Georgetown

Georgetown is a picturesque historic neighborhood located on the Potomac in northwest D.C.

Welcome to Georgetown

Picturesque historic neighborhood with waterfront views

Georgetown is a picturesque historic neighborhood located on the Potomac in northwest D.C. The cobblestone streets of this idyllic community are lined with elegant Federalist architecture dating back to Georgetown’s founding in 1751. Parks and protected greenbelt have preserved Georgetown from the encroaching development of other D.C. neighborhoods and helped maintain its rich historic character. George Washington and other founding fathers frequented Georgetown’s taverns in the 18th century, and much of the early planning for D.C. as the federal capital was done here. Wealthy modern-day Georgetown is teeming with high-end shopping and trendy waterfront bars and restaurants. Housing options include gorgeous 18th- and 19th-century mansions, along with charming early-20th-century townhouses and luxurious contemporary condominiums overlooking the Potomac.

What to Love

  • Charming historic architecture
  • M Street shopping
  • Outstanding restaurants
  • Waterfront views and recreation

People & Lifestyle

Georgetown is one of the most popular D.C. neighborhoods among political heavyweights and other prominent figures. Most presidents from George Washington onward have enjoyed Georgetown’s charming historic taverns and exceptional dining. The area also has a youthful energy thanks to esteemed Georgetown University.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Georgetown offers a great variety of shops and restaurants along the intersecting streets of Wisconsin Avenue and M Street, as well as on the Potomac River waterfront. Martin’s Tavern on Wisconsin Avenue is a storied establishment steeped in presidential history. Major League Baseball shortstop Billy Martin opened the tavern with his father in 1933, and four generations of the Martin family have run the tavern since then. Its clientele is a who’s who of the Washington elite. Members of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration drafted legislation for the New Deal and plans for the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe in Martin’s Tavern’s backrooms. President John F. Kennedy drafted his inauguration speech at Martin’s and proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier in Booth #3. Presidents Harry Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton were all Martin’s Tavern regulars, and Clinton’s Secretary of State Madeline Albright called Martin’s an extension of her living room. Nearby Filomena Ristorante offers sophisticated fine dining of classic Italian dishes with homemade pasta.

M Street is one of D.C.’s premier shopping streets, featuring high-end boutiques such as Alice + Olivia, Billy Reid, Bluemercury, Hu’s Wear, Relish, and Neiman Marcus concept shop Cusp. Take a break from shopping at M Street’s Georgetown Cupcake, where gourmet cupcakes are prepared using premium ingredients.

On the Washington Harbour waterfront, Sequoia serves exquisite steaks and seafood in a beautifully designed space. The interior features a spectacular glass and neon vacuum sculpture. Sequoia also boasts stunning views across the river through floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor terrace. Head to Sequoia between 4 pm and 7 pm Monday through Friday to enjoy happy hour dollar oysters from the raw bar. Also at Washington Harbour, Fiola Mare serves outstanding Italian coastal cuisine. President Barack Obama enjoyed a birthday dinner with Michelle and his daughters at Fiola Mare and Obama’s Vice President Joe Biden gifted Obama some sweet birthday treats from homey bakery Pie Sisters on M Street. Obama and Biden also enjoyed lunch together at nonprofit veterans charity Dog Tag Bakery after leaving the White House.

Things to Do

The large, extravagant homes of Georgetown and pretty cobblestone streets make this an endlessly rewarding place to explore on foot. Some of the most famous properties include the Federal mansion and historic gardens at Tudor Place. Built in 1816, Tudor Place was home to America’s first First Lady Martha Washington and six generations of Martha and President George Washington’s descendants. 

Georgetown’s picturesque Potomac waterfront offers relaxing parks with striking views out to Key Bridge and Theodore Roosevelt Island. Georgetown Waterfront Park is an ideal picnic spot with a fountain you can splash around in on warm summer days. Key Bridge Boathouse offers rentals of kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and canoes for use on the river. 

Georgetown University is one of the nation’s most historic and prestigious universities. Georgetown University’s alumni include President Bill Clinton, plus many other world leaders, international royalty, prominent business figures, U.S. Supreme Court justices, and representatives elected to Congress and the Senate.

Schools

Georgetown is served by the District of Columbia Public School District.

  • Stoddert Elementary School, Public, PK-5
  • Hardy Middle School, Public, 6-8
  • Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Public, 9-12

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