Valentine's Day 2017 in the Washington, DC Area

Romance in the Nation's Capital

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Valentines Day is February 14th. The holiday's roots are in an ancient Roman festival that celebrated fertility each February. Today, many people give gifts and exchange cards on this day. Are you looking for some ideas of ways to express your love to someone special in the capital region? Here are some helpful resources and some special events for Valentines Day in the Washington DC area.

Washington, DC’s Most Romantic Restaurants
The Washington, DC area has many romantic restaurants and interesting places to enjoy a great meal.

Valentine’s Day is a very popular time to dine out, so you should plan ahead and make your reservations as early as possible. Here are some restaurants across the region with Valentine’s Day Specials.

Dinner Cruises on the Potomac River
Take a romantic cruise and enjoy a night of dining, dancing and live entertainment, while cruising past the beautiful views of Washington, DC. Make a reservation on the Odyssey or the Spirit of Washington.

Attend a Valentines Day Concert
What's more romantic than listening to love songs with your sweetheart at a live performance at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Music Center, or a few other destinations around the region. 

Spy Museum's Valentine's Day Event 
February 14, 6:00 pm. Sex(pionage): Spies, Lies, and Naked Thighs (The Valentine Edition) Intelligence expert Keith Melton will reveal how seduction is used as a tool to attract and manipulate assets and targets in both spy reality and fiction.

  Includes a complimentary cocktail, sweet treats, and lock picking tips! Tickets: $35 (Members: $25).

Cupid’s Bar Crawl
February 11, 2017, 3-10 p.m. Celebrate the season of love with a Dupont Circle bar crawl, wether you’re single, taken, or just hoping to get shot by Cupid’s never failing arrow. Participating establishments include: The Huxley, The Mad Hatter, Sign of the Whale, Ozio, Public Bar, Kabin, Buffalo Billiards, Irish Whiskey, Cafe Citron, James Hoban’s and more.

DC Metro Chocolate Tours
An exclusive two-hour interactive walking tour highlights the rich history and culture of Georgetown while featuring fine chocolate. Highlights from the Georgetown tour include samples of chocolate-dipped bacon lollipops, chocolate tea, chocolate sugar, and chocolate salt, Georgetown’s best chocolate crepe, chocolate skincare products and more. Advance tickets are required. Tours are also available in Dupont Circle and the U Street Corridor.

Outdoor Ice Skating
What's more romantic than ice skating under the stars at one of Washington, DC’s outdoor ice skating rinks? After a nice dinner, get some fresh air and enjoy the ambiance of the city.

Best Chocolate Stores in Washington, DC
Valentine's Day is the perfect time to give the gift of chocolate. Find the best chocolate, truffles, fudge and brownies in the Washington, DC area.

Washington, DC Area Jewelry Stores
Make your loved one happy with a new piece of jewelry - Find gold, silver, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires at a local jewelry store or buy gifts online. Buy from Amazon.

Cupid's Undie Run
February 11, 2017. Run around the city in your Valentine's themed undies to raise money for the Children's Tumor Foundation.

Terrapin Adventures - Valentine's Day with an Adventurous Twist!
Febrruary 11-12, 2017, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. 8600 Foundry Street Savage, Maryland. Special adventure package for couples: $100/couple includes three hours on the zip line, giant swing, high ropes course, and climbing tower with free hot chocolate, Hershey kisses and gifts from the merchants at Savage Mill. For more information, call (301) 725-1313.

Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunts
Celebrate Valentine's Day enjoying an usual task - searching for nudity in art one of DC's top art museums. Participants in teams search for answers to tricky and humorous questions. Cost: $22.50. Advanced reservations are required. Call (877)-9-GO HUNT.

Best Luxury Hotels in Washington, DC
Plan a romantic evening at one of Washington's best hotels.

Romantic Getaways near Washington, DC
Looking to really impress your loved one? Plan a romantic weekend at a nearby resort.

Best Day Spas in the Washington, DC Area
Pamper your loved one with a wide range of services including massage, facials, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, skin treatments and much more.

Top Florists in the Washington, DC Area
Pick up some flowers from one of the top florists in the metropolitan area or order flower arrangements and gifts online. Buy from Amazon.

Top Gourmet Food Stores
Why go out, when you can have a quiet dinner at home? The Washington, DC area has some great gourmet food stores that can help you plan your meal. If you don't have the time or ambition to cook, there are lots of ready-made options as well.