24 HOURS IN GEORGETOWN, DC
It's not too often I stay at a hotel and the hospitality from start to finish is handled in what seems to be a simply effortless attention to detail. Until now.
Between the serene novel-lined nooks, the lush seating area surrounding the soon-to-be roaring fireplace, to the sleek lounge and dining area full of natural light (just beckoning a seat for an early cocktail), I was in interior design heaven—the moment I stepped into the unsuspecting, yet stunning lobby of The Melrose Georgetown Hotel.
I made my way to the top floor and continuing a tradition of excellence, the 600-square foot (plus) Executive King Suite did not disappoint. While the spacious living room with chaise sectional and dining room (seating 4-6) was surrounded by walls of windows, a semi-private study and 1/2 bath were included. Soothing neutrals with pops of green here and there, made it perfect for entertaining friends and family. I instantly had breakfast room service on my mind. I can't reiterate enough how the natural light poured through the windows in every direction.
Down the hall from the foyer, I found an inviting master bedroom, complete with seating area and master bathroom with a glass-enclosed shower. The perfect opportunity for a little rest and relaxation before exploring the historic architecture that makes Georgetown the gem it is.
With so much to see and do, I walked down to Washington Harbour, with its Potomac Riverfront location, where I stumbled upon bountiful outdoor dining, kayak rentals and more. It's even home to D.C.'s largest outdoor ice skating rink. See you this winter?
Definitely a great place to kick back and enjoy peace and quiet in a city setting.
Next, I headed back up the hill a bit to start my architectural journey through Georgetown. And there it was, my first striking example of what was to come: Prime Georgetown Design. I was in heaven and this will forever be one of my most favorite pictures I've ever taken.
Outright perfection and everything that represents Georgetown in one, candid shot. But it didn't stop there; it continued up and down every single street I came upon.
M Street is lined with all your favorite upscale stores: Brooks Brothers, Club Monaco and J. Crew, to name a few.
Even though it had been getting hotter and even more humid by the minute, I kept finding it hard to pull away from the never ending architectural treasures—even my Burberry shirt was completely saturated. Bordering embarrassed, it got to a point that I had to retreat back to the hotel! But that's what the next morning is for, right?
Upon entering my suite, I was pleasantly surprised to find the perfect aphrodisiac (the other meaning!) to help me cool down after my afternoon of exploring.
A welcoming note, with a superb display of cheeses and figs, and maybe most importantly, my favorite—a bottle of Veuve Clicquot.
I thought I'd take the opportunity to catch up on some work in the study before dinner at The Melrose Georgetown's signature dining experience, Jardeana.
Don't you love the "Constitution" wallpaper? I'm sure our forefathers would really appreciate it.
Making my way down to the lobby lounge, I was excited to try one of their many egg white infused cocktails. Ultimately choosing the "Melrose" (fitting right?), concocted with Elyx vodka, pomegranate and lemon juices, essence of hibiscus, and but of course, egg whites—delish.
A cheerful and knowledgeable bar staff made the experience even more pleasurable.
With dinner on my mind, I made my way across the lobby to Jardenea. Although I really wanted to sit on the outside terrace, it was still too hot for my liking, and I was lucky to manage a picture perfect seat to people watch in front of the glass French doors overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue.
I started off with a favorite, Seared Yellowfin Tuna— prepared with cilantro and Jícama citrus slaw over avocado purée. Just look at that texture. Amazing.
Never a fan of grits, I devoured these. Perhaps because they were prepared correctly and indulgently so. The Coriander Dusted Hawaiian Sea Bass was just as delectable as the purple grits and topped with a beurre blanc, who could resist?
Next in the lineup was Berry Crème Brûlée. You just can't go wrong with this. What's your favorite dessert?
Not staying at The Melrose Georgetown Hotel, but want to stop by for happy hour or dinner? They've got you covered. Valet parking is available for $7USD between 5-7PM or $15USD after 7PM.