What girls’ weekend would be complete without a little shopping? It’s time to hit the boutiques! Wisconsin Avenue and M Street are the neighborhood’s two main arteries. Retail chains such as H&M, Urban Outfitters, and J. Crew have found homes here along with smaller boutiques such as A Mano (for leather goods), and Wink (known for carrying designer jeans).
Georgetown University begins at 37th Street. Take time to tour the campus, where you’ll see Gothic-inspired architecture, views of the Potomac River, and, during the school year, students bustling between classes. You might even catch the Hoya spirit.
For more ideas of fun, food, and shopping in Georgetown, check out our neighborhood guide.
3:30 PM: Dumbarton Oaks
Before heading home, save time to check out one of DC’s loveliest attractions: Dumbarton Oaks (1703 32nd St, NW; 202-339-6401). One mile north of Georgetown sits this 19th-century Federal-style mansion and terraced gardens. The site is home to the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, a place for scholars interested in Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and garden-and-landscape studies. The biggest draw is the gardens, which were designed by Beatrix Jones Farrand in the mid-1900s. It’s best to see them mid-March to early October, when they come alive with lilacs, clematis, roses, peonies, magnolia, cherry trees, forsythia, and much more. Admission is $8 March 15 through October 31, free the rest of the year. Guided tours are available but must be arranged in advance.
Looking for more great things to do? Check out our other itineraries in our Plan a Visit section.