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.
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.
18th and 19th century architecture sit together uniquely to other parts of Washington DC.
Just off M street pretty pastel coloured houses catch the sun.
Georgetown is renowned for federalist architecture, historic brick and frame row houses.
It’s so peaceful here at this hour. I love it.
As if it wasn’t pretty enough, the blossoms were in bloom and shimmered in the morning light.
We are starving now, and head to Pain de Quotidien for a healthy and hearty breakfast.
Inside all sorts of sensational looking 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.
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…
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.
I jump up for a good gape at all their baked wares.
Rows of muffins. Beautiful and everything here has a healthy twist so you can even eat them!
Piles of things I don’t even know what they are…
Flutes of crunchy bread and more things that look fantastically delicious.
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).
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).
That’s Andy’s ‘You needed that then, love’ face.
My Quinoa Spelt scone arrived with a delicious apricot jam. The scone itself was crumbly, satisfying and had a very pleasant flavour.
Organic Brown Rice Pudding with Caravan nut mix was very moreish, delicious in fact.
Finished with a bright bowl of fresh fruit salad.
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.
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.
Still, the huge steel overpass sitting right overhead this row of little brick waterfront houses was a ‘wow’ then ‘crikey’ moment.
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.
Large industrial warehouses line the canal transporting you back to by gone days when this canal would have been a bustling economic hub.
Mysterious hunks of rock overhang at neat intervals. If you have any ideas of why, please share your ideas in the comments below.
The canal has dried out on our visit, showing it’s shallow profile.
Having reached Thomas Jefferson street we (I) got sidetracked by this little scene.
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.
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.
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.
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
With a definite sugar high we explored the rest of M street.
Wisconsin Avenue is the heart of Georgetown, with boutique-lined streets extending in all four directions.
Some smaller back streets are totally adorable, with cobbles and cute unique shops.
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.
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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