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Date Nights DC Itinerary: Tree Huggers

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Start at the National Arboretum and take a brisk winter stroll past the original Capitol Columns, one of the most picturesque spots in the city. Warm up inside the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, located within the National Arboretum, where you can marvel at fine examples of the ancient art.

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Head down to the National Mall to check out the U.S. Botanic Gardens, brimming with rare and beautiful flowers and plants year-round. February brings out the best in the Gardens’ collection of orchids.

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Bring your love of the outdoors inside with cocktails and comfort food at Firefly in Dupont Circle. Sit underneath the floor-to-ceiling “firefly tree,” lit by lanterns and candles, and relax by the rustic stone wall and polished natural wood accents.

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Turn in for the night at The Fairmont Washington, D.C. The environmentally-friendly hotel is home to 105,000 honey bees who live in the the beehives named Casa Bella, Casa Blanca and Casa Bianca. Not only does their rooftop help with the national honey bee shortage, the bees also enhance the hotel’s culinary program.