By Carla Olivo, Marine Spouse
Date Night can mean a lot of things depending on timing and mood. A Date Night after a deployment might call for a night of romance while a Date Night after weeks of long hours at the Pentagon or a PCS might call for a casual night of relaxation and fun!
The nation’s capital offers a variety of Date Night options with its scenic monuments and award-winning dining scene. Planning an unforgettable evening in downtown D.C. has never been easier with our list of Top Date Nights.
The Romantic Easy Date Night
Watch a beautiful sunset from the Key Bridge over the Potomac River. Then walk over to the historic Watergate Hotel and enjoy a steak dinner at the French-American restaurant, Kingbird. You can end the night with your sweetheart atop the Watergate at the Top of the Gate rooftop bar and lounge. Beautiful 360-degree views of the Potomac River, the Kennedy Center, and the DC skyline are a perfect way to end a romantic evening.
The Adventurous Date Night
At the heart of D.C. are the monuments and memorials. See it all under a different light by taking a romantic twilight tour. The Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, the Tidal Basin, and the Lincoln Memorial have never looked better. There are more than a dozen tours to choose from.
The Art Lover Date Night
There are several options if your significant other is a lover of art. The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) in the Penn Quarter features world-renowned art. And the best part is, it’s free! So there is more money to spend on dinner.
The recently renovated Renwick Gallery, also a part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum features the finest American crafts from the 19th century to the present. Located just steps from the White House, this museum does not charge admission.
The Music Lover’s Date Night
The legendary 9:30 Club on V Street offers a memorable concert-going experience. The lineup features acts that run the gamut from alternative rock band Sister Hazel, to the Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience. The local neighborhood has plenty of dining options for before and after the show.
The Overnight Date Night
There are many iconic hotels to choose from if you want to spend the night downtown. Just steps from the White House is the historic Hay-Adams Hotel. A true luxury hotel, the Hay –Adams Originally was designed as a residential hotel nearly a hundred years ago. With 145 guest rooms, including 21 suites, your spouse will feel like a king or queen for the night. Visit the Top of the Hay rooftop lounge for breathtaking panoramic views of the city.
The Casual, We’re Just Happy to be out of the House Date Night
No need to dress up to visit one of DC’s iconic landmarks. The Dupont Circle Fountain and surrounding plaza make for an easy, casual night taking in the local neighborhood. This is an excellent location to people watch. A stroll through one of the city’s most prominent areas will bring you past many unique eateries, shops, and bistros.
The Unique Date Night
The Mansion on the O is a wild adventure that defies description! Full of interesting antiques and music memorabilia, there are over a hundred rooms and more than 70 secret doors to explore. The Mansion is also an intimate luxury hotel if you choose to spend the night in the city.
Military life with its PCSes and deployments can be stressful enough. Use this list to spend some time with your special someone in the heart of our Nation’s Capitol.
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Author: Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Strategic Communications Director, previously served as the Director of Communications for Operation Hug-A-Hero and as the Media/Community Relations Officer for the Delaware Department of Transportation. She has garnered numerous TV industry awards including the Associated Press award for Spot News Reporting, and Documentary Reporting. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, a retired USMC Lt. Colonel, their two children. You can follow her on Twitter @olivowriter.