A Day in Georgetown

August 30, 2014 8:00 AM

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There’s no better place to spend a day exploring than historic Georgetown. Founded in 1751, Georgetown was known as a thriving port community. Today, the commercial spirit lives on thanks to the establishment of high-end shops, restaurants and bars. Check out what makes Georgetown so special and how to spend a day in this bustling neighborhood.

Café Bonaparte
1522 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-8830

Start your morning off right with a cup of coffee and a tasty treat from Café Bonaparte. Recognized as the “quintessential European café,” this full-service restaurant and bar features delicious breakfast menu items such as crepes, omelets and freshly baked pastries. Enjoy an early morning cocktail, like a bloody Mary or grapefruit sparkler, or sip on a freshly brewed cappuccino. Café Bonaparte also offers a brunch, lunch and dinner menu, which includes homemade French onion soup, escargot provencale and steak frites. It’s closed Sunday nights.

C&O Canal
1057 Thomas Jefferson St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 653-5190

What better way to see what DC has to offer than with a stroll along the C&O Canal? This 180-mile-long towpath features scenic views of rolling hills, magnificent trees and the city skyline. Travel back to the 1870s as you hitch a ride aboard a mule-drawn replica canal boat and listen to tales of what life was like for those who lived and worked in Georgetown back then. Narrated by park rangers in period clothing, the one-hour roundtrip ride also features an eight-foot lift lock, used to regulate water coming into the canal. Call ahead for the current schedule.

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Thunder Burger and Bar
3056 M St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-2888

Refuel after your scenic hike with a gourmet burger from Thunder Burger and Bar. This rock and roll-themed restaurant features out-of-the-ordinary meals like the Buffalo Stomp, which features a bison burger wrapped in bacon with delicious toppings, or the Big Pimpin, which features kobe beef, foie gras and other tasty toppings. The full-service restaurant and bar also features tasty appetizers, salads, soup, chili, sandwiches, entrees and desserts. Thunder Burger and Bar also offers a wide selection of craft beers, wines and mixed drinks.

Second Time Around
3289 M St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-2355

If shopping for designer duds is your idea of a fun afternoon, then head to Second Time Around, a premier consignment shop where you will find well-known name brands at discount prices. Shop all of the latest must-have wardrobe staples including a Diane von Furstenberg dress, a Chanel purse or a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes. The upscale shop always features what’s in style and offers fashionable tips on its website. If your closet contains clothing that you hardly ever wear, bring the clothes to Second Time Around and give them a second chance (and make some money in the process).

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1789 Restaurant
1226 36th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 965-1789

For a nice, quiet, inn-inspired evening, head over to 1789 where you will find beautiful American antiques, elegant china and comfortable seating all in a renovated Federal-era home. Ranked as one of “America’s Top Tables,” according to Gourmet magazine, the full-service 1789 Restaurant and Bar features high-quality meats, vegetables and fruits blended together in exquisite concoctions. Try the chilled cucumber gazpacho, roasted duck breast or the summer’s bounty, which features a medley of vegetables and saffron polenta cake. This spot also features a delicious dessert menu, cheese plates and a lengthy wine list.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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