As the District finally starts to shake the winter doldrums away and welcome the blooms of spring, love is also in the air. If you’re thinking about taking the next big step in your relationship, the pressure of finding the perfect venue can be stressful. Whether you and your partner are suckers for a classic romantic proposal or want something a little out of the ordinary, here is a list of some local places to consider popping the question.
Blagden Alley ‘Love’ Mural
Looking for an LGBTQ touch to include in your proposal? Consider taking your significant other to the “Love” mural in Blagden Alley (926 N St., N.W.). Artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer, who identifies as an activist and member of the LGBTQ community, painted the word “Love” in rainbow colors on four garage doors in 2017. The mural is also available to purchase in a set of four prints so you and your partner can always have a piece of the proposal moment with you. lisamariestudio.com.
For a classic dinner proposal, consider Italian hotspot Fiola (601 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.). The upscale restaurant is known for its contemporary Italian cuisine and creative cocktails which will add that extra flavor to the special evening. When making your reservation, be sure to let Fiola know you’re planning to propose. The restaurant will try to make special food and table accommodations to suit the occasion. fioladc.com.
iFly Indoor Skydiving
The thrill-seeking couple can get pumped with a double dose of adrenaline at iFly Indoor Skydiving. Experience the heart-pumping jump out of an aircraft without ever taking flight. iFly Indoor Skydiving is the equivalent to 1.5 skydives. You can pop the question to your significant other after you both have taken flight and are buzzing with adrenaline or celebrate the engagement by taking a flight right after the proposal. A venue is only a short drive away with locations in Baltimore and Montgomery County. Flight prices range from $79.95-127.95. iflyworld.com.
Roof Terrace Restaurant at the Kennedy Center
Performing arts lovers should consider taking in a show at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) before whisking away their loved one to the Roof Terrace Restaurant. The two of you can enjoy a show of a lifetime from any of the Kennedy Center’s programming which includes dance, theater, comedy, opera and more. After the show, take in the view of the city from the open-air rooftop terrace where you can pop the question. Later, you can commemorate the engagement with a celebratory toast at the Roof Terrace Restaurant. kennedy-center.org.
If you want to make your proposal one for the history books, ask for booth number three at Martin’s Tavern (1264 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) located on the bustling main street of Georgetown. The oldest family-owned restaurant in D.C. is said to have been the place where John F. Kennedy proposed to his girlfriend, the one and only Jacqueline Bouvier, in booth number three. The two of you can relish in knowing you share a proposal spot with former President Kennedy and Jackie O. martinstavern.com.
National Cherry Blossom Festival
An Instagram-worthy proposal wouldn’t be complete without beautiful scenery. Take your significant other to see the cherry blossoms during their peak bloom dates in April for engagement photos that will display both your love for each other and D.C. The soft pink trees are the ideal backdrop to showcase that love and spring were in the air when you got down on one knee. nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.
National Harbor Capital Wheel
Soar to new heights with your love by proposing on the Capital Wheel at National Harbor (116 Waterfront St., Oxon Hill, Md.). Spring for the VIP experience which offers a luxurious ride with leather bucket seats and a glass floor. The package can accommodate up to four riders so you can bring along two family members or friends to witness the moment and snap some photos. The package allows your group to skip the line and includes a photo package. Tickets are $50 per person. You also have the option to light the wheel up with your partner’s favorite color for a more personalized experience. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for availability and rates. thecapitalwheel.com.
A proposal at Nationals Park (1500 S Capitol St., S.E.) could be the best option if you and your sweetheart are sports enthusiasts. If you want to pull out all the stops, you can pay $1,500 for the proposal to be broadcast on the scoreboard between innings. Plan ahead because the park only allows two video proposals per season. For a more discounted option, you can have the question shown on the scoreboard for $500. For an even cheaper, but still memorable, option, opt to get down on one knee outside the Nationals Park gates or in the stands. mlb.com/nationals/ballpark.
The Observation Deck at CEB Tower
For stunning, unobstructed views of the city to be the backdrop for your proposal look no further than the Observation Deck at CEB Tower (1201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va.). If unexpected weather conditions encroach on your proposal plans, don’t worry. The deck is open rain or shine. Tickets range from $12-22. theviewofdc.com.
Another picturesque proposal spot is at the Wharf (1100 Maine Ave., S.W.). Stroll along the waterfront enjoying the various shops and restaurants before taking your significant other to the pier. You can propose on a clear, sunny day or during a romantic sunset over the water. If you’re feeling adventurous, take your partner out on a boat, kayak or water taxi for an on-the-waterfront proposal. wharfdc.com.