Looking north up 14th Street NW and over Thomas Circle: Enjoy the view from the Donovan House. (Luis Gomez Photos)
From Laetitia Brock. Email her at laetitia[AT]borderstan.com. You can follow her atÂ @FrenchTwistDCÂ and on her own blog,Â French twist DC.
Virginia is for lovers, Maryland is for crabs and DC is, well, not a state. At least not according to the folks at Flip Collective, who failed to include DC on its list of how autocorrect describes each of the states in the nation. DCist, however, is going with âbroken.â
Broken or not, the District just recently landed on top of another list â one for unexpectedly romantic cities. So, Virginia may be for lovers, but DC is for romantics!
What makes DC a romantic city? For starters, itâs hard to beat those pink cherry blossoms. Walking around the Mall at dusk when the tourists are gone and the monuments bask in an aura of artificial light is very lovely, too.
And yes, thereâs Georgetown. Its cobblestone streets and “up-and-coming restaurant scene which provides plenty of options for dinning for twoâ get a mention in the article. Our little part of town doesnât get much love, but I think there’s no shortage of romance right here in Borderstan.
Starting with the restaurant scene; if Georgetownâs restaurant scene is âup-and-coming,â then Borderstanâs is blossoming like the pinkish trees that line the tidal basin every spring.
Favorite Spots in the Neighborhood
But restaurants arenât the only spots with romance. Here are some of my favorite romantic spots around the neighborhood.
- The Lounge at Tabard Inn, especially in the winter when you can share freshly fried doughnuts during brunch or sip cocktails by the fireplace while listening to live jazz every Sunday.
- Those a little more adventurous than doughnutsÂ and jazz can escape to 1920s Paris over Absinthe at one of 1905âs window booths.
- If youâre more of a nature person, whatâs more romantic than a picnic in the park? Grab a sandwich at SunDeVich and relax on the grass at Logan Circle. Or just fake it by getting cozy on the swing at Firefly underneath its signature âtree.â
- Georgetownâs cobblestone streets are lovely, yes, but I find the Spanish steps in Kalorama just as romantic. And the cascading pools of water at the Italian inspired fountain at Malcom X/Meridien Hill Park are romanticÂ enough for one of our own contributors to use them as the backdrop for her wedding.
Thereâs something to be said, as well, for the choice views of the Washington Monument from the 12-acres park, which sits on a hill overlooking all of downtown. Thatâs another thing Borderstan residents find charming about this part of town: the view.
While in my humble, Parisian opinion nothing beats the view of Parisian rooftops, the DC skyline is lovely, as well, especially when paired with cocktails at Donovan House.
Ahead of Valentineâs Day, where do you go to find romance in Borderstan?
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