Archive for January, 2012

The weekend weather forecast looks grim. However, you have enough events to look forward to warm you up. Here are some ideas if you are looking to venture out.

Friday, January 20

Date night: Spend a leisurely night at the acclaimed, romantic French restaurant in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. La Bergerie participates in the Alexandria Restaurant Week offering a three-course prix-fixe dinner menu for $35.

Saturday, January 21

Music: Indulge in a musical night featuring Tom Chaplin, the Grammy Award -winning American musician, entertainer, singer-songwriter and storyteller. The solo concert will feature some of Tom’s musical hits at the Wolf Trap Barn. 7.30pm. $22

Food & Drink: Beat the chill with a cup of simmering hot soup, and wine next to a fireplace at Loudon Valley Vineyards. Click here for the soup menu. 11am. $12/person for glass of wine and bowl of soup, $2 extra for reserve wines.





Kids friendly: If we dodge the snow, head your li’l ones to Reston Town Center, where they can indulge in a skating session with Scooby-Doo, Tweety Bird, Cat in the Hat and more. 11am to 1pm Adults – $9.00/Children under 12 – $7.00

Date Night: Enjoy a delightful evening at the Market Street Bar and participate in the sounds of local musicians as they perform live from 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. No cover charge.

Date Night/Cooking Class: Head over to Workhouse Arts Center that features Date Night: Chef’s Table every third Saturday of each month. Work along with your partner in this instructor-led class and prepare a delectable menu. Every month, a new dish is featured. 8-10pm $30 per person

Sunday, January 22

Family Friendly: Transport to a old-world storytelling at Bow-tie Cinemas, that features the classic “My Fair Lady” (1964) starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison. $5. 11am

Date night: Visit Clyde’s of Tysons Corner for a casual wine night where most bottles of wine are value-priced. This is a perfect time to try something new, or indulge in your favorites. 4-9pm

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Velntine's Day hotel packages

Valentine's Day in North Virginia

Eager to treat your sweetheart to something special on Valentine’s Day? From gourmet chocolates, roses and breakfast in the privacy of your room, North Virginian hotels and bed and breakfasts have geared up with several romantic packages for an unforgettable experience. Check them out and make your reservations now.

Spend time with your Valentine at the historic ten-room bed and breakfast located on a 4200-acre working cattle ranch. Marriott Ranch in Hume. Va. offers a Valentine’s Day package, which includes one night stay, intimate 4-course dinner featuring Philip Carter wines,gourmet chocolates, champagne in room,country breakfast, horseback riding and picnic. Manor House & Suite – $525.00 per couple +taxes/ Carriage Rooms & Cottage Rooms – $430.00 per couple, plus taxes

On Valentine’s Day, spend a leisurely night at Black Horse Inn, a Circa 1850 plantation-style home located in Warrenton, Va. They have several packages to meet every budget.

Indulge in their “Bed of Roses” massage package that features one night stay, bouquet of flowers, bottle of Virginia red/white wine, his/hers massage OR couples massage for an extra $100, after dinner “Cookie Night Cap” tray! $399/$150 additional for 2nd night.

Also available is their “Days of Wine and Roses” Virginia Wine Lovers Tour Package that includes 2 night stay, two-hour winery tour, floral arrangement in room, a $50 Gift Certificate for dinner at Iron Bridge Restaurant in Old Town Warrenton, Va. and an after dinner “Cookie Night Cap” tray. $899

Black Horse Inn also offers the “Horse Whisperer” package that wows you with two night stay, horseback trail riding for two at Marriott Ranch in Hume, Va., $50 Gift Certificate for dinner at Iron Bridge Restaurant in Old Town Warrenton, VA and an after dinner “Cookie Night Cap” tray.$649

Hampton Inn is located in the historic town of Manassas and is close to  The National Battlefield Park. Indulge in their “Just because” romantic package and receive a romantic night for two, a bottle of wine, 2 wine glasses a single rose in a bud vase and assorted chocolates. $109/per night

The Rosslyn hotel Palomar Arlington offers the “Adore Mi Amore” package, featuring accommodations in a waterview suite overlooking the Potomac, strawberries and champagne upon arrival, dinner for two at their exclusive Domaso restaurant ($100 food & beverage credit) and complimentary in-room movie. Price varies with room selection.

Indulge in a Leesburg getaway, when you book the “Roses and Romance package” at Lansdowne Resort. The AAA 4 Diamond Resort offers luxurious accommodations, $150 dining credit, dozen roses, Champagne and Chocolate Covered Strawberries, your way breakfast, valet parking and much more. Price varies with room selection.

Spend a night at the Ritz Carlton, Tyson’s Corner and savor their Romance package that entitles you to overnight stay, bottle of Champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, rose-petal turndown and American-breakfast for two at the acclaimed restaurant Michel. Starting at $279 USD per night.





Enjoy total privacy in the House at the Water Street, a 107-year old historic farmhouse  nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Indulge in their Weekend Wine getaway and enjoy a weekend stay along with 7-wine tasting at the nearby Gadino Cellars. $270 per couple

Enjoy a romantic weekend at Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles. Their Escape Romance package includes overnight accommodations for two, breakfast for two in The Palm Court or $25 room service credit towards breakfast, welcome with champagne and truffles, in room movie and valet parking. $149

Savor the peaceful surroundings of the Blue Ridge Mountains when you book the Relax and Rejuvenate package at the historic farmhouse, Cardinal Springs. This package includes a bottle of fine local wine, 2 nights lodging, 5 hour tour of local wineries in your own car with a professional designated driver/tour guide, and a $50 gift certificate to the awesome Thornton River Grille in Sperryville.

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North Virginia Romantic Valentine’s Day Spa Packages & Couples’ Massage Specials

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Date night in and around DC

Date Night in Northern Virginia

 

Thursday, January 12

Date Idea: Civil War Dance Classes

Prepare for the Civil War Ball on the January 28, learn the waltz, polka, Virginia reel and more from an expert dance master at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. 7.30 PM – 9.30PM. $12

Friday, January 13

Music: Jazz at Cafe Montmartre

The quaint French bistro presents Brazilian Vocalist – GiGi MacLaughlan performing live from 8:30pm until 11:30pm. This will kick off Cafe Montmartre’s Jazz Concert series, featuring “Live” Jazz every Friday evening from 8:30pm until 11:30pm. No Cover Charge. Tickets $0

Foodies: Old Town Alexandria Food Tour

Participate in DC Metro Food guided tour and learn all about Old Town Alexandria’s culinary history. During the tour, indulge in samplings from popular family-owned restaurants. 1PM – 4:30PM. $60.

Date Idea: Off The Cuff Comedy Show

Join local comedians Steve Heaton, David Sly, and CeCi Stephens, OTC in an evening of comedy and fun in Off The Cuff Comedy Show at the Tally Ho Theatre in Leesburg, Va. The evening caters to young adults and college students. 8:00 pm–9:30 pm, $10

Family friendly: Fabulous Foxes

Learn all about foxes from finding its den to recognizing its tracks, hosted by the The Broadlands Nature Center. 12:00 pm. $10 for family up to 5 members, $2.50 for each additional, or $5 for 1 adult + 1 child

Cooking Class: Register for Valentine’s Day in the kitchen

Learn all about culinary skills and be ready to wow your special someone with a romantic dinner for two, organized by the Alice & Louise Catering and Cooking School. $35.

Saturday, January 14

Date Idea: Cine Classics – “Gone with the Wind”

Indulge in cine classic series – “Gone with the Wind” at Bow Tie Cinemas starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. Seats $5; Series is every Saturday & Sunday.  11AM. $5





Foodies: Old Town Farmers’ Market

Visit one of the most popular farmer markets of the area, selling year round in the Market Square in front of City Hall. Fresh and local dairy, fish, fruits, vegetables and artists are available. Make the most of the free parking in garage during market hours. $0. 5:00 am–10:30 am

Cooking Class: Learn to make sushi

Join Sushi master chef John Yi in a fun class and learn all about making sushi. 7:30 pm–9:30 pm

Family Friendly: Virginia Hunters Show Horse Series

See horses in action at Frying Pan Park. 9:00 am. $0

Sunday, January 15

Mind & Soul: Meditation at Mindful Hands

Indulge in an hour of introductory Tibetan Buddhism with silent sitting meditation, visualization, and chanting. 10AM – 11AM. $0

Family Friendly: All about Butterflies in winter

Learn all about butterflies in winter in a fun and informative session sponsored by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy. Sign up is required. 1:30 pm–3:00 pm, $0

Music: Raise the Rafters Music Series

Co-sponsored by The Council for the Arts of Herdon and Fairfax County Park Authority, Raise the Rafters transports you to an era bygone. Enjoy Rock ‘n Roll classics by the talented duo Katy Benko and Julie Crosson.

Date Idea: Alexandria Restaurant Week

Indulge in a $35 Prix-Fixe Three Course Dinner in one of the many romantic foodie establishments in and around Alexandria.

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Mandarin Oriental Spa

Mandarin Oriental Spa, Washington D.C.

 

Don’t wait until the last moment to find that perfect li’l Valentine’s Day gift for your significant other. TravelZoo makes it easier for D.C. area couples! Gift your special someone a day of indulgence at the AAA 5-Diamond Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Washington, DC, ranking as one of the top 3 hotel spas by travel experts Conde Nast.

Pamper her with an 80-minute Oriental bamboo massage and essential body scrub.  Complete the experience with a glass of champagne to sip before or after the treatment.  In addition, she’ll have exclusive access to other facilities including a zen relaxation room, sauna and indoor lap pool. While the original price of the package is $295, it is now available for $149 for TravelZoo subscribers.





Vouchers can be redeemed starting Tuesday, January 10 through March 15, 2012 and will be valid Sunday through Thursday only. A 20% gratuity charge will be added to the TravelZoo sale price upon completion of services.

Check out TravelZoo for purchase and details.

UPDATE: THIS OFFER IS SOLD OUT.

 

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Northern Virginia ushers the first weekend of January 2012 with a wide selection of events. Whether you’re looking for something for the whole family, or for a cozy date night idea for the two of you, we have several options to beat the winter chill.

Wine & Dining

Each weekend in January, enjoy the gorgeous view of the vineyards and the Blue Ridge Mountains, as you relax with an assortment of mulled wine at Gadino Cellars in Rappahannock County, Va.  Complete the experience with live accordion music, gourmet cheese and sumptuous sausages. Date: January 7 & 8; Price: Cost of mulled wine and tasting fees

The Virginia Wine Experience in downtown Fredericksburg hosts a free sampling of four new selections of beer/wine every Friday night. Sign up for their email list for special discounts. Date: January 6; Price: Free; Time: 5:30-8:30pm

Cork & Fork in Gainesville, Va. invites you to free specialty beer tastings every Friday evening. Enjoy anywhere from 4 to 20 selections, in addition to live music. Food pairings are also provided.  Date: January 6; Price: Free; Time – 6.30 to 8pm

For the next ladies night out, gather a few of your special girls and enjoy special discounts at Market Street Bar & Grill on Friday nights. Ladies will enjoy $3 glasses of Canvas wine, $5 premium rail drinks and $3 draft. Date: January 6; Time: 7:00 pm. – 9:00 pm.

Family-friendly theater and entertainment

Savor a heartwarming afternoon and enjoy two shows at the Encore Stage and Studio featuring Darius the Dragon by Eleanor Harder and Rap-Punzel by Whitney Ryan Garrit – ideal for kids 4 and up. Tickets: Adults $12; Children, Students, and Seniors $10. Group discounts are available.

Performance Dates:

Fri. Jan. 6 at 7:30 pm
Sat. Jan. 7 at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm
Sun. Jan. 8 at 3:00 pm

Also available during the weekend is the classic knockout show Plunkett & Tremolo, recommended for kids 4 and up. Get entertained as you enjoy an amusing session between two mute fools played by Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandrell. Date: Saturday, January 7; Price: $8

For tickets, click here

Both shows will be performed at:
The Artisphere’s Spectrum Theatre
1611 North Kent Street
Arlington, VA 22209

Parfumerie





While the holidays are over and we’re back to the grind, doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the fuzzy feeling. Perfect for the cold winter days is Parfumerie, the story that inspired You’ve Got Mail and the musical, She Loves Me.  A perfect comedy for the whole family! Price: $15.00 – $35.00

When
Fridays 8 pm
Saturdays 2 pm & 8 pm
Sundays 2 pm & 7 pm

Where

1st Stage Theater
1524 Spring Hill Road
Tysons Corner, VA 22102

Classic Movies

Participate in classic series of yesteryears and enjoy “Citizen Kane” at the Bow Tie Cinemas starring Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten. Price: $5; Date: January 7 & 8; Time: 11am

Rock ‘n Roll Skate Night

Every Friday night, skate your way to the tunes of a Live DJ at the Reston Town center from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Games & prizes are available until 11 p.m.  Date: January 6, Time: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Price: Adults – $9.00 Children under 12 – $7.00 Senior citizens (55 & up) – $7.00

Live Music

Make plans to come into Market Street Bar to enjoy local musicians perform; Date: January 7, Time: 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. No cover charge.

Free workshops

Reston Museum offers a session of interactive fun for your little ones. Bring your little artists to enjoy free art workshops offered by Pat Macintyre every Saturday morning Date: January 7, 2012; Time:10am.

Free yoga classes for the whole family is offered at the Health Advantage Yoga Center; Date: January 7 & 8

Community & Giving Back

Blood Drive sponsored by Reston Runners – Reston Town Center on Saturday, January 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 703-629-0381

 

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