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