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DC Date Night on a Dime

January finds shoppers and travelers in a tough spot. The holiday credit card bill is due. The frequent-flier miles are zilch after family travels. And tax season is on its way. But even penny-pinching couples deserve a few fun, romantic experiences, right? In just a two and a half hour drive, you could be in Washington, DC, with your sweetheart on a budget-friendly minivacation that feels much more luxurious than the price tag suggests. The key is planning ahead. Last-minute decisions on where to eat or see a show often lead to higher costs. The date ideas below give you a head start on capital city deals.

Where to stay?

Several DC hotels offer discounts by providing themed romance packages. Kimpton, the boutique hotel and restaurant chain, has the Take if Off for Love special that runs through March 9. Choose from one of eight DC hotels, such as the Topaz Hotel in Dupont Circle or The George near Union Station. If you need an excuse to stay longer, the discount percentage increases the more nights you stay. On the bed-and-breakfast side, the American Guest House offers a homemade meal each morning to start your day. That means no line for a table or hefty brunch bill. The Guest House also offers special room add-ons, such as chocolate, Champagne and roses. If you love a good movie, The Beacon Hotel throws in a free flick with its date night package. With that kind of deal, you might even talk your guy into a sappy romantic comedy.

Where to dine?

We all know restaurants can be pricey, so take advantage of specials, specifically those designed for couples. The Quill, inside The Jefferson, Washington, DC, hotel, presents a three-course meal once a week called Sunday Supper. The set menu is announced on Sunday mornings and costs $35. The hip ENO wine bar in Georgetown runs frequent promotions, such as the Valentine’s Day themed Temptation for Two with cheese, chocolate, charcuterie and two glasses of sparkling, red or white wine for $40. For the date night finale, stop by CIVIL Cigar Lounge for wine or Champagne, chocolate and cigars perfectly paired for two.

What to do?

Take advantage of DC’s museums, theaters and landmarks and stay within your budget by seeking out discount days and package deals. The Capital Wheel offers stunning views of the city with a ride inside one of its heated gondolas, and it partners with surrounding National Harbor restaurants for drink and food specials. The National Gallery of Art inspires romance with its AMOR garden sculpture and its ice-skating rink beckoning lovers to hold hands and take a glide.

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