In a Committed Relationship? Looking for Love? Or Proudly Single? No Matter Your Status, Here are Ideas for an Unforgettable Valentine’s Day!
It’s that time of year again, lovers – the season that sends heartstrings aflutter. February is a month when new love blooms and old love seems to get a new lease on life. Of course, you might also believe that Valentine’s Day is a scam invented by the greeting card companies to make money. Take heart, though. Whether you’re in a committed relationship, looking for a sweetheart, or happily single, there are enough romantic and fun activities in the D.C. region to make even Cupid blush. Here are just a few:
- Let Love Brew Open House – On Saturday, Feb. 21, from noon to 2 p.m., Cadence at Crown will serve award-winning craft beers from the renowned Gordon Biersch brewery. In addition, we will waive the $500 security deposit for potential new residents with approved credit, and will enter anyone who leases during the event into a drawing to win a $75 gift card to Old Town Pour House, which is scheduled to open in March 2015 in Downtown Crown.
- Enjoy a “Crown” experience – You don’t have to travel far to commemorate your love. Downtown Crown is only moments away and offers attractive places to dine, shop, or just spend some quality time. Sip cocktails and hold hands at an outdoor table overlooking Crown Park. Or bring a blanket and picnic basket, spread out on a grassy spot, and enjoy a gorgeous sunset.
- Make your Valentine’s Day a RIO one – Whether you feel like celebrating at a great restaurant, buying a thoughtful gift for someone special, or just treat yourself to something nice, RIO Washingtonian Center has dynamic, “Cupid-approved” activities for couples, singles, and families.
- Savor a romantic dinner – Why spend the evening of Valentine’s Day in the kitchen when you can treat each other to a memorable night on the town. The D.C. area has a cornucopia of tasty, unique dining establishments sure to please any palate. Click here and here for some excellent choices. Remember that many of these restaurants require reservations, so be sure to book soon.
- Spend an evening in and prepare dinner together – Don’t feel like going to a crowded restaurant on Valentine’s Day? Make your evening sizzle and stoke the fires of passion by cooking dinner as a couple. All you need are some good ingredients, basic cookware, and a loving, enthusiastic attitude. Browse this list of area gourmet food stores.
- Take a dinner cruise on the Potomac River – First-class food and wine, dancing, live music, and gorgeous views of the monuments. What better way to commemorate your love or meet someone new? For more information about the best local dinner cruises, contact Odyssey or the Spirit of Washington.
- Make love a crime – Experience the “Crimes of Passion” exhibit at the National Museum of Crime & Punishment. You’ll be handcuffed to your sweetheart and can view more than 600 exhibits, including several spotlighting various crimes of passion, as well as forensics demonstrations. You’ll even be able to learn if you and your partner are likely to be serial killers. Hey, no one said love isn’t risky. Feb. 13-14, 2015, 6 p.m. to midnight. (202) 393-1099
- Chocoholics’ delight – Turn Valentine’s Day even sweeter by participating in a Chocolate Tour of Washington, D.C. The tours cover some of the most decadent dessert boutiques and chocolatiers in the charming neighborhood of Georgetown. From handmade salted caramel truffles to avant-garde dark chocolate creations, your taste buds will find themselves in sweet ecstasy.
- Washingtonian Singles Soirée – Mingle with eligible bachelors and bachelorettes at Washington’s premier anti-Valentine’s Day event. Guests will enjoy sweet treats, cocktails, and live music, and can play skeeball, shuffleboard, pool, foosball, and more. Feb. 14, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Penn Social. Click here for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cupid’s Undie Run – Put on your Valentine’s Day-themed undies and join other participants in running a 1.75-mile lap in front of the U.S. Capitol Building to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. The Cupid’s Undie Run has become a beloved event for runners and spectators alike. Feb. 15, 2015, noon.