Try a quiet cafe or smaller venue like The Birchmere in Alexandria, The Southern Cafe and Music Hall in Charlottesville, Ashland Coffee and Tea in Ashland or listen to old time classics at any of the amazing venues along The Crooked Road in Southwest Virginia.

There’s something about the quiet thoughtfulness of an art museum that allows you to stand just a little closer.

Plus, there’s always a quiet alcove to duck into when the moment is right.

Whether you’re going on a first date or you’ve been married for years, every relationship can use a little spicing up now and then.

And while dinner and a movie is nice, Virginia has many, many more options to kindle – or rekindle – a spark.

HAVE A DRINK☐ Relax an afternoon away at a winery.☐ Taste the latest beers at the Lake Anne Brew House.☐ Check out the huge, new Tysons Biergarten.☐ Sample Herndon’s local brews at Aslin Beer Co.☐ Take a wine tasting class at Washington Wine Academy.☐ Have a glass of wine on the beautiful courtyard of Clifton’s Trattoria Villagio wine bar.☐ Sample the wines at the Tasting Room Wine Bar.

USE THOSE BRAINS☐ Learn a new art technique at Art Space Herndon’s Design and Wine.☐ Team up as a double- or triple-date, and try to conquer the Escape Room.☐ Visit the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum.☐ Go to a seminar through the Smithsonian Associates and learn about history, art, or science.☐ Explore Colvin Run Mill and learn about 19th Century life.☐ Take a cooking class together at Cookology.☐ Take a weekly class together at the Reston Community Center.☐ Explore the exhibits or take a class at the Workhouse Arts Center.☐ Head back in time at Mount Vernon.

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