Valentine's Day: Places to go, things to do and ways to ignore it
Dear adorable public,
Valentine's Day -- and we say this without cynicism -- is a lot like taking that annual trip to the doctor: It either gives us the reassuring tuneup we need, or it helps us confront all the bad habits we've developed over time. In the end, some of us are better insured against disaster than others.
Whatever your feelings are about Valentine's Day, we've compiled a list of all things romance. Take your pulse, then let this list be your guide.
WINING AND DINING
» Searching for the perfect Valentine's Day cocktail? For those of you not drinking bottles of Andre, writer Jason Wilson hunts down the perfect (classy) drink for the occasion.
» Going Out Guide's best bets for an unconventional Valentine's Day: Checking out new bars or fondue restaurants? Typical. Catching 'The Princess Bride' at Arlington Cinema 'N' Draft House for $8. Awesome. Check out GOG's V-Day archive for complete coverage.
» Best bets for 'bromance': Yes, we went there. If you're flying solo with your bros this year -- therefore ignoring all that is Valentine's Day -- check out GOG's best bets for a lady-free Valentine's Day.
» Send a D.C.-centric valentine. Celebrate Valentine's Day like only nerds can with gems like "You're the only monument in my life." Do you have a good idea for another one-liner? Use #OnLove on Twitter to submit yours. Or, you can check out this randomizer, which will spit back the appropriate nerdy love not. (We're partial to "Filibuster Me." Precious.)
Some we like:
Our love is like the end of a metro line - It took a while for it to come, but it got us to the right place in the end. #onlove
» What's the most romantic city in America?: An Amazon.com survey says it's Alexandria, Va. This very scientific survey took into account purchases of romance novels, Barry White albums, sex and relationship books, romantic comedies and sexual wellness products. Virginia: totally for lovers. Tell us about your favorite romantic spot using #DMVDAY on Twitter.
»Married to a chef? When the rest of the world is at play, they're cooking, even on the day so many couples hold sacred: Valentine's.
»What will you be reading on the most romantic day of the year? Whether it's Boy Meets Girl or Boy Meets Married Woman you're looking for, book reviewer Yvonne Zipp will point you in the right direction.
»Pickup tips from the pros: A video from -- yes, this exists -- the Global Pickup Conference.
»Date Lab: Can this date survive their low expectations?
»Are you a do-gooder? This Valentine's Day, show a little love to your local food pantry.
»First Person Singular: Yukia Walker of Curvaceous courture, which sells plus-sides wedding gowns.
»The feminine mist. Gene Weingarten explains why men fear the tears
How will you celebrate Valentine's Day?Tweet Tell us how you plan to acknowledge -- or ignore -- Valentine's Day by using #OnLove on Twitter. We'll post some of your responses throughout the week on this blog.
| February 11, 2011; 11:40 AM ET
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