Plus an outdoor pop-up shop + Georgetown staycations.
August 13, 2020
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This Feels Like an Invite to the Met Gala

The past five months have caused a real Benjamin Button situation. Reemerging into the world like toddlers, everything feels new and thrilling. (Also, we're crying for no reason like once a day.) So the return of DC's Summer Restaurant Week? Mark your calendars and break out the ball gowns! From August 17-30, the promo features lunch and brunch menus for $22, and dinner at $35 and $55 price points. Organized by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), this year's promo focuses on carry-out, and family-style to-go dinner meals ranging from $60 to $100 for two people, and $130 to $210 for four people. To-go cocktails and wine can be purchased, with curbside pickup available. Since last week, El Centro, Clyde's, Officina, and Susheria have joined the list of participating Georgetown restaurants. Click here to learn more, where you can filter by neighborhood.

Happy Trails

Like a normal public meeting, without the Safeway cheese platter. You're invited to attend a virtual public meeting for the Water Street Staircase Rehabilitation and Capital Crescent Trail Trailhead Project, August 25 from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm. This project will create a safer pedestrian connection between the C&O Canal Towpath and the Capital Crescent Trail by rehabilitating the existing concrete staircase at the Potomac Aqueduct. The project will also create a small trailhead area for users of the Capital Crescent Trail, featuring seating, bike parking, landscaping, and improved drainage. Click here to register for the first public meeting, which will take place via Zoom. More information is available on the project website page. This is a grant-funded project from DDOT through the Transportation Alternatives Program. If you have any questions or need assistance prior to the meeting, please email David Levy at

Peace and Pints Be With You 

Prayers have been answered. Church Hall has reopened its indoor beer hall, with craft beer, locally distilled cocktails, frozen drinks, and rum punch to-go pouches (think Capri Sun for adults) available, in addition to a revamped menu. Grab a buffalo fried chicken sandwich, giant pretzel, wings, or a burger to eat while you drink, and escape the heat at one of their spacious tables - with plenty of room to social distance and watch the return of basketball and baseball from one of their big-screen TVs. Doors open at 4 pm Monday - Friday and 12 pm on weekends. And no need to wait in line or congregate at the bar; order through your phone and your food and drinks will be brought right to the table. For more dining and drinking options in Georgetown, visit our dining and streatery guides.

A New Bed From Which to Take Work Calls

You can only wake up to that ''Live, Laugh, Love'' wall hanging so many consecutive mornings before you need a change of scenery. A place - dare we say - where you may actually feel like you're living, laughing, and loving again. We're talking Georgetown staycation! The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Four Seasons, The Georgetown InnGeorgetown Suites, and The Georgetown House are accepting guests, with The Rosewood and The Graham (rooftop bar now open!) taking reservations for the Fall. Whether you're planning a getaway or need a quiet room to host a virtual meeting, our hotels are welcoming you back with new protocols in place - and a thread count you forgot existed. 

Calligraphy, Because What Social Life?

Alternatively, you can use the fancy pen to poke your eyes out after another Zoom call. Either way, Scilla + Luna has the craft supplies you need to get through all this alone time - from calligraphy sets, to sketchbooks, watercolors, and knitting, embroidery and weaving materials. Visit their outdoor pop-up shop at 1675 Wisconsin Ave. every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am - 1 pm, weather permitting, where you'll also find curated home art and decor, and clothing and accessories. The textile-loving shop is owned by a mother-daughter team, and is also at the Rose Park Farmers Market Wednesdays from 3 pm - 7 pm. While you're in the charming area of Book Hill, don't miss the other boutiques, home decor stores, art galleries, and cafes. Visit our Phase Two guides to see what's nearby and open.

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