The area that would come to be known as Georgetown, settled in the early 1700’s, even before the District of Columbia was formed, was a bustling city with a harbor full of ships and tobacco warehouses. In 1791, George Washington included the port in the Territory of Columbia, site of the new capital. Today, it retains the ambiance of its early history with narrow tree-lined streets, charming rowhouses, and proximity to the river and picturesque C & O canal. Fashionable shops, boutiques, clubs and restaurants line the streets closest to M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. Bordered by Georgetown University to the west, Rock Creek Park to the east, the Potomac River to the south and Burleith to the north, this unique and beautiful neighborhood is as popular as it is famous.
Georgetown evolved out of an 18th-century port town and has grown into one of DC’s best-known neighborhoods. Today it’s perfect for exploring on foot, with remarkable row houses, scores of unique restaurants and more than 470 shops, boutiques and retail outposts. Georgetown might be named for King George II of England, or it might be named for town founders George Beall and George Gordon. One thing’s for sure: it isn’t named for George Washington.
Founded in 1751, historic Georgetown is known for its designer and mainstream boutiques, beautiful architecture and its seemingly endless list of cafes, restaurants and bars. History buffs, serious shoppers and garden lovers are instantly smitten with attractions like Georgetown University, the C&O Canal, Dumbarton House and Tudor Place. Shop your way down M Street and head north on Wisconsin Avenue to discover locally owned boutiques. Ease into the booth where JFK reportedly proposed to Jackie at Billy Martin’s Tavern, or watch for celebrities at Cafe Milano. Sit waterside and sip cocktails at Sequoia. Take a jog on the 180-mile C&O Canal Towpath or a romantic stroll through the breathtaking gardens at Dumbarton Oaks.
Georgetown, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Washington, DC, served as a major port and commercial center during colonial times because of its prime location on the Potomac River. Today, it is a vibrant community with upscale shops, bars and restaurants along its cobblestone streets. Many of the homes along the tree-lined streets are 200 year-old restored row houses with beautiful gardens.
Georgetown is located in Washington, DC north of the Potomac River just across the Francis Scott Key Bridge. The main thoroughfares are M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. The neighborhood extends from Georgetown University to the west to Rock Creek Parkway to the east to Montrose Park and Oak Hill Cemetery to the north.
Georgetown has many fine restaurants offering a wide range of cuisine from contemporary American to Mediterranean, to French or Latin American fare.The historic neighborhood has a variety of bars and is known as one of Washington DC’s best destinations for dining and nightlife. You’ll find everything from singles hotspots to romantic wine bars to lively collegiate gathering places.
In recent years the waterfront has been developed with upscale condominiums, offices and restaurants. Georgetown Waterfront Park was just completed, adding a peaceful place to relax and enjoy shade, flowering trees and a view of the Potomac River.