by L. Denise
Attention: Lovers, Hopeless Romantics and Hopeful Fiances!
Romantic Places to “Pop the Question” in the DC area:
Washington Harbour in Georgetown – 3000 thru 3050 K Street, NW: Overlooking the Potomac River, the Georgetown Waterfront/Washington Harbour is romantic both day and night. There are several restaurants (Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place, fresh seafood; Cabanas, Latin American; Farmers & Fishers or Sequoia for American cuisine) to choose from, as well as an abundance of eateries and such on and around K Street. Take your pick! Georgetown is a sure-fire bet for a romantic find. Can’t decide? Do a romantic “bar hop” together. It’ll be fun…and you can sneak kisses and hugs between venues! ;o)
(outdoor) Ice Skating Rink: After some light shopping at The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City and/or Pentagon Row, check out Pentagon Row Ice Skating Rink. In case you have gas to burn and wanna venture further outside the DC area, there’s always RestonTown Center (Reston, VA) for similar set up and cuisine options. Hold on tight and keep each other from falling. If someone does fall, be sure to kiss their “boo boo” and make them feel all better. Reflecting on the laughs and fancy attempts at figure skating makes for $8.00 well-spent.
If you’ve already made plans, congrats! You’re ahead of the curve. However, you if you’re still in need of fine dining options, check out OpenTable.com’s Top 10 Diners’ Choice – Romantic Restaurants list. Here are MY award-winning picks:
Acadiana – 901 New York Avenue, NW (Downtown; creole/cajun/southern) *Special print menus available, per advanced request!
Central Michel Richard – 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (Penn Quarter; French, American) *Never thought a restaurant could find a way to tastefully present frog legs, but they did.
Clyde’s of Chevy Chase – 5441 Wisconsin Avenue (Friendship Heights; American) *One of the larger Clyde’s locations, Chevy Chase has a great scenic indoor view.
Copeland’s of New Orleans – 10200 Wincopin Circle (Columbia; creole/cajun/southern) *This is one of my favorite chain establishments. Even though the Alexandria (King Street) and Annapolis Mall locations are closed, don’t forget that the Columbia location is still alive and well. Great food and cocktails are being served. Despite its close proximity to Columbia Mall, it’s still somewhat a hidden treasure, so take advantage of the less than 30-45 minute table wait. Sitting in the Bar Area is also an option and just as nice.
Tuscana West – 1350 I Street, NW (Downtown; Italian) *Just sexy altogether! From Opera Night to Tango Night to Era Bella (NEW Supper Club), let the music take control. If you’re there during dinner, there’s a chance you’ll catch the live piano act. VERY nice.
Each of these selections give me a romantic feel each time I visit. Everyone’s using their “inside voice”, so you’re able to enjoy an intimate conversation. Minus Central Michel Richard, each offers dim lighting and/or candle light at each table. During special events, the lights are even more dim (if that’s possible) to deflect attention from your table onto the entertainment. If possible, make arrangements with management/hostess for intimate/private seating prior to your arrival. There’s no “bad” seat in the house, but see how they can accomodate this special occasion.
Should you choose to dine in, Spice Up Your Valentine’s Day with Chef Andre Copley with recipes to “woo” and “wow” your sweetheart. Be sure to include “His & Her” cocktails for a night cap.