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Cultural Festivals in and around Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. offers a rich canvas of the culturally-diverse. No wonder, the nation’s capital is brimming with events that showcase the ethnic rich heritage and global culture.

Passport DC and Embassy Open Houses

One of Washington, D.C.’s spring-time event kicks off on May 4 with “Around the World Embassy Tour,” when more than 40 embassies open their doors to visitors from the area. This is the perfect time to explore cuisines, art, fashion and music from different countries. Admission is free and no registration is required. Complimentary shuttle services are also included. This is followed up by the open house by European Union Embassies’ on May 11.

National Asian Heritage Festival

On May 18, 800 performers perform on 5 stages from over 20 cultures on the Pennsylvania Avenue for the 8th annual Fiesta Asia Street Fair to commemorate the Asian Heritage Month. Special highlights include bhangra mania, fortune cookie writing contest and talent shows. Neighboring residents can visit the Fiesta Asia at Silver Springs, Maryland. Celebrated on May 4 on Ellsworth Drive, visit for a unique cultural experience completed with dancers, martial artists, puppeteers and musicians.

Cinco De Mayo

Hosted by Maru Montero Dance Company, the Cinco De Mayo festival at the National Mall is a free, rain-or-shine festival, which celebrates its 21st anniversary in 2013.

Celebrated between 8th and 12th streets on May 5, the annual festival is an opportunity to explore Mexican culture, food, music and dance. Along with live salsa, Mexican folk dancing, mariachis, and other dance and music performances, games and activities for the family, Mexican market and food from Latin America are also offered.

Washington D.C. Dragon Boat Festival

Celebrating its 12th anniversary, Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival is a two-day festival held on the Potomac River on May 18 and 19. It pays homage to a 2300-year-old Chinese legend and includes the traditional eye dotting ceremonies, lion dances, and other cultural demonstrations.

 

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5K Runs in and around Northern Virginia – June Edition

5K Runs in and around Northern Virginia

5K Runs in and around Northern Virginia

Kick off June  by supporting a cause close to your heart. Whether you wish to contribute to the society, get some exercise or just indulge for the fun of it, 5K runs are great to participate in. Here are some of the places you can check out in the coming weeks.

Buzzing for a Cure 5K and 1 mile Fun Run

Date
Saturday, June 9, 2012 8am

Address
Herndon Elementary School
630 Dranesville Road Herndon, VA

Cost
5K Run/Walk – $30
1 mile Kids Fun Run – $15

CRC Benefit 5K Run / 1-Mile Walk

Date
Saturday, June 9th
5K – 8am
1K – 8.05am

Address
45425 Winding Road
Sterling, VA 20165

Cost
5K- $30
1K- $20

Queen of Apostles Inaugural Soar like an Eagle 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run

Date
Saturday, June 9, 2012, 8am
5k -8am
1 Mile Fun Run – 8.15am

Address
Queen of Apostles School
4409 Sano Street Alexandria, VA

Cost
5K Adult – $25.00
5K Family Combo (1 Adult, 1 Student 18 or Under) -$40.00
5K Student (18 and Under) – $20
1 mile – $10.00

Oakton Football 5K/1K

Date
Friday June 8th 4-8 pm
Saturday June 9th 11-4pm

Address
11950 Grand Commons Ave Fairfax, VA 22030

Cost
$35.00 5K before May 26
$30.00 1K before May 26 a
After May 26 or onsite registration $40

Kevin Stargell 5K Memorial Run

Date
Sunday, June 10, 2012 8am

Address
9971 Sowder Village Sq.
Manassas, VA

Cost
25.00
Race day – $30.00

SPCA Rescue Run 5K

Date
June 10, 7am

Address
Central Rappahannock Regional Library
1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Cost
$30

Losing to Live 5K Run/Walk

Date
Saturday, June 16, 9am

Address
Capital Baptist Church,
Annandale, VA

Cost
$20 through June 14
$25 after

Run with Dad 5K and Fun Run

Date
June 17, 2012
5K- 8 am
1 mile fun run/walk-8.45am

Address
South Lakes High School
11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191

13th Annual Tim Harmon 5K Run/Walk

Date
Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 8:30am

Address
Fairfax County Government Center

Dash for Dance 5K Run/2 Mile Walk

Date
June 23, 6:15am

Address
University Commerce Center
44933 George Washington Blvd., Suite 120
Ashburn, VA 20147

Cost
$35

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5K Runs in Northern Virginia – May Edition

Runs in Northern Virginia

Runs in Northern Virginia

Summer is upon us! Now is the time to contribute to the community by participating in a 5K run. This gets you going, challenges your fitness levels and gives you a goal to achieve. Hard to do it alone? Find a running buddy – ask your close friend, significant other, a colleague or a neighbor. You’ll be surprised how many will be ready to take the plunge.

To help you get started, we have narrowed down some 5K runs happening in the area in May.

Kelley Cares 5K Run/Walk
Date:May 19, 2012/8am
Address:GW Middle School
1005 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22301

5th Annual CPES Puma Pounce Fun Run
Date:May 19, 2012/8:30am
Address:Colin Powell Elementary School
13340 Leland Road
Centerville, VA 20120

4th Annual Saint Agnes Fitness Festival
Date:May 19, 2012
Address:Saint Agnes Catholic School
2024 North Randolph Street
Arlington VA 22207

2012 Spring 5K Girls on the Run
Sunday, May 20/8am
Address: George Mason University

Joe Cassella 5K
Sunday, May 20th/8.30am
Great Falls Village Center
750 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA 22066

Tommy’s Run For a Reason
Date:Sunday, May 20th/9am
Algonkian Regional Park
47001 Fairway Drive
Sterling, VA 20165

Middleburg 5K Point to Point Foot Race
Saturday, May 26/9am
Glenwood Park
Middleburg, Virginia 20118

Soaring Eagle 5K
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Osbourn High School

2012 YMCA CIVITAN 5K Run
Date:Monday, May 28, 2012/7am
Address:1201 Caroline St,
Fredericksburg VA, 22401

Ringing in Hope 10K, 5K
Date:Monday,May 28, 2012
Brambleton Town Center Plaza
42395 Ryan Road,
Ashburn, VA 20148o

To find new additions and registeration details, please visit Running in the USA

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Things to do in the weekend in Northern Virginia – April 20 to 22, 2012

From family friendly events to music, arts and entertainment, there are several things to do in the weekend in the North Virginia area.

Welcome Discovery
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 – Friday, April 20, 2012
Free – $15 parking

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is planning a festival of activities — Welcome Discovery — to celebrate the acquisition of the Space Shuttle Discovery. Activities at the Center will kick off on April 19 when Discovery will be officially transferred by NASA into the Smithsonian’s collection in an outdoor ceremony open to the public.

Swing Dance at Potomac Point Winery
275 Decatur Rd.
Stafford, VA 22554
Thursday, April 19, 2012 (6:00 PM-9:00 PM)
Reservations: (540) 446-2107
An intro lesson followed by social swing dancing at the beautiful Potomac Point Winery.
Admission Fee: $10.00 per person

22nd Annual Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival
Historic Downtown Leesburg
Leesburg, VA 20175
Saturday, April 21, 2012 – Sunday, April 22, 2012 (10:00 AM-5:00 PM)
$3 Suggested Donation

Visit the Historic District of Leesburg and walk through award-winning landscape displays and shop for fresh flowers, gifts, trees, fountains, garden furniture, and much more! Enjoy lively music and bring the kids to explore hands-on art and education area featuring puppet shows, story telling, and unique art projects. Rain or shine.

2012 Earth Day at Loudon Family Festival
Willow Creek Farm by Clyde’s
42920 Broadlands Blvd
Broadlands, VA 20148
Sunday, April 22, 2012 (11:00 AM-4:00 PM)
Free

The Earth Day Family Festival, the official Earth Day Celebration of Loudoun County, will feature Live music. Live wildlife exhibits. Petting Zoo. MarketPlace with local artisans arts and crafts. Local Beer and Wine Garden. Over 100 exhibitors; eco friendly products, services of all kinds

Date Night: Chef’s Table at Workhouse Arts Center
9601 Ox Road Lorton
Lorton, VA 22079
Saturday, April 21, 2012 (7:30 PM-10:30 PM)
$70 per couple and includes food, non-alcoholic drink and dancing

Visit for an evening of dancing, cooking and fun. Begin the night at 7:30pm with a 30 minute optional ballroom dancing lesson in the Workhouse Gallery. Work your way downstairs at 8pm to our café area , where you’ll work side by side with your date as our instructor teaches the easy yet impressive techniques behind a menu of dishes designed to inspire the warm fuzzies every time! Students are welcome to head back upstairs after the cooking lesson and take another twirl until 10:30pm!

The Hub Theatre presents John & Beatrice
The Swayze Theatre
9431 Silver King Ct, Fairfax, VA
Friday, April 20, 2012, 8:00 pm – 9.30pm
Saturday, April 21, 2012
25, $15 seniors and students

The Hub Theatre, a Fairfax-based, professional nonprofit theatre presents John & Beatrice by Carole Fréchette. This modern, urban fairy tale is set in a nearly empty room in Beatrice’s 33rd-floor apartment. She’s posted an ad declaring that a “well-to-do heiress is seeking a man who will interest, move, and seduce her.” She offers a substantial reward which lures in John, a self-described bounty hunter. When John climbs the 33 flights to deliver his proposal in person, the rules are laid out, and a battle of the wits begins. Carole Fréchette’s work is a masterful play about the delusions and truths of modern day romance.

Children’s Art Workshop – Reston Museum
11400 Washington Plz W, Reston, VA 20190
Saturday, April 21, 2012, 10:00 am
Pat Macintyre’s ever popular Saturday morning free art workshops for children are now held on the plaza level of Heron House.

Sixth Annual Spring Art Festival
790 Walker Rd, Great Falls, VA
April 21 and 22,10 AM to 5 PM
Free

Great Falls Studios presents the Sixth Annual Spring Art Festival, Saturday and Sunday featuring 20 artists exhibiting their work including painters, potters, photographers, jewelry artisans, and fiber artists.

Reston Salsa Sundays
M & S Grill
11901 Democracy Dr, Reston, VA 20190
Sunday, April 22, 2012, 6:00 pm
Beginner Salsa – 6 PM
Intermediate / Advanced Salsa – 7 PM
After-Hours Salsa Social – 8 PM
$10 Class Admission/$5 After-Hours Salsa Social Only

Learn the basics of salsa dancing along with food and drinks.Don’t forget to get your shoes!

NoVAL 10: 10th Anniversary Art Show in the Northern Virginia
750 Center St, Herndon, VA 20170 (ArtSpace Herndon)
April 21, 2012
10:00 am–5:00 pm
FREE

Artists League in celebrating their 10th anniversary with a delightful exhibit at ArtSpace Herndon. The Exhibit features creative works in a variety of media from watercolors, oils, pastels, acrylics and photography .

Historic Garden Week Tours at Oatlands
20850 Oatlands Plantation Ln, Leesburg, VA 20175
April 20, 2012, 21, 22
12.30pm
$12

This year Oatlands is offering special guided tours of its spectacular gardens during Historic Garden Week in Virginia. The Historic Garden Week Tours at Oatlands are outdoor walking tours that will give visitors a chance to explore the beautiful gardens at Oatlands.

 

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Date night couples dance classes around Northern Virginia

Planning a date night isn’t as easy as it sounds. Finding the right activity for the two of you can leave many frustrated. However, with inspiration things can get a less complicated. So, along with eating sumptuous dinner with some live music, indulging in date night cooking classes, you could enjoy a relaxing couple’s massage or perhaps head to the nearest dance studio for an informal private dance lesson. Sounds intriguing? Here are some dance studios in the D.C area that offer private lessons along with nonchalant and fun dance meet ups. So, put on your dancing shoes and get set to impress your date. After all, it takes two to tango…

Dance Factory
Along with offering private dance lessons,Dance Factory opens its 3,000 square foot floor every Friday night to the public from 7 to 10pm for social ballroom dancing followed by instructional learning. Lesson taught to the Int/Adv groups at 9pm.Other recreational dance opportunities include Saturday night parties that include a lesson before or during the dance. In addition, you can drop in on Sunday nights for DJ-led Skyline Ballroom Dance featuring great music.

954 North Monroe St
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: (703) 528-9770

Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center
Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center is one of the Washington metropolitan area’s largest dance venues offering an array of social and instructional dance classes. Check out their schedule that features several date night dance opportunities for couples. A complimentary lesson, which starts an hour before the dance, is included in the admission price. From contemporary dance to ballroom dancing, they have it all covered.

2126 Industrial Parkway
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Phone: (301) 326-1181

Ballroom Dance Company
Brush up your dancing skills with your date or learn a couple of new moves, when you schedule a private lesson at the Ballroom Dance Company. The company specializes in swing, ballroom, tango, swing, salsa and many more dance forms. Private lessons are by appointment only.

8442-A Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone:(703) 593-0100

Joy of Motion Dance Center
Touted as “the area’s most comprehensive dance institution” by The Washington Post, Joy of Motion is one of D.C. metro’s most popular dance venues. The center offers a variety of social dance lessons that includes introduction classes in salsa, ballroom dancing, tango, swing and much more. Sign up is required.

Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 399-6763

Air Rights Building
7315 Wisconsin Ave., Ste. 180E (lower level)
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301) 986-0016

5207 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20015
Phone: (202) 362-3042

Forever Dancing
Forever Dancing offers a 45-minute private dance lessons in variety of dance forms – ballroom, salsa, Argentine Flamenco and more.

5818-B Seminary Road
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone: (Studio) 703-824-3555

Deni Danzco
Deni Danco offers private dance lessons in Swing, Salsa, Ballroom, Latin, Country or West Coast Swing.

3408 Annandale Rd
Falls Church, VA 22042
Phone: (703)795.6446

All 2 Dance
Learn social dance in a relaxed private lesson environment at All 2 Dance that specializes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, among others.

6925 Willow St NW, Washington D.C.
Phone:(202) 829-0647

Other dance studios to check out:

Dance with me
251 Sunset Park Dr
Sunset Business Park
Herndon, Virginia 20170
Phone:(703)444-3061

eMotion LLC
9411-D Old Burke Lake Road
Burke, Virginia 22015
Phone:(571)318-9908

Ballet Nova
3443 Carlin Springs Rd., Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone:(703)778-3008

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Budgeted D.C. Area Hotels For Springtime Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration

Springtime is one of the best seasons to experience Washington D.C. Along with enjoying historical sights, treating your gastronomical senses and taking pride in all Washington D.C. has to offer, this year guests can also partake in the Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration- a day that commemorates the 100th anniversary of Tokyo’s gift of 3,000 beautiful Cherry Trees to our Nation’s Capital? The peak bloom is predicted during the week of March 24 – 31; however the Festival has 5 weeks of amazing events and programs to celebrate the occasion and the advent of spring. Here are some budgeted hotel packages to consider during your visit.

The Liaison Capitol Hill, an Affinia Hotel – Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration Package

Stone throw away from the Union Station, The Liaison Capitol Hill is one of DC’s top boutique hotels. The hotel offers an exclusive Cherry Blossom package that entitles you to

  • Two $10 metro passes
  • a live keepsake cherry blossom branch
  • a bag of goodies from Art and Soul
  • a box of Artisan handmade chocolates

The package is available for travel dates from March 20 thru April 22 and must be booked by April 21, 2012. Rates from $119

Capitol Skyline Hotel – Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration Package

A 10-minute drive from the Washington’s Reagan National Airport brings you to Capitol Skyline Hotel that offers a special Cherry Blossom package to its guests. Along with a stay at the Capitol Skyline hotel, the package includes

  • welcome with chocolate covered cherries
  • breakfast buffet for 2
  • complimentary self-parking
  •  shuttle to National Mall daily

The package is available for travel dates from March 20 thru April 30. Rates from $99

Embassy Row, Washington, D.C. – Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration Package

Along with a stay at The Fairfax at Embassy Row, Washington, D.C, the package features

  • daily full American breakfast in restaurant for two
  • welcome arrival with a Cherry Blossom themed cocktail
  •  Enjoy a Cheery Blossom keepsake in memory of your visit.

Package is available for travel dates from March 20 thru April 27.  Rates from $109

Capitol Hill Suites – Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration Package

With Capitol Hill Suites’ Cherry Blossom package, you enjoy

  • complimentary breakfast each morning
  • internet access
  • gourmet snack basket

The package is available for travel dates from March 20 thru April 30.  Rates from $116

Beacon Hotel and Corporate Quarters – Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration Package

Located in the Heart of Washington DC, and four blocks from The White House, the package from the upscale Washington D.C. hotel includes

  • full American breakfast for two
  • valet Parking for one car
  • 2 Centennial Blossom martinis or 2 cherry Cokes
  • upgrade based upon availability
  • discounts in restaurants

Package is available for travel dates from March 20 thru April 26  Rates from $119

L’Enfant Plaza Hotel – Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration Package

Located minutes from the National Mall, Smithsonian Museums, and the Monuments, the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel’s Cherry Blossom package offers you

  • daily breakfast for two
  • valet parking (one vehicle)
  •  a special Cherry Blossom souvenir

Package is available for travel dates from March 20 thru April 30  Rates from $129

St. Gregory Hotel and Suites – Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration Package 

When you book yourself a room in one of the Top 100 Best Performing Hotels, you enjoy

  • Full American breakfast for two
  • valet parking (one car)
  • 2 Centennial Blossom Martinis or 2 Cherry Cokes
  • Discounts in Restaurants

Package is available for travel dates from March 20 thru April 26,  Rates from $ 110

Other budgeted D.C Area hotels to consider:

Sheraton National Hotel 900 South Orme Street · Arlington, VA 22204 –  Rates from $87.20

The Normandy Hotel2118 Wyoming Avenue N.W., Washington D.C. 20008 –  Rates from $103.20

Holiday Inn Washington-Central/White House – 1501 Rhode Island Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20005  – Rates from $108.99

Quality Inn Mount Vernon, 7212 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria, VA 22306 – Rates from $85

Comfort Inn & Suites Near Univ. of Maryland - 9020 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD, US, 20740 – Rates from $85

Hyatt Regency Bethesda -One Bethesda Metro Center (7400 Wisconsin Ave), Bethesda, MD 20814 –  Rates from $84.15

(Rates and package descriptions sources Washington.org. For bookings and other details, please visit NationalCherryBlossomFestival.org)

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2012 Girlfriends’ Getaway Packages in Northern Virginia

Girlfriends’ getaways are fun way to spend time with like minded people – shopping, sipping wine, sharing laughs, partying and simply having fun. Located minutes from Washington D.C., Northern Virginia is home to popular malls, elaborate clubs and restaurants, famous spas – enough to keep you and your pals happy for the weekend. Here are some getaway packages designed for such occasions. Whether you aim to hit the malls for some retail therapy, or spend some alone quiet times together close to nature, there are enough to keep you covered.

The Ultimate Girlfriends’ Getaway package at Crowne Plaza Tyson’s Corner

Crowne Plaza Tyson’s Corner hotel is located directly across the street from Tysons Galleria II and the Tysons Corner Center Shopping Mall. The hotel has partnered with one of the DC-area’s top personal stylists, Jessica Marty, from JEM Styling, and designed this unique shopping package called the Ultimate Girlfriends’ Getaway Package. Price: Starts from $110 per night.

Perfect for the shopaholic, the package includes:

Overnight accommodations for two people
Free parking
Free breakfast buffet
Early check-in (12 noon)
Late check-out (3pm)
One beverarage coupon per person at check-in
Free scheduled transportation service to/from both Tysons Corner malls
Shopping coupon book with discounts from several Tysons Corner shops and boutiques
One $25 Visa gift card to jump start your shopping spree
30 Minute consultation with one of DC’s top personal stylist, plus discounted rates for additional personal shopping and styling services

“Girl’s Night Out” package from the Black Horse Inn 

Spend a day away from the hustle and the bustle from the city at the premier Black Horse Inn, a Circa 1850 plantation-style  bed and breakfast located in Warrenton, Va, by opting for their Girl’s Night Out package (price: $390)

The “Girl’s Night Out” package from the Black Horse Inn entitles you to:

Overnight accomodation
Upon arrival a selection of fine wine and hors d’oeuvres
$50 dinner certificate to be used at Iron Bridge Restaurant in Old Town Warrenton, Va.
Pedicure for two at a local spa
After Dinner “Cookie Night Cap” tray upon your evening return
Gourmet breakfast

“Shop and drop” girlfriend’s package from The Hampton Inn and Suites

The Leesburg Outlets is home to exclusive designers and premium retail stores. Book yourself a room at the Hampton Inn and Suites Dulles and indulge in a shopping escapade at one of the most sought-after shopping destination.

The Shop and Drop package includes:

Room for up to four friends
$25 Gift Card to Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets
Coupon vouchers
Complimentary breakfast
Late checkout

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Date Night Couples Cooking Classes in Northern Virginia

Whether it’s your first date or you have known him long enough, attending a recreational cooking class is a good way to bond. While it offers a way for many to break the ice on their first date – it’s also an opportunity to try something new together for couples who have known each other for long. Whatever the reason is: cooking classes are stress-free and casual. North Virginia offers myriad options for couples to enjoy a culinary class together.  Here’s a list of places to check out:

Culinaria Cooking School
110 Pleasant Street, NW,
Vienna, VA 22180

Cookology 
21100 Dulles Town Cir
Dulles, VA 20166
Phone:703 433-1909

Open Kitchen
7115 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043
Phone: 703-942-8148

Sur La Table
1101 South Joyce Street Suite B-20
Arlington, Virginia 22202
Phone: 703-414-3394

Let’s Dish
Pinecrest Shopping Center
6550-G Little River Turnpike
Alexandria VA 22312
Phone: (703) 750-0790

44260 Ice Rink Plaza #122
Cameron Chase Village Center
(next to Ashburn Ice House)
Ashburn VA 20147
Phone: (703) 858-7900

Cook
44710 Cape Ct
Ste138
Ashburn, VA 20147
(703) 861-2387

Judy Harris Cooking School
2402 Nordok Place
Alexandria , VA 22306
(703) 768-3767

Alice & Louise Catering and Cooking School
4449-A Brookfield Corporate Drive
Chantilly, VA 20151 703-657-0226

For more listings: Click Couple’s cooking classes in the D.C. area

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Romantic Valentine’s Day Spa and Couples Massage Packages in North Virginia

 

Looking for a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift idea? How about pampering your sweetheart with a day of indulgence at a local spa? Or even better, how about joining her for a couples’ massage? Local North Virginia day spas have it all planned for you – from chocolate infused massages to rejuvenating rose treatments, you can have it all. Amid myriad of options available, we have shortlisted some of the best day spas in North Virginia – known for their impeccable services and memorable experiences. Click on their website for additional Valentine’s Day packages, specials and to check availability and for booking details.

Fountains Day Spa

Awarded Top Day Spa by The Washington Post

422 South Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-549-1990
http://www.fountainsdayspa.com/index.html

Valentine’s Day packages

Two hearts Valentine’s Day package: 2 hoursCouples Combination Massage, Couples Hydradermie Facials + Fruit & Chocolates – $418
Ultimate Indulgence : 4 hours of Ultimate Couples Combination Massage, Couples Ultra Hydradermie, Couples Reflexology + Fruit and Chocolates = $745
TLC for you and me : 2 hours of Couples 50 min Harmony Massage, Couples Hydradermie Facials, Fruit, Juice and Chocolates = $441

Couple’s massage -
50min Swedish Massage – $217
50min Combination Massage – $233
50min Deep Tissue Massage – $250
80min Swedish Massage – $323
80min Combination Massage – $350
80min Deep Tissue Massage – $375

Amenity Day Spa

Rated one of the Top 30 Favorite Spa’s in the Washingtonian Best of the Best Magazine 2011

44365 Premier Plaza, Suite 120
Ashburn, VA 20147
Phone: 703-726-8100
http://www.amenitydayspa.com/default.asp

Recommended Package: Petals from Heaven Massage
Your massage experience begins with a rose sea salt scrub rinsed with soothing steamed towels and a warm rain shower. Enjoy a revitalizing pure rose oil massage from head to toe. (Not recommended for a pregnant woman). 75 minutes/$135

Calvert Rejuvenations

Voted “NoVA’s Best Spa” for the past three years

485 Carlisle Dr.
Herndon, VA 20170
(571) 323-1088
http://www.calvertrejuvenations.com/

Valentine’s Day packages

“Tea for Two” Package 
60 Minute Couples Hot Stone Massage
30 minutes of extra relaxation in the Oasis with refreshments
Aromatherapy upgrade
Aromatherapy Oil or Spray to take home
$300

“Best of Everything” Package 
The Works (“NoVa’s best” Signature Facial and 60 min. Custom massage) for Two
Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy oil or spray to take home
Peppermint Foot Treatment or Citrus Herbology Hand and Foot Exfoliation
30 minutes of extra relaxation in the Oasis with refreshments
$550

Lorien Spa

Luxury boutique hotel, a Kimpton Hotel property and the only hotel spa in Alexandria.

1600 King St.
Alexandria, Va.
Phone:703-894-5130
http://www.lorienhotelandspa.com/alexandria-hotel-spa/index.html

Valentine’s Day packages

Chocolate Dream Massage – 50 minutes – $119
Chocolate Anti-oxidant facial- 50 minutes – $125

Spa Noa

Voted one of No-Va Living Magazine’s Top Day Spas.

11638 Plaza America Drive
Reston, VA 20191
P : 703-318-3223
http://www.spanoa.com/

Valentine’s Day packages

Cupid’s Arrow: Featuring Ultimate Escape Manicure & Pedicure, 90 warm shea butter massage, signature facial – $340

Other Day Spas Offering Couples’ Massage and Valentine’s Day Specials

Serendipity
8990-A Fern Park Drive
Burke, Va. 22015
Phone: 571-217-1150
http://www.serendipitywellnessstudio.com/

60 minute custom couples massages-$180
90 minute custom couples massages-$250
2 hour custom couples massages-$330

Bellezza Spa
Located inside Valon Salon
5708 Pickwick Rd. Centreville Va. 20121
Phone:703-266-7660
http://bellezzaspava.com/

Be Mine Package - Swedish massage with hot stone, pedicure and manicure – $150
Red Roses – Mini facial, eye treatment, shoulder massage – $100
True Love- Brazillian sugaring stress back relief, shoulder and neck massage – $95
Sweet Escape – Spa hair therapy treatment, haircut and blow dry – $75

Creative
14215-A Centreville Square
Centreville, Va. 20121
Phone:(703) 815-2224
http://www.creativesalonandspa.net/

60 min Couple’s Swedish Massage – $160
90 min Couple’s Swedish Massage – $220

Comfort & Joy Wellness Spa
9514-A Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone: 877-425-8801
http://www.comfortjoy.com/

90 minutes couples’ massage-$300

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North Virginia things to do in the weekend – January 20 – January 22, 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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2012 Valentine’s Day Hotel and Bed and Breakfast Packages in North Virginia

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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