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25 Things to Do in Georgetown

Get Moving

Nike, Georgetown Running Company, lululemon, and Athleta all offer free running clubs. Or make it your goal to run up the Exorcist stairs–all 75 of ’em.

Upgrade Your Closet

Update your wardrobe at Ann Mashburn and Sid Mashburn, trendy Warby Parker, or Free People, COS, Hu’s Wear, Lilly Pulitzer, LiLi the First, and Tuckernuck. 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, and Reddz Trading.

Explore the C&O Canal

Whether you’re running, biking, or just taking a leisurely stroll, Georgetown’s one-mile section of the C&O Canal is a calm change of pace from bustling M Street. On many weekends, current and retired park rangers offer free walking tours.

Treat Yourself to a Spa Day

For the least expensive manicure in the neighborhood ($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.

Go Cruising

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.

Eat, then Repeat

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. Zannchi on Wisconsin Avenue has also 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.

Paddle the Potomac

Key Bridge Boathouse and Thompson’s Boat Center are the places 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.

Explore Historic Homes

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

Dine al Fresco

Dine al fresco at one of many neighbood restaurants, such as in Martin’s Tavern, Chez Billy Sud, Tony & Joe’s, Nick’s Riverside Grill, Farmers Fishers Bakers, Kafe Leopold, Fiola Mare, Ristorante Piccolo, Il Canale, Flavio, Cafe Milano, Peacock Cafe, Mai Thai, Pinstripes, and Sequoia.

Rest in the Park

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

Kick it Old School

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.

Shop Charming Book Hill

Visit Georgetown’s Book Hill section of Wisconsin Avenue for gallery-hopping, antiques and great small-biz shopping.

Eat Healthy

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

Step Back in Time

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.

Support a Cause

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.

Wheels Down in Georgetown

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

Take a Macaron Tour

Take a macaron tour. The colorful French sandwich cookies are available at Olivia Macaron, Laduree, Macaron Bee & Lady Camellia, PAUL Bakery, and Patisserie Poupon.

Don't Forget the Cupcakes

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

Design Your Perfect Day

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

Go for a Strike

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

Tone Up

Tone up at a barre3, SoulCycle, Definitions Personal Training, Fitness Together, or Fuel Body Lab class.

Rock Out

Take in a live show at the iconic Blues Alley jazz club, sing along at Georgetown Piano Bar, or head to Americana/folk destination Gypsy Sally’s.

Get Your Namaste On

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!).

Happy Hour Outside

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

History Lesson

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 in the peaceful Georgetown Library.

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