Valentine’s Day Getaway Destinations Near Washington DC

February 2, 2013 8:00 AM

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When it comes time to surprise your sweetie this Valentine’s Day, forget dinner and a movie. Plan a getaway destination instead. Whether you prefer a quiet afternoon in a cozy cabin, a dreamy dinner for two out on the water or a wild and crazy night out on the town, there are plenty of romantic getaway destinations near D.C. that meet your getaway planning needs.

Sofitel Lafayette Square
806 15th St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 730-8800

Rates: from $190 a night

If you’re looking for a romantic weekend getaway in the city, then book a room at the Sofitel at Lafayette Square, one of D.C.’s most posh and luxurious hotels. Take pleasure in the exquisite furnishings and fine artwork placed throughout the hotel as well as luxurious bed and bath accommodations in each room. Request the Magnifique Romance package, and enjoy a box of chocolates or flowers upon your arrival, a bottle of Champagne on ice delivered to your room and a decadent breakfast in bed. Indulge in a private meal at the ICI Urban Bistro, or share sultry glances over cocktails in the ultra-modern Le Bar. No need to worry about making it an early night; the Magnifique Romance package also features a 4 p.m. checkout (wink, wink).

600 Water St. SW
Washington, DC 20024
(866) 306-2469

Rates: $129.90 per person

Take dinner and dancing to a whole different level with a Valentine’s Day dinner cruise aboard the Odyssey. Known as D.C.’s most luxurious cruising vessel, the Odyssey features three glass-enclosed, climate-controlled dining rooms, an outdoor deck and plenty of space to sway cheek to cheek with your sweetheart. Reserve the Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise, and enjoy a freshly prepared plated dinner, a single rose, live entertainment and a Champagne toast as you cruise among the D.C. area’s most famous landmarks and sites. Upgrade to the Platinum Valentine’s Day package and receive a bottle of Champagne plus a pair of champagne flutes, half a dozen roses and a guaranteed table by a window. Make your special night even more memorable with a photo taken when you board, which is then provided to you in a picture frame at the end of the cruise.

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Shadow Mountain Escape
1132 Jewell Hollow Road
Luray, VA 22835
(540) 843-0584

Rates: from $165 a night

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and head to the Shadow Mountain Escape where you will find peace, quiet and the ultimate romantic getaway. Secluded within the gorgeous woodland of the Shenandoah Valley, each cabin features cozy accommodations, fresh linens and towels, a full kitchen and a private deck and/or balcony. Choose from one of four charming wood cabins and reconnect with your love and Mother Nature. Book the Romantic Date Night package and receive a complementary welcome basket filled with homemade treats as well as a tasty New York-style pizza and wine delivered to your cabin. Spend the day hiking in the Shenandoah National Park or shopping in nearby towns. Then, relax the evening away underneath the stars and beside a relaxing complimentary campfire.

Lansdowne Resort
44050 Woodridge Parkway
Leesburg, VA 20176
(703) 729-8400

Rates: from $430 a night

If your beloved loves food just as much as he or she loves you, then consider the For the Love of Food package offered at Lansdowne Resort. This special treat for foodies features luxurious overnight accommodations, a full breakfast buffet for two plus a $100 credit toward any of the five dining options offered at the resort (including room service). Share a scrumptious meal and views of the Sugar Loaf Mountains at the oh-so-intimate On the Potomac, or challenge each other to a game of pool at the Stonewalls Tavern. Each dining location features locally produced produce, diverse cuisines and an extensive beer, wine and spirits list. Lansdowne Resort also features a top-notch spa and a health and fitness center.

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Admiral Fell Inn
888 S. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231
(410) 539-2000

Rates: from $219 a night

Celebrate the sweet life with your sweetie and reserve the Romance on the Harbor package at the Admiral Fell Inn. This decadent package includes a complimentary box of Godiva’s new gold ballotin chocolates, a $25 dining certificate good at many nearby restaurants and a $25 discount toward your next stay at the hotel. The package also includes a the ultimate romantic guide that lists the top 10 sweet spots in downtown Baltimore and a Harbor Magic Drink Pass that features free drinks and other special discounts and offers at many bars and restaurants found at the uber-popular Power Plant Live. Enjoy deluxe overnight accommodations, scenic views of the Inner Harbor and on-site activities. The Romance on the Harbor package also features late checkout.

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