Formerly Georgetown was separated from the center of Washington and for many years it was the residence of diplomats and people who worked in the government but, due to its proximity to the capital and the increase in demographics, it ended up becoming one of the most important neighborhoods in the capital.
Located east of the city next to Glover Park, very close to Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom is the Georgetown neighborhood. It is characterized by its cobbled streets, its architecture from the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries and for that excellent combination of old and new. The streets are full of life and the atmosphere is very friendly.
Founded on the banks of the Potomac River in 1751, the city of Georgetown preceded the establishment of Washington, becoming one of the largest cities in Maryland until it was assimilated into the District of Columbia. Therefore, this neighborhood has a very interesting history that you can learn through a walking tour through its streets, contemplating the beautiful Georgian stone mansions and brick terraced houses.
On your walk around the neighborhood, you can head to the Georgetown Visitor Center on Thomas Jefferson Street to grab a map and explore at your leisure, or take a free guided tour at noon during the summer. In this way you will get to know the oldest building in Washington, the Old Stone Houde, which dates back to 1765 and whose appearance has remained unchanged. Today it is a public museum with rooms decorated in the colonial style of the middle class.
Another worthwhile visit is the City Tavern Club, the place where the founding fathers of the United States often dined.: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.
Also Tudor Place House and Garden, a space that was owned by a relative of George Washington where you can see more than 8.000 pieces of art and furniture from the XNUMXth century and then walk through the two hectares of beautiful gardens.
Another place of interest to visit in Georgetown is the Custom House and Post Office, one of the first post office buildings built in the United States.
And not far from the visitor center is also the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (C&O) of the Potomac River, which linked the cities of Washington DC and Cumberland (Maryland) between 1831 and 1924. It was built to transport coal, wood and other products as an alternative route to the Potomac, which runs parallel to the canal. A great way to get to know the canal is by bike to enjoy its historic aqueducts, lock houses and mills.
On the other hand, about three kilometers from the center of Washington is Georgetown University, the oldest Catholic educational center in the United States that was founded in 1789.
In addition to numerous historical points of interest, Georgetown is also a great place to shop and enjoy fine dining at unique shops and restaurants, especially along Wisconsin and M streets. It is not uncommon to come across street musicians and outdoor performances.
Alternatively, you can visit Georgetown's riverside park for a relaxing meal while taking in views of the Potomac River.
For a romantic meal in an exceptional setting, try 1789 Restaurant, a historic restaurant on a quiet Georgetown street, or try Farmers, Fishers, Bakers, a waterfront restaurant with a focus on sustainability. During the warmer months of the year, the restaurants at Georgetown Waterfront are all the rage, offering outdoor seating with great views of the Potomac River.