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4-Star Mystery Hotel in the West End section of Historic Georgetown
In the West End section of Georgetown, upscale boutiques and nightclubs front tree-lined streets near the Potomac River and the Gothic buildings of Georgetown University. It’s one of DC’s trendiest neighborhoods and also one of its oldest, where foreign embassies stand side by side with stately Federal-period homes. Many visitors come to see the Old Stone House—built from quarried blue granite in 1765, it’s the oldest unchanged building in the nation’s capital.
You can walk to the Old Stone House from this mystery hotel, which occupies one of the most convenient locations in DC. From this point, you’re only minutes from the National Mall and Smithsonian Museums as well as the nightspots of the lively Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom neighborhoods. The Kennedy Center, which hosts a variety of concerts and theatrical productions, sits about a mile from the hotel. Business travelers will appreciate being near the offices of West End. And you’ll have easy access to a Metro station in order to reach any other part of the city.
Before heading out for a day on the town, you can hit the breakfast buffet at the mystery hotel’s onsite restaurant. Also open for lunch and dinner, the eatery specializes in American fare, such as Maryland-style jumbo-lump crab cakes. If you’re in the mood for a cocktail, head to the lounge, which features an extensive wine list.
Georgetown, Washington, DC: Historic Architecture, Trendy Shops, and the Waterfront
Originally founded in 1751 as its own city, Georgetown predates Washington itself. From the waterfront parks to the 200-year-old mansions, the historic neighborhood has a Southern, genteel quality not found in other parts of the capital. Its cobblestone paths were made for strolling, and a self-guided walking tour of the area can uncover a wealth of sightseeing gems. These include Dumbarton Oaks, the former home of diplomat Robert Bliss and his wife, Mildred. Take a tour of the extensive gardens to see rows of purplish dogwood trees, a 16th-century-style arbor, and a mini amphitheater. Just a short walk from here, you can climb up the Exorcist Steps, a set of stairs featured in a terrifying scene from the 1973 horror film.
Though old, Georgetown is far from stale. It’s home to an array of high-end shops, ranging from antique stores and upscale furniture shops to fashion boutiques. Most of them can be found along M Street, interspersed with lounges and lively bars catering to the university crowd.
Set on the bluffs overlooking the Potomac River, the neighborhood also has a surprising number of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Theodore Roosevelt Island lies just across the Key Bridge and features miles of hiking trails through woodlands and swampy bottomlands. The canal south of M Street is a good place for a bike ride, or you can rent a single or tandem kayak to take out on the river.
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