Georgetown is just a hop, skip and a jump from central DC. Staying in Foggy Bottom at Hotel Hive meant just a twenty minute walk to the waterfront via The Watergate Hotel. Georgetown is a picturesque historic district with cute painted wooden houses which were particularly special in Olive Street. The main street offered upscale shops and at Christmas time an ice rink is on the waterfront with an array of light installations.
The canal was low when we visited but you can cross from the shopping area down on to the waterfront and get a view of it from the bridge.