Lacking a special someone to celebrate Valentine’s Day with? Forget crying into your second carton of Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream. Check out this list of the best Valentine’s Day events for singles in the D.C. area and celebrate your single status instead of sobbing over it.
SpeedDC Valentine Bash
1330 19th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Forget moping around the house. Mingle with other lonely hearts at the SpeedDC Valentine Bash. Grab yourself a drink at the bar and, if you’re a lady attending the event, the host will show you to your table. Each participant will receive a Date-Mate Scorecard which helps you keep track of all the cuties you connect with. Each “date” lasts about six to seven minutes. At the end of the event, turn in your Date-Mate Scorecard and spend the rest of the evening enjoying delicious foods, making new friends and, who knows, maybe even sparking a new relationship.
Crimes of Passion
575 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than learning about crazy tales of devotion gone bad? The Crimes of Passion event at the Crime Museum features a handcuffed self-guided tour where visitors check out more than 600 exhibits, including political scandals and the St. Valentine’s Day massacre, hands-on forensic demonstrations as well as a variety of interactive displays including cracking a safe, an FBI shooting range and a lie detector test. Participants will receive a temporary prison tattoo and a take-home pair of fuzzy handcuffs.
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Cupid’s Undie Run
319 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
Run through the streets of DC in your undies all for a good cause. The Cupid’s Undie Run helps raise funds for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Grab all your besties and start your own team, join a group or simply run solo. The mile-ish run kicks off at noon on February 15. Stay after the run and enjoy post-race festivities and awards. Donors receive festive gear like “I’m With Cupid” t-shirts, undies, robes, hats or an engraved flask. Last year, the event raised $2.8 million in donations. This year, the charity hopes to double that amount.
Co Co. Sala
929 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
Spoil yourself rotten at Co Co. Sala, the best chocolate shop in the DC area. Enjoy delicious signature drinks, like the Fetish which includes fresh strawberries, chocolate-infused vodka, strawberry foam and a chocolate-dipped berry. Or try the malted chocolate Rtini. Other sweet treats include the mini co co. cupcakes or the Onyx which consists of dark chocolate mousse, vanilla crème brulee, salted caramel, crispy chocolate pearls and a brownie. Continue the indulgence with a visit to the bakery shop. Popular treats include the chocolate champagne corks or the chocolate-enrobed bacon.
201 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745
Focus on pleasing yourself with a visit to the Relâche Spa at the Gaylord National Resort. Enticing packages include the botanical body and scalp massage, hydrating hair mask, aromatherapy, deep exfoliation and the ultimate soothing back therapy. Or get that in-love glow with the help of an organic facial or resurfacing peel. Other spa therapies available include the lemongrass body polish, detoxifying body wrap and the tropical island glow. Reservations are recommended and guests are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes prior to their appointment time.
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