Eastern Market, Georgetown House/garden tour (Julia Child & Stachowski’s sandwiches), blue Bottle Coffee, Hook Hall —DC


I had city feet and legs by midday yesterday, after so much walking, so I just had to stumble along, my feet rubbing uncomfortably in my usually comfortable sandals (first use of the season) and my legs getting a workout on the hilly brick sidewalks of Georgetown.

After a brief visit to Eastern Market near our Airbnb, we went to Georgetown for the annual house tour…eight gorgeous homes most dating back to the 1800s, open for paying visitors ($55 a ticket but proceeds to charity.) It was really fun to get a peek inside these stately old homes, some of which were surprisingly contemporary inside (my favorite combo of vintage exterior, contemporary interior). We got to go inside Julia Childs house at 2706 Olive Street, which we’d actually walked by the day before on the way to a playground. Who knew? Turns out there’s a historic plaque on the front of the yellow clapboard house. She bought the 1869 house in 1848 and lived there for a decade. In the “little jewel” (as she called it) she retested recipes for her famous French cookbook and gave cooking classes to local women. The kitchen and dining room on the ground floor is modernized but has bits of Julia here and there, including a glass display case with Julia memorabilia, and copper ware, which apparently was her preference.

Several homes had lovely hidden walled in gardens on the rear. One had a gorgeous narrow lap pool and tree vintage Ferraris in the garage. I made it to 5 of the 8 houses, which was enough. Midway through we scarfed down enormous deli sandwiches from stachowski’s a corner deli unexpectedly located in residential Georgetown (not the bustling commercial part). Clearly a known entity: samples of food were laid out on the handful of out door tables for a visiting Georgetown food tour.

We found refreshing ice tea at blue bottle coffee, off of M street near the toepathby the shuttered Dean & Deluca. Nice scenic patio of rough hewn stone to handle out on another perfectly warm and sunny day,

Fun 60/30 bday party in the evening at Hook Hall in Petworth for my sister and niece!

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