Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Where to Go for Last-Minute Valentine's Day Plans in D.C.!

Valentine's Day. Ahhh, l'amour.

OK, OK, so that was just a joke. We really aren't that bitter here at Doing the District -- here's a Valentine's Day card just for you, our beloved readers, to prove it:

A holiday of any ilk in D.C. brings plenty of ways to celebrate, so here are a few suggestions if you're scrambling for some last-minute Valentine's Day plans:


Ladies, would you like to meet a hot, hard-bodied man in uniform? I'll answer that for you: Yes, yes you do. And the Marines of Barracks Row are up for the challenge, offering a Valentine's Day charity event at the Ugly Mug: The 3rd annual "Meet a Marine" auction!

The men will be out in full force starting at 8 p.m., so don't be late! And, after all, it's benefitting the USO of the Metro area, so it's for a good cause.

If you'd rather the night be all about girl power, check out female folk duo The Sweater Set for their Valentine's Day Sweater Set Serenade show at Barracks Row art gallery The Fridge.

The Sweater Set

I personally love their sound -- sweet, smooth, Ingrid Michaelson-like music. It's perfect for a night of feeling the love for your girlfriends -- or if you just checking out local artists (they're D.C.-based!).

The Washingtonian is also offering an opportunity for singles to mix and mingle with their "Singles Soiree: An Anti-Valentine's Day Party" at Penn Social. Spending $15 at the door gets you a night of games, two free drinks, free appetizers, music, dancing, a Washingtonian goodie bag and more!


The Spirit of Washington
If you like boats as much as I do, The Spirit of Washington is offering a way to be extra romantic with your main squeeze: A Valentine's Day boat cruise on the Potomac. For $99, you'll get a three-hour cruise with a buffet, dancing and champagne toast, and there are more options for an even swankier evening.

The Crime and Punishment Museum is also offering a pretty awesome sounding evening with a special Valentine's Day exhibit. The "Crimes of Passion" evening will allow you to be handcuffed to your special someone (fuzzy handcuffs are apparently $1 extra) for an exclusive tour of the museum, where along the way there will be extra bits of info about crimes of passion. This exhibit is going to be offered on Friday and Saturday too, so you can still check it out later if you don't want to do it on actual Valentine's Day.

(And if you'd like those handcuffs to be just the start of your wild Valentine's Day night, be sure to check out Samantha's post on D.C.'s sex toy shops. Just sayin'.)

For a classier evening, the Phillips Collection is showing a Valentine's Day dance trilogy called "Angels, Demons, Savages." There will be a 6:30 p.m. tour, a 7 p.m. show and specialty cocktails available at the cafe on that day only.

Angels, Demons, Savages

And of course, if you'd rather just go out to dinner, there are still plenty of places offering reservations and prix-fixe deals. Check them out by clicking here.

Happy Valentine's Day -- just to reiterate, we really do love all of you!

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