Harbor / Waterfront / Canal / Marina, Washington D.C.
The Potomac River runs 383 miles from the West Virginia-Maryland border to the Chesapeake Bay south of Washington DC. Some of the major cities along the river include Harper's Ferry, WV, Washington, DC, Arlington, VA, and Alexandria, VA. The river forms part of the borders between Maryland and Washington, D.C. to the north and West Virginia and Virginia to the south. At the mouth of the Potomac, the river is 11 miles wide, between Point Lookout, Maryland and Smith Point, Virginia.
Numerous famous Americans were born and lived along the Potomac. Two of the most famous are George Washington and Robert E. Lee. Of course, every President and Congressman has also resided along the river while serving in Washington DC!
Various methods have been used to navigate the river. The Patowmack Canal was envisioned and partially funded by George Washington to connect the area Georgetown with Cumberland, Maryland. Started in 1785, its five short canals were not completed until 1802, and they ceased operations in 1830. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal operated along the opposite bank of the Potomac in Maryland from 1850 to 1924 and it also connected Cumberland to Washington, D.C.
Today numerous parks line the Potomac. The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park runs is 184.5 miles along the north side of the river. Also in Maryland, south of DC, you will find Oxon Hill Farm, Fort Foot National Park, Fort Washington Park, Piscataway National Park, and Point Lookout State Park. In Washington DC you will find Georgetown Waterfront Park, Theodore Roosevelt Island, Lady Bird Johnson Park, West Potomac Park, and East Potomac Park including Hains Point. In Virginia, you'll find Harpers Ferry National Park, Balls Bluff Battlefield, Great Falls Park, Jones Point Park, Fort Hunt National Park, Mount Vernon, Leesylvania State Park, and George Washington's Birthplace National Park.
Sadly, Hogate's Restaurant closed in October, 2001. I am using the travelogue format instead of "restaurants" tell y'all what made it special in the usual V.T. restaurant tip format.
FAVOURITE MENU ITEM: appetiser: escargot; entree: fried scallops with baked potato and salad.
UNIQUE QUALITIES: Rum buns- cinnamon & raisin buns cooked with rum were a perfect way to cap off a great meal at this restaurant. Also, the view of the Southwest D.C. waterfront was extraordinary. I'm sorry, folks, I don't have a photo capturing that view, but I, like most Washingtonians, never thought it would close.
FORMER LOCATION: 800 Water St. SW, Washington, DC 20024
MORE INFORMATION: I was there twice. The first time, the boss took the lot of us out there when we had a business trip in the area. The second time, I paid up on a lost bet to my boss (that Phil Gramm would be the Republican nominee for President in '96). It's not the sort of restaurant I would go to except on special occasions. It's one of those restaurants with a wine list and where you have to tip the gatekeeper at the subterranean parking deck.
Fortunately, Hogate's is somewhat reincarnated as H2O in its exact spot. Looking at their website, the menu looks very similar to that of Hogate's up to and including their rum buns. However, I haven't personally eaten at this new restaurant. If I do, I will create a separate restaurant tip.
Favorite thing: Terry & I took a brunch tour down & back up the Potomac River with all the Cherry Blossom Princeses and saw a few of the beautiful Roverboats alpng the way. This one is privately owned by a school or college, sorry don't remember which the old fella said, it does not run tours for visitors, only the students. A little tid bit an 83 year old man told me, this cute little couple in their 80's I met at Phillips Flagship Restaurant located at the marina on the Potomac River down near the fort. He said he was on the board at that school, that's how he new this info. Sorry didn't mean to get off track, just wanted to share this beautiful boat with you.
Favorite thing: This is a nice area to walk, to relax or to enjoy time since there are some bar/cafes/restaurents near the marina