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Favorite Friday's: What's Your Favorite Date Spot?


Tired of going on dates at the same restaurants? Mix it up a bit by sampling a few of my favorite date spots in the DC metro area.

In my opinion, Gravelly Point; north of Washington National Airport, along the George Washington Parkway takes the cake. Bring a blanket, your iPhone to set Pandora on a good station, a bottle of wine or two, and dinner. It is a romantic picnic spot with a nice backdrop of the river where planes fly directly over your head.

My second favorite spot features an array of jazz artists performing a range of styles. If you haven’t been to Jazz in the Garden, it’s a must try and The National Gallery of Art does it right. They offer free jazz performances at its outdoor café every Friday evening throughout the summer from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Visitors can enjoy cocktails and a light dinner while listening to great music among 20th-century sculpture and flowering trees, shrubs, groundcovers, and perennials.

I’m a movie buff and love the outdoors so National Harbor’s Movies On The Potomac is a favorite of mine. Beginning at Sunset next to the marina they show free outdoor movies on a big screen. Lawn chairs or blankets are recommended. Friday, June 17th they are playing Selena starring everyone’s favorite American Idol judge, Jennifer Lopez.

Lastly, I love sports so it’s hard to pass up a night at the ballpark. After sweeping the Cardinals last night, and improving their record to 33-36, The Nationals no longer are in last place in the NL East. They begin a three-game series tonight with the Orioles. Additionally, this past week they opened four new eateries at the Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk with trees, plants, and chairs that make it a park within a park. They also will have happy hour specials two and a half hours before all remaining home games.

Vote On Your Favorite Date Spot! And fellas-take notes.