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As you are probably aware, cupid’s holiday will be here in about two weeks. If you haven’t started planning your Valentine’s Day already, I am here to help. Of course you can choose to do dinner and a movie, or roses and chocolates. But today, I’m providing you with a few unique options and ideas.

You may chose to celebrate early and the perfect time to do that is during DC Restaurant Week Winter 2013. Beginning Monday, February 4 and ending on  Sunday, February 10, you can dine at some of DC’s most fabulous restaurant with a prix fixe menu for lunch at $20.13 per person and dinner at $35.12 per person. So try a restaurant that wouldn’t be in your usual dining options.


Get your spy on! The International Spy Museum is offering a “Double Agent Date” package every Saturday & Sunday in February (except President’s Day weekend). For $30, the package includes two tickets to the museum, a covert scavenger hunt and a spy-worthy photo of you and your love.

Passionfruit glaze donut with cocoa nibs from Cool Disco Donuts

Passionfruit glaze donut with cocoa nibs from Cool Disco Donuts (Washingtonian)

Forget chocolates… Donuts are the way to go! GBD and Astro Doughnuts both offer not only donuts, but fried chicken!! Unfortunately, neither of them are open quite yet. GBD’s twitter says that it may open mid February, so it could be open just in time for Valentine’s Day. But a new donut shop that has popped up and is open is Cool Disco Donut. Nothing says love like fried dough! 🙂

Don’t tell me you love me, show me that you love me! What better way to do this than through art? The combination of painting and wine has become a thing to do. Not only can you enjoy wine but you can make and take home some nice artwork. Deals for wine and paint classes can be found on many of the deals sites. (Just look.) But here are a few locations to try: ArtJamz, Uncork’d Art, Brush N Blush, Merlot’s Masterpiece, Wet Your Palettes.

Have a serious love for animals? Then Woo at the Zoo is for you and your boo! On Saturday, February 9, the National Zoo will provide opportunities to learn about animal dating and mating. Talks are at 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Tickets to the event are $30 for non-members and $20 for FONZ members and include: a commemorative Woo at the Zoo glass, one complimentary drink, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cash bar featuring specialty drinks and the opportunity to decorate a sweet treat.

Sometimes you just need to getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. Plan a quick getaway or day trip to DC’s Wine Country, Loudoun. Stay at a bed & breakfast, enjoy Valentine’s Day events and sip wine by the fireplace at some of the local wineries.

Looking for some other special things to do this Valentine’s Day? Check out Date Nights DC site for deals and discounts to celebrate love all month long.

– G