When I first moved to Washington, DC one of the first places I promised myself I would visit is Georgetown. I had seen so many beautiful photos of this charming neighbourhood that I just knew I had to go there.
However, it took me six months to finally make it to this scenic waterfront area.
As an island girl from The Bahamas, the ocean played a very big part in my life. I saw the water every single day during my commute. Unfortunately, since moving to DC, I don’t see the water as much anymore. So, I was beyond excited to make this trek to Georgetown.
The entire area is vibrant and brimming with energy. It’s not uncommon to see skateboarders, skaters and joggers making full use of the area. There are a lot of college kids because Georgetown University happens to be located right in the area.
I’m a big shopper, so I got excited seeing the rows of boutiques that lined both sides of the street. You’ll find everything, from the high-end stores, to the more affordable shops like TJ Maxx. It’s perfect for those in need of some retail therapy.
So Many Food Choices
There isn’t a shortage of restaurants. In fact, the neighborhood has more than 100 restaurants that could appease even the pickiest of eaters.
We spotted a long line of customers waiting to get inside of Georgetown Cupcake. I wanted to try one of their cupcakes, but it was scorching hot and I was not interested in lining up in the sun. So, I passed.
I ended up getting a pizza from Pizzeria Paradiso. The customer service was excellent, however, the pizza I got was not so great. It just seemed devoid of flavour. A last-minute decision to add sundried tomatoes to my pizza ended up being a smart choice, as it was the only thing I ate.
I eventually ended up munching on some of my hubby’s food. He got an Obama burger from Good Stuff Eatery and seemed to enjoy it.
I sampled some of his rosemary fries, which were really tasty. Just a tip – tell them to go easy on the rosemary. They are a bit heavy-handed.
Georgetown Is Perfect For Sightseeing
One of the things I enjoyed seeing is the many murals in the area. There were tons of large, colourful wall paintings that attracted Instagrammers and other tourists. Naturally, I had to snap a few photos.
I took photos at former US President, John F. Kennedy’s mural. The mural features Kennedy giving his famous Ich bin ein Berliner speech. Many tourists were eager to snap photos at this spot.
You’re Sure To See People Canoeing
It’s impossible to walk along the waterfront without seeing young families and couples canoeing. They’re everywhere.
My husband and I wanted to go canoeing, however, we weren’t able to because we didn’t have a reservation. Before COVID-19 rolled in, you could just pay for a canoe and be on your way. Things have changed.
But, that just gives us another reason to return.
Take A Boat Ride
Because we couldn’t canoe, we decided to take a sightseeing boat ride on the Potomac River. Our lovely tour guide pointed out some of the most popular Washington memorials that we all read about. One of my favourite things to see was the Watergate complex.
Our boat ride cost about $18 per person for 45 minutes to an hour. It was worth it.
Georgetown Is Perfect For Nature Lovers
If you love trees, flowers and nature in general, you’re going to fall in love with Georgetown. There are plenty of colourful flowers and lush trees that will have you pulling out your camera. Make sure you bring an extra memory card.
The C&O Canal
During our walk through the neighborhood, we stumbled across the C&O Canal, also known as the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. This was the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings.
There’s a beautiful bridge in the area that just adds to the neighbourhood’s charm.
We ended up sitting there and enjoying lunch. We later sat on a swing that overlooked the canal and spotted a number of fish and frogs swimming.
One of the things we observed is how many women would walk off on their own near the canal. There is a path that is surrounded by trees and it seems a bit isolated. I wouldn’t recommend walking it alone.
Overall, I enjoyed my time in Georgetown. I know there is still so much to see and I can’t wait to return.
This Bahamian Gyal