Georgetown — Historic, Trendy, Fun

November 16, 2006 at 5:24 pm 2 comments

Sandy and I decided that the next getaway we take to Washington is going to be more about exploring Georgetown with less focus on “seeing it all” in Washington. “Seeing it all” is hard work! We’ll pick out 3-4 Washington sites that we really want to see and then spend more time relaxing, dining and shopping so that we can feel truly re-energized after our getaway. I’m sure Georgetown has a spa or two that we could also enjoy.

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We arrived in Georgetown on the trolley tour as part of our full-day ticket. It was early on a Friday evening when we dined at Sequoia overlooking the Potomac. A beautiful view and a wonderful restaurant that was recommended to me by Mary Jo Manzanares, author of Fly Away Cafe travel blog. Menu items included Pumpkin Bisque with creme fraiche ($7.95). Autumn Apple Salad ($8.50). Homemade Duck and Pine Nut Dumplings. All very, very good. Pasta and entree salads were about $16. Kobe Beef Steak ($23.95) Pretty reasonable prices for excellent food. We both chose the Kobe Beef Slider Trio — three small, plump, freshly ground burgers surrounded with the the thinnest fried potato sticks and string-thin onion rings. ($13.95). I’d go back there in a minute! With all that said, we wonderered why the restaurant was not more crowded on an early Friday evening. The waitress told us that their clientele start the evening later and it would begin filling up after 7:30 p.m.

After dinner, we strolled in and out of the many boutiques up and down the fairly crowded streets. Plenty of people of all ages were out and about. Then we headed over to Blues Alley, a small, intimate little jazz club that is really located on an alley in a 18th century carriage house. Mary Jo had also recommended this spot and it was fun. To me, it was reminiscent of late 60s era coffeehouses. We learned it is the nation’s oldest continuing jazz supper club. Dizzy Gillespie, Grover Washington, Jr., Nancy Wilson, Maynard Ferguson and other prominent jazz artists have performed there. Although we just stopped in for a drink, we thought the menu looked pretty good, too. From there, we cabbed it back to our hotel south of the Capitol for about a $10 fare.

NEXT: What Else Makes Georgetown a Great Destination

TIP: The dress in Georgetown ran the gamut from chic to hippie (mostly in the 20-something group). Overall, very casual.

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  • 1. Patrick Soch  |  November 18, 2006 at 7:26 pm

    Great posting on the Georgetown area of DC. Travelers need these informative sites for great destination information. Please keep posting stuff like this.

    Patrick Soch – Group Travel Made Easy

  • 2. tish  |  November 19, 2006 at 10:22 am

    Thanks, Patrick. I felt there was a void of specific information that would help women more easily plan a getaway. Anyone can visit D.C. and see the major monuments, etc. But it takes trial and error to find a decent hotel, how transporation works, and where the little interesting, but offbeat, fun things are to be found. If you’re putting all your effort into one girlfriends’ trip to a destination — as most women would, then you want every advantage to make it a terrific trip.


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