the expensive side, there are seasonal deals that can make it more affordable. Either way, it is worthwhile special splurge that would be unforgettable.
2. For Damsels who don’t get Distressed
Save the ballet for another weekend, it’s derby time. Watch the Dockyard Derby Dames and other South Sound roller derby teams whip around the rink with no reservations about getting rough and rowdy. These local ladies, decked out in their team costumes, skate to win — even if that means making a few daring moves or taking a few mean spills. This is a date for a couple looking for some local sports entertainment fueled by girl power. Check out the Dame’s website for schedule.
3. Rich in Romance for Less
With a bar that looks out on the Tacoma City skyline that’s begins to twinkle at dusk, Stanley and Seaforts has one of the best views in the city – not to mention some amazing food. Head there for a romantic dinner or happy hour, where you can get buttermilk fried calamari or teriyaki tenderloin for $7 and a cranberry mojito for $4.
You can enjoy one of Tacoma’s classiest and romantic spots on any budget. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday, 3pm to 6pm and again after 9pm. On weekends, it’s 2pm to 6pm and after 9pm.
4. A Delicate Art
You can go almost anywhere in Tacoma and see hand blown glass, but how often do you get to make it? Tacoma Glassblowing Studio, 114 South 23rd Street, and M-Space Inc, 2514 Holgate Street, offer classes for you and your date to make your own original creation. From picking the colors to blowing them into bowls, vases or candleholders, tap into Tacoma’s personality with someone you especially care about. If you don’t want to actually blow glass, sit in the Glass Museum’s hot shop and marvel at the professional glass artists at work.
Details: tacomaglassblowing.com; mspacetacoma.com
5. Food Lovers
Chop, sizzle and swirl a perfect meal together at Primo Grill’s weekend cooking class. A Tacoma restaurant with the ambiance of community and comfort, Primo Grill is known for its Italian, Southern French, Spanish and North African influenced dishes. Learn some techniques and cooking secrets by co-owner, Charlie McManus Saturday afternoons between 2pm and 4pm. The classes are $65 per person and include recipes and instructions, lunch with a glass of wine, tax and gratuity.
Details: 253.383.7000; primogrilltacoma.com
See the rest of the story in the February/March Issue of South Sound magazine.