I love this time of year and not just because of the holidays and the changing seasons. Thanksgiving thru Valentine’s Day is proposal season! It is so fun to think about all the people keeping this special secret that will soon be unveiled and two lives will be forever changed.
Many details and emotions go into a proposal and one frequently asked question at With These Rings is “Where should I propose?” We came up with a few of our favorite local spots to ask the surprise question that will forever be etched on your hearts.
Olympic National Park
There are so many dreamy locations within Olympic National Park. Hurricane Ridge, Lake Crescent, and the Hoh Rainforest are just a few of the Park’s breathtaking destinations. Whether it is a new location or a tried and true favorite, the beauty of the Pacific Northwest will provide the perfect backdrop for your special moment.
As we head into winter, make sure to check road conditions before heading out to Olympic National Park.
Washington State Ferry
The iconic Washington State Ferries with the Emerald City in the background is a pretty unique and amazing place to ask your partner, “Will you marry me?” The ferries have seen many proposals and weddings. It is important to remember the ferry is a commuter boat. If you’re looking for privacy, this may not be the ideal location for you.
Alexander’s Castle at Fort Worden
Few people can say they got engaged in a castle. Fort Worden has the most romantic little castle just for two. Alexander’s castle has a kitchen so cook your special person their favorite meal or bring in take out from one of Port Townsend’s many farm-to-table restaurants and intimate evening before you surprise your partner with the big question!
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Why not propose up in the air? Take a ride in Captain Crystal’s hot air balloon with views of Hurricane Ridge, Vancouver Island, the San Juan Islands, Mt. Baker, and the Cascade Mountains. Which would make for an unforgettable proposal.
Flights are conclude with champagne or sparkling cider which would also be a great time to ask your partner that question you’ve been anxiously keeping to yourself. The hot air balloons hold 4 people or you can rent the balloon to yourself!
Top of Mt. Walker
Being on the top of Mt. Walker in the Olympic National Forest feels like being on the top of the world. The hike is quite challenging, but are two spectacular viewpoints at the top. The northview point looks out at the Hood Canal Bridge, Mt. Baker, and the Cascade Mountains extending into Canada. The south viewpoint looks out at Hood Canal, Mount Rainier, Mt. Baker, and the distant Seattle and Tacoma skylines.
Mt. Walker is accessible year-round but winter hikers would want to plan on wearing snowshoes or microspikes, or cross country skis to go up the road.