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    Shopping, Eating, and People Watching

    by vivalasteph Written Apr 28, 2004

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    Georgetown sits in the northwest corner of Washington, right on the Potomac River. It is an enclave of wonderfully preserved rowhouses and large mansions, dating back to the 1700 and 1800's. Many government officials now reside here, which reflects the real estate prices.

    The main streets are full of shops and cafes, packed with students and tourists, and always hopping.

    The C & O Canal runs parallel with M St. and you can take a barge ride, or walk the towpath on a nice day.

    You can also visit the esteemed Georgetown University, and its lovely campus.

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    Boat Rides in Georgetown

    by PA2AKgirl Written Jan 18, 2004

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    The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, which is run by the National Park Service offers these great little rides from Georgetown. They used to also be offered at Great Falls, but I know they weren't in 2003, so you might need to check on that.

    Anyway, the rangers wear clothing from the 19th century, do wonderful 1st person interpretation of life on the canal then, while you are riding in a boat pulled by mules. During this ride, you'll learn about the history of the canal, life at the time, economy and goods...

    One of the highlights of this trip is the "lift lock" which takes the boat from one part of the canal down to the other.

    While you are in the area, you can also do some biking, hiking, go on other programs and other recreational activities. There's a Park Service visitor center in Georgetown as well that is open every day but Dec. 25th and Jan 1st.

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    Georgetown

    by richiecdisc Written Apr 25, 2010

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    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.

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    Georgetown

    by mindcrime Written Nov 9, 2010

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    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!

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    georgetown

    by doug48 Written Sep 22, 2007

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    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.

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    washington harbor

    by doug48 Written Sep 22, 2007

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    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.

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    by doug48 Written Sep 22, 2007

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    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.

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    For Hoya Wannabees

    by karenincalifornia Updated May 24, 2006

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    My son is a junior in high school and wanted to check out Georgetown University. That was what drew us the D.C. We took a college tour hosted by a Georgetown student. The day was beautiful, and we had a very enjoyable walk around campus.

    The campus has impressive buildings - old and new - and it seems every student has a cause. My favorite student club was the Grilling Club, whose members were grilling hamburgers in the main plaza during lunch. It's nice to see college kids engaged in an activity to keep them out of trouble.

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    Georgetown Village

    by gosiaPL Written Jan 30, 2005

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    I'd say it's a must to visit, especially if you feel tired of the magnitude of Washington D.C.'s major attractions. Georgetown feels completely different, it made me think of the Greenwich Village in New York City.

    I understand Georgetown is a hip enclave nowadays, although it started as a patch of dirt when it was founded as a small town on the Potomac in 1751. It was named in honour of King George II and soon it started to flourish due to its tobacco business, shipping, flour mills, wharves, etc. It became quite fashionable and was annexed to Washington City in 1871.

    Today, Georgetown is visited by 17 million tourists annually and boasts many attractions and charming little restaurants. I wish I had spent more time in Washington D.C. to really explore this village... Well, maybe next time.

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    A must visit

    by PierreZA Written May 18, 2008

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    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.

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    Georgetown

    by Pawtuxet Written Dec 2, 2002

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    Georgetown is a neighborhood of DC which is very different from the rest of the district. There is a commercial district with great clubs and restaurants...shopping...people watching. This fountain is in a small shopping mall along the business street. You really should try to cover some of the side streets for the architecture. Wonderful row houses, townhouses, little pocket gardens, wrought iron fences....very nice. This is the neighborhood where many Senators live.

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    STOP BY AND VISIT GEORGETOWN

    by DennyP Written Sep 11, 2011

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    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..

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    Georgetown's Old Stone House

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Nov 13, 2008

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    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.

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    Walk along the bustling streets of Georgetown

    by albaaust Written Jan 10, 2014

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    If you have time go for a wander around George Town. We stayed in a hotel in the area and did a lot of walking on our way to the subway. There are a lot of funky shops, art galleries and restaurants. Walk along M street (Mike Kors, Luluemon)and Wisconsin Avenue (Apple, Gap, Zara) which are the main streets.
    If interested in events in the area visit the website below.

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    Old Stone House, the oldest house in Washington

    by Jefie Updated Oct 6, 2014

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    Built in 1765, the Old Stone House is known as the oldest house in Washington and the only pre-revolutionary building still standing. For nearly 200 years, this humble two-storey stone cottage was used as a residence and as a shop, sometimes both at the same time. The house was bought by the federal government in 1953, and many years were spent restoring the house to its original form (so basically stripping down anything that had been added in the 19th and 20th centuries) before it opened as a museum in 1960. Today, it features a period kitchen, a dining room, four bedrooms, and a lovely garden at the back. It is open to visitors from noon to 5:00 pm daily, and admission is free. Oh, and I found my Georgetown booklet at the Old Stone House's giftshop :o)

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