Mt. Vernon has a nice array of restaurants, coffee shops and bars. It has a couple nice museums and unusual shops and neighbors who are as friendly as can be. This is a very highly dense LGBT community so the majority of the gay bars/restaurants are situated in this district. The only drawback is that a few blocks away is a not so nice neighborhood so stay on alert when walking on the streets and stay in well lit areas. Overall it's a nice neighborhood and we frequent this area often.