To celebrate the launch of their new across-the-pond collaboration, The Cambridge Satchel Company and Madewell asked me to give you guys a tour of Georgetown, and to make it all even more charming, I get to show you the city on the cutest bicycle! We managed to shoot on the one rainy day in ages, so you get the bonus of following along with the evolution of my hair in DC’s finest weather. 😉
Join me for five great destinations for every sort of traveler in Georgetown: a shopping mecca, the best kept secret of the city, foodie heaven, a bit of local culture, and somewhere to rest your head.
P.S. Thanks to CSC and Madewell for decking me out and sending me off on such a fun mission, and be sure read all the way to the end for an exclusive invitation!
Georgetown Neighborhood Guide
1237 Wisconsin Ave / Georgetown has a lot to offer for any type of traveler, 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!
Also, I want to pretend like I’m way cooler than I actually am, but I’ll save that for another day. Point being, it was really fun to wheel a bike through Madewell’s adorable two-storey nook at the beginning of the day!
Crumbs and Whiskers
3211 O Street NW / 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!
P.S. Here’s a ridiculous behind-the-scenes video where my adorable girl Kippy decided she had had quite enough of the photography…
Baked and Wired
1052 Thomas Jefferson Street NW / 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!
1057 Thomas Jefferson Street NW / 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.
1050 31st Street NW / 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.
P.S. If you live in the DMV, be sure to join me for the #MadewellxCSC launch party this Thursday (September 17) from 7-9PM for hors d’ouvres catered by the amazing Heirloom DC, cocktails, a DJ, and free monogramming!
All photography by Andrei Ponta