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Welcome to charming, bustling Georgetown. A nationally-designated historic district, Georgetown was founded in 1751, nearly half a century before the District of Columbia, as a bustling port city on the banks of the Potomac. Today Georgetown is a neighborhood with a vibrant business district, an active residential community, and a popular recreational waterfront. It is D.C.’s premier destination and ‘playground’ for shopping, dining, history, fitness, and family fun.
Georgetown offers a variety of 450+ shopping, dining and entertainment options in a beautiful, historic setting. M Street, Georgetown’s main avenue, is recognized as one of the best shopping streets in the country. The intersection of M and Wisconsin Avenue is the heart of Georgetown, with boutique-lined streets extending in all four directions. Known for its quaint cobblestone streets and 18th and 19th century architecture, the neighborhood is a delightful mix of past and present that sets it apart from the rest of Washington, D.C.
Centered on the 1600 block of Wisconsin Avenue and named for nearby Book Hill Park, this area is home to a cluster of commercial fine art galleries—the Georgetown Galleries—and locally-owned boutiques and antique shops. Those interested in local history shouldn’t miss the Peabody Room at the Georgetown branch of the DC Public Library.
The area south of M Street is dominated by two waterways – the Potomac River and the historic C&O Canal. In Georgetown’s early years both waterways were key elements in the area’s economy and industry. Some buildings from this era remain, giving this lower section of a Georgetown a distinct industrial feel.
Washington Harbour on K Street offers waterfront dining and an outdoor skating rink in the winter; this center is adjacent to Georgetown Waterfront Park, with its sweeping vistas of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, Theodore Roosevelt Island and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Nearby is the architecturally beautiful and LEED certified House of Sweden. In the summer months, rent a kayak, canoe or paddleboard from Key Bridge Boathouse.
Cady’s Alley is Georgetown’s “design district,” with more than 20 home furnishing showrooms, fashion and specialty boutiques nestled in a cluster of historic industrial buildings. Enter at 3300 M Street, or access the area’s cobblestone walkway from M and 33rd or 34th Street. Enjoy a pick-me-up at the authentic European bistro, Leopold’s Kafe.
These quiet, tree-lined streets north of M Street on either side of Wisconsin Avenue are filled with homes dating back as early as the 18th century and ranging from modest row houses to large estates. Georgetown has been home to many famous and influential people, from politicians and presidents to journalists and socialites. Many small parks are tucked away into the residential neighborhood, as well as three historic houses/museums - Tudor Place, Dumbarton House, and Dumbarton Oaks.
Georgetown’s commercial center is walking distance to Georgetown University, the oldest Catholic university in the United States.