25 THINGS TO DO IN GEORGETOWN

01.

Get moving with one of the neighborhood’s many running clubs: Nike, Georgetown Running Company, lululemon, and Athleta all offer free running clubs. Or make it your goal to run all the way up the Exorcist stairs (3600 Prospect St. NW)--all 75 of 'em.


02.

Update your wardrobe at fashion-insider-favorite Ann Mashburn and Sid Mashburn, trendy Warby Parker, Free People and Violet Boutique, or recently opened Tuckernuck, Curio, or & Other Stories. Got a big event coming up? Rent a flirty frock at one of the country's only brick-and-mortar Rent the Runway locations. Snag fashionable finds for less at consignment stores Ella Rue, Pretty Chic, Reddz Trading and Second Time Around.


03.

Explore the C&O Canal Towpath. Whether you’re running, biking, or just taking a leisurely stroll, the canal is a lovely change of pace from the crowded M Street sidewalks. Wondering where all the water is right now? Georgetown's C&O Canal is in the middle of an exciting restoration!


04.

Treat yourself to some pampering! For the least expensive manicure in the 'hood ($14), look no further than Kim's Nails. At Luigi Parasmo Salon, enjoy a pedicure ($50) in oversized leather chairs equipped with built-in iPads.


05.

Georgetown is one of the few neighborhoods in Washington that can be reached by water. Take a Washington Monuments Cruise from the Georgetown Waterfront for a fun, relaxing way to take in sights like the Jefferson Memorial and The Washington Monument.


06.

Dine at DC's #1 restaurant, Fiola Mare, at Washington Harbour or explore wine bars Eno or bar a vin next to Chez Billy Sud.  Unum DC is a local favorite, and newcomer Zannchi on Wisconsin Avenue has received rave reviews.  For the largest selection of Belgian beers in the region and fine Belgian cuisine, head to The Sovereign in a quaint alley off Wisconsin Avenue.


07.

Paddle the Potomac! Key Bridge Boathouse is the place to go to rent kayaks, canoes, or take a paddling lesson. For the adventurous fitness fanatics, try the stand-up paddleboard yoga or fitness classes.


08.

Explore the gorgeous gardens of Georgetown’s three historic house museums – Dumbarton Oaks, Dumbarton House, and Tudor Place.


09.

Dine al fresco at one of many neighbood restaurants, such as in Martin's Tavern, Paolo's, Chez Billy Sud, Tony & Joe's, Nick's Riverside Grill, Farmers Fishers Bakers, Orange Anchor, Kafe Leopold, Fiola Mare, Ristorante Piccolo, Il Canale, FlavioCafe Milano, Peacock Cafe, Mai ThaiPinstripes, Sequoia, Old Glory Bar-b-que, and the Grill Room at the Rosewood


10.

Rest a while in Georgetown Waterfront Park, whether you’re relaxing in the grass or having a zen moment on the labyrinth.


11.

Go retro and browse the vinyl at Hill & Dale, an indie record store located just off M Street in the cluster of shops called Canal Square.


12.

Visit Georgetown’s Book Hill section of Wisconsin Avenue for gallery-hopping (a guide is here), antiques and great small-biz shopping. 


13.

Enjoy a healthy salad from at Georgetown original-turned-national-obsession Sweetgreen’s original M Street shop. Go 'farm-to-taco' at Chaia, with their scrumptious vegetarian tacos on Grace Street.


14.

Visit Georgetown’s (and D.C.’s) oldest standing structure – the Old Stone House – and see what life was like for the earliest Georgetown residents.


15.

Grab top-notch pastries, salads, soups and sandwiches at Dog Tag Bakery. Employees are veterans who run the bakery while pursuing small business and entrepreneurship courses through a partnership with Georgetown University. 


16.

Rent a bike from Big Wheel Bikes and tour the neighborhood on two wheels.


17.

Take a macaron tour. The colorful French sandwich cookies are available at Olivia Macaron, Macaron Bee & Lady Camellia, Malmaison, Paul, Dean & Deluca, and Patisserie Poupon.


18.

Don’t forget the cupcakes! Baked & Wired, Georgetown Cupcake, and Sprinkles are all within walking distance of one another.


19.

Spruce up your house as you take a spin through Georgetown's "design district," Cady’s Alley.


20.

Eat and play (bowling, bocce ball) at Pinstripes – where else can you celebrate that strike with a glass of wine?


21.

Tone up at a Barre3, SoulCycle, Definitions Personal Training, Fitness Together, or Fuel Pilates class.


22.

Take in a live show at the iconic Blues Alley, celebrating 50 years this year, or Americana/Folk destination Gypsy Sally’s.


23.

Perfect your warrior pose with a yoga class at Down Dog Yoga, CorePower Yoga, Georgetown Yoga, or Yoga Del Sol. Or stop by Patagonia on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-8:30 for a FREE class (don't forget your mat!).


24.

Avoid the evening rush hour and spend happy hour outside enjoying the music, fountains and waterside views at Washington Harbour.


25.

Wander the side streets and take in the architecture dating back as early as the 1700s. Learn more about historic Georgetown at the Peabody Room at the peaceful Georgetown Library