Destination: Washington, D.C.
This lovely neighborhood extends from the harbor north to Montrose Park, west to Georgetown University and east to Dupont Circle. It’s a pleasure to stroll around. Most shops are located on M Street, between 29th and 35th streets, and up Wisconsin Avenue to about R Street. But take some time to walk along the side streets, like N or Q, on the east side and admire the beautiful old houses. If you want to be based there, the top hotel is the Four Seasons. One of my favorite Georgetown secrets is Dumbarton Oaks. The gardens, which were designed by Beatrix Farrand, are sublime, and the grand old house hosts concerts. Nothing is lovelier than hearing chamber music performed there. Tudor Place is another historic house that offers tours. Some of Georgetown’s famous former residents include John and Jackie Kennedy, Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn, Katharine Graham and Pamela Harriman. A fun way to peek behind the scenes is to go on the Georgetown Garden Tour (www.georgetowngardentour.org), which takes place in May.
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