Georgetown

Things to do in Georgetown

Paddle or sail the Potomac in a canoe, single or double kayak, rowing shell or Sunfish rented by the hour or the day. Go left and float by Watergate, the Kennedy Center and the Arlington Memorial Bridge; turn right for a snapshot of Georgetown’s convivial waterfront.

Open since the class of 1962, the closest bar to Georgetown University draws students on a study break, as well as alum wistful for the good ole days.

The boutique for men and women features a well-curated selection of styles appropriate for nearly every occasion: day job, garden party, weekend in the Hamptons, your best friend’s wedding.

Kick off your shoes, grab a cushion, and sample teas from around the world (Japan, China, South Africa, Taiwan, more). The trained staff delivers the hot beverage in traditional Chinese serving and sipping vessels, and throws in a lesson on the steeping and serving process.

Tudor Place, owned by Thomas Peter, son of Georgetown’s first mayor, and Martha Custis, granddaughter of Martha Washington, stayed in the family for nearly 180 years.

This trendy women's boutique stands out like a peacock just north of Wisconsin Avenue's drab procession of chain stores.

Now a historical site spanning 184.5 miles, the Chesapeake & Ohio canal was originally used to ferry goods like coal, lumber, and grain down the Potomac River, and it even played a roll in events like the Civil War, western expansion, and immigration.

Dance club with noted mixologist

Located in bustling, upscale Georgetown, Dean & Deluca specializes in fine foods and California wines along with kitchenware. The store occupies a converted open-air market that stretches from M Street all the way back to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, which is now a national historic park.

This chic outpost at the Ritz Carleton in Georgetown boasts an upper-crust clientele and a New York state of mind. Impeccably dressed patrons knock back classic cocktails in a retro-1940's space favoring warm hues and exposed brick walls.

The nation's oldest Catholic and Jesuit university was established in 1789 on a hill overlooking the Potomac and the village of Georgetown. The flagship building, the Flemish romanesque Healy Hall, was completed in 1882 and is a national historic landmark.

Straight out of Hong Kong, this cosmopolitan Georgetown restaurant and bar serves "Silk Road-inspired" American cuisine and libations in one of the most unique dining spaces to be found in Washington.

Within the bustle of busy Georgetown, there exists a quiet 27-acres of shade trees, walking paths, and tennis courts, a perfect spot for a relaxing afternoon. Rope-making kingpin Robert Parrott originally owned the land in the 19th century, and welcomed local residents to enjoy picnics.

With its fresh, homemade ice creams and fat-free frozen yogurts, there is typically a line to enter the Georgetown branch of Thomas Sweet. The white-brick storefront is lined with green umbrellas and chairs, and the green theme continues to the few tables inside.

This gelateria produces small, handmade batches of gelato each morning inside its Georgetown shop.