This event is a nice afternoon walk along both sides of the Potomac River near Georgetown, including the nature preserve on Roosevelt Island. We did it last year and had a great time!
Our walking route is a big loop crossing Key Bridge and Memorial Bridge that each offer fine views of Georgetown, the Lincoln Memorial, Roosevelt Island, and the Kennedy Center. Afterward, we'll visit Bangkok Joe's at Washington Harbor in Georgetown for some refreshments and tasty Thai food.
Meetup at Nick's Riverside Grill
We begin by meeting up at Nick's Riverside Grill next to the Georgetown Waterfront Park. Nick's is situated right on the dock down the hill from K Street under the Whitehurst Freeway. It's a tourist restaurant with unremarkable food, but Nick's has a scenic location on the Potomac River where people can mingle, have a drink, and admire the views of Roosevelt Island and the Kennedy Center.
Full details about Nick's are here:
Walking the Potomac Riverfront
Leaving Nick's, our group will go through Waterfront Park and up the hill to M Street where we can cross Key Bridge to Rosslyn. We'll pick up the Mt. Vernon Trail there and walk over the pedestrian bridge to Roosevelt Island to explore its nature trails.
Leaving Roosevelt Island, we'll continue walking on the Mt. Vernon Trail to Memorial Bridge that takes us over the Potomac to the Lincoln Memorial. Then we'll follow the paved riverside path past the Kennedy Center back to Georgetown.
The total walking distance is approximately 5 miles, mostly on paved paths and sidewalks. The trails on Roosevelt Island are natural surface (i.e. dirt), so wear shoes that can handle possible muddy conditions.
Bangkok Joe's is a cool Thai restaurant near the waterfront at Georgetown Harbor. It's trendy and modern, but also casual and comfy with excellent food and exotic drinks like the Bangkok Swing. Just enter the restaurant and find a good place to sit. Don't worry about arranging group seating for everyone.
Our group's standard policy at restaurants and elsewhere is for SHR members to order and pay for their food and drinks individually. We don't make group reservations due to the uncertainties and "flash mob" nature of Meetups where many people don't know each other. As individual customers, we get better service and no hassles about splitting checks. So plan to order and pay as you normally would, and then we'll socialize together as we always do.
Check out the full menu, location, photos, and Yelp reviews below:
You can get to this event by taking Metro to either Foggy Bottom or Rosslyn, and then walking to Georgetown Waterfront Park. If you drive, there are public garages and street parking under the Whitehurst Freeway on K Street. You can also park for free at the Roosevelt Island lot and walk over Key Bridge to meet us at Nick's.
As this is an outdoor event, we'll need good walking weather. I'll post a notice here and send out an email by 10:00 am on Saturday morning if we need to change plans or cancel the event. Call Jake at[masked] to find us. I can't always answer my phone at events, but you can try.
I hope to see you there!