You don't get a second chance to make a first impression (as a dandruff commercial once told us).
Thankfully, Seattle has plenty of places with "wow factor" to spare for a first date.
Here are the Emerald City's 5 best first date spots.
5. Kubota Garden
Pack a picnic and head to this astonishing jewel of a park in South Seattle. The Kubota Garden — built by Japanese immigrant Fujitaro Kubota in 1927 — is immaculately landscaped, with waterfalls, serene ponds, and tame rabbits hopping around. No woman alive can resist a man who can get a cute little bunny to eat out of his hand.
Kubota Garden, 9817 55th Ave S, Rainier Beach (206-725-4400).
4. The Pink Door
There are plenty of great places to eat in this town, but few have the elan of the Pink Door. Lead her down Post Alley to the secret entry (no sign). Then watch her take in the cool architecture, strong cocktails, and duh, the perfect date food: elegant Italian. Oh, and the trapeze acts on Sunday and Monday nights. So yeah. Go on Sunday or Monday.
The Pink Door, 1919 Post Alley, Downtown (206-443-3241).
If your girl's athletic, take her out on the water with one of the hottest new hobbies in town. Stand-up paddleboarding mixes kayaking and surfing into a challenging, whole-body workout that still allows you to have a conversation. Surf Ballard rents paddleboards at reasonable rates and offers a great launch spot by the Ballard Locks. Pro tips: 1) bring sunscreen; 2) offer to apply said sunscreen.
Surf Ballard, 6300 Seaview Ave NW, Ballard (206-726-7878).
2. Museum of History and Industry
Great first dates require great conversation. She doesn't really want to bond with you over The Bachelor, believe us. The newly-relocated Museum of History and Industry is overflowing with Seattle ephemeral guaranteed to give you something to talk about, and its proximity to multiple awesome restaurants is an added bonus.
MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave N, South Lake Union (206-324-1126).
1. The Great Wheel
Sure, it's overpriced and doesn't last long enough, but if you're looking to create an indelible romantic memory there aren't many better places to do it than 175 feet up in the air on the largest Ferris wheel on the West Coast. Ditto for later at night, where VIP gondolas ($50 per person) set the stage for your all-important first kiss.
The Great Wheel, 1301 Alaskan Way, Downtown (206-623-8600).