A day in Georgetown, Washington DC

I loved the idea of visiting a proper old American town. Having been lucky enough to visit their cities with skyscrapers for trees, the chance to see a quaint, historic American town was a first for me.

In fact Georgetown was founded in 1751 (that’s 40 years before Washington) and has been nationally-designated as a historic district.

Georgetown is only a half hour walk from the city centre (‘tho we walk at quite a pace – having four dogs you see).

We arrived like eager beavers before anything was open, so we took advantage of the peaceful streets and strolled around taking it all in.

Georgetown, Washington DC

This is M street, Georgetown’s main avenue, and is recognised as one of the best shopping streets in the country. Just not at this hour.

Georgetown, Washington DC

18th and 19th century architecture sit together uniquely to other parts of Washington DC.

Georgetown, Washington DC

Just off M street pretty pastel coloured houses catch the sun.

Georgetown, Washington DC

Georgetown is renowned for federalist architecture, historic brick and frame row houses.

It’s so peaceful here at this hour. I love it.

Georgetown, Washington DC

As if it wasn’t pretty enough, the blossoms were in bloom and shimmered in the morning light.

Georgetown, Washington DC

We are starving now, and head to Pain de Quotidien for a healthy and hearty breakfast.

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Inside all sorts of sensational looking baked goods.

Georgetown, Washington DC

With eyes bulging and bellies rumbling we head into the long, narrow dining room, which is filled with reclaimed wood millwork, exposed brick and wooden rafters.

If you prefer to munch your brunch in the sun, they have a courtyard patio in the back, with a lovely fountain.

Georgetown, Washington DC

But despite the blue skies (or perhaps because of it) it was a very chilly morning, so we settle inside the dining room.

I think Andy has finally settled on a table…

Georgetown, Washington DC

Georgetown, Washington DC

Jams, salt (actually Grey sea salt harvested by hand in Guérande), pepper (Whole black Malabar peppercorns) and their well thumbed cookbook are scattered over the communal table.

Georgetown, Washington DC

I jump up for a good gape at all their baked wares.

Georgetown, Washington DC

Rows of muffins. Beautiful and everything here has a healthy twist so you can even eat them!

Georgetown, Washington DC

Piles of things I don’t even know what they are…

Georgetown, Washington DC

Flutes of crunchy bread and more things that look fantastically delicious.

Georgetown, Washington DC

He’s changed table again. This time he figures this ones better ‘cos he has some brickwork to lean on (I left it at that).

Georgetown, Washington DC

Georgetown, Washington DC

A steaming bowl of cappuccino arrives and I spoon up the froth off the top (yum) and hungrily down the rest. That warmed the cockles, as they say (not sure why).

Georgetown, Washington DC

That’s Andy’s ‘You needed that then, love’ face.

Georgetown, Washington DC

My Quinoa Spelt scone arrived with a delicious apricot jam. The scone itself was crumbly, satisfying and had a very pleasant flavour.

Georgetown, Washington DC

Organic Brown Rice Pudding with Caravan nut mix was very moreish, delicious in fact.

Georgetown, Washington DC

Finished with a bright bowl of fresh fruit salad.

Georgetown, Washington DC

You can find these stores all over now. Follow the link below for all you need for Georgetown’s, but there is also a tab to find the nearest store to you.

Le Pain Quotidien
2815 M Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

Full to the brim we head out to ready to explore.

First on our list was a fresh walk along the Waterfront Park.

Georgetown, Washington DC

Actually, this was not a particularly pretty or interesting walk. Being English, perhaps we’ve been spoilt with our beautiful parks filled with colourful an well tended flora.

Georgetown, Washington DC

Still, the huge steel overpass sitting right overhead this row of little brick waterfront houses was a ‘wow’ then ‘crikey’ moment.

Georgetown, Washington DC

We made our way to the historic Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. It was built in 1828 due to George Washington’s vision to open up the country to the west.

Georgetown, Washington DC

Large industrial warehouses line the canal transporting you back to by gone days when this canal would have been a bustling economic hub.

Georgetown, Washington DC

Mysterious hunks of rock overhang at neat intervals. If you have any ideas of why, please share your ideas in the comments below.

Georgetown, Washington DC

The canal has dried out on our visit, showing it’s shallow profile.

Georgetown, Washington DC

Georgetown, Washington DC

Having reached Thomas Jefferson street we (I) got sidetracked by this little scene.

Georgetown, Washington DC

Baked and Wired is one of those cupcake bakeries that you don’t just pass by.

You get your man by the hand and gently but firmly place yourselves in the queue.

Georgetown, Washington DC

There was a great atmosphere during the 30 minute wait. Lashings of giggling girls, a helping of savvy guys taking their smiling girlfriends on a date and a sprinkling of family groups.

Cupcake menus were handed out in the queue.

Georgetown, Washington DC

It’s not just about the cupcakes, there’s brownies, such as the Caramel Coconut Pecan ‘A tasty gooey mess of homemade caramel, coconut and toasted pecans’ and blondies, such as their Gluten Free Blondie ‘Blond brownie with caramel, peanut butter and chocolate chips, and crushed peanuts’.

I think they speak for themselves.

Georgetown, Washington DC

Georgetown, Washington DC

Georgetown, Washington DC

I went round for a while making a different choice every 10 minutes.

But finally, it had to be the Cherry Blossom cupcake. In honour of the famous Cherry Blossoms in the city.

Baked and Wired
1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW
Washington DC 20007

Georgetown, Washington DC

With a definite sugar high we explored the rest of M street.

Georgetown, Washington DC

Georgetown, Washington DC

Wisconsin Avenue is the heart of Georgetown, with boutique-lined streets extending in all four directions.

Georgetown, Washington DC

Some smaller back streets are totally adorable, with cobbles and cute unique shops.

Georgetown, Washington DC

Georgetown, Washington DC

Oh, and finally we popped into the oldest House in Georgetown. The Old Stone House is dated back to 1765.

And it’s free to take a quick peak around.

Georgetown, Washington DC

Georgetown, Washington DC

Georgetown, Washington DC

I would suggest you visit Georgetown if you were visiting Washington DC. It’s a colourful and quaint residential haven, a stones throw from the imposing powerhouse of the city centre.

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