Here's our guide on where to woo in Washington, D.C.!
Let’s start by clearing up one of the biggest misconceptions about Valentine’s Day: how it is spelled. Valentine is a name of a person, hence singular and possessive when it comes to his day, so the apostrophe s becomes mandatory. "Valentines Day" is wrong because there is only one St. Valentine linked to the celebration, and it would be a mistake to pluralize his name. #grammarfacts
But I digress.
D.C. may not come out as the most romantic city in the world, but there is always hope—and also, there is always OCN. Here are the top five most romantic things you can do in D.C. this Valentine’s day.
Reinvent the Capital Wheel
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Besides the icy cold breeze outside, the breathtaking views from this 180-foot-tall observation deck offer you one more reason to cuddle up. Fear not: the 42 climate-controlled gondolas give you the most romantic views of the most iconic D.C. landmarks, like the Washington Monument, the Capitol building, downtown Alexandria, and of course, the Potomac River. Gazing into each other’s eyes is optional.
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Money can’t buy you love, but at $135 per person on the romantic Odyssey cruise, it's worth trying. It'll buy happiness at the very least. The cruise includes a three-hour trip on the Potomac River, featuring the most breathtaking views of the nation’s capital, a plated dinner with attentive tableside service, curated music selection from an onboard DJ, and (with an upgrade) your choice of creative cocktails, wine, and beer from a well-stocked cash bar—not to mention a bottle of Moet Imperial for $69.90.
Odyssey III DC will cruise Friday, February 14, 2020, from 7 to 10 p.m. Boarding starts at 6 p.m., with departure from 580 Water Street SW, Washington D.C.
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From February 11 to 16, experience one of the world’s most cherished ballets at one of the most breathtaking theaters in America. Perfect for a romantic night out on Valentine’s Day, Giselle remains a timeless favorite for critics and audiences all over the world. A perfect fusion of music, movement, romance and drama, Giselle has been called “American Ballet Theatre’s best, most moving classical production” by the New York Post—one more reason to experience this enduring classic. A production of the American Ballet Theatre, Giselle features live music by The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.
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On February 8, raise the bar by making the perfect gift for your Valentine. World-class chocolatier SPAGnVOLA and the Watergate Hotel join hands to teach you how to create the romance of decadent truffles in the privacy of your own home—hopefully on Valentine’s Day. Expert dessert chefs and experienced chocolate makers from SPAGnVOLA will guide you through the whole process of truffle-making, using cacao handpicked in the Dominican Republic and refined locally in Maryland. You can take part in this unique workshop with your Valentine on February 8, or go alone and later surprise your sweetheart with a gift they will never forget.
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Mark your calendar for Cupid's Bar Crawl on February 8, 2020, from 2 to 10 p.m. Held at the heart of Washington's nightlife, the Dupont Circle Bar Crawl has turned into a D.C. Valentine’s tradition for those waiting to be struck by Cupid’s arrow. Surrounded by Washington, D.C.’s hippest bars, finest museums, ethnic restaurants, bookstores, and private art galleries, this bar crawl is one event you will not want to forget. Join thousands of brightly-clad fellow crawlers as they amble from stop to stop on this Cupid excursion. The ticket gets you a souvenir Cupid's Bar Crawl mug, cover-free access to Dupont’s best bars, exclusive drink and food specials, free pictures of the event, and a raffle entry to win great prizes.
So what are your plans for Valentine's Day? Give us some ideas in the comments section!