Welcome to Georgetown
Beyond Washington D.C.'s natural attraction for tourists, Georgetown is steeped in history with its 18th and 19th-century homes along the river. Charming row houses are within walking distance of the bustling areas along the Potomac River as well as the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Here, you can easily walk to some of Georgetown's European eateries or find a spot to sip on some cocktails from a rooftop with a view. Georgetown offers an atmosphere of hip and trendy melded with its historic ambiance.
What to Love
- Numerous boutiques and shops
- Stylish rowhomes
- Historical cobblestone streets
- Old-world charm
- Fabulous European-style restaurants and cafes
- Georgetown Waterfront with spectacular views of the Potomac
The urban area of Georgetown is eclectic, with a blend of modernism added to its historic background. There are rooftop venues with majestic views of the Potomac and D.C. monuments, such as the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Luxury real estate is available within walking distance to European-style restaurants that offer meals from sunup to sundown. There is no more welcoming place to meet, work, play, or live in the D.C. area than Georgetown.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
For dining, shopping, and entertainment, Georgetown never disappoints. Located in the heart of the area, you can find trendy eating options from Kafe Leopold in Cady’s Alley NW between M and the canal. Kafe Leopold is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Here you can find vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free meal options.
After your meal, check out Cady’s Alley's prime stores and cozy little boutiques, from Avocado Mattress to Jewelerswerk, Brilliant Earth, or Design Within Reach.
Alternatively, put on a tie and dress up for dinner to dine at Café Milano, "Where the world's most powerful people go," according to The New York Times. Since this Italian cuisine paradise opened its doors in 1992, "Café Milano has been a power center" for entertainers, politicians, and diplomats from around the world.
For cocktails, appetizers, and a good read, you can visit L'Annexe on M Street, NW. For business or pleasure offering a view, check out the Rooftop at the Graham, which offers delicious cocktails.
Things to Do
Georgetown never lacks something fun to do! From museums to parks, entertainment, and the arts, there is always something happening here.
Located along the banks of the Potomac River, Georgetown Waterfront Park's fountain offers a respite from the summer heat, allowing children of all ages a place to splash and play. For a place to let go of the chatter from the outside world, visit the labyrinth, designed as a place of contemplation by walking the path from its outer rim into its center. Pay a visit to the rain gardens or the pollinator gardens to take in the fresh air.
On a cold, rainy day, check out the Dumbarton Oaks Museum with its permanent and visiting exhibits of "world-class collections of art." If the sun comes out, step out into the adjoining Dumbarton Oaks Gardens, filled with terraces, orchards, meadows, and wooded pathways.
Georgetown is home to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which hosts close to 2,000 events each year. You may be able to catch a Broadway hit, an evening of dance, or pay a visit to the new permanent exhibit, Art and Ideals: President John F. Kennedy. Be sure to tour The REACH, exploring JFK's "vision for a new frontier for the arts."
You can enjoy the great outdoors with a ride along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canals. What once operated as a byway for lumber, coal, and agricultural products to travel to various communities along its route now offers a path for discovering the area's natural history. Alternatively, you can boat down the Potomac on a tour offered through Key Bridge Boathouse, or if adventuresome, rent a canoe or kayak from May through October.
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