Beyond the basics: 5 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day


District Doughnut

Trying to decide how to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your special someone can be a daunting task.  But fear not, we have five Cupid-approved picks that will win you major points.

Have a Couples Massage

The Spa at Mandarin Orient Washington, DC is offering a “Love From Head-To-Toe” couples treatment. This special Valentine’s Day service in a secluded, off-spa suite, begins with a relaxing foot massage followed by a customizable massage journey and a complimentary gift. It is available through February 17 at a cost of $390.

Take a Pleasurable Staycation

The fun and funky Moxy is offering a cheeky “Put Your Hands on Me” deal for Valentine’s Day and through the weekend. The special promotion is an additional $40 above the regular rate and provides guests two shots of tequila at check in; a pleasure package with massage oil, pink fuzzy handcuffs, and a set of romantic dice; and complimentary late checkout. In addition, hotel guests can enjoy a free burlesque performance in the hotel’s lobby bar and lounge.

Celebrate with Doughnuts & Flowers

The talented crew at District Doughnut have designed beautiful and tasting Valentine’s Day packages. And this year, they have partnered with floral designers, Ash To Oak, to offer bouquets alongside its doughnut packages, which start at $20 and are available for order online.

Runaway to the Circus

As part of its 41st season, the legendary Big Apple Circus will be at National Harbor for a five-week engagement that starts on Valentine’s Day. This is a great opportunity to see phenomenal performers and partake in the Big Apple Circus’ new elevated food and beverage program that includes cocktails by top rated mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer.

Enjoy Unlimited Food & Drink

Included it the MICHELIN Guide 2019 for its good value and notable cocktail list, Ambar Capital Hill is offering a Valentine’s Day dinner special for $85 per person. Dinners will enjoy unlimited small plates from Ambar’s popular Balkan Experience menu with an additional selection of dished available exclusively on Valentine’s Day including Squid Ink Risotto, Bacon Wrapped Prunes, Grilled Lobster Tail, and Dry Aged Beef Tenderloin. For the perfect pairing, guests can enjoy a dessert to share and bottomless drinks from the pre-selected menu

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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