V-Day 411: Date Directory

Quirky date ideas will keep you entertained while you're not making out

LA SAINT-VALENTIN: Spend your V-Day in one of the most romantic places in the world: France... OK, or maybe just the Embassy of France (4101 Reservoir Road N.W.) if you want something a little bit closer to home that won’t put a hole in your bank account. The Embassy brings the romantic country to D.C. at its annual Saint-Valentin party on the 13th. Spend the night drinking French spirits from the open bar, dancing to '30s- and '40s-inspired music played by an orchesta, and even take a picture in front of the Eiffel Tower. Saturday, Feb. 13; 8 p.m.-midnight; $75.

RUB THE ONE YOU'RE WITH: Heard of "Love the One You’re With"? Yeah, this isn't that. Hotel Rouge (1315 16th St. N.W.) knows how to spice things up for you and your Valentine. This massage package includes an in-room massage class with your own personal massage therapist, who will provide couple's massage tips. A complimentary bottle of champagne is included. $419.

ROMANCE OF THE FLORAL KIND: Take a stroll in the moonlight on a Forbidden Love tour at the U.S. Botanic Gardens (100 Maryland Ave. S.W.). Hear about courtship, deception and mating rituals associated with different plants in the gardens. Perfect for the nature lover, or anyone wondering about the actual birds and the bees. Sunday, Feb. 14; 5:30-6:30 p.m.; $10 per person.

WILL YOU BE MY CO-ANCHOR? The Newseum (555 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.) offers a special Valentine’s Week deal. Their "Will You Be My Co-Anchor?" package is a two-for-one deal into the museum, plus a chance to record your message of love in their "Be a TV Reporter" station. Feb. 8-14; $19.95.

OUTDOOR COURSE FOR COUPLES: Be a little kid again. Terrapin Adventures (8600 Foundry Street, put together a couples package to enjoy their outdoor challenge course, including a wood-and-rope course and a chance to win some prizes. Terrapin Adventures (8600 Foundry St., Savage, Md.); $59.95

PARTNERS YOGA: Spiral Flight Yoga (1826 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.) is hosting a special Valentine’s Day session of partners yoga. Just wait... your limbs will be flying clumsily trying to get the perfect balance of... tree pose. Yeah. All levels of experience are welcome. Sunday, Feb. 14; 2-4 p.m.; $25 per person.

NAKED AT THE ART MUSEUM: This scavenger hunt at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th and F streets N.W.) and the National Gallery of Art (401 Constitution Ave. N.W.) will have you running around the museums to find the best nudes... nude art, that is. You and your partner will be feeling like Holmes and Watson by the time you're done discovering all the hidden works of art involving nudity and answering tricky questions to succeed. You MUST register in advance with Watson AdventuresSaturday, Feb. 13, 4 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 14, 1 and 4 p.m.; $23.50. 

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