Oyster Lovers Find Amore Along The Shore

Searching for a sweet spot to spend Valentine’s Day? The Chesapeake Bay is laced with restaurants that create an ambiance for romance. You’ll find beautiful bivalves, soft candlelight to set a sultry mood, and stars winking above the water.

Our years of cavorting around the Bay have unveiled places that can get your Valentine’s heart thumping. If you take care of the red roses and chocolate, we’ll help set the stage for an idyllic evening. Here are our favorite destinations for courting oyster lovers:

Intimate Urban Charm

Whether your darling desires a night on the town or wants city noise to fade into the background, Baltimore’s got you covered with an eclectic array of places ranging from a restored 18th century tavern to a dreamy lounge where you might test the aphrodisiac magic of oysters plucked fresh from the Bay. Our top picks:


Love with a Capital L

Washington, DC, has a special spin on romance. It’s loaded with historic oyster enclaves, decadent raw bars and swanky seafood houses with the right touch for granting Valentine wishes. With its restaurant renaissance in full swing, you can toast bipartisan bivalves with a sparkling glass of champagne. Check out:


Cupid, Pull Back Your Bow

Just strolling down the cobblestone streets of Annapolis can get sparks flying on the big date night. To counter chilly winter winds, Maryland’s charming capital offers sweet spots to warm the hands and the heart. After relishing a romantic meal, you could swing by the City Dock for a waterfront nightcap. For a special evening, start with:


Sweet Southern Comfort

The Bay’s southern waters are teeming with briny bivalves that will tantalize your taste buds whether you order a dozen just-shucked on an icy platter or bubbling hot Rockefeller style. Virginia’s restauranteurs are passionate about the variety of flavors emerging from their regional oyster revival. Sample their finest at these lovely places:


Moonstruck on the Eastern Shore

The Eastern Shore is steeped in casual elegance and rural tranquility. A jaunt across the Bay Bridge delivers some of the region’s top chefs and memorable oyster houses where you can whisk your Valentine away from the every day and curl up by a crackling fire. Historic mansions and romantic B&Bs present gracious getaways with seasonal dishes. Our favorites:


Happy Valentine’s Day! Don’t forget to make reservations. For more oyster destinations, go to Chesapeake Oyster Lovers’ Handbook at www.weloveoysters.com