This is part of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal as it passes through Georgetown Washington DC under 31st NW. The canal was operated as a method of conducting commerce from 1831 until 1924. Canal historians estimate approximately 35,000 laborers helped dig the canal as well as build aqueducts, culverts, locks, lock houses, etc. It took 22 years to build the canal from Georgetown, DC to Cumberland, MD. Much of the workforce was made up of immigrants from Ireland and Western Europe. Today, the canal is a park that contains 184.5 miles of towpath and numerous miles of hiking trails to explore.

Fresh mornings, gorgeous afternoons, and crisp evenings make Washington, DC a must-visit spring. When the fever kicks in, you’ll be itching to explore the Potomac River by kayak, dine out by the harbour, or watch the sunset from The Observatory—The Graham Georgetown’s rooftop bar.

Here are 10 ways to enjoy Georgetown this spring:

Venture Out Onto The Potomac

Enjoy the sun and water this spring, and take a kayak out on the Potomac. Head over to the Key Bridge Boathouse, where you can rent kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. For a next level experience, opt for a twilight tour or a paddleboard fitness class.

Tour The Gardens of Dumbarton Oaks

If you’re looking for flowers in full bloom this spring, head over to the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens, located at the highest point of Georgetown. The gardens, designed in the early 1920’s, are the product of notable architects like Ruth Havey and Alden Hopkins.

An Afternoon of R&R at Georgetown Waterfront Park

After a busy morning of shopping through Georgetown, you’ll probably want to kick back and relax somewhere peaceful. There’s no better place for some R&R than at the Georgetown Waterfront Park, along the Potomac River. Bring a blanket or claim a bench spot to kick back and enjoy the views of the water and lush scenery.

Dine Out on A Charming Georgetown Patio

Enjoy spring and experience some of Georgetown’s finest dining by sitting out on one of the neighborhood’s many restaurants patios. Considering venturing down to Pinstripes or Fiona Mare for dinner to have an exquisite dining experience with riverside views.

Stroll The Boardwalk at Washington Harbour

From unique dining experiences, live entertainment, shops, and events, there are plenty of ways to enjoy a sunny afternoon on Washington Harbour. Head out on a weekend and try the farm market brunch at Farmers Fishers Bakers, be sure to try the sweet bread french toast.

Embrace The History of The C&O Canal Path

The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (C&O Canal) was a resource for nearly 100 years for transportation along the Potomac River. Now, years later, it serves as pathway for people to explore, bike, and hike through DC on a beautiful day. The path begins right in Georgetown, just minutes from The Graham, and goes as far as Cumberland, Maryland.

See The Neighborhood from Two Wheels

We know how exhausting it can get walking around the city all day, so consider opting to spend an afternoon cruising the neighborhood on two wheels. Big Wheels Bikes in Georgetown is a convenient spot to get your bike rental and hit the streets. The Georgetown location is located right next to the C&O Canal Path too!

Catch a Glimpse of The Monuments from a River Cruise

DC Cruise’s offers a Monuments by Moonlight cruise departing from Georgetown on most Friday and Saturday nights. Smooth jazz music and the sounds of the river pair well with the National Mall  monuments lit up under the moonlight.

Experience The Culture of The French Market

Each spring, the Georgetown French Market returns in celebration of the start of the season. The three days worth of festivities begin on April 29th and run through May 1st. You’ll feel like you’re in Paris as the displays transform the Book Hill neighborhood into a lively scene of entertainment, unique items, and French cuisine.

Head Up to The Observatory for Sunset Cocktails

There’s no need to leave the hotel for happy hour when you can head up to The Observatory— The Graham Georgetown’s rooftop bar—which offers stunning views of the monuments and Virginia skyline. Head up there for a relaxing sunset cocktail paired with our chocolate-covered strawberries or stick around for some late night fun. The dress code is Georgetown chic so be sure to arrive dressed to impress!