Blossoms without the madness? Yes, it's possible.

Cherry blossom season in Georgetown offers a more relaxed alternative to the tidal wave of people at the Tidal Basin during the National Cherry Blossom Festival (March 20-April 15).

For an off-the-beaten-path experience, check out the following cherry blossom-themed hospitality, cuisine and special events in DC's oldest neighborhood.

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Cherry Picks Restaurants

A number of Georgetown restaurants are participating in the Festival as official Cherry Picks locations, offering cherry blossom-themed menu items, cocktails, and specials during the festival. They are: 1789; America Eats Tavern; Bangkok Joe's; Clyde's of Georgetown; Farmers Fishers Bakers; Nick's Riverside Grill; Tony & Joe's Seafood Place; and Via Umbria. Additionally, Cafe Milano is offering pink-themed desserts and drinks, and sweetgreen's The Tavern is serving a special local cherry jam froyo topping with a cherry on top.

New this year are three themes:

Week of March 25 – Delicious Cocktail Week
Week of April 1 – Exquisite Entrée Week (i.e. Creamy Spring Onion Soup)
Week of April 8 – Divine Dessert Week

Events & Attractions

Dumbarton Oaks (1720 32nd St. NW) One of the best-kept secrets for cherry blossom viewing, beat the crowds at the Tidal Basin and stroll the 10 acres of Dumbarton Oaks' gardens and pathways lined with cherry trees. During the spring, the gardens are open daily, except Mondays, from 2 to 6 p.m. General admission costs $10; students and kids ages 2-12 get in for $5. Click here for season memberships to the gardens.

Cherry Blossom Paddle (3500 K St. NW) Experience the Cherry Blossoms in a new way – from the water! Join Boating in DC's historical kayak tour along the Georgetown waterfront all the way to the tidal basin. Learn some of our nation’s incredible history while taking in DC’s most majestic sights. The 2-hour tour is $45 per person; reserve your space today. 

Boomerang Boat Tour (3100 K St NW) After your kayak session, continue to celebrate the 2019 boating season with a Cherry Blossom cruise. The Boomerang Party Yacht will host these hour-long themed tours every Saturday and Sunday from March 23 until April 14. Reserve your spot today.

Georgetown Walking Tour: Cherry Blossoms & Cupcakes (Corner of Q & 27th St NW) Discover the beautiful blooms of Georgetown while learning about its history and cupcakes from Dwane Starlin, member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides. Join him at Noon on Saturday, March 23, and make stops at Baked & Wired, Sprinkles, and Georgetown Cupcake to celebrate spring with each bakeries' best cherry blossom-inspired cupcake. The 2-hour tour meets rain or shine; purchase your tickets by noon on Thursday, March 21.