We pay a price for all the five-course dinners, wine tastings and chocolate we indulge in over Valentine’s Day.
That price is cellulite.
So, in the interest of being able to fit into the tiny number you picked up for V-day, we’re offering a few “sweat, then splurge” Valentine’s pairings for couples: First, get in a workout, then head somewhere special to treat yourselves for all your hard work.
Hit the bar
Sweat: Make a date to channel your inner black swans at the Bar Method’s “date night” workout this Friday. The trendy ballet-inspired workout focuses on toning up your big muscles like thighs and glutes over the hour-long class, and it ends with a drinks and snacks.
Splurge: Get dressed and run over to the International Food and Wine Festival’s Cupid’s Not Stupid cocktails competition, featuring sweet, Valentine’s-inspired cocktails from some of the area’s best mixologists. Guests get to sample each of the five cupid-inspired cocktails, and wine, beer and light snacks are included.
Get the chakras (and the wine) flowing
Sweat: On Saturday, hit Urban Evolution’s Acro Sutra partner workshop, which teaches couples and singles gymnastics tricks and stress-releasing stretches. Afterward, indulge a little with chocolate-covered strawberries and other snacks.
Splurge: Make a date Sunday to head to Breaux Vineyards for the annual Chocolate and Cabernet Tasting, which pairs the vineyard’s cabs with several handmade truffles.
Dash and dine
Sweat: Sign up as a pair and hold hands as you cross the finish line at the third Love the Run You’re With 5K, set for Sunday at Pentagon Row. Runners get the warm fuzzies, and a warm fuzzy blanket to remember your run. Register in advance; the event frequently fills up.
Splurge: Head to the Majestic in Old Town anytime after 1 p.m. for the caloric splurge that is “Nana’s Sunday Dinner.” In February, the theme of the shareable, family-style dinner is “Pucker Up and Give Us a Kiss,” and it features homestyle lemon chicken with potatoes (perfect for replenishing those carbs), a bacon-loaded salad and a sweet finish with lemon custard pie.
Work it like you’re single, then go mingle
Sweat: Gather your girls and learn the moves to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”-- a must for any perennial bridesmaid. Joy of Motion offers a workshop with Quynn Johnson on Saturday afternoon.
Splurge: Put on your slinkiest cocktail dresses and try out your moves on the dance floor at the glam French Embassy, which hosts La Saint-Valentin, a swanky affair that attracts singles as well as couples. Go on, hit the open bar and hors d’oeuvres spread -- you earned it.
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For more Valentine’s ideas, join the Got Plans? chat Thursday at 1 p.m. with OnLove columnist Ellen McCarthy. We’ll talk about dating ideas, relationships, Valentine’s Day and the most romantic places in Washington.