From patios to cozy up fireside with a potential flame to sweets spots full of treats to share, Alexandria, Virginia, has you covered for the perfect winter rendezvous. Keep warm as the temperature drops amidst the city’s scenic streetscapes minutes from D.C. Whether you’re planning a first date, scoping out Valentine’s Day ideas or celebrating your umpteenth anniversary, keep reading for winter date inspiration in Old Town Alexandria and beyond.
Please note that most of the indoor activities mentioned below have a mask requirement.
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Choose your own sweets-filled adventure along King Street, starting at Casa Rosada for creamy handcrafted Argentinian gelato and sorbet in flavors like dulce de leche and stracciatella. Then, choose from options like rosewater and raspberry vanilla at picturesque Alexandria Cupcake or opt for Turkish delight and baklava from just-opened Turkish Coffee Lady.
Boutiques between bites: Clear your palate between samples by exploring the King Street mile, featuring the largest collection of independent boutiques in the D.C. region, for curated selections of women’s fashion, stationery stores, home goods and more.
3. For a Coffee Date in a Charming Neighborhood…
Head to Alexandria’s inviting and artsy Del Ray neighborhood and get to know one another over a warm drink and pastries at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub. Take your drinks for a stroll spotting the murals dotting walkable Mount Vernon Avenue.
Elevate the evening: If all goes well, enjoy a French feast at Del Ray Café or fusion flavors like spicy tuna tostadas and bulgogi tacos at Kaizen Tavern. To keep it casual, savor deep-dish Detroit slices from Piece Out.
Stay tuned for a sentimental sculpture: Look for the literal the height of romance, the pink-hued I Love You installation by Miami-based R&R Studios, arriving at the waterfront in late March and on display until November 2022.
6. For Soaring Across the Ice Then Sipping Cider Flights…
Now through the end of February 2022, glide (or stumble) across the ice at Cameron Run Regional Park in Alexandria’s Eisenhower corridor. Whether you’re Olympic-level figure skaters or haven’t stepped on the ice since second grade, don’t let go of one another (or the wall), and you’ll be just fine.
Recuperate at Northern Virginia’s first urban cidery: Warm back up and rest your muscles at Lost Boy Cider in Carlyle, where you can share a flight featuring Virginia apples in everything from IPA-inspired Hazy Hopped to hot pepper-infused En Fuego, or take cans back to savor at home.
7. For a Daytime History Experience (With Hints of Harry Potter)…
Step back in time—and into Professor Snape’s potions class—at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum. Dream up a love potion as you see ingredients dating back to the 1700s, including dragon’s blood, mandrake root, lavender, castor oil and valerian, and learn about their real-life medicinal uses and origins.
Challenge your significant other to a game at Topgolf National Harbor, a short drive or rideshare away from Alexandria. Whether you and your date have off-the-charts competitive streaks or simply want to swing away and socialize, you can play at your own pace from the comfort of a heated bay.
Find stunning views nearby: Experience the thrill of MGM National Harbor, from the extravagant interior to world-class acts to thrilling casino games. Then, end your night on an epic note as you and your date cozy up in a climate-controlled gondola on the Capital Wheel, soaring above the Potomac River and offering views of Alexandria and the D.C. region.