Just down the block from Yarmouth Management–and the place where you can meet everyone who lives on Capitol Hill–is the Eastern Market. During the week, you can shop from the stands inside the Market to get your meats, produce, baked goods, fish, poultry, flowers, cheese, and various other products, as well as lunch.
On Saturdays, you can join the line waiting for blueberry pancakes, buy fresh goods from farmers, check out the crafts, and furnish your place from The Flea Market at Eastern Market. We’ll see you there. And just down from Eastern Market is Eastern Market Row, the retail and restaurant area within a block of the Market.
The Hill is Home
Those of us who live on the Hill have much to say about our small town in the city. One source of information is The Hill is Home, a website that will give you not only up-to-the-minute reviews and comments, but history of areas and buildings that might intrigue you.
Capitol Hill Association of Merchants and Professionals
The Capitol Hill Association of Merchants and Professionals (CHAMPS) is the local business and professional organization. Many of the cultural activities and services that make Capitol Hill a pleasure are listed in their site.
The Hill Rag
Capitol Hill has a monthly newspaper, The Hill Rag. On its Website, you can read articles from current and past issues, check out the calendar of activities, access advertising, get the scores of Capitol Hill teams, and read special articles that are on the Website only.
DC Government Info
Want sources of information about the DC Government? Go to the District’s own listing of services. From that you can jump to other District sites. Phone numbers for the District offices are also available online. And you can find information about the getting a Basic Business License.
Some of our neighborhood “businesses” have national significance. For information about the U.S. Capitol in general, try the Architect of the Capitol. To find the status of legislation and more, check in the House of Representatives and in the Senate.
Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is a great source of all sorts of information about almost anything. The Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, is another Capitol Hill landmark, as is the Federal Judiciary Center. Check out the history of the courts and cases that have made history.
For that next Shakespeare paper, stop at the Folger Library, the home of the largest collection of Shakespeare documents in the world. They also have a small version of the Globe Theatre with performances of plays and music. For another source for seeing a Shakespeare play, visit the Shakespeare Theatre, which has its headquarters on the Hill and its theaters at the bottom of the Hill.
Other performances take place in the summer evenings at the Capitol where the Service bands perform. Two of them are headquartered and give regular concerts throughout the year on the Hill: the President’s Own Marine Band in the Marine Barracks at 8th and I SE and the Navy Band at the Navy Yard at 8th and M SE.
The whole family can participate in the visual and performing arts at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop through their classes, performances, etc. just down the street from Yarmouth. Other performances and arts classes are a part of the Atlas Arts District on H Street NE.
H Street NE
Speaking of H Street NE, check out all the restaurants, theaters, and other activities. Soon there will be a trolley going between Union Station and all the mussels, sushi, miniature golf, steak and cheese, injera, and all the other activities of the area. And from late April through November, you can get your vegetables, bread, pickles, meats, cheese, fruit, and more at the H Street Farmers Market.
Go a few blocks north of H Street, and you will find Gallaudet University, the premier educational resource for hearing impaired students.
Right across 6th Street is the new Union Market with restaurants and food stands, along with opportunities to dress your dining room and kitchen.
Another area that is full of life is Barracks Row on 8th Street SE. Right by the Eastern Market Metro, Barracks Row includes restaurants, places to get a drink, shops, bike repair, residences, offices, all sorts of other services, and the Capitol Hill Fourth of July Parade.
There is a Circulator bus that goes from Union Station by the Capitol to 8th Street, near the new Yards Park with many activities, and ends at the Nationals Park. You can eat, drink, and watch a ball game, all on Capitol Hill. Or you can watch a DC United soccer game at RFK Stadium.
Near Barracks Row is the Hill Center. The newly restored Civil War Naval Hospital is a center for community activities, educational programs, films, exercise, story time, cooking (in French), senior support, and personal functions. And it is beautiful!
METRO, our local public transit authority, has bus and subway schedules and routes to and from Capitol Hill. As an intercity traveler, you can learn about Amtrak train travel that leaves from Union Station, our historic local train station that also has shopping and entertainment opportunities. It is also the source for most intercity bus transportation.
You can also drive around the area, even if you don’t own a car, by using a ZipCar from locations all over Capitol Hill. Or you can pick up a red bike at Capital Bikeshare on many corners and drop it off all over town.
National Mall & Museums
And, of course, living on Capitol Hill means that the National Mall is within walking distance. Your fingers can do the walking to the Web to learn more about all of the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art, the Newseum, and the National Building Museum.
And for everything else that will keep you busy in Washington, check out DC Wishbook. It lists free and inexpensive things to do every day and night of the week.