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 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.

The creation of two friends, Sarah Cannova and Sassy Jacobs, Sassanova opened in Georgetown in 2003. The store has become a go-to destination for stylish footwear and sells designer shoes from the likes of Missoni and Tibi.

Located in Georgetown, Carling Nichols is owned by three friends who share a passion for the Chinese aesthetic. The store sells carefully selected Chinese antiques, including furniture, accessories, and artifacts.

The District Line brings edgy, tailored menswear from British labels like Ben Sherman to a clientele more accustomed to pinstripes and loafers.

Part of a vast estate off a quiet Georgetown street, the 10-acre garden of the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is a celebration of landscape.