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Great Date Ideas in Alexandria

If Virginia is for lovers, Alexandria ignites sparks as the "Best Place for a First Date" (Washingtonian magazine) and "One of the Most Romantic Cities in the US" ( Get carried away for a weekend or the night. Delight in sweet treats from local, award-winning shops like Society Fair or Artfully Gifts & Chocolate, dine at La Bergerie, one of OpenTable's top romantic restaurants as voted by diners, or experience a night of music at Alexandria's premiere music hall, the Birchmere. Feeling especially romantic? Partake in wine tasting at the BRABO Tasting Room or indulge in a couple's spa retreat at the Lorien Hotel & Spa. For more date inspiration, view our:

Top Date Ideas 

Love at First Sight

Dinner for Two

Chosen by President Obama and the First Lady for date nights and anniversaries, Alexandria’s restaurants, whether by candlelight, al fresco or amidst centuries-old architecture, create a cozy atmosphere for budding or well-versed romances. Romantic favorites include Restaurant Eve, Vermilion, Bastille, La Bergerie and Fontaine Caffe & Creperie.... Learn more


See Captain's Row

This picturesque cobblestoned block is known in the Washington, DC region as a swoon-worthy romantic spot to get engaged. Once home to a row of sea captains, stop by this block of lovely Federal-style rowhouses and potentially spot a photographer snapping engagement or wedding photos. (Located at the 100 block of Prince Street) ...

Bars and Pubs

Drinks at a Bar or Pub

Venture into Bilbo Baggins, a cozy local gathering place with unusual wines and the largest beer selection in Alexandria or pick from our extensive list of bars and pubs in the area.... Learn more

Outdoor Dining

Outdoor Dining

Dine outdoors for views of the Potomac River and Alexandria’s lively streetscape... Learn more

King Street Stroll 2

Stroll Historic King Street

Stroll along King Street, lined with independent boutiques and authentic restaurants, and feel the energy buzzing through Alexandria's most lively street... Learn more


Walk along the Waterfront

Get a cool drink and picnic fare from the Waterfront Market and linger along the Potomac waterfront beside idle boats and passersby as you watch the sunset... Learn more


Boutique Hotels

Old Town’s boutique hotels are located mere steps from premiere historic sites, buzzworthy restaurants and chic shops. At Kimpton’s Morrison House, slip downstairs to the in-house Grille for sets by the White House pianist from Nixon to Clinton or sip wine at the Lorien Hotel & Spa’s restaurant BRABO Tasting Room by renowned chef Robert Wiedmaier ... Learn more

Old Town Gallery Walk

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Amble through the halls of this former World War II munitions factory and marvel at the now 82 working artist studios, six galleries and Alexandria Archaeology Museum. Consider creative gifts like handmade jewelry or unique home décor for loved ones and, before the day is over, slip outside to catch a glimpse of the sun setting over the Potomac River. ... Learn more

Weekend Brunch

Weekend Brunch

Relaxed and refined, enjoy a conversation over a leisurely meal.... Learn more

Port City

Tour Port City Brewing Co.

Take a spin through Alexandria’s local brewery, Port City Brewing Co., and learn how this nationally-loved beer is made while indulging in a few pints of your own... Learn more

Biking Date

Bike Ride on a Nature Trail

Wind along miles of waterfront bike trail, stretching from Washington, DC to George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, and glimpse gorgeous views of the Potomac River.... Learn more

Free King Street Trolley

Free Things To Do

Save an arm and a leg on your date (you’ll need them for tours and dining)... Learn more

Ice Cream Date

Stroll Mount Vernon Avenue

Pause into the Dairy Godmother for a scoop of frozen custard before taking a leisurely stroll along Mount Vernon Avenue, the Del Ray neighborhood’s colorful main street... Learn more

A Star is Born!

Live Entertainment

Get a front row seat at one of Alexandria’s premier venues for live entertainment like popular country, blues and R&B musicians at the legendary Birchmere Music Hall, or MetroStage for award-winning musical theater... Learn more

Boat Tours

Boat Tours

Embark on a Potomac Riverboat Co. cruise and tour Alexandria’s historic seaport, take a water taxi to the National Mall or glimpse the illuminated national monuments by night... Learn more

Couples Spa Escape

Couples Spa Escape

At Kimpton’s Lorien Hotel & Spa, partake in a day of couples’ pampering with full-body massages... Learn more

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

Find locally-sourced goods like produce, meat, cheeses and soaps plus arts and crafts at any of Alexandria’s four farmers markets, including the Old Town Farmers Market, which is thought to be one of the longest-running farmers markets in the nation... Learn more

Gadsby's Ball

History Buffs

Stroll between museums on Market Square or take part in George Washington Birthday events, including the annual Birthnight Banquet & Ball (formerly attended by Washington himself) at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, or participate in other grand activities happening throughout the weekend... Learn more

Date Night Deals

Suite Romance Package

Valid Dates: October 16, 2014 - December 31, 2015 Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town South at Carlyle

Package includes: Studio Suite accommodations with a king bed, split of champagne or sparkling cider w/ 2 souvenir tulip glasses, hot breakfast buffet daily, dinner with two glasses of wine, beer or soft drink per person (Mon-Thurs from 5:30-7 p.m. except major holidays), high speed internet access, free shuttle to Eisenhower, King Street Metro as well as local restaurants. Also includes a 10% discount for a dinner at Nina's Dandy Cruises, discounted parking at $10 per day with in and out …more

Pull out all the stops to say, "I adore you" with a romantic getaway for two! Enjoy time with your favorite person while we help make this a stay to remember at the SpringHill Suites Alexandria Old Town/Southwest. Our hotel provides spacious accommodations and luxury bedding. Explore all the nearby unique shops, dining and attractions of Old Town. Package includes: • Deluxe accommodations for two • One bottle of chilled champagne upon arrival • Breakfast for two • One box of chocolates …more

10% Off Midweek or 20% Off Weekends

Valid Dates: January 16, 2014 - February 28, 2015 Westin Alexandria

Enjoy deeper savings when you prepay your room at The Westin Alexandria. Discounts are offered at 10% off Retail rates midweek and 20% off Retail rates on weekends when you prepay your reservation. …more

Westin Renewal Package

Valid Dates: May 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 Westin Alexandria

Enjoy a renewing night at Westin Alexandria which includes a complimentary breakfast for two, morning newspaper and 4 p.m. late check-out based upon availability when you choose the Westin RENEWAL Package. …more

Westin Indulge Package

Valid Dates: May 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 Westin Alexandria

Indulge in some Romance and Relaxation. Enjoy a bottle of sparkling wine and strawberries upon your arrival, a heavenly nights sleep in our signature Westin Heavenly bed, breakfast for two daily, and a late check out based on availability. …more

Complimentary Parking Package

Valid Dates: May 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 Westin Alexandria

Enjoy a heavenly night stay at Westin Alexandria for both you and your car. Package includes complimentary overnight valet parking for one car. …more


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