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Amtrak Offers BOGO Valentine’s Day Tickets



Amtrak has announced a Valentine’s Day Buy One Get One Free Sale. From Thursday, February 13, through Monday, February 17, customers can buy one coach ticket and get the second free for nationwide travel between March 9and August 30, 2020, with no blackout dates. Customers can receive discounted tickets by using the code V214 at checkout or at

Amtrak is offering a great way for customers and their loved ones to travel for a weekend away or on a leisurely vacation. From couples to moms, to friends, to every loved one, Amtrak encourages individuals to give more than chocolates, flowers, and valentines this year. Instead, consider gifting a trip on Amtrak with a two for the price of one, Buy One Get One Free Sale.

Amtrak Fare Sale

The discount is valid for travel across the national network including most long-distance routes as well as the AcelaAdirondackCarolinian/Piedmont,CascadesDowneasterDownstate Illinois Services, Empire ServiceEthan Allen ExpressHeartland FlyerMaple LeafMichigan ServicesMissouri River RunnerNortheast RegionalSan JoaquinsValley FlyerVermonter and reserved sections of the Pennsylvanian and Keystone Service. Two customers can travel together in coach for as low as:


New York – Washington, D.C (Acela) $183

Los Angeles – Seattle $126

Washington, D.C. – Boston (Acela) $192

Seattle – Portland, OR $36

Washington, D.C. – Chicago $105

San Francisco – Denver $149

San Francisco – Los Angeles $66.50

New York – Atlanta $164

New York – Washington, D.C.$98

Chicago – St. Louis$31

Los Angeles – Albuquerque $86

St. Louis – Kansas City $36

Portland, ME – Boston $29

Richmond, VA – Charlotte $54

Detroit – Chicago $40

Washington, D.C. – Orlando $139

Fares will vary by train

Being able to easily travel to/from city centers, Amtrak has one of the most generous baggage policies in the travel industry, applicable for two personal items and two carry-on bags. Amtrak also offers the freedom to use phones and electronic devices at all times (no “airplane mode”), the ability to travel with small pets on many trains, large spacious seats with ample legroom and no middle seat.

This sale is valid for one free companion rail fare traveling on the same reservation as one full adult coach fare. This offer is valid for travel on all reserved service except the Auto Train. Adults must travel together and be booked in the same reservation. Valid for coach seats only; no upgrades allowed. This offer is not combinable with any other discount offer. All prices will be automatically discounted from the standard fare when accessing this promotion at or by using the discount code (V214) when booking their trip. Other terms and conditions apply.

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Love The French Way at Sofitel Washington Lafayette Square



It turns out I’m not the only one who’s in love with Washington DC – CNN has just named Washington, DC one of the top 20 places to visit in 2020.

And if you’re looking for the perfect romantic setting to enjoy some time with the object of your affection for Valentine’s Day, we’ve got just the place.

Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square is offering their special, Love the French Way Package.  Couples will receive a 15% reduction on luxurious accommodations, a romantic welcome amenity and a $75 dinner credit in the hotel’s French-inspired Opaline Bar & Brasserie.

Sofitel Washington DC is situated at the corner of Lafayette Square bordering the White House and just steps from the best of Washington DC monuments, museums and fabulous shopping at the chic CityCenterDC.

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Opaline Bar & Brasserie is offering a trés romantic Dîner de la Saint-Valentine on Friday and Saturday, February 14th and 15th.

Executive Chef Kevin Lalli and his culinary team are preparing a three-course French dinner – designed to bring out the romance in all who dine the French Way this Valentine’s weekend. From 5:00 to 10:00 pm, guests an appetizer, entrée and dessert from the menu:


Lobster Bisque

Rosemary crouton, fine herbs or…

Baby Beets

Chévre, smoked apple, pecan or…

Spinach Ricotta Angolotti

Pine nuts, pickled onion, sage


Coq au Vin

Fingerling potatoes, root vegetables or…

Whole Branzino

Brussel sprouts, red Anjou yuzu or…

8 Ounce Filet Mignon au Poivre

Parsnip, asparagus, Grand Marnier jus



Raspberry, meringue, basil or…

Red Velvet Cake

Cream cheese, strawberries

            Möet Chandon bubbly specials are available starting from $20 by the glass and $95 by the bottle.

            Opaline’s Diner de la Saint-Valentine is $65 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity.  For reservations please visit: or call (202) 730-8701.

            Urban Parisian design with an homage to archetypal French restaurant décor is the landscape of Opaline’s sleek and polished dining room and bar.

            Opaline Bar & Brasserie, located at 806, 15th Street, NW, at the corner of Lafayette Square bordering the White House, offers service from 6:00 am until 12:00 pm daily, with its bar opening at 12 noon.

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