Creative Ways To Spend Valentine’s Day In DC


Now that January’s coming to a close, it’s time to turn our collective attention to the most romantic holiday of them all. Whether you’re looking to celebrate with friends over wine, hoping to take that special someone out on the town, or ready to switch up your routine entirely, we’ve got you covered.

Keep reading for our exclusive list of the most classic and creative ways to channel cupid on February 14th — and the entire week long!

#1 Savor A Romantic Meal

If overindulging on V-Day is wrong, we don’t want to be right. Here’s some dining inspiration to dig into this season:

  • Apéro: This dreamy petite French restaurant nestled in a Georgetown row house embraces Champagne and caviar like few other restaurants do.
  • Iron Gate: A dining room with a roaring fire is just one of the treats that makes this historic Dupont Circle setting so intimate. Share selections off the family-style menu with wine pairings, or order a la carte dishes like daily focaccia and Mediterranean octopus with sweet potatoes, frisée, sherry vinegar, and black garlic aioli.
  • Tabard Inn: This charming spot near Dupont Circle offers a textbook date night. Start with a seat on a comfortable couch and snuggle up with a glass of wine by the homey fireplace, and enjoy live jazz every Sunday and Monday night in their living room-style lobby.

#2 Catch A Show

If you think the music of The Temptations is fantastic, just wait until you hear their story. This winter, the Kennedy Center hosts the Broadway smash Ain’t Too Proud, a musical about five kids from Detroit that are discovered by the legendary Berry Gordy, then signed to Motown, then launched into an unforgettable career filled with chart-topping hits. Don’t miss this Tony Award-winning song-and-dance extravaganza that also offers a captivating tale.

#3 Discover DC’s Famous Murals

Canvases are everywhere you look in the District, which teems with vibrant street art in all quadrants. Spot everything from renditions of silver screen stars Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor to abstract, museum-commissioned works, restaurant-themed facades, and lots more. Don’t miss Lisa Marie Thalhammer’s aptly-named LOVE mural in Shaw and the mural at Ben’s Chili Bowl, which features the Obamas, Prince, and Harriet Tubman, among others.

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#4 Go For A Skate

One made-for-couples-activity in our nation’s capital is renting a pair of ice skates. Luckily, the city hosts an array of ice rinks that each present their own special experience. Whether it’s underneath the stars at The Wharf, on the banks of the Potomac River, or at the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden, each presents a romantic setting and plenty of opportunities for some on-ice fun.

#5 Attend A Galentine’s Day Terrarium Workshop

Grab your friends and join PlantHouse Alexandria on Tuesday, February 13th from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM for a tipsy terrarium workshop! Once the PlantHouse crew provides an overview on air plant care and terrarium assembly, you’ll be able to select your plants and decor to build a 6″ terrarium that’s perfect to display at your home or office. Select from an array of decor options to make your terrarium one-of-a-kind!

#6 Get Lit With Love

Searching for the perfect way to ring in your Valentine’s Day? Look no further than “Lit With Love”: A Valentine’s Edition Candle Making Experience on Friday, February 9th at 8PM at Shaw’s Tavern. Each guest will have the opportunity to make a candle with their very own personal touch, and your ticket will also include a complimentary drink ticket per guest. Whether it’s a festive date or a night out with your favorite Galentines, join us for what’s sure to be a bright, festive evening!

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