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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 02/ 9/2011

Alexandria is most romantic city

By Elizabeth Flock
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Roses are organized according to color and size before being packaged for shipment to the U.S. for Valentine's Day. (Alejandra Parra/Bloomberg)

As Valentine's Day approaches, Amazon.com has released its annual list of the 20 most romantic cities, and Alexandria tops the list for the second straight year. Virginia may really be for lovers, with Arlington also squeezing in the list at number 15.

Amazon's highly scientific algorithm for determining the level of romance in a city is as follows: Purchases of romance novels + Barry White albums + sex and relationship books + romantic comedies + sexual wellness products = Romance.

It's hard to believe that you're more romantic if you're clicking on Judith McNaught novels and Kama Sutra books in the middle of the night instead of under the sheets with your beloved. But hey, cynicism this close to V-day may be a real faux pas (especially in Virginia), so we'll keep quiet.

The Amazon study's other gem: It crowned Miami, Fl. sexiest city for the second year in the row, with most purchases in the sexual wellness category. For anyone who's seen Miami Vice, this study suddenly has got legitimacy.

YOUR TAKE: What's the most romantic spot in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia?

Is Virginia really for lovers? What's the most romantic spot in the DMV area? Give us your thoughts by using #DMVday on Twitter and we'll post some responses right here.


In the mood for love? Here's all you need to know about where to go on V-day, a cheesy way to say I love with (hint: it includes fondue), and a day in the romantic life of being married to a chef.

And in case you missed it, Virginia, here's some Barry White to start off your day:

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 9, 2011; 10:30 AM ET
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