GEORGETOWN – A SPIRITED SALUTE TO THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD

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It is one of the earliest communities in The District before it was The District. This makes us reminisce about Original Washington as it was on July 4th 1776.  Did you know some of these buildings are still standing in both original and restored condition.  The Historical Societywill have more information for the architecturally inquisitive future resident,

Remember – there will always be a featured property, a restaurant, a service, an event and a fun or historic fact – focusing on one area of the city for each day of the month. We at the Lise Howe Team want to provide you with the most up to date and useful information about the various wonderful neighborhoods that make up our city from Oldtown Alexandria and McLean to Bethesda and Kentlands.

FEATURED LISTING -3327 P ST NW

Wisconsin Avenue runs through the heart of Georgetown, dividing it into two villages – East and West.  Locals  have their definite opinions about which is better, but the choice is really personal.  3327 P ST NW is an extraordinary West Village Federal home built around 1820, listed by WFP for $7,995,000.   The home was  completely renovated between 2008 and 2008, so that it is essentially brand new behind its classic Federal facade.  If you are looking for a house built for entertaining and visitors, this may be your new home.  There is plenty of room for friends and family with 4 bedrooms, 6 full & 2 half baths plus a carriage house with an elegant little hideaway including a bedroom, bath and kitchen.   As if this weren’t enough, there is a spectacular wine cellar, an exercise room, and a media room, in addition to the family room and the library.  After all there are over 8300 square feet of finished living space.  The exterior is not neglected either.  There is a beautiful private garden with a hot tub, fountains and fire pit and 3 bay garage.  Since it was renovated recently, this 1820 home has joined the 21st century with the latest in technology.

FEATURED RESTAURANT: BISTROT LEPIC and Wine BAR

In keeping with the wine cellar at 3327 P Street, lets celebrate a Georgetown restaurant that knows good food and wine! According to the Washingtonian, chef-owner Bruno Fortin’s menu at Bistrot Lepic is a well-balanced list of bistro classics, regional specialties and contemporary dishes.  One of my favorites on the menu is a very good cassoulet, particularly perfect for a frozen day in December!

Bistrot Lepic’s wine bar, directly above its main dining room, offers the restaurant’s full menu, because diners started demanding more than appetizers with their drinks when the bar first opened. But with its Filipino furniture, whimsical pig paintings and dark lighting, the room has a distinctly different feel from the sunny yellow decor of the main restaurant. It offers between 12 and 14 whites and reds, all of them French.

Every Wednesday night from 7 to 10 PM, there is live music in the Wine Bar, and a happy hour with half-priced wines by the glass from 5:30 to 7pm, Wednesday through Monday. Tuesdays are special with a 20% discount on bottles of wine and free wine tastings from 6 to 8 pm.

SERVICE – The Bacchus Wine Cellar – 1635 Wisconsin Avenue

Quick! I need a gift! Quick! I need a wine to go with my cassoulet! What to do?  Make a run to the Bacchus Wine Cellar! Dedicated to the god of wine, the Bacchus Wine Cellar is a pleasant boutique nestled in Georgetown.  Carrying wine and spirits ranging from artisinal, unknown estates to the most coveted chateaux, the breadth of their wine collection holds something for every budget and every palate.  Their spirit collection features rare and unique bottles with ample of the ‘hard to find’ sort you once enjoyed but can’t locate.

Years of travel to wineries around the world inspired the shop´s owner, Bassam Kahouaji, to create a wine experience where the nuances of friendship and wine can each compliment the other.  As such, the shop is a popular gathering spot for wine enthusiasts, from around the world and the neighborhood alike. While you never know who you might meet on a visit to Bacchus, you will always be greeted by Bassam or one of his passionate expert staff who will be as helpful and engaged as you need.

FEATURED EVENT: Arcimboldo Exhibition at the National Gallery

Not wine this time, but vegetation is celebrated! The National Gallery is presenting paintings by Guiseppe Arcimboldo, who was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portraits made entirely of such objects as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, and books — that is, he painted representations of these objects on the canvas arranged in such a way that the whole collection of objects formed a recognizable likeness of the portrait subject.  Sixteen examples of the fantastic composite heads painted byGiuseppe Arcimboldo are featured in this exhibition, their first appearance in the United States. Bizarre yet scientifically accurate, the unusual heads are composed of plants, animals, and objects. Additional works, including drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Dürer, small bronzes, illustrated books and manuscripts, and ceramics, will provide a context for Arcimboldo’s inventions, revealing his debt to established traditions of physiognomic and nature studies. National Gallery from September 19, 2010–January 9, 2011.

FUN FACTS: GEORGETOWN HISTORY FROM THE BEGINNING

In 1632, English fur trader Henry Fleet first documented a Native American (Nacotchtank) village called Tohoga on the site of present-day Georgetown and established trade there. At the time of its incorporation in 1751, Georgetown was part of the British colony of theProvince of Maryland. The Maryland legislature authorized purchase of 60 acres (240,000 m2) of land from George Gordon and George Beall, and survey of the town was completed in February 1752.

Situated on the fall line, Georgetown was the farthest point upstream to which oceangoing boats could navigate the Potomac River. Gordon constructed a tobacco inspection house along the Potomac in approximately 1745. Tobacco was already being transferred from land to waterways at this location, when the inspection house was built. Warehouses, wharves, and other buildings were then constructed around the inspection house, and it quickly became a small community. It did not take long before Georgetown grew into a thriving port, facilitating trade and shipments of tobacco and other goods from colonial Maryland. One of the most prominent tobacco export businesses was Forrest, Stoddert and Murdock, formed in 1783 in Georgetown, by Uriah ForrestBenjamin Stoddert, and John Murdock.

Georgetown was established in 1751 when the Maryland Legislature purchased 60 acres (240,000 m2) of land for the town from Gordon and Beall at the price of £280. Since Georgetown was founded during the reign of George II of Great Britain, most assume that the town was named after him. Another theory is that the town was named after its founders, George Gordon and George Beall.

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