If you’ve been reading our recent posts, you’ll know that we’ve recently launched in one of our favourite US stores: Madewell. A selection of our bags is now available on madewell.com and in two of its stores; 5th Avenue, New York City and Georgetown, Washing DC. Following our New York Travel Diary we posted a couple of weeks ago as written by Natalie Off Duty , this week it’s Georgetown’s time in the spotlight!
To help us settle into our new location, we enlisted the help of calligrapher and lifestyle blogger Lindsay Pontas of Shrimp Salad Circus to show us round Washington DC’s Georgetown neighbourhood.
Georgetown has a lot to offer for any type of traveller, but above all else, it’s one of DC’s hottest shopping destinations. Not be missed among the many storefronts is Madewell, which besides being a denim and classic Americana mecca, is now the exclusive home stateside for The Cambridge Satchel Company’s iconic collection of heavily structured leather bags, handmade in the UK. You can get them online or at the Georgetown DC or New York Fifth Avenue Madewell locations!
CRUMBS AND WHISKERS
Welcome to the highest concentration of cute in Georgetown anywhere in the District! Crumbs & Whiskers is DC’s first – and only – cat cafe, and it has completely stolen my heart. The cafe, which just opened this past June, is currently home to 22 cats. And if that’s not enough warm fuzzy factor for you, the cats are all fostered from the Washington Humane Society and are available for adoption if you happen to find your feline soulmate in a basket or on a shelf somewhere in C&W!
BAKED AND WIRED
If you’re not intimidated by the thought of fighting your way through hordes of hungry post-yoga or pre-shopping brunchers, then the cakecups and quiche at Baked & Wired are not to be missed. The bakery itself sums it up best about their parchment-wrapped mini cakes: “Big enough to share, but who are you kidding?” Don’t forget to make your mark while you’re there. Scrawl a note on a napkin, and stick it to the ever-growing wall!
Once you’ve had your fill of baked goods and coffee and find yourself all shopped out, you can spend an afternoon walking (or cycling!) the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. The canal begins in Georgetown and goes on for 185 miles, and the National Park Service has a Canal mobile tour app with hidden stories of the history of the canal. The best part? Everything is free – music to your wallet after the rest of the day! Fun C&O Canal fact for my history/art/design geeks: The lock gates used on the Canal were an adaptation of a design by Leonardo DaVinci in the late 1400’s
Looking for somewhere to cozy up for a night in Georgetown? Look no further than the Capella, where you can grab a drink at the beautiful bar and take it outside to sit thisclose to the aforementioned C&O Canal. If you’re fighting the weather like we were all day, the wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows should suffice! When you’re done with that, you can take the party up to the über chic rooftop lounge or take the chill off playing board games in front of the giant living room fireplace.