Deals to Love

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and I’ve noticed that many of the local deal sites are already embracing the spirit, presenting a slew of offers that would make perfect gifts and help celebrate the day. There are so many out there, that I went through the lot of them and found a bunch that sounded extra special, for both significant others and the kids. Be sure to note that some of these end soon or have limited quantities available, so don’t wait too long if you hope to make your Valentine’s day.

LivingSocial has loads of offers to indulge all kinds of interest as well as events that would make a great date. Here’s a selection of ’em:

$129 for a José Andrés-Designed Valentine’s Day Dinner at LivingSocial’s 918 F Street

$29 for a Sippin’ & Paintin’ class at LivingSocial’s 918 F Street

$79 for Sushi + Sumo + Saki Experience at LivingSocial’s 918 F Street

$132 for a Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Shenandoah Valley from Valley Ballooning

$29 for a Grill-Enhancing Grate and Brush from ManGrate

$47 for Six Bottles of Premium Wine from Potenza Wine in Downtown DC


Groupon looks like the go-to site for presents that pamper, and I don’t mean for baby bottoms. You can find deals on spa packages all around the DC-Metro, but if you’re looking for some adventure in a V-Day gift, they’ve got that, too — skydiving or paragliding, anyone? Here’s a sample of the many deals they’ve got going:

$45 Refresher Facial with Take-Home Products, or Aromatherapy Massage with Facial at Serenity Day Spa in Tenleytown

$39 for a Swedish Massage at Skin Beauty Lounge on Capitol Hill

$99 for One-Hour Signature or Couples Massage at Avi Day Spa in Great Falls

$39 for One 60-Minute Swedish Massage at Caressence Therapeutic Massage in Greenbelt

$20 for $40 Worth of Wine, Cheese, and Charcuterie at Veritas Wine Bar near Adams Morgan

15-, 30-, or 60-Minute Tandem Power-Paragliding Session from $75 with East Coast PPG

$159 for One (or $315 for Two) Tandom Skydiving Session with DC Skydiving Center in Warrenton


Goldstar is your go-to site for a great date night. They have deals on some of the hottest tickets in town, from plays to concerts to sporting events to comedy shows to unique tours of the city. Goldstar has these V-Day suggestions, and I’ve picked a few with both adults and kids in mind:

Odyssey Cruises’ Luxury Brunch and Dinner Cruises: Dining, Dancing, Live Music and More starting at $78

David Mamet’s Race: A Dark Comedy/Mystery from Theater J starting at $15

The Tempest: Silent Shakespeare from Synetic Theater starting at $27.50

Nordic Cool 2013: Iceland Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center starting at $22

Unlimited Movies for One Year at Arlington Cinema ‘N’ Drafthouse for $32.50

For the kids: Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries at the Warner Theatre starting at $17.50

Clifford the Big Red Dog Live at the Warner for $17.50

The World-Famous Harlem Globetrotters at the Verizon Center for $32.50

Nordic Cool 2013: Kids Take Over in Little King Mattias for $11


A getaway is always a nice way to celebrate, even if it’s not on Feb. 14. If you can swing a night or two away, you can score pretty good discounts on both escapes from the city and in-town “staycations.” Here are a few that might get you booking:

$279 for a Two-Night Stay for Two at a Plantation Manse in the Maryland Countryside

$225 for a Two-Night Stay at a Historic Hotel + a Wine Tasting in Gettysburg

$279 for a Two-Night Stay for Two with Dinner, Flowers, and Chocolate-Covered Strawberries at High Meadows Vineyard Inn in Virginia Wine Country

$89/Night for a 4-Star Mystery Hotel target=”_blank” in Historic DC Neighborhood

Stay for Two at a Four-Star Hotel on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Starting at $115/Night

One- or Two-Night Stay for Two Adults and Up to Three Kids Plus Farm Tour for Four at The Inn at Mountain Quest in West Virginia Starting at $79

Stay for Two (Plus, Two Kids 12 and Under) at a Boutique Hotel in Midtown Manhattan Starting at $129/Night

And throwing this one out there because I’ve been to this resort, and it’s amazing: Four-Night Stay for Two at The Parador Resort & Spa in Manual Antonio Costa Rica Starting at $649.


Certifikid is the site to visit for Valentines for the kids. Right now, they have deals on weekdays open play passes for Joyful Jumps, subscriptions to National Geographic Kids & National Geographic Little Kids, personalized beach towels, customized necklaces for kids, the Turkey Hill Ice Cream Experience, and much more. Visit the website to check them all out.


And these don’t come from the deal sites, but you can still get a deal on them:

Kiwi Crate, the monthly kids craft box subscription, is offering a special Valentine’s Day deal right now — you can get 25% off the first month of a new subscription using the code LOVE. This expires 2/4, so get it soon! Read more about Kiwi Crate crafting ventures here.

Little Passports is a global adventure that comes in the mail every month in the form of letters, stickers, souvenirs, photos & more, focusing on different destinations each time. Kids can also access related games and activities online. Owen recently had the opportunity to check it out and enjoyed the virtual explorations. And right now you can get a $10 off a 6-month subscription using the code LOVING10 or $5 off a 3-month subscription using the code HEART5.

Happy V-Day!

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