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Four Date Options to Show Your Partner That You Love Them

By: Daisha Banks, Life+Style Reporter (@___rosyyy)

Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated to love. Whether that love is for a partner or for oneself, it is often hard to find creative and exciting things to do. Here is a list of potential date ideas for those feeling the pressure as we get closer to Feb.14.

Busboys & Poets

As much as we all enjoy a candlelight dinner date, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to spice things up. Take your date to Busboys and Poets, a restaurant with frequent open mic nights and a wide selection of literature to read. Enjoy an evening out with delicious foods and the enticing sound of poetry. Rhea Beckford, freshman international business major, recounts her visit to the beloved restaurant.

“I love the vibe of Busboys and Poets” said Beckford. “It’s a chill environment with great food and the poetry adds an artsy vibe. I even go by myself sometimes.”

Escape Room

For those couples who find that their most romantic nights were spent on a spontaneous adventure, then the wide selection of escape rooms in the D.C. metropolitan area might be the go-to for Valentine’s Day. These rooms are designed to test you and your partner both physically and mentally—seeing how well you both can work together. Escape room prices range from $15-$30 per person, offering you and your date an entertaining and inexpensive night to remember.

Ice Skating

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For nature-loving couples, it can be hard to find something romantic to do outside in this cold D.C. weather. Ice skating is the perfect excuse to get outside and engage in physical activity with your significant other. Not to mention, skating is inexpensive. Kyra Williams, a sophomore political science major, shared her outdoor experience.

“I went ice skating with my boyfriend at Wharf Ice Skating Rink,” said Williams. “It was a great bonding experience and it was pretty funny to watch him repeatedly fall on his butt.”


If the idea of painting and sipping on wine with the love of your life excites you, ArtJamz might be the perfect date night for you. Doubling as an art studio and lounge, ArtJamz offers classes and freestyle paint sessions for groups or couples. Savor an evening of wine sipping and painting your love for your partner with the assistance of teachers and other couples as well.


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