Georgetown
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A charming neighborhood that, with its upscale boutiques and notable residents, is more than a college hangout.
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  • TonyK300
    New Jersey1,986 contributions
    A town you'll never forget!
    From the romantic to the vibrant and exciting feelings, this town provides smart and interesting memories for anyone who visits. From eclectic restaurants, historic buildings, gardens, weeping willow-lined canal paths, renown universities, and great places to shop, this town will stick in your memory forever. Start at the Key Bridge end of Avenue 'M' heading East and visit Georgetown University and the famous 1789 Restaurant (historic and classy $$$$); ease back down to Avenue M and check out the canal (especially when full); stop by the Sea Catch Restaurant right on the Canal then walk back up to the avenue and have a breakfast or pick up some vegetables/fruits at Dean & Deluca Market. Stop at any of the clothing stores on either side of the avenue and head down to Wisconsin Avenue off of Ave M and grab some lunch at a bowling lane or bocci alley at Pinstripes. Close by are a beautiful mall, bookstores and the eclectic Filomena restaurant whose Sunday brunches are famously different. After lunch grab a Garden tour through Georgetown Garden Club 202-965-1950. Wrap the day up (if you can still stand) art the La Chaumiere French restaurant if you can get a seat.
    Visited March 2021
    Written April 1, 2021
  • csserious2
    Chantilly, Virginia809 contributions
    Great touristy place in nation’s capital
    Georgetown has its own aura and colorful vibes with expensive shops, tourists milling around, cars looking for parking, traffic and long line for cupcakes. One can easily enjoy a good part of the day here. Georgetown is a wealthy aristocrat perched near Potomac river, and presents an entirely different aura from the museums, statues and government buildings for which Washington is famous for. Highly recommended, take a bus or Uber if you like to avoid parking headache.
    Visited August 2019
    Traveled with family
    Written June 19, 2020
  • Traveller
    New York City, New York3,119 contributions
    Nice visit
    I walked around Georgetown in August 2021 on a hot and humid day. I walked from 20th and E (Foggy Bottom / George Washington University) to Georgetown (M and 32nd). I had not been to Georgetown in a long time. It is still full of restaurants and stores and quite crowded, even on a weekday. My favorite restaurant Filomena's is still there although it was too crowded to eat there. I also looked quickly at the canal but did not walk down to the harbor. The challenge with Georgetown is getting there. My walk to Georgetown was 2 miles and took 40 minutes. I walked around Georgetown for around two hours and then took the Circulator bus to 20th and M. In the past we had always driven to Georgetown and parked at Wisconsin and M.
    Visited August 2021
    Written August 20, 2021
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BASTripper
West Hartford, CT282 contributions
Dec 2019
Truly an area filled with overprice stores and marvelous 18th and 19th homes. A nice place to walk, but not a lot to sink your teeth into. We did enjoy the winter Glow exhibit and if the community can keep on bringing street art to the community then visiting this historic area will be a draw. Ice skating was nice and sitting along the water was most relaxing.
Written January 2, 2020
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Bergmom
Duluth, Minnesota406 contributions
May 2022 • Family
These neighborhoods are definitely worth a stroll around! Lots of shops- my daughter liked H & M, Aerie, Urban Outfitters but they have a TJ Maxx, lots of food options, a couple tourist-type stores, juice and coffee bars, etc. We got there from DV via MetroBus with one transfer (easy) and then got back to DC via MetroBus to the Rosslyn Station and then took the Metro back to DC. It’s easy to load money on the SmarTrip app and just tap your phone when you get on the MetroBus or train. Weekend trips are cheap or free and most day trips cost us $2- MUCH less than an Uber.
Written May 24, 2022
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Anita J
Raleigh69 contributions
Jan 2020
We try never to miss a trip to Georgetown when in the area. We enjoy the cobbled streets, specialty boutiques and excellent restaurants. It is often possible to find a meal and live music ranging from jazz to blues to more contemporary.
Written March 2, 2020
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,210 contributions
Jan 2020
It was a warm day so I decided to walk from the Cathedral of St. Matthews the Apostle
( located near 17th Street) to this neighborhood.

I took my time walking and admiring the beautiful sceneries I passed by along M Street, NW: hotels, restaurants, shops, gyms, etc. before reaching Georgetown.

Per Trip Advisor, I noted the various attractions located here, visited them and posted results of my visit: Old Stonehouse, Potomac River, Key Bridge, Francis Scott Memorial Park. Georgetown Waterfront Park, C & O Canal, Georgetown University, etc. There are many shops and restaurants located here as well.

Highly recommended to visit!
Written January 11, 2020
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Jan C
Cleveland, OH37 contributions
Aug 2019
I'm in DC a lot. Such a great city Georgetown has numerous great restaurants, walking areas, many different tours, stores, many historic homes . Italian restaurants on the canal, great restaurants on the river. Speaking of the Potomac, there are numerous tours. You can also rent kayaks and water toys.
Written January 18, 2020
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The_Loup_Garou
Phoenix, AZ166,281 contributions
Mar 2020
A Lovely Neighborhood in Washington

I love Georgetown, and mostly due to its architecture, though its history is an important aspect too. On a gloomy March day, I strolled parts of Georgetown, and not for the first time. On previous trips, usually in the Autumn, I have walked the streets extensively, studying the architecture - some famous, but some just attractive. It seems that at least a quarter of the buildings are on the National Historical Register.

With restaurants and shopping, plus several hotels, and then Georgetown University, there is much more to draw one to this neighborhood, but for me, on this Spring day, it was just the architecture, and a nice stroll.

Normally, I will walk along the Georgetown Canal (an historical site, in its own right), but I stayed a little north. I only had about an hour for this part of my stroll, as I had to meet my wife back at our hotel, near the White House, so had quite a few blocks for my return trip. I would allow at least 4 hours to explore Georgetown, with all that it has to offer, and include lunch in one of the myriad restaurants, as well.
Written October 17, 2020
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lalocadr19
Hollywood, Florida6,564 contributions
Nov 2021
This place has plenty to see, the main streets is full of boutiques, restaurants, and cafes. The waterfront park is great to take a stroll and enjoy the potomac river, which also has restaurant to dine in. The park has plenty of area where you can sit and enjoy the evening. The only hassle is the parking, fee to park.
Written January 5, 2022
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MrMrsHappyR
Liverpool, UK1,157 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Lovely old style town with lots of nice shops and restaurants and eateries. The Circulator Bus only costs $1 and goes between Georgetown & Union Station. There is a great cake shop called Georgetown Cupcakes which does lots of different flavours
Written September 10, 2023
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Tor Elias T
11 contributions
Jan 2020
We stayed at the Georgetown suites, close to great shopping and food. Visited the Potomac riverbed, parks and watched people have a great time on the ice course.

You will find all kinds of food, special stores and overall the community seems like a friendlier part of town.
Written January 30, 2020
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RMarois
Trois-Rivières54 contributions
Apr 2023
Georgetown is a beautiful area of Washington DC. However we fond the main strips (M street and Wisconsin Avenue) overly commercial and crowded. We prefer the back streets which are much more charming and relaxing. The Georgetown University grounds is worth a visit and the waterfront is also pleasant. Although very short, Cady's Alley just south of M Street is very beautiful.
Written April 5, 2023
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