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Dr. Ruth Launches "Date Nights D.C."

Washington, D.C. is getting a different kind of stimulus package this month—one spearheaded by the newly-appointed Secretary of Love and Relationships, Dr. Ruth Westheimer. The famous love doctor (inspired by the Obama’s “date nights”) has wasted no time in making her priorities clear, by launching “Date Nights D.C.,” a program that offers tons of deals during the month of February at D.C. hotels, restaurants, museums and more. Here are some highlights:

*Make Your Honey Happy package at the Fairmont Washington (2401 M Street NW; 202/429-2400; from $349) includes a honey hand and foot scrub massage, a bottle of bubbly with honey cookies, and breakfast in bed.

*The Romance at the Park package at the Park Hyatt Washington (24 & M Streets NW; 202/789-1234; from $349) in Georgetown sets everything up just right: a night in a Park Deluxe room, bath salts and tea lights with a bottle of champagne, chocolate dessert at turndown, breakfast in your room, and a late-day checkout.

*And next week, from February 8-14, the Newseum (555 Pennsylvania Ave.; 888/639-7386; tickets $20) is offering a “Will You Be My Co-Anchor” special. Tickets are two-for-the-price-of-one, and you can each record a video message from behind the newsdesk at the museum (you’ll receive an e-video to share later).

*For the adventurous, there’s the Love a Spy deal at the International Spy Museum (800 F. St. NW; 202/654-0944; $100). You’ll get two double agent tickets to the museum, entrance to the Friday or Saturday night Spy at Night spy training immersion course, and dinner for two at Zola (complete with fried oyster sliders).

There’s a lot to choose from here. Make it easy on yourself by using D.C.’s Date Concierge, who will book everything from your hotel package to your restaurant reservations at no charge. Call 877/DATE-879 or email dateconcierge@datenightsdc.org.

Clark Mitchell is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure.

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