Founded 50 years before Washington, DC, Georgetown is a charming neighborhood and thriving community. While it has since been absorbed into the District, Georgetown retains a strong individual identity. Home to some of the most beautiful and historic homes in the city, Georgetown is one of the main destinations for tourists to walk around and take in its timeless character.
But Georgetown is about way more then beautiful homes and historic character. Along Wisconsin Avenue and M Street, you are spoiled for choice with amazing shops, bars, and restaurants. In recent years Georgetown has become a mecca for high-end fashion and design shops. There is a very strong arts and creative scene that contrasts very nicely with the neighborhood's historic character. Georgetown also features an enclosed shopping mall, as well as trendy restaurants along the Potomac river at the Washington Harbour waterfront.
Georgetown is home to the main campus of Georgetown University and numerous other landmarks, such as the Volta Bureau and the Old Stone House, the oldest unchanged building in Washington. The embassies of Cameroon, France, Kosovo, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Mongolia, Sweden, Thailand, Ukraine and Venezuela are located in Georgetown.
Things to Do
Away from the main streets of M and Wisconsin, Georgetown has plenty more to offer. Take a walk up to Book Hill where you'll find a collection of world-class fine art galleries and the Peabody Room at the Georgetown branch of the DC Public Library (with a great view across the Potomac). Or walk down to the canal & waterfront district to see a more industrial type of architecture sweeping views of the Francis Scott Key Bridge. Cady's Alley is also close by, with a large collection of design shops, cafes, and restaurants.
For those looking to escape the city, you can quickly find yourself in nature with Archibold, Whitehaven, and C&O Canal parks all nearby. The C&O canal bike path can take you up to nearby dancing at Echo Park, the wonderful Great Falls, and even all the way to Harpers Ferry, WV. There is also the 11 mile Capital Crescent Trail that weaves its way through parks all the way through Bethesda and to Silver Spring. On warmer days, be sure to stop by the Key Bridge Boathouse to kayak and canoe around the Potomac.
For food and drinks, Georgetown has a mix of just about everything. Cafe Leopold, Patisserie Poupon, Baked & Wired, and Dolcezza are great coffee and breakfast spots. For lunch, try out Simply Banh Mi, Stachowski Market & Deli, or Cafe Mayo. Finally, stop in Bourbon Steak, Fiola Mare, or il Canale for a great meal. You can see a full list of the best rated businesses here.