This Valentine’s Day surprise your sweetheart with a romantic treat that’s sure to create long-lasting memories for years to come. These romantic DC locations and events are guaranteed to add a little sizzle to your love life.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
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Climb aboard the Spirit of Washington and enjoy a delicious buffet, champagne toast and moonlit cruise along the Potomac River. Spirit Cruises offers three exciting Valentine’s Day packages, such as the Platinum Valentine Package which includes a complimentary bottle of champagne, a souvenir champagne flute per person, half a dozen roses per couple and a guaranteed table by the window. Enjoy the musical styling of an on-board DJ and dance the night away under the stars. Savor the memory of the day with the Bon Voyage Photo Package, which includes a photo of the ship and a boarding photo.
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Forget the box of chocolates and whisk your sweetie away to Co Co. Sala, a chocolate lounge and boutique located in the heart of DC. This chocolate-themed restaurant pairs decadent dinners, like tuna tartar, with indulgent desserts, such as Chef Tiptur’s five-course dessert experience. Co Co. Sala features two main lounge areas as well as a patio garden, a private dining room, an art gallery and rooftop seating for an extremely private affair. Don’t forget to swing by the boutique and grab some sweet treats, like a triple chocolate pecan pie, to enjoy at home.
National Museum of Crime and Punishment
Hours: Feb 11 – 14; 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Price: $35 per couple
In addition to monuments, museums and government building, DC is home to many historical crimes of passion. Learn about these crimes at the Crimes of Passion event at the National Museum of Crime and Punishment. Museum wardens will bind you and your sweetie together courtesy of a complimentary pair of handcuffs and lead you through more than 600 exhibits. See what it’s like to be a part of a high-speed chase or test your marksmanship abilities at the simulated FBI shooting range. The event also helps raise awareness about the very serious issue of domestic violence, featuring help and resources from the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Hours: Daily; 24/7
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Escape from the daily grind and head to Hotel Monaco where you will enjoy deluxe hotel accommodations, vaulted 20-foot ceilings and a wide variety of services and amenities. The hotel offers exciting specials including the “Ahhh, that feels good” deal which features his and hers in-room full-body massages, a drawn bath with luxurious essential oils and more. Enjoy an evening wine reception and a complimentary newspaper and coffee the morning after. Also, at the Hotel Monaco, all pets are welcomed and treated like VIPs (very important pets, that is) and receive a bottle of Evian water, food and water bowls plus a special treat.
Hours: Mon to Thur – 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Fri to Sun – 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
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Get your groove back, as well as improve your mental and physical well-being, with the help of a couple’s massage at Qi Spa. Choose from the Chocolate Oil Massage, known for its aphrodisiac properties, or the Qi Spa Signature Couple’s Hot Stone Massage, which helps remove toxins from the body. Enjoy facials for two, try out the Couple’s Quality Time spa package or treat your sweetie to a wide variety of spa services including body treatments, skin care services, medical aesthetics, makeup and more.
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