How To Take Date Night From 'Meh' To Mind-Blowing

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Dr. Ruth promotes creative, local dates in Washington D.C. and offers tips we all can follow.

Inspired by the romantic date night tradition set by First Lady and President Obama, Washington D.C. has appointed Dr. Ruth Westheimer honorary secretary of the Department of Love and Relationships. Michelle and Barack Obama's practice of making time to connect one on one while preferring local restaurants and businesses over schmoozing with K Street lawyers or political hostesses has set a trend that is both pro-relationship and good for local economies. Obama Marriage Earns Praise

DC is looking to stimulate both its economy and the relationships of its inhabitants through the new initiative. Promoting our love lives as well as the local economy pays off in many ways, as you explore and discover new features in your town, so you will in your relationship and your partner. Dr Ruth is publicizing the new website for Date Night D.C. which has a 'Create a Date' feature and concierge that help you plan a whole evening based the kind of relationship you're in and what kind of date you want (romantic, budget, luxe, wild card). The site takes you through multiple possibilities and areas throughout the city. We're hoping other cities follow suit and start Create a Date sites but in the meantime they've inspired us to think of how to create fun and unique date scenarios in your own town.

Check out 5 ways to create a stimulating and sexy date night tradition:

1 Start keeping up with events going on in your town. Check out your daily and weekly newspapers for art, music, and other cultural events that meet your interests and budget. You'll get a sense of which venues near you are likely to have events that appeal to you and will always have a couple ideas in the back of your mind for spontaneous outings. Date Night

2 Think about your partner. What would your partner enjoy exploring and what would get their engine revved up? Maybe you can combine high and low octane activities to play on your energy levels. Theme park roller coasters followed by a candlelit dinner, a quiet moonlit walk followed by some sexy dancing at a bumping jazz club, you get the idea...

3 Pick a worry-free day. A Saturday night when a ton of family is coming to visit early the next day? Probably not going to inspire you to stay up late canoodling. Having the fewest outside concerns on your mind and not having to worry about an end time fast approaching will let your lovey dovey energy flow more freely. Talk, text and write notes playfully about the upcoming date, building anticipation will make it feel even more special when you finally get to it. Stressed-Out American Women Have No Time for Sleep

4 Mix high and low, new and old. A favorite restaurant followed by a movie in a nearby town you don't know too well. Or  how about an elegant classical music concert followed by burgers and beer at your favorite dive? A mixture of familiar go-to's and totally new and undiscovered venues will reflect the best elements of a relationship, the known and comfortable combined with surprising discoveries. 

5 Strip down to your bare essentials. Spa treatments are some of the most intimate ways to spend time with your S.O., you're half-naked, looking at each other and being rubbed in oils after all! They are also some of the best ways to support local businesses and personal service professionals, i.e. your money goes straight back in to your local community while you get to indulge in some seriously sensual time with your partner. Even side-by-side pedicures can be flirty and fun, and won't break the bank. 

What have been some of your favorite traditions and new ideas for dates with your partner?

Inspired by the romantic date night tradition set by the First Lady and President Obama, Washington D.C. has appointed Dr. Ruth Westheimer honorary secretary of the Department of Love and Relationships. Obama Marriage Earns Praise

Michelle and Barack's practice of making time to connect one-on-one has set a trend that is both pro-relationship and good for local economies. The Washington D.C. tourism board is looking to stimulate both its economy and the relationships of its inhabitants through it's new initiative Date Night D.C.. Dr Ruth is publicizing the district's website, which has a 'Create a Date' feature and concierge service that help you plan a whole evening based on the kind of relationship you're in and what kind of date you want (romantic, budget, luxe, wild card).

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