Romantic Anniversary Hotspots in DC


Whether you enjoy the outdoors, fine dining, or just doing something different to celebrate life, we have some great ideas to help you plan a memorable anniversary.

The Lincoln Memorial After the tourists head back to their hotels — or better, at dawn, long before they arrive — there may be no place more serene or lovely in all of Washington than the towering memorial. It’s no wonder couples regularly plant themselves along the columns to await the sun (and regularly choose the place for very public proposals). (23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. 202-426-6841.  ~Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post

The Washington Monument in Boonsboro, Md.

Near Old South Mountain Inn, hit the Appalachian Trail to hike to the peak of Old South Mountain and see the 30-foot Washington Monument built by town residents in 1827. Afterward, a stop at the inn is a must for refueling. (Washington Monument State Park, 6620 Zittlestown Rd., Middletown. 301-791-4767.) ~Katherine Frey / The Washington Post

The terrace at the Kennedy Center

Before a performance or just because you’re in the neighborhood, slip out from the Kennedy Center’s Grand Foyer onto the terrace with a couple of glasses of wine and soak up the stellar view of the Potomac River. On Independence Day, smart folk looking for a new view of the fireworks flock here, too. On a more quiet night, consider it a prime spot for a proposal. (2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. ~Dominic Bracco II for The Washington Post   Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve

You may have heard the oft-repeated rumor that Washington was built on a swamp; it’s hard to imagine till one lays eyes on Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve. The preserve, the area’s last remaining swath of freshwater tidal wetland, is proof positive of our marshy past. Accessible from the George Washington Parkway near Alexandria, it’s a haven for wildlife, not to mention for couples looking for a moment of respite or a way to get closer to nature. Bird walks are offered Sunday mornings year-round. ( ~Susan Biddle for The Washington Post

First-date destinations: The National Gallery of Art

A dose of culture is just the thing to escape the coffee-date doldrums, and between its East and West wings, the National Gallery has something for every artistic interest. Afterward, dip into the cafe for gelato or stroll the sculpture garden. (Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ~Evy Mages for The Washington Post

Restaurants: Mintwood Place

There’s a lack of pretension at this cozy French-inspired bistro in Adams Morgan, and it’s evident in the food — hush puppies made of escargot; rich, sizeable portions of such dishes as tagliatelle bolognese and Amish chicken; retro desserts including baked Alaska. Even the Obamas chose to dine on chef Cedric Maupillier’s fare during last year’s Dinners With Barack events. For those with love, not politics, on the brain, it can feel like an oasis in the city. (1813 Columbia Rd. NW. 202-234-6732. ~Scott Suchman  The Bombay Club

Few places are more captivatingly formal or more evocative of a different time than the Bombay Club, which serves as the old-school foil to its buzzy sister restaurant Rasika. “The scene, set to piano music at dinner, is regal,” writes Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema. “The cooking, from veteran chef Nilesh Singhvi, is sublime.” (815 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-659-3727. ~Powers and Crewe Photography

The Inn at Little Washington

A dinner for two in the four-star enclave of chef Patrick O’Connell is roughly the price of a weekend getaway — whether a couple opts for a few courses or nearly 10, the tab nearly always nicks $600 — but it’s just as transportive. For gastronomic tourists, the truffle-dusted popcorn, lobster perfectly paired with gnocchi and green grapes, and superlative service make this a destination worthy of the biggest celebrations. (Middle and Main streets, Washington, Va. 540-675-3800. ~Gordon Beall


Plume, in the luxe Jefferson Hotel, is the rare restaurant where entrees outshine first courses. Fashion trends are bypassed in favor of tradition. Picture lobster thermidor and a proper veal chop, the meat cooked just the shade you request and served as a fan of slices on the bone. (1200 16th St. NW. 202-448-2322. ~James M. Thresher for The Washington Post


It may not be prime first date material — it’s hard to talk when you’re dangling several feet off the ground — but a third or fourth date? Sportrock in Alexandria certainly will get your hearts pumping: A little friendly competition can be highly flirty. (5308 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria. 703-212-7625.) ~Susan Biddle for The Washington Post

Great Falls

A outdoorsy date, a workout, and a little bit of alone time are all afforded by the Billy Goat Trail in Great Falls. The trail is as hard as you want it to be; the most bustling, is the nearly 2-mile A section of the trail. But it offers prime views. (11710 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac. 301-299-3613.) ~Katherine Frey / The Washington Post


And, yes, we totally borrowed this from the Washington Post, where they have many more great romantic places.

Don’t forget to order anniversary flowers!


Ten Ways to Celebrate Your Anniversary

If your anniversary is coming up soon, you may already be planning what you’re going to do on that special day.  If it’s one of the big ones (like your 25th or 50th), you may have a big celebration planned.  But if it’s not, you should still celebrate!  Every year should be recognized in some way, so here are ten different things you could do to celebrate your anniversary.

1.    Recreate your first date – go to the same restaurant, do a similar activity, etc.

2.    Go on a cruise or take a big vacation (overseas, perhaps).

3.    If you can’t get away for a long trip, take a mini-vacation over the weekend, even if it’s just to a nearby bed and breakfast.  Turn off your cell phones and leave the email until the weekend is over.

4.    Spend the evening at home.  Cook a meal together, reminisce about your life together, do an activity you both love, or spend the evening reconnecting.

5.    Renew your vows!

6.    Go to a couple’s spa to rest and rejuvenate.

7.    Do something new that the two of you have never done before.

8.    Be adventurous!  Go scuba diving, rock climbing, or parachute out of a plane.

9.    Watch your wedding video and look through your photo albums.

10.    Spend the day visiting your hometowns or all of the important places in your neighborhood that have special meaning to the two of you.

Don’t forget to pick up some beautiful flowers for your special day.  We’ve got some amazing anniversary flowers for delivery in Washington, DC.

Celebrate Your Anniversary in DC, MD & NO VA

Anniversary Date Ideas, Food, Fun & Flowers

Anniversary Date Ideas, Food, Fun & Flowers

When it’s time to celebrate the milestones in your relationship, living in the DC Metro areas means you have a plethora of venues and adventures to choose from!  We’d like to offer some “Best” lists to help you mix and match, from our sources at the Washington Post, Yelp & Insider Pages.

Best Romantic Restaurants

Falls Church, VA Chef Bertrand Chemel’s French American cuisine still makes this spot one of Virginia’s culinary gems. The captivating waterfall views are an added perk.

Bombay Club
Washington, DC A lavish makeover upgraded the Bombay Club’s elegant and understated dining room. The Indian cuisine is among the best in town.

Washington, DC The Mandarin Oriental’s modern dining room pairs fine wines with meticulously crafted contemporary American dishes. The perennial four-star restaurant carries a hefty price tag, making it especially well-suited for very special occasions.

Eventide Restaurant
Arlington, VA Not only is its name romantic, the dining room dazzles with soaring ceilings, lush blue curtains and plenty of room between tables. The well-priced American food’s not bad, either.

The Inn at Little Washington
Washington, VA It’s no secret that the inn is one of the most expensive dining experiences in the region. But its regal dining rooms are also among the most romantic destinations for food lovers.

Washington, DC Delicate presentations of contemporary American cuisine sparkle in this sconce-lighted dining room.

Washington, DC From the outside, Palena looks like any other neighborhood spot. On the warm and rich inside, chef/owner Frank Ruta’s mix of American and Continental flavors proves that it’s a cut above the rest.

Restaurant Eve’s Tasting Room
Alexandria, VA Fresh, local ingredients enliven every dish in chef Cathal Armstrong’s dining room. The five- and nine-course tasting menus are gastronomic adventures.

Best Limo Services

Fairfax Limo
G & M Limo

Best Florist

MyFlorist (Come on, we get to say that!)

Best Fun

For more fun ideas, check out The Department of Love & Relationships site, an interactive date planner for the DC Metro areas.

And take a look at Barbara P’s Yelp List of Dates That Don’t Involve Dinner or Drinking.

And Happy Anniversary!