Valentine's Day 2019 in the Washington, D.C. Area

How to Celebrate Romance in the Nation's Capital

Storefront decorated for Valentine's Day in Washington DC

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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, D.C. area.

  • Washington, DC’s Most Romantic Restaurants - The Washington, D.C. 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.
  • Cupid’s Bar Crawl - February 19, 2019, 2-10 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. Past participating establishments have included: 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 9, 2019. 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! -  February 16, 2019. 8600 Foundry Street Savage, Maryland. Special adventure package for couples 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. 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 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.
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