Friday, 17, June 2016

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The Dupont Circle

Written by
Nicola Brady

Washington Neighbourhoods - Georgetown

Explore this cool district

In the latest of our series taking a closer look at the neighbourhoods in Washington D.C., we focus on Georgetown, the picture-perfect enclave in the heart of the city. This is where historic charm meets upscale chic, and we’ve got all the hotspots to put on your list when you’re in town. 

Eat a famous cupcake

It’s fair to say that cupcakes have been the focus of a real boom over the last few years. And you may have seen the TLC show, DC Cupcake, showing the success of Georgetown Cupcake. It’s not hard to find the real life shop – there’s usually a queue forming all the way around the block.

Get active on the Potomac

When the sun shines, you want to get active. Head over to the Key Bridge Boathouse and you can canoe, kayak or SUP (check out our piece on activities in D.C.) 

Explore Georgetown in Washington for great shopping, restaurants and water front activities, as well as a sight from The Exorcist.

Climb “The Exorcist” Stairs

It’s always been one of the hottest sites for movie buffs to check out. The stairs that feature so prominently in The Exorcist are right in Georgetown, on the corner of 26th and Prospect Streets. Did you know that the steps were padded in order to shoot the scene? Students from nearby Georgetown University even gathered to watch (paying $5 a head)

Visit DC’s Oldest House

Washington’s oldest unchanged building can be found on M Street. It was built in 1765, and you can now visit the home and meander between the rooms. Best of all? It’s completely free. 

Take in some live jazz at Blues Alley

D.C. is well known for its lively jazz scene, and Blues Alley is one of the finest in the city. Founded in 1965, the club has a real 20s feel, and has housed some of the all time greats of our time - Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Tony Bennett have all played.

Washington Harbour

In the summer heat, nothing beats having a meal on the waterfront, or playing in the sprinklers. Luckily, you can do both at the river in Georgetown – there are many great restaurants where you can dine al fresco. 

Flash the plastic

There are some fabulous shops in Georgetown. With a mix of labels, high street boutiques and local stores, there’s no better place to pick up some new clothes for your night on the town.

Events: 

Sunset Cinema outdoor movie series

Running each Tuesday from July 5 through August 2.

Taste of Georgetown

Food festival runs in October.

Healthy Days of Summer in Georgetown

Free outdoor fitness classes held every Wednesday, 6-7 pm, starting June 1 and running through August. 

Georgetown GLOW

10-day art free art exhibition, held in December.

Location:

15 minutes from the Hotel on public transport. 

Options- Take the G2 Bus from NW New Hampshire Avenue & NW Dupont Circle (8stops on bus) or NW Wisconsin Av & NW P ST

OR

Take D1, D2 or D3 Bus from P ST NW Between 20th and 21st Street (8 stops) to NW Q STREET & NW Wisconsin AV

OR

10mins in cab or Uber. 


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