Thursday, February 14, 2013

Romance in DC

Looking to plan a Romantic Get-Away in DC?  Here's my guide for visitors as well as local Washingtonians.

Why DC?  

Aside from the monuments and museums, DC can really be a romantic city if you know where to go.  With lovely restaurants, great lounges and wine country only a short drive away, there's plenty of ways to create a romantic weekend.

Best Neighborhoods to Explore?

Take a stroll through Georgetown and do some shopping along the way.  
While shopping, take a margarita break at Bandolero.  If you're up in the neighborhood, stop by Dumbarton Oaks.  My husband took me on a date here, long ago, when I was visiting him in DC.  It feels like a secret garden.  

You could head into Alexandria to walk around the cobblestone roads of King Street.  Check out Meridian Hill Park and find a spot by the water. 

Where to Eat?

For a charming meal, check out Et Voila!This 40-seat Belgian bistro is perfect for a romantic evening.  
If you want to get outside of the city, try L'Auberge Chez Francois.  I'd recommend heading out during the day and dining in the garden.  Sip some wine, listen to the birds chirp and enjoy a delicious French meal.  
If you're in the mood for Italian, try Acqua Al 2.  The handmade pastas will blow you away.

Where to Drink?

Check out the Gibson.  The Gibson is a hidden spot with no sign outside. You have to submit your name and then they will text you to let you know when a table is available. The atmosphere is great for a date...dark wood...dim lights.  You could also try Room 11.  (Warning:  this place is really small and can get super crowded.)  If you're lucky enough to score a seat, grab a glass of wine and enjoy some conversation. 
Bar Pilar has handcrafted cocktails and amazing food as well.
Venture out of the city to Virginia wine country.  You really can't go wrong here.  You'll find beautiful views, mountains, live music and plenty of picnic spots.

If you want more than just a bar scene, the recently renovated Howard Theatre has tons of live shows.  It is also fun to pop into any of the U Street jazz bars.  

Where to Stay?

The Hay-Adams is a luxury boutique hotel near the White House.  It is in a central area and easy to get around.  The Topaz is in central Dupont with lots of fun things to do nearby.  The Helix is also pretty swanky and is located in Logan Circle.

Time of year to visit?

I'd recommend visiting in the fall or spring.  The weather is nicer and the trees will be beautiful colors. 

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