Be a Valentine hero with last-minute getaways in Pierce County

Friday, February 12, 2016 10:06 AM by Bridget Baeth

With only two days left and counting, the pressure is on to come up with something great for Valentine’s Day, and if you’re reading this, you’re probably not a stranger to procrastination. In the spirit of K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simple and Sensational), here are some ideas to quickly pull together a memorable getaway in Pierce County.

Glassy-eyed
Count the glass artwork around the bar at The Swiss, walk along the Bridge of Glass and end the night with a room at the Murano. After breakfast, take in the glass displays ant the Museum of Glass or Tacoma Art Museum before heading home.

Stage Fright
February offers a number of theatrical and musical performance wrapped in the theme of love. L.A. Theatre Works presents “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” as a live radio play. Keep the mood light with the musical comedy “I love you, You’re Perfect, now Change” at Tacoma Musical Playhouse.

Hearts will flutter and toes will tap at the Brad Paisley concert Feb. 13 at the Tacoma Dome. Any of these shows pair well with dinner along the Ruston Way waterfront.

Sipping and Sweets
Stroll through downtown Sumner tasting win and chocolates in the annual Sweetheart Wine Walk on Feb. 13. Reserve the overnight package with the Holiday Inn Express and go back downtown for breakfast at the Buttered Biscuit.

For the sweet tooth in your life, the Brown & Haley stores in Tacoma and Fife are open until 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday (and Saturday, at the Tacoma store). Pick up a pink tin of the iconic candy to sweeten whatever plans you make for Valentine’s Day.

Thrill Seekers
Is there a competitive streak between you and your significant other? Jump start Heart Day at the race car simulators in the Speed Zone at LeMay-America’s Car Museum. Open during regular museum hours.

Guided snowshoeing at Mount Rainier is available every Saturday, Sunday and holidays with start times from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The 1.8 mile route takes about two hours. Make it an overnight with one of the lodging options inside or outside the park. Bring your boots and enjoy the scenic snow on easy hikes to Kautz Creek or Volunteer Longmire Campground.

Author: Bridget Baeth

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