If you’re anything like me, arriving in Washington was very exciting, yet overwhelming at the same time. After being thrown into one of my favorite cities for only eight weeks, I immediately felt the pressure to immerse myself in DC’s rich history by visiting every monument, memorial and local eatery around me. While it’s important to visit well-known attractions such as the wide variety of Smithsonian Institutions and memorials around the National Mall, you should also take advantage of the opportunities only a few steps from your front door in the charming neighborhood that is Georgetown.
As you’ve probably learned very quickly since move-in day, Georgetown is one of the oldest and most affluent communities in the city. Full of 200-year-old row houses, cobblestone streets and upscale shops and bars, Georgetown is where Washington’s elite live and play. Before the summer flies by, I challenge you to experience the little things that make Georgetown so special.
Volta Park Pool
At the height of the summer, when the humidity levels begin to soar through the roof, make sure you cool off at the pool at Volta Park located at 1555 34th Street, NW. Non-DC residents only have to pay $4 for a one-time daily swim pass which can purchased online through the Washington, DC Department of Parks and Recreation website (http://dpr.dc.gov/dpr/cwp/view,a,1239,q,550518.asp).
From now until June 21st its hours of operation are Saturday through Sunday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. After June 21st the pool is open Tuesday through Friday from 1 p.m – 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
One of my favorite memories of my summer spent in Georgetown was the discovery of this gourmet cupcake shop. Featuring more flavors than you could ever imagine existed, Georgetown Cupcake offers something delicious for every taste bud. If you’re a fan of red velvet, you’re in luck! Georgetown Cupcake has what is arguably the best red velvet cupcake in the city.
A few more of my favorite flavors include mocha, vanilla birthday and chocolate coconut. At the corner of 33rd and M St. NW, Georgetown Cupcake is only a short walk from campus. Follow @GTownCupake on Twitter to find out the secret free flavor of the day – take note that only 100 are given out each day.
At only a 5 minute walk away from campus, this restaurant has served as a popular gathering place for Georgetown University students and staff since the 1960s. If you’re looking for a heavy-portioned, well priced meal after a long day at work, this is place to go. As a big fan of hearty salads, I recommend the Southwest Chicken Salad. It comes on a bed of pita bread and is topped with a large handful of lettuce, cheese, beans and veggies. The Tombs also serves up some delicious cooked-to-order burgers if you’re more of a meat-lover.
If you aren’t sold on The Tombs yet, their late night “Study Snacks” menu might seal the deal for you. From 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. – Midnight Monday through Friday, The Tombs offers discounted prices on a handful of menu options such as wings, mozzarella sticks and nachos. Located only a few blocks away from campus, The Tombs is situated on the corner of 36th and Prospect St. NW.
Known mostly only to locals, Washington Harbour provides a perfect backdrop for a date night, girl’s night out or causal evening stroll with friends.
Its waterfront location can be accessed easily from 31st and K St. NW and showcases a picturesque view of the Potomac River, the Kennedy Center, and the Washington Monument. There’s a great, laid back atmosphere about the Harbour and because most of the restaurants situated along the river provide both indoor and outdoor seating, diners can easily take refuge from the bustle of the city here.
Whether it be eating seafood on the Potomac, shopping on M Street until your feet are swollen or simply taking a stroll through the tree-lined cobblestone streets of Georgetown, I can’t encourage you enough to take advantage of living in one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of the city. You’ll regret it if you don’t!