Hey friends! I shared some ideas for Valentine’s Day in the DC area over on Le’nae’s blog Fancy and Fearless. I’ve copied them here for easy reading, but be sure to visit her blog and share some comment love!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and provides the perfect excuse to dress up and have a fun night, whether that’s with a significant other or a group of close girlfriends. With the vast DC restaurant scene it can sometimes be hard to know where to start. Enter this helpful little guide! I’ve broken up the recommendations into four different neighborhoods, so feel free to choose the one that suits you best!
Georgetown is the ideal neighborhood if you’re looking for the classic Valentine’s Day experience. Catch an early movie at the AMC theater, then head for tapas at Bodega on M Street. End the night with a cupcake and chai at Baked & Wired, the local favorite.
Old Town Alexandria
Old Town is a great alternative to Georgetown: it still has that classic red-brick feel without all the tourists and traffic. Think of it as the more family-oriented, suburban version of Georgetown. And quite honestly, its waterfront views are much prettier!
Plan on Geranio for a nice Italian dinner and then a more casual ice cream dessert at Kilwins. Afterwards, take a stroll along Potomac in one of Alexandria’s many waterfront parks.
Logan Circle is the young professional’s dream neighborhood: hipster with enough of a mainstream undercurrent that gives a “cool” vibe without being too out there.
Try for a reservation at Le Diplomate or for something more casual, The Pig. Enjoy walking around afterwards- Logan Circle is a fun neighborhood to explore. Dolcezza is a must-visit for dessert. Enjoy a scoop of gelato or if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, an affogato (gelato topped with shot of espresso).
Bethesda is a charming suburb just northwest of DC. Head to Bethesda Row with a group of friends and enjoy the shopping before getting Tex-Mex at Uncle Julio’s. Finish with a roast-your-own smores dessert to share at Max Brenner, a dessert bar themed around chocolate.
Looking for a fun, last-minute Galentine’s day idea? Check out my post from last year, here.