Romance in the City – A Single Girl’s Guide to VDay

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The new Bumble ad “Be the CEO your parents always wanted you to marry” has been widely published and it’s a mantra for so many women today that are more focused on building a career now and a family later (or never).  But when Valentine’s Day comes around, it seems that powerful motto is forgotten and women are focused on the $50 bouquet of roses they’re not getting.  I’m here to tell you, become the CEO and buy yourself the damn flowers with your own paycheck.  Treat.  Yo.  Self.

If I had a personal Facebook page, my current relationship status would say “single” since like… wait, what year is this again… and I am truly happy and have zero desire to change that.  That doesn’t stop on Valentine’s Day no matter how many mushy cards I pass by at the Hallmark store.  I tried the whole love situation, it’s not for me (or maybe I’m not for it… whatever!)  On a day so focused on relationships and love, it’s easy for us single gals to be down.  So what do we do, Brain?  The same thing we do everyday, Pinky, try to take over the world.

One of the most chic hotels in Georgetown, The Melrose Hotel, has this incredible “Romance in the City” Package for a truly romantic Valentine’s Day:

  • Luxury Executive Suite
  • One Dozen Long Stem Red Roses
  • Chilled Champagne
  • Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
  • Chefs Romance 4 Course Dinner for Two with Wine Pairing in Jardenea Restaurant

So what’s a single girl to do?  Pick up your sister, some cute pjs and great outfits, and head over to Melrose Georgetown to get treated the way, sometimes, only you can treat yourself.

Redesigned with vibrant, trendy décor and furnishings, while not losing sight of our history, Melrose Georgetown Hotel offers elegantly chic rooms and suites with extraordinary style and luxury. Soothing greys and browns are highlighted by lime green accents, and original artwork.

As soon as you walk through the door, you know exactly how your stay and the rooms will be based on how beautiful the lobby is.  Pristine, striped floors, detailed columns and a warm fire in the super luxe seating area.  Look to the left, and you have a lobby bar.  To the right, and there’s a library nook and Jardenea Restaurant.  All right at your fingertips and you don’t even have to venture out into the February cold.

We stayed in the Executive Suite which is bigger than a lot of DC apartments.  It’s a 600 sq. ft suite with a separate bedroom for the Serta pillow-top king bed, a living room with an L-shaped sofa, 42″ flat screen TV, writing desk, and a dining table for four.  And our favorite part, it has 1 1/2 baths so we’re not fighting over mirrors.

The Melrose welcomed us with the roses, champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries from the Romance in the City package.  Toasting to the perfect Valentine’s Day staycation with my sister, we dug in (after we got the pictures, duh).

Before heading down for our dinner reservations, we had to check out the Presidential Suite.  I cannot do it justice in these photos.  Rooftop, 2,000 square feet, separate bedrooms, heated outdoor patio, two fireplaces… seriously you guys, I contemplated hiding under the bed and slowly beginning to transfer my clothes to the closets here.  I mean, I had to wear a vintage ballgown (from my incredible friend’s, iamAscia, vintage collection… do you not DIE over this dress?!) just to compete with the luxury of this room.

Now that we’re done drooling over the room, we can head downstairs to Jardenea to drool over the Valentine’s menu.

At Jardenea, the local farm is the beginning of the food we serve. This philosophy has inspired artisan chefs to inspire awareness of how fresh foods bring health and well-being to your life and insure we leave the land for the next generation. Our chefs have a deep affinity for farm fresh products that minimize our carbon footprint. We only source products from sustainable farms, fisheries, foragers and artisans that believe in our vision.

We had the duck option and I linked the full Valentine’s menu here.  The chef is a genius.  The way he is able to combine ingredients you wouldn’t even think of, like pancakes and duck confit, was innovative and extraordinary.  There wasn’t a single thing from the kitchen I wouldn’t recommend.

It was so good that after sleeping for a full 10 hours (yeah, you read that right) in our suite, we came back for breakfast!  The whole time I was eating my breakfast I was thinking about when I’m going to come back and bring my Dad because he’d really enjoy the lump crab eggs benedict I had.  That’s how you know the food at a restaurant is good when you’re already thinking about the next time you can eat it, while you’re eating it.

So there ya have it my funny Valentines.  Become the CEO.  Be single.  Book the Romance in the City Package.  Happy Valentine’s Day (aka just Wednesday) everyone!


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