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6 Places in D.C. to Pop the Question

By Kate Oczypok | February 2, 2018 | Lifestyle

In the lead-up to Valentine’s Day, we've gathered some of the most romantic spots to propose to your special someone. Here are our top six places to get engaged at in D.C.

While Staying at the Hay-Adams Hotel


Surprise your sweetheart with this indulgent proposal package. The luxury experience begins with fresh flowers, chocolate-covered strawberries, and champagne. Have a three-course dinner from the Hay Adams’ executive chef then take a two-hour private tour of the monuments at night. The next morning, get a full breakfast and a set of keepsake champagne flutes. All the while, plan the perfect time to pop the question. 800 16th St. NW, 202-638-6600

Over Dinner at Little Serow

The private, dimly-lit spot is one of the most romantic restaurants in the city. Nab a much- sought-after spot and pop the question over mouthwatering spicy Thai dishes like “tom kha,” made with shrimp, galangal and lime leaf and “ma hor,” which is sour fruit, sweet pork and dried shrimp. Little Serow’s menu changes weekly. They don’t take reservations and strictly serve on a walk-in basis. To plan ahead, their shortest wait times are Tuesday through Thursday before 6 p.m. and after 8:30 p.m. They also take special inquiries (like proposals) by e-mailing ahead. 1511 17th St. NW,

Over Drinks POV at the W Hotel

One of the most beautiful views in the city is on the roof of the W Hotel. With sweeping sights of the Washington Monument, White House and more, there are plenty of beautiful photo opportunities to document your proposal. For parties of 14 or less, it is first come, first served. Seasonal cocktails and champagne are available for your celebration as well as appetizers, sandwiches and small plates. 515 15th St. NW, 202-661-2400

At the Lincoln Memorial at Night


There’s nothing more magical than standing on the marble steps of the Lincoln Memorial under the stars. It’s pretty easy to document the moment too, with the large amounts of tourists and locals that are always roaming around. If you want to spread some serious love around the District, proposing at the Lincoln Memorial is a great choice. 2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW

During a Full Moon Hike at the National Arboretum

The National Arboretum offers a guided moonlit hike in the evenings during full moons. Perfect for the outdoorsy couple, full moon hike tickets become available for the next month during the first of the month before it at 10 a.m. Have fellow hikers document your proposal at the picturesque Capitol Columns. 3501 New York Ave. NE, 202-544-8733

Over Dessert at Blue Duck Tavern

The West End restaurant is known for its delightfully tasty pastries. Their signature apple pie is meant for two—an ideal dessert to hide a ring in. A shoo fly cake with whipped yogurt and sage mallows is a great option as well. If you want a chocolate confection, the guanaja chocolate tart is a must. Add a dessert wine, cappuccino or espresso to round out your dessert. 24th and M Sts. NW, 202-419-6755

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