You think you know DC? You have no idea! When was the last time you ventured out of your neighborhood? I’m not just talking about getting in your car and going to work, school or the store. I am referring to a nice walk or “subway” ride to explore another part of the city; specifically with your partner. This Thursday’s date night focus is written to help you fall in love or back in love with the city of Washington, DC.
You may know from my last article that Destination DC (and collaborating partners) launched a new initiative to increase DC tourism. They would love for more people to come and visit, especially couples and families. With nearly 600,000 residents and one million people in the city on any given weekday, those of us living in and around DC should recommit ourselves to enjoying what this city has to offer. Beyond the students on field trips and conference attendees that have enjoyed this beautiful city, there is so much more for the residents to do. We often forget the romance, cultural activities and excitement that await us. Why not discover your partner and DC at the same time?
This major urban city borders the states of Maryland and Virginia, which broadens residents’ opportunities for social and cultural activities. It is divided into four quadrants (SW, SE, NE and NW) and eight wards. Despite the numerous problems, Metro has experienced over the past few years, we still have a great transportation system. The train routes will allow access to nearly every corner of our fair city.
In my past articles I highlighted things to do – watching a Wizards basketball game at the Verizon Center, listening to a live band at Blues Alley in Georgetown, and paddle boating on the Potomac. However, there may be little gems throughout this city (in historical neighborhoods) you have yet to encounter. The year is still young, you have plenty of time.
Below is a list of recommended places to go and things to do for your next date.
• Take in the history of the monuments during the Memorials by Moonlight walk with Washington Walks
• Purchase fresh flowers at Lees Flower and Card Shop (one of DC’s oldest businesses) on U Street or Pulp DC on 14th Street
• Visit the historic Anacostia and participate in upcoming events for Black History month at The Anacostia Community Museum
• See the IndiVisible exhibit at the National Museum of the Native American
• Snap pictures as you walk on the African-American Heritage Trail along Barrack’s Row
• Help your partner find something unique at Eastern Market on Capitol Hill
• Take in a show or special event at THEARC in Congress Heights
• Play chess, checkers, or when the weather breaks, watch dancers and musicians in Dupont Circle
• Enjoy dance classes and performances at The Atlas Theater on H Street
• Treat each other to a lunch or dinner cruise on the Southwest Waterfront
• Shop for the perfect gift in Friendship Heights/Chevy Chase and top it off with a nice meal
• Volunteer together at a public school anywhere in the city
Maybe you will fall in love or fall in love all over again. No matter what, there are numerous places to go and things in which to immerse yourself. Whether you are on a budget or you want to splurge, you are missing out when you drive on every date night. Consider “dating outside the box” by walking on foot or planning a trip on Metrobus and Metrorail. You can connect with more people if you use public transportation. It can also help minimize the stress of driving, competing with other drivers and circling for minutes to find a good parking space.
Whatever you do, have fun and tell Donna all about it!
One more Thursday date night to go! I hope you have been keeping up, there may be a quiz. You never know.
And another thing:
Don’t forget DC Date Nights is here!
Open House at Studio W, 628 W Street, NE this Saturday, January 23, 2010