Valentine’s Day in the DC Metro

There are a lot of different ways you can celebrate Valentine’s Day in the DC metro area.  You can go out to eat and then go back to your place for wine and dessert, or you can go to one of these different events going on this Valentine’s Day in the nation’s capital.

Going out to eat?  A lot of restaurants in the DC area are offering specials all Valentine’s Day weekend: from the 10th to the 14th.  You can go out on Saturday or have a nice Sunday brunch.  Here are a few places offering great 2012 Valentine’s Day specials:

•    701 Restaurant
•    14K Restaurant & Lounge
•    A La Lucia
•    Avenue Grill
•    Barcode
•    Bistro Cacao
•    Café Milano
•    Café Promenade
•    Equinox – DC
•    The Federalist
•    Griffin Tavern
•    Grillfish DC
•    Kellari Taverna
•    Paper Moon
•    Perrys

Of course, there are many more.  Call your favorite restaurant to see if they’re having any specials this year.

Looking for someplace special to go before dinner?  How about the US Botanic Gardens?  It’s a great place to stroll, hand in hand, while talking or simply enjoying each other’s company.

Another great place to go is the observation deck at the Old Post Office Pavilion.  It’s set 315 feet in the air and gives you a great, 360 degree view of the entire city.  It’s a very romantic place to kiss under the stars or even propose to her.

Another great place to propose (or just spend time together if you’re not that serious) is Haines Point.  It’s located south of the Jefferson Memorial between the Potomac River and the Washington Channel.  It’s an amazing place for a post-dinner stroll.  Don’t forget to stop by and see “The Awakening” statue in East Side Park.

How about combining your Valentine’s activity and dinner?  You could take a cruise on the Spirit of Washington.  The boat will sail down the Potomac River this year.  Spirit Cruises has three different Valentine’s Day packages.

While it might sound like a strange place for a date, the National Museum of Crime and Punishment is actually doing a special Valentine’s Day exhibit.  It’s called “Crimes of Passion.”  You and your date are handcuffed together and lead through this interesting event.

How about a relaxing day at the Qi Spa?  You and your sweetie can enjoy couples massage, facials, and many more relaxing treatments.

These are just a few ideas for a romantic Washington, DC Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine Romance: Alive and Well

Some pessimists will tell you that chivalry is dead, gentlemen have vanished, and romance has one foot in the grave.  It may very well seem like it, sometimes, but Valentine romance, at least, is certainly very alive and well.  You’ll see it a lot over the next few weeks, but it will be especially obvious on Valentine’s Day itself.

What makes Valentine’s Day so romantic?  Well, there’s nothing romantic about the day itself.  In fact, at first glance, it’s so commercialized that there doesn’t seem to be much romance there at all.  What’s romantic about those cheap plastic cupid decorations, the overpriced greeting cards with their sappy poetry, or those candy hearts that taste like chalk?  The trappings of the holiday really don’t amount to much.

It’s what your significant other does, and the personal touches he or she adds, that make the holiday so romantic and perfect.  Sometimes, this means acting like a gentleman by holding the door or pulling out your chair for you.  For others, the romance comes in the little things, the way he holds your hand or the sparkle in his eyes when he looks at you.  Maybe it doesn’t even involve doing anything special—some people can have a very romantic evening staying home, cooking a frozen pizza, and watching TV.  It all depends on what you consider romantic.

Valentine’s Day is the one day out of the year when men pull out all the stops.  They plan a fancy dinner, order flowers, and generally go above and beyond to make you feel special.  From the moment he hands you the single red rose or leads you to the horse-drawn carriage ride around the park, you know the Valentine’s Day romance is still going strong.  Don’t let the pessimists get you down—this Valentine’s will be romantic and special no matter what he plans!

Planning for Valentine’s 2012

It’s February!  That means it’s time to get your Valentine’s Day plans cemented before it’s too late.  In fact, if you’re hoping to score a table at one of the most popular restaurants, it may already be too late.  People have already been making their dinner reservations, and popular places fill up very quickly.  If you haven’t already planned your romantic Valentine’s date, don’t waste any more time.  Follow this helpful list of things to do so you don’t end up taking her to McDonald’s.

First, you need an idea of what you’re doing that evening.  Are you just going out to dinner, or are you going to a concert or other event?  If you’re doing something after dinner, that will affect your schedule.  Plan for at least an hour and a half for dinner and thirty minutes to get from the restaurant to the event location.  Remember that the restaurant is likely to be very busy, and even though they will probably have extra staff on hand, it still may take a bit longer to get your meal.

TO DO:  Make sure reservations now, and buy your tickets for any event you’re attending.

You also need to order your Valentine’s Day flowers soon.  Most women expect roses or their favorite flowers on the 14th.  Even if they don’t expect them, you should still get them flowers.  While florists will do their best to fill every order, they don’t have an infinite supply of flowers.  If you get your order in now, they’ll reserve the flowers you want and deliver the arrangement on Valentine’s Day.  It’s especially crucial that you get your order in early if you want popular flowers like red roses.

TO DO:  Order flowers ASAP for delivery on Valentine’s Day.

The same is also true with gifts.  If you want to get her jewelry, you should be shopping now.  Jewelry stores also often run out of popular items around this time of the year.  Even if all you want is a cute stuffed animal, shop now.  Otherwise, you may find yourself facing empty shelves and a few left-over, ugly little critters as your only options!

TO DO:  Select your Valentine’s Day gift and buy it/put it on reserve.

These are the main things you need to do to make certain your Valentine’s Day goes off without a hitch.  A few other things to consider: what to wear (be sure to let your date know, too); be sure to buy wine and a dessert if you’re going back to your place later; and include traffic in your time-table.

If you still need to order flowers, we can help.  Order now and we’ll deliver your Valentine’s Day flowers in Mclean, VA on the 14th!