A day in Georgetown, Washington DC

I loved the idea of visiting a proper old American town so a day in Georgetown was a wish come true! I’d been lucky enough to visit central Washington DC with it’s skyscrapers for trees.

If you are looking for something to do outside the city, a day in Georgetown is a chance to escape to a more peaceful neighbourhood.

Georgetown is a quaint, historic American town founded in 1751 (that’s 40 years before Washington) and has been nationally-designated as a historic district.

It’s only a half hour walk from the city centre (although we walk at quite a pace. We have 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.

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. The High Street..
The main street.

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.

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. M Street.
M Street.

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

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. 18th And 19th Century Architecture.
18th and 19th century architecture.

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

Georgetown, Washington DC. Pastel Coloured Houses.
Pastel coloured houses.

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. Federalist Architecture.
Federalist architecture.

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

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Blossoms.

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

A Day In Georgetown. Le Pain De Quotidien.
Le Pain de Quotidien.

Inside all sorts of sensational looking baked goods.

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Baked Goods.
Baked goods.

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.

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Brunch Venue.

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…

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Breakfast Venue.

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Breakfast Place.

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.

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Breakfast Table.

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

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Breakfast Baked Goods.

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

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Muffins For Breakfast.
Muffins.

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

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Cafe.

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

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Bread.

Finally we made our choices.

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Table setting.
Table setting.

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).

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Eating Breakfast.
Coffee in a bowl.

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

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Breakfast scone.
Quinoa Spelt scone.

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

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Breakfast Porridge.
Organic Brown Rice Pudding with a nut mix.

Finished with a bright bowl of fresh fruit salad.

A Day In 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.

I’m not being paid for this post. I’m just sharing what I love.

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.

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Waterfront Park Sign.

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.

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Waterfront Park.
Waterfront Park.

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

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Steel Overpass.
Steel overpass.

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.

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Chesapeake & Ohio Canal.
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal.

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

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Large Industrial Warehouses.
Large industrial warehouses.

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

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Canal Walls.
Canal walls.

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

A DayIn Georgetown, Washington DC. Dried Canal.
Dry canal.
A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Lock
Canal lock.

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

Georgetown, Washington DC. Baked & Wired.
Baked & Wired.

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.

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Cake Shop.

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.

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Cupcake shop.
Cookies and cupcake menu.

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. Granola Shop.
Granola.
A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Fun Cupcakes.
Fun cupcakes.
A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Cinnamon Roll.
Cinnamon Roll.

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

Cherry blossom Cupcake. A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC.
Cherry blossom cupcake.

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

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Shopping Street.

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Historical Building.
Historical building.

 

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

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Colourful Shops.
Shops and restaurants full of character.

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

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Cobbled Streets.
Cobbled streets.
A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Wonderful Shopping.
Graffiti art.

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.

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. The Old Stone House.
The Old Stone House.

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Inside The Old Stone House.

A Day In Georgetown, Washington DC. Upstairs The Old Stone House.

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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I loved the idea of visiting a proper old American town so a day in Georgetown was a wish come true! I'd been lucky enough to visit central Washington DC with it's skyscrapers for trees. If you are looking for something to do outside the city, a day in Georgetown is a chance to escape to a more peaceful neighbourhood. Georgetown is a quaint, historic American town founded in 1751 (that's 40 years before Washington) and has been nationally-designated as a historic district.

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