dumbarton oaks in georgetown

Have I mentioned that I’m completely in love with spring in DC? Probably a few times. Even though most of our time last weekend was spent cruising along the Tidal Basin and taking photos of the monuments surrounded by cherry blossoms, thanks to Jodi’s research before leaving Boston, we also decided to check out Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown. Now, I had never even heard of this place before which is probably somewhat pathetic, but I was pleasantly surprised and thought that it was completely worth the visit. Many of the flowers were in bloom, including the brightly colored Magnolia trees, and they even had a section of the garden called “Cherry Blossom Hill”. We sprawled out under a canopy of trees and petals rained down on us the entire time. What a magical experience!

For those of you who don’t know, Dumbarton Oaks is a historic estate located on 32nd Street in Georgetown. It was the residence of Robert Woods Bliss and his wife Mildred Barnes Bliss, and they had quite the collection of artwork and books. And of course, the garden is spectacular.

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Dumbarton Oaks
Springtime in Georgetown
Dumbarton Oaks Garden
Flowers in Dumbarton Oaks
Magnolia tree petals
Historic Dumbarton Oaks
Dumbarton Gardens
Cherry Blossom trees
Cherry Blossom Hill
Cherry blossom blooms
Pebble Garden
Things to do in Georgetown
Georgetown's Dumbarton Oaks
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Sightseeing in Georgetown
Now, if only our yard looked like this! Have you ever been?


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  • http://www.stephyleephotography.com Stephanie

    Beautiful photos. I love the colors and that anchor shirt! :)

  • http://www.gutenblogyall.com/ Margo

    I spent 5 years living just across the bridge (Courthouse and Ballston) and have never heard of this place. It’s lovely!

  • http://www.andsoidid.com/ Madi | And So I Did

    That looks magical! I am going to have to put that on my list of places to go. :)

  • http://daydreamsofsummertime.blogspot.co.uk/ Sarah I

    Beautiful photos!

  • http://awayfromtenerife.blogspot.com/ Irene @ Away from Tenerife

    Again, beautiful photos, Rachel! Spring seems to be a truly wonderful time in DC – wish I could experience it sometime myself :)

  • Ashley Angle

    Spring in DC is amazing! As a kid we’d make a trip their every spring to see the blossom and visit family!
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  • http://www.truecoloursblog.com Casey

    I love Georgetown and this area is gorgeous!!!

  • http://www.iris-hanlin.com/ Country Girl’s Daybook

    Just beautiful. :)

  • http://www.thehungrygoat.net Ktcyril

    Wow. Those photographs are incredible.

  • http://weiderjl.blogspot.com/ Jenn

    I love DC in the spring, too! It’s my favorite time to go :)

  • http://www.adayofk.blogspot.com/ Kaysie G

    These photos are all beautiful, including the one of you! We’re about to move to Yorktown VA and will definitely be taking some trips in and around DC. Have you ventured down much? I hear Chartlottesville is amazing but we want to explore as much as we can

  • Krystal R.

    These photos are stunning.

  • http://carlyblogshere.blogspot.com/ carly

    This is my FAVORITE place in DC– I’ve only been in the fall but am dying to go in the next couple of weeks while everything is blooming! As always gorgeous photos!!

  • http://www.betsytransatlantically.blogspot.com/ Betsy Transatlantically

    a friend from high school interned there while getting her MA in Landscape Architecture! she got to swim in the pool when the estate was closed to the public :)

  • http://www.melaniefontaine.com/ Melanie Fontaine

    Spring is such a gorgeous season! And it looks particular beautiful in DC! All the blossoms at the trees are so beautiful! Makes me wish, spring would properly arrive in Norway soon! :)

  • http://blog.lixhewett.com/ Lix Hewett

    these are stunning.

  • thediynurse

    I’ve lived in the area my whole life and never knew this was here. WHat a wonderful way to see the blooms and beat the crowds! It’s crazy gorgeous

  • Rhea – Hot Dog Food Blog

    I’ve never been to DC, but I am DYING to see the blossom in bloom!


  • http://luyoutravel.blogspot.com/ Elizabeth Georgian

    I have never made it to DC in the spring. I will have to go!

  • Grace from Amble.travelblog

    Some much love for these pictures…wish I could sit in the middle of all the pretty flowers and have a picnic!

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  • http://www.freeborboleta.com/ Fran

    Love these pictures Rachel!!