Visit Georgetown: Washington DC

If you’re taking a luxury escape to the great power city of Washington DC, consider you visit Georgetown. This pocket of leafy cobbled streets, chocolate-box houses and high-end shopping and dining offers two sides to your city break. It’s the perfect base to enjoy the city’s famous Smithsonian institutions and great political monuments. Plus, you can feel like a local and spend a day enjoying everything this neighbourhood has to offer.

Pâtisserie Poupon

Start your morning with a reviving breakfast at the European-style Pâtisserie Poupon. Once you’ve stepped into this quaint Parisian-style café, it will add a taste of the Continent to your luxe city break. Peruse the selection of beautifully presented pastries to enjoy over the morning papers. The barista will also deliver your smooth, aromatic cup of coffee over to you himself.

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The Georgetown Waterfront Park

Feeling energised and ready for your day, a walk down to The Georgetown Waterfront Park is an ideal way to take in the impressive views over the vast Potomac River. Alongside sleek apartments and waterfront restaurants, this is also the ideal place to admire views of the Washington Monument, Roosevelt Island and some of Washington’s other famous landmarks.

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Here, you’re in the vicinity of The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, too. So if picturesque canal walks and a sense of Georgetown’s industrial history beckon, the C&O Canal is the ideal spot to while away a few hours.

Shopping on M Street

M Street in Georgetown is known for its superior shops and is where many discerning travelers flock for premium retail therapy.

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Here, you’ll find high-end fashion stores alongside big name beauty brands such as Aveda and Sephora. But the traveler with an eye for luxury is in their element with independent boutiques and designer names such as Ralph Lauren and Kate Spade.

Cafe Milano

M Street is filled with an abundance of gourmet temptations so take some mid-retail respite with some delightful lunchtime flavors at Cafe Milano.

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Pristinely-set tables, wall murals and a venue that’s popular among journalists, politicians and even celebrities, there’s almost always an air of glamour executed from this otherwise laid-back Mediterranean setting.

Lunch time calls for delectable Italian salads, antipasti and carpacci with perhaps even a glass of crisp white.

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From upscale dining to upscale treatment, Georgetown has plenty of opportunities for the traveler in search of wellbeing and indulgence. So five-star pampering calls at one of this neighbourhood’s many luxury hotels.

Luxury Spas

Discerning travelers will find just what they’re looking for at the Ritz-Carlton, especially if a rejuvenating massage is calling. This world-class hotel offers everything from the feel-good Ritz-Carlton Georgetown Massage and couples’ massage to their Bamboo Forest Massage and various detoxifying facials.

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High-class hotels are one of Georgetown’s specialities so if you book an appointment at the Four Seasons Hotel, life-changing treatments, a beautiful swimming pool and eucalyptus steam room also awaits.

M Street and Wisconsin Avenue are awash with plush nail and beauty salons. So pop into a venue like M Street’s Qi Spa who offer a whole range of manicures and pedicures. You’ll be leave feeling positively glamorous.

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Sophisticated Dining

The food and drink scene in Georgetown is impresses the most choosy of night owls. And travelers with deluxe tastes are never let down.

On the rooftop of the Graham Georgetown hotel, pre-dinner cocktails beckon. This stunning rooftop bar has unrivaled views over Georgetown and the whole of Washington DC.

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Plus, it’s a highly sought after nightspot among discerning travelers and DC’s sophisticated crowds. Enjoy specialty cigars, luxuriously crafted cocktails such as the RAMojito and Bourbon Shandy. And make lasting memories of your city break as you gaze out to the panorama before you.

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Georgetown caters to gourmands of all tastes. So it’s worth thinking about where you want to dine before you book your evening meal.

For upscale dining, the contemporary and vibrant Bourbon Steak adjacent to the prestigious Four Seasons and the lavish The Grill Room of The Capella are among the many restaurants suited to visitors with sophisticated tastes. Plus, the The Alex restaurant of the trendy The Graham Georgetown opens it doors this year and is hotly-tipped to be among the most plush on the Georgetown food scene.

When night falls, it’s worth heading back towards the waterfront too. Washington Harbour is resplendent in riverside restaurants from which to admire the views. Try contemporary American favourite Sequoia, purely for its views and ask for the best river-view table in the house.

After hours

Those who want to step up the party vibe on their city break may well be lured to nearby DuPont Circle – a vibrant district home to an array of fabulous bars.

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For something a little quirky, try The Mansion on O Street for their martini nights, to dine or simply to have a look inside. Filled with an abundance of antiques and 70 secret doors, you may come across quirky memorabilia such as a guitar signed by the likes of Eric Clapton and can take part in an array of cocktail classes and champagne tours.

Luxury Abode

For an exquisite stay, the Capella is an alluring luxury hotel where personalized service, designer beds and plush hotel suites create a luxury home from home.

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With so many establishments offering top-class service, delicious international flavours and a fantastic cosmopolitan vibe, a luxury escape is guaranteed in this hot spot of DC.

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Lucy McGuire

Lucy is an award-winning journalist and founder of the travel blog The Travel Journo. When she's not hunting down the latest luxury spa or London food trend, or jetting off somewhere for a travel assignment, she's drinking lattes and tapping on her laptop from the cafes of South London. Her favourite travel destinations are New York & the Caribbean.

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