Then there’s perhaps summer’s least-discussed charm: No other season affords the chance to float side-by-side on the Potomac, to hold hands while hiking under a canopy of leaves and to snuggle up during a movie on the Mall.
Take advantage of the wealth of opportunities. For the fleeting weeks of warmth, make dates —
as many as you can stuff onto your packed planner. To get you started, here are 10 ideas to stoke a little summer romance, with options for all sorts of budgets and interests.
$$ Taste your way through Union Market
Perfect if . . .
when it comes to your love for food, you’re two peas in a pod.
There was a time when you might have spent a morning together flipping through vintage photographs and T-shirts at Eastern Market. These days, those in the know make a date to explore the renovated Union Market, which opened last September. In the cool promise of a lofty air-conditioned warehouse, you can savor perfectly frothed cappuccinos and stimulating conversation at Peregrine Espresso, walk a hundred or so feet for an appetite-whetting wine-and-cheese pairing at Righteous Cheese or the crabcake at Rappahannock Oyster Bar and round a corner to split a meaty sandwich at Red Apron Butchery. Go early for the perfect weekend-morning date, or get there around dusk and end the night sipping blackberry margaritas at Suburbia, the gleaming frozen-cocktail dispensary and outdoor hangout that’s set up outside the market for just one more weekend (it closes shop Thursday). Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. NE. Open Wednesday- Friday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. www.unionmarketdc.com
Afterward: Roll your stuffed selves several blocks down Florida Avenue to Connersmith gallery (1358 Florida Ave. NE., www.connersmith.us.com), which on July 13 opens its cerebral annual exhibit, “Academy,” featuring work by promising young graduates.
$$ Take the scenic
route to Bethesda
Perfect if . . .
working up a sweat together means a trip to the gym.
Your wintertime ritual of hitting separate treadmills feels so wrong this time of year. Now’s the time to snag a pair of bikes from the Georgetown Harbor Capital Bikeshare station (near 30th and K streets NW). From there, zip the few short blocks to the Capital Crescent Trail, passing the sparkling new Washington Harbour fountain, waterfront park and Potomac River views. Just past Key Bridge, a canopy of trees appears to provide shade for the flat, eight-mile ride to Bethesda. Make a stop near Fletcher’s Boat House to soak up the quiet repose on the water, then continue on to bustling Bethesda, where the paved trail ends at Woodmont Avenue. $7 rental per bike for non-members, plus hourly fees. www.capitalbikeshare.com.
Afterward: Stop at Bethesda’s Kraze Burger (www.kraze.us) for tofu Vege & Bean burgers to treat yourself for all the calories burned (there is no Bikeshare station, so you’ll have to find an alternative), then grab rehydrating fresh coconut water from Puree Juice Bar (www.pureejuicebar.com) before biking back to Georgetown.