When you can’t book a flight to Italy but want to experience the European date of your dreams, head to the National Harbor in Prince George’s County. There, you’ll find restaurants that transport you across the ocean, hotels with European sophistication, and shopping that gives you a piece of the continent to take home with you.
Follow this itinerary to extend your date night into a sophisticated European-style overnight:
At the Relâche Spa in the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, you’ll get a head start on the luxury of the weekend. Book one of the many treatments meant to cure your aches and boost your beauty, like a body nectar nourishing wrap or a cleansing HydraFacial.
Transport yourself to old-school Italy when you sit down at Bond 45 Italian Ristorante, the sister restaurant of a landmark spot in New York’s theater district. Pair the house-made burrata Caprese with a grilled skirt steak, dry-aged for 28 days, for a meal that will leave you dreaming of leftovers for days — though you certainly won’t have any.
Continue your global adventure when you step through the doors of The Irish Whisper, a haven for anyone who loves Irish whiskies, scotches, and bourbons. You’ll feel like you’ve set foot in Ireland itself as you sit by the stone fireplace and enjoy a cocktail.
Reserve a room at the AC Hotel National Harbor Washington, where European minimalism meets upscale amenities. At this modern location, you’ll fall asleep on luxurious bedding as the moon shines through floor-to-ceiling windows and wake up to stunning views of the Potomac River and the iconic Harbor Ferris wheel.
Start your morning with a classic European-style breakfast at the AC Kitchen, where you can dine on freshly baked croissants, decadent cheese, and sliced prosciutto.
Stroll the streets of the National Harbor for some of the best shopping in the region. You can get striking heels at SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker, classic jewelry from Alex and Ani, and boutique-style beauty products at Bohé. Grab ceramics straight out of Italy at Georgetown Olive Oil, along with the necessities for your own authentic meals at home.
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