Georgetown’s cobblestone streets are home to an eclectic mix of cuisines: from historic bistros and socialite hangouts, to college-friendly eateries and global fare. Whether dining al fresco at a row house café or people-watching from one of the highly-trafficked M Street eateries, Georgetown’s unique culinary offerings make it a true destination.
It is easy to spend a whole day wandering through Georgetown’s 150 unique designer shops. With over 150 fashion specialty stores from preppy to vintage, casual to one-of-a-kind, the vast array of retailers in Georgetown offers something to suit every style and taste.
Alexander Graham Bell, best known for inventing the telephone, relocated to Georgetown to build a laboratory with funds awarded from the Volta Prize, an award established by Napoleon Bonaparte to honor scientific achievements in electricity. He built the Volta Laboratory in the stable behind his parent’s house on what is now 1537 35th Street NW, Washington, DC. Later in life, Bell sold the patent for the phonograph record for $200,000 and used these funds to establish the Volta Bureau, an “for the increase and diffusion of knowledge relating to the deaf.” The Graham Georgetown pays homage to one of the greatest inventor and philanthropists in Georgetown’s rich history.
Arts & Culture Around Town
One of the best ways to get a good look at the numerous and picturesque landmarks of Georgetown is from our rooftop bar The Observatory with its panoramic views of the neighborhood and beyond. Cocktail in hand, you can see Arlington, the Potomac River, the C&O Canal, the Kennedy Center and Georgetown University to name but a few. Down at street-level, the iconic M Street awaits. Walk a bit further down M Street to see those infamous stairs of the exorcist and be sure to pick up a cupcake on the way.
Things to See Around town