Get away for some quality time together and rekindle your romance in D.C., now that summer break is almost over and the kids are getting ready to go back to school. You’ve earned it. D.C. has plenty of places that are fun and exciting for couples looking to get away, while avoiding loud clubs with throbbing music and places overrun with kids and families. Head out with your loved one for some special together time at D.C.’s best places to rekindle that spark.

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Jones Mountain Cabin
Trailhead: Graves Mill Road

Price: $45 Thursday through Saturday/$30 Sunday through Wednesday

Get away from it all with your partner getting back to the basics in nature. No phones, no TV, no Internet. The only food is what you cook from scratch. The Shenandoah National Park not only offers gorgeous trails for hiking, it also has cabins ranging from primitive to modern, where you may spend the night. For this first destination, go to Graves Mill trail, hike around 3.4 miles to a rustic cabin, Jones Mountain Cabin and spend the night. The next day, go back the same way you came in, or go on to nearby Bear Church Rock to enjoy a fabulous view, and then hike back to your car. The total hike is around 8.5 miles. Note that you have to be a PATC member to rent some of the cabins. However Jones Mountain Cabin is one of the handful of public cabins it has, so you can stay there without becoming a member.

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Rock Creek Park Horse Center
5100 Glover Road
Washington, DC 20015
(202) 362 0117

Price: $65 each for semi-private lessons (total $130 for two)

Enjoy an invigorating day of riding or riding lessons without leaving D.C. Rock Creek Park Horse centers offer English riding lessons at reasonable prices in the spring, summer and fall as well as hour-long, guided trail rides through some of the most beautiful countryside the area has to offer. Explore Rock Creek Park with that special, adventurous someone for a short trip that’ll make life-long memories.

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Fagers Island (The Edge and the Lighthouse Club Hotel)
201 60th St
Ocean City MD 21842
(410) 524-5500

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Spend a day at the beach with your better half in Ocean City, MD. Dress up and dine at the fancy Reflections Restaurant, which is well known for great food and a romantic atmosphere. At night, stay at Fager Island. The two nearby properties on Fager Island are the Edge and the Lighthouse Club Hotel, almost three hours from D.C. The Edge is a bit more expensive but both have fabulous views. The most popular suite at the Edge is the Hang Five Penthouse with panoramic views that are quite stunning. The beach is a short walk away from either one.

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633 D St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 637-1222

Have drinks and an early dinner at what many consider the best Indian restaurant in D.C., followed by a play in the center of Penn Quarter. Be sure and try the chili fizz cocktail if you can hold your heat and palak chaat, one of its most popular appetizers. Note that reservations are required, usually at least a week in advance. Once you are done with dinner, head over to the Wooly Mammoth next door.

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Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
641 D St. Northwest
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-3939

Prices: from $20

Woolly Mammoth is more adventurous than other theater companies, often featuring new and cutting-edge plays. The environment is intimate, but shows here are never too small to fall in love with. Beer and wine are sold in the concessions stand, so grab a glass to relax with your honey. Check ahead of time for pay-what-you-can performances. If you are younger than 30, snag a ticket for just $20 with your ID.  

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TuSuva Body & Skincare
2701 Ontario Road NW
Washington DC 20009
(202) 299-9005

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There is perhaps no better way to end the day than a long, expert massage. Book TuSuva’s popular couples massage for the best package deal. In an expensive city, TuSuva is considered affordable at $160 for 60 minutes. The couple does not need to choose the same massage, either, so enjoy deep tissue while your sweetie gets a little hot stone action. The massage will be in the same room and given by two massage therapists.

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During the day, Tanya Gupta is a development finance professional. By night she blogs about the development, technology, academia and her city. Her personal web page is at Her work can be found on