A stretch of M Street. Photograph by Sam Kittner.

Where to eat, shop, and explore right now in Georgetown.

About Georgetown

What's new in DC's famous neighborhood.
Wawa on Wisconsin
The Pennsylvania convenience-store chain with a cult following opened its first DC location in December, and in less than a year its kiosks and lines for hoagies have been packed every day at lunchtime. Now Wawa has announced it’s coming to Georgetown, causing some well-manicured hands to reach pearlward. The store will replace high-end furnishings favorite Restoration Hardware at 1222 Wisconsin Avenue.

But Wawa says it can fit in with its Wisconsin Avenue neighbors, promising an urban, upscale feel that will “meet the historical needs and requirements of the Old Georgetown Historic District.” Wawa will take over the 7,100-square-foot space by the end of the year.
Broken Wingos
Hearts cracked around the Beltway when a two-alarm fire damaged the beloved O Street wing joint, Wingos, and the English Rose Garden florist next door. Wingos owner Mike Arthur plans to reopen before the fall semester, but in the meantime, a former employee started a GoFundMe to support the temporarily unemployed workers.
Gondolas vs. Gone-dolas
The debate continues about whether Georgetown should build suspended cars to transport people across the Potomac River to Rosslyn. Some argue that the train-free area could benefit from an alternative form of transportation, which would cost a fraction of the price of a Metro station. Others, particularly officials in Arlington, have no intention of supporting a gondola system they deem costly and time-intensive. But a coalition led by the Georgetown Business Improvement District has raised enough money to keep the idea afloat. The BID aims to meet its goal of $1 million for the project by October.
Unsafe Space
One perk of enrolling at Georgetown University is the access students get to high-ranking dignitaries and politicos who come to campus to speak and teach, typically with little to no commotion. But that wasn’t the case when Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell attended a private event on campus this summer.

As the couple tried to climb into a black SUV to leave, six students confronted them, playing a ProPublica recording of children being separated from their parents at the US/Mexico border, to which Chao replied: “You leave my husband alone.” A protester repeatedly asked, “How do you sleep at night?” Video of the encounter, initially posted to Twitter, has had more than 3.5 million views.
Last Days of Disco
For nearly a decade, Georgetown students sweated it out on the dance floor at the Prospect Street club Chinese Disco. But the haunt poured its last shots in July. “As our lease drew to a close, we assessed the changing climate of the neighborhood and ultimately decided that Georgetown was no longer viable/friendly for our business,” one of its owners told Eater.
International Waters
Washington Harbour—Georgetown’s 562,105-square-foot waterfront development of restaurants, residences, and offices—has sold for $415 million to an international real-estate company owned by an Israeli billionaire. It’s the second recent Washington purchase for Global Holdings Group, which bought the Courtyard by Marriott at the Washington Convention Center in 2017. No word yet on what the company has planned for Washington Harbour.
Coming Attraction
Filming for Wonder Woman 1984 snarled traffic around Wisconsin Avenue and M Street throughout the summer. But the inconvenience should be worth it when we get to see Georgetown restored to its 1980s glory—Commander Salamander and all—on the big screen in November 2019.

Things to Do in Georgetown

You can wander the gardens at Dumbarton Oaks year-round. Photograph Courtesy of Dumbarton Oaks.
You can wander the gardens at Dumbarton Oaks year-round. Photograph Courtesy of Dumbarton Oaks.

Blues Alley. Countless jazz careers have been made here since the supper club opened in 1965. Shows are booked at least 350 nights a year. 1073 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-337-4141.

C&O Canal. The quiet towpath below M Street marks the beginning of a 184-mile trek that ends in Cumberland, Maryland.

Dumbarton Oaks. Walk the historic estate’s sprawling gardens, home to more than 150 varieties of flowers, shrubs, and trees. 1703 32nd St., NW; 202-339-6400.

Own Your Wonder. The Drybar of makeup, this salon offers makeovers without the sales pressure of a department-store beauty counter. For $100, you can have your makeup done plus get new headshots. 1659 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-298-8000.

The Beauty Gurus by Lisa. The specialty at this posh skin-care and makeup studio is a facial called the Rose Gold Luxe Lift, a combination of micro-current and LED light therapies, topped with 24-karat-gold and diamond skin products. 1432 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Suite 300; 800-372-7089.

The “Exorcist Steps.” The steep shortcut between Prospect and M streets played a crucial role in the 1973 film The Exorcist. The steps are now a landmark and tourist attraction. Prospect and 36th sts., NW.

Tudor Place. One of the nation’s best-preserved neoclassical estates, built in 1816 by Martha Washington’s granddaughter, with more than five acres of gardens. 1644 31st St., NW; 202-965-0400.

Real Estate in Georgetown

Sold for $5,650,000. Photograph Courtesy of Homevisit.
Sold for $5,650,000. Photograph Courtesy of Homevisit.

Georgetown—with its quaint historic streets and pedigree as the home base of Kennedys and Grahams—is one of the priciest places to live in the District. So far in 2018, homes there have sold for a median of $1,018,750, making the neighborhood the city’s second-most expensive behind only Chevy Chase DC. Here are some recent transactions.

$399,000 buys . . .

An updated 809-square-foot, one-bedroom condominium on the outskirts of the neighborhood.

$970,000 buys . . .

A two-bedroom, 2½-bath rowhouse built in 1880, with about 1,000 square feet of living space.

$1,800,000 buys . . .

A four-bedroom Victorian rowhouse with some updates, plus a garden.

$2,700,000 buys . . .

A fully renovated 3,245-square-foot corner rowhouse with four bedrooms and 4½ baths.

$5,650,000 buys . . .

A seven-bedroom, 6½-bath detached brick house a block off Wisconsin Avenue.

Crime & Safety

Below, the number of crimes (violent, nonviolent and property) reported in 2017.

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