The Capitol Hill Neighborhood of Washington, DC is the largest residential historic district in the city, and one of the largest in the country. Originally known as Jenkins Hill or Jenkins Heights, Charles Pierre L'Enfant choose this sight for the "Congress House" and thus, ultimately it became the home of the U.S. Capitol. Many of the homes you will find in the Capitol Hill neighborhood are of the classic Richardsonian, Romanesque, Queen Anne, Eastlakian, Italianate and Beaux Arts styles found throughout the city of Washington.
Early in the growth of the District, most Congressmen and Senators were reluctant to establish permanent homes in Washington. Many preferred to stay in the few, small boarding houses that dotted the Hill at the time. As the Capitol settled into its nation, and the nation accustomed itself to its new, permanent capitol city, however, attitudes changed, and Capitol Hill became a convenient place for members of Congress to build small, yet elegant homes. Over time, Capitol Hill became the beautiful neighborhood that it remains today.
With its close proximity to the U.S. Capitol, Bed and Breakfasts and Vacation Rentals on Capitol Hill are within walking distance to all of the sights on the National Mall. Guests who choose to stay at any of our homes on the Hill will find safe residential streets leading to the Supreme Court, Library of Congress and the wonderfully restored Union Station. Metrobus and Metrorail have an extensive presence on the Hill, with the Eastern Market, Capitol South, and Union Station stops on the Blue, Orange and Red Lines. Access to almost any area of the city as well as Arlington, Virginia and Arlington National Cemetery is simple and fast; and what you can't reach by train, you almost certainly can by one of the numerous bus routes that wend throughout the Capitol.
Eastern Market, located at 7th and North Carolina Avenue, was built in 1873 by Architect Adolf Cluss and has been in continuous operation ever since. This provides the Market with the distinction of being the only Washington market from the 19th century to still be in business today. The South Hall of the market operates Tuesday through Sunday, offering fresh fruits, meats, and dairy from local vendors. On weekends, weather permitting, the vendors spill out onto the sidewalks, creating an open-air market bursting with fresh produce. Local artists bring their wares as well, hopeful for a sale. Sundays, an enormous flea market is held, where any and all sorts of treasures can be found.
For theater lovers the neighborhood offers the very famous Folger Shakespeare Library and Theatre. Visitors will also want to be sure not to miss other points of interest, including: the Capitol Children's Museum, National Postal Museum, Union Station, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, US Capitol and the National Gallery of Art. There's so much to do and see in Washington, you'll have to choose from among them - each time you visit, that is!
When a day of sightseeing or business meetings is complete, travelers will find many quality restaurants in the neighborhood lining Pennsylvania Avenue, East Capitol Street and North Carolina Avenue. After dinner, return to your comfortable B&B or Vacation Rental, relax and get a good night's sleep; the Capitol and your yet-to-do list await you in the morning.