Although Georgetown is mainly a residential suburb of The District of Columbia , with its tree lined leafy streets....it is a haven for Bars, Restaurants all sorts of eateries and music venues..The call of Georgetown especially at night and on weekends entices locals to Party hard in this fun town...I know I love this town and try and visit whenever in Washington DC or nearby Virginia. Being a prominent part of the Capital of the country Georgetown certainly gets its fair share of the city's visitors that come from all over the USA to see Washington DC and the many things that there are to see here..so this usually sees the local venues packed with visiting patrons.I know there are just so many places to eat and drink here ...getting through one of "Clydes" huge burgers I know takes some doing.. and a cold beer or two at the "Guards" is hard to pass up.visitors find many good venues with music here also I know an all time popular favourite is "Blues Alley" here you can listen some of the best Blues in the country with Artista changed regularly..yes...drop into George town ...you wont be dissapointed..
One afternoon after seeing many many monuments and museums we decided to get away from the city center and drink a beer somewhere else. We went to Georgetown which is now an upclass neighborhood of DC but 39 older than Washington DC. It was officially formed in 1751 with the name Georgetown because of king George II.
The only problem is that the metro doesn’t go there and we had to walk a bit from the station, believe me, we were so tired that we were thinking even to return back to our hotel. But we made it and didn’t regret it. It’s really a charming picturesque area with nice colonial architecture. The central avenue was full of people going shopping (the prices are high) but I also loved some small cafes, ideal for people watching.
If you have time you can walk along the Chesapeake & Ohio canal, we did it only for some minutes.
We didn’t check any sights here though but we took a picture of the Old Stone House which is the oldest building in Washington DC! It was built in 1765!
Looking at Georgetown today, it's hard to see past the trendy colorful neighborhood that attracts tourists and locals alike but it's historical past dates back to 1761 with a lifeline tied tightly to tobacco. Named after King George, its past has not been all illustrious: going from prosperous shipping center, to a fashionable living quarter, to refuge of freed slaves, to one of the city's worst slums, to home to John F. Kennedy, and finally to the dining/shopping retreat it is today.
This was high on our list of places to see in the DC area. It's impressive old brick houses, colorful shops, and charming streets are a delight to stroll around. A bonus for us was it being home to the best beer bar in the DC area, the trendy Pizzeria Birerria.
”Only seven years ago we made a treaty by which we were assured that the buffalo country should be left to us forever. Now they threaten to take that from us also.”
— Sitting Bull (1831-1890)
AND THAT’S NO BULL Unfortunately, as Sitting Bull predicted, the U.S. Government did take all.
When the Bison Bridge, also known as the Dumbarton Bridge and the Q Street Bridge, was built between 1914 and 1915, Americans were passing through a period of nostalgia (guilt?) for the nation’s native people and the West. The Indian head/buffalo nickel had been issued in 1913.
Alexander Phimister Proctor was granted the commission to sculpt the four enormous bison on the strength of the tigers he designed for the 16th Street Bridge. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the bridge was opened to the public on Christmas Day 1915.
Chu Yuan (340 –278 BC) was the leader of the province of Chu in ancient China. He fell out of favor with the emperor, despite his best efforts to protect his people. So he committed suicide by jumping into the Mi-Lo River. The local people tried in vain to rescue him, but it was too late.
To this day, the people of Chu celebrate him by holding this annual boat race on the river. The sport of dragon boat racing became highly developed in China, an ancient tradition that was carried over to the US. Not much different from rowing contests in Britain, this has become a huge event in Georgetown.
So what's the big deal? This house is the oldest in Georgetown, built by a humble carpenter in 1765-66. Inside are restored colonial-era rooms. Next to the house is a charming English-style garden.
It seems out of place standing along the busiest part of M St, Georgetown's main drag, surrounded by shops and restaurants. But it offers a bit of a respite from the hustle and bustle of Georgetown. And it's free.
Georgetown's Old Stone House was built in 1765, and it is the oldest known structure in the Washington DC city limits. The house was initially built by a cabinet maker named Christopher Layman, then was expanded in 1767 by Cassandra Chew. The was was purchased by the Federal Government in 1953 and about 85 percent of the structure is the original construction.
The Old Stone House has tours available Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00pm - 5:00pm. The bookstore is open every day from 12:00pm - 5:00pm. The peaceful garden out back is open for self-tours every day during daylight.
Georgetown is described as a neighbourhood of DC, but it almost feel like a totally different town. It is actually in Maryland, so strictly speaking it is a different town?
It is quiet and laid back, with quaint old houses and shops. This is a good area for shopping and eating, as it has many different types of restaurants.
There is no metro serving Georgetown, but it is a short drive from Du Pont Circle. Georgetown is one of the stops on the Open Top Bus Route.
This is definitely on the ‘must do’ list when visiting Washington DC.
pictured is a typical street in georgetown. the streets of georgetown are tree lined with beautiful federal style town houses. some excellent examples of georgetown architecture is the stone house, (3051 M street n.w.), wheatly row on N street, the laird-dunlop house. (3014 N street), and the thomas beall house once the home of jacquline kennedy, (3017 N street). a very nice neighborhood to visit when in washington d.c.
washington harbor is a complex of apartments, offices, shops, restaurants, and bars located on the potomac in georgetown. tour boats run from washington harbor to the mall. a very nice place to eat or have a drink and watch the boats on the potomac.
georgetown is a very nice neighborhood just west of central washington d.c. pictured is the riggs national bank located on the corner of wisconsin & M street in the heart of georgetown. from this location most of the sights of georgetown are within walking distance. both wisconsin street and M street are lined with shops, restaurants. and bars. there is no metro service to georgetown so you must take a cab or the "circulator" bus to get there. see my transportion tips for more information.
Georgetown is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Washington, DC and because of its prime location on the Potomac River served as a major port and commercial center during colonial times. Today, Georgetown is a vibrant community with lots of upscale shopping and restaurants along its cobblestone streets. Housing is expensive here and many of the homes are 200 year-old restored row houses. Most Georgetown University students live on campus or rent apartments uptown or nearby in Virginia.
Georgetown was formally established in 1751 when the Maryland Assembly authorized a town on the Potomac River on 60 acres of land belonging to George Beall and George Gordon. George Town was named in honor of King George II. In 1871, it was annexed by the City of Washington.
The area reached the height of fashionablity when Georgetown resident John F. Kennedy was elected president. Kennedy lived in Georgetown in the 1950s as both a Congressman and a Senator. Parties hosted by his wife, Jackie, and many other Georgetown hostesses drew political elites away from downtown clubs and hotels or the upper 16th Street corridor. Kennedy went to his presidential inauguration from his townhouse at 3307 N Street in January 1961. During the late 1960s and 1970s Georgetown was a popular venue for hippies and street people. During the 1980s and the 1990s Georgetown once again acquired a reputation as a center of wealth and style in the capital.
Martha Washington's granddaughter, also named Martha, married a merchant named Thomas Peter. They had this estate built in 1805, with money from inherited from George Washington (Martha's step-grandfather). Completed in 1816, it remained in the Peter family until 1983.
In 1988, the Tudor Place Foundation took over. Now, it's open for public tours. Each tour lasts about an hour--barely enough to cover the highlights of this home's long history.
The house has an impressive collection of antique furniture, china, art, and many other items. Sorry, but NO photos are allowed inside. Feel free to take pictures of the outside, and the lush garden.
On the north bank of the Potomac River, in the heart of old Georgetown, is a popular summer gathering place known as Washington Harbor. Here are restaurants, bars, and shopping in a beautiful riverside setting.
The nearest Metro is Foggy Bottom-GWU. It's a good walk, but the blue busses take you there for $1.50 each way (have exact change, please).
Dumbarton Oaks has an early 19th century mansion that was acquired by the Bliss family, and later deeded to Harvard University. It is still owned and administered by the university. Its libraries are still used for historical research. The mansion is surrounded by some of the best private gardens in the Washington area.
In 1944, representatives of the US, Russia, and China met and negotiated the Dumbarton Oaks Proposals. These later formed the basis of the UN Charter.
The mansion and libraries are undergoing restoration, and will not be open to the public until 2007. But the gardens alone make it worth the visit.